Better Late Than Never: Alejandro Sanz Conquers Miami
After postponing his tour, the singer hit the stage stronger than ever; Lena opened
Judging by his stellar performance at Miami's American Airlines Arena on Saturday, Alejandro Sanz isn't tired anymore. His fans welcomed him with open arms even though the show, originally scheduled for June 30, was postponed six months. Other dates on the Spanish singer's “El tren de los momentos tour” were also pushed back for reasons of exhaustion and stress, according to Sanz's reps. But the performance was worth the wait. At well past 11 p.m., the 39-year-old artist ended the show with a heartfelt ovation, leaving his soul on the stage after pleasing the audience with the greatest hits of his career.
“I love you,” he said to his fans, who didn't miss a lyric all night while singing along. “Miami is my home…thank you for supporting me.” Thousands of voices joined the singer for hits like “Amiga mía” and “Corazón partío” in the packed arena. In a leather jacket and tie, Sanz was a ball of energy during urban-style song “La peleíta,” which featured a rapper. Then he slowed it down with ballads like “La Habana” and “Pasodoble de los yesterday,” accompanied only by the piano under dimmed lights. And African-American singer Sarah Divine added a touch of soul to the evening when she joined him for “A la primera persona.”
Lena gave an opening performance worthy of the night. Dressed in a white dress like that of a goddess, the Cuban singer – who's been graced with the musical talent of her grandmother, legendary bolero diva Elena Burke, and mother Malena Burke – was perched at the piano during hits like “Puedo jurarte.” Putting everything she had into the performance, Lena left the audience wanting more. Fans begged for Sanz and Lena to perform their famous duet “Tu corazón,” but for some reason, they didn't include the song in the night's repertoire.
Sanz closed the evening with “No es lo mismo” and was joined by a backup singer who took the place of Shakira in “Te lo agradezco pero no.” Sanz and Shakira's video for the song appeared on the giant screen behind the stage, but voice of the Colombian singer was missed.
Sanz and his fans couldn't get enough of each other. “I don't want to leave,” he admitted at the show's end. “If I could think of another song I wouldn't leave tonight,” he added. The songs he did play, though, were enough to remind his fans why they waited for six months. And the feeling was mutual: Before the curtain closed, Sanz shouted, “You guys are the Christmas gift.” And a well-deserved one, at that.