Ricky Martin Kicks Off U.S. Tour

Ricky Martin began his 2000 U.S. tour the same way he kicked off his 1999 outing -- with a Broadway-styled show in South Florida. The venues may have changed, but the stage set and many of the costumes remained the same.

Martin arrived onstage at Fort Lauderdale's National Car Rental Center atop the hood of a classic 1950s convertible performing his breakthrough hit, "Livin' La Vida Loca," and launching the show full-tilt into a dancing frenzy. The singer didn't have much mobility on top of the car, of course, and his cast of dancers took over for him. But it didn't take long for Martin to establish his presence.

For the next two hours, the non-stop show highlighted Martin's high-powered rear. Most dancers' feet led them through their moves; Martin lets his hips do the work. There isn't ample enough room to describe the frenzy from the crowd that followed the gyrations, but Martin might consider insuring his backside, since it seemed to be the real star of

the show.

During most of the set, the show mirrored a full-blown musical revue, with Martin's backup singers performing flawlessly, and his band keeping the tempo just right for the dance moves. With so many people on stage it was hard to follow all the action, but every seat in the arena had something to watch at all times, especially during the faster-paced dance numbers, such as "Maria."

The only time Martin gave brought the pace down was for the popular ballad "She's All I Ever Had," when he rose up through the stage seated on an art-deco sofa. The singer sat stoically through the number, not moving a muscle. The song let Martin's voice take center stage and highlighted how good he, and the production as a whole, sounded -- something that had been easy to overlook amid the show's more intricate and eye-pleasing elements.

With the break over, Martin ended the show with even more action onstage. Male dancers used harnesses to rappel down and dance on the

large movie screens that served as background. A confetti explosion masked some of the goings-on, but nothing could obscure how easily the singer had won his crowd over.

The remainder of Ricky Martin's current U.S. tour schedule, courtesy of Pollstar:

  • 6/12 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Coliseum
  • 6/13 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
  • 6/15 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
  • 6/16 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
  • 6/17 - Hartford, CT @ Hartford Civic Center
  • 6/19 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airline Arena
  • 6/20 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airline Arena
  • 6/21 - Boston, MA @ FleetCenter
  • 6/22 - Boston, MA @ FleetCenter
  • 6/27 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
  • 6/28 - State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
  • 6/30 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace Of Auburn Hills
  • 7/1 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
  • 7/3 - Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
  • 7/5 - Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse
  • 7/6

    - Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center

  • 7/8 - New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
  • 7/10 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
  • 7/11 - Greenville, SC @ Bi-Lo Center
  • 7/12 - Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Entertainment Center
  • 7/15 - El Paso, TX @ Sun Bowl Stadium
  • 7/17 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena
  • 7/18 - Phoenix, AZ @ America West Arena
  • 7/20 - Anaheim, CA @ Arrowhead Pond
  • 7/22 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
  • 7/24 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
  • 7/26 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome