For Ricardo Montaner, the global pandemic and quarantine lockdown was a time to value and to reflect. The toughest part for him was being at home and not on a stage singing for his fans.
He took matters into his own hands, connecting with his beloved followers via two livestreams recorded from Altos de Chavón in the Dominican Republic, including one with his artist children Mau y Ricky, Evaluna and her husband, singer-songwriter Camilo.
Now, it’s time to hit the road.
“The virtual concerts are incredible. They have an immeasurable scope, phenomenal,” Montaner tells Billboard. “But nothing compares to the energy of seeing an audience face-to-face.”
Montaner, behind some of Latin pop’s biggest hits — such as “Tan Enamorados,” “Me Va a Extrañar” and “Dejame Llorar” — announces his 2022 Montaner U.S. Tour exclusively on Billboard today (July 31).
Presented by Loud and Live, the tour will kick off on January 21 at Miami’s FTX Arena (formerly American Airlines Arena) and wrap up on February 18 at Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. The Montaner Tour will also make pit stops in Atlanta, Houston and New York, to name a few cities.
“There will be many surprises and spontaneous elements on this tour,” he assures. Most importantly, he will sing all of his fan-favorite songs. “If I don’t sing certain songs, my fans won’t allow me to leave the stage.”
For now, Montaner will only tour the U.S., but he confirms that he will soon take his show to Europe and Latin America, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, Argentine, Chile, Uruguay, Peru and Colombia.
“I’m incomplete without the applauds of my fans,” he admits. “The contact with the public has perhaps been the basis and the secret for such a long and fruitful career and relationship.”
Tickets for the 2022 U.S. Montaner Tour will be available at 10 a.m. local time on Monday, Aug. 2 via RicardoMontaner.com as well as theater box offices.