Bad Bunny brings Ivy Queen to the SoFi Stadium concert in Los Angeles

With only one show left, Bad Bunny has all but completed the North American leg of his World’s Hottest Tour. That title certainly lived up to its promise as the Puerto Rican phenomenon achieved August’s highest-grossing tour with this tour, which consisted of multiple stops at the country’s biggest venues. Last night he pulled out all the stops for the first of two back-to-back shows at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium.

He brought out several guests – including reggaeton pioneer Ivy Queen, who performed a medley of her hottest hits – and declared his love for LA by raising cheers all night with, “¡Los Latinos in LA, que se sienta! ”

After some discussion circulated online that the singer seemed discouraged on stage because of his home island’s battle with Hurricane Fiona, Bunny appeared to be in high spirits on Friday night. He spent the nearly three-hour set singing from the heart and sharing sentimental moments with the thousands of screaming fans who held up flashy signs with anniversary dates, marriage proposals and countless other requests written on them.

At around 8:50 p.m., the shimmering introductory tones of “Moscow Mule,” the first snippet from “Un Verano Sin Ti,” kicked off the night. The piercing screams and wobbly floorboards heralded the launch of Bad Bunny. From there he welcomed his first surprise guest, Chencho Corleone, onto the stage. The pair sang his summer-defining “Me Porto Bonito” and instructed the stadium to sing along to an acapella rendition of its infectious chorus.

A few songs later, Jowell and Randy, the two reggaeton champions behind “Safaera,” joined Bunny to deliver the song with an explosive performance. The three took turns spitting out their verses and playing out each other’s energy in the middle of the stage while the pounding bass of the reggaeton drumbeats directed the next track. However, no one could have anticipated the thrill that was to come next.

During his performance of “Yo Perreo Sola,” Ivy Queen appeared onstage and completed the last few lines of the track as Bad Bunny’s hype woman. The Puerto Rican singer and pioneer of the Latin American urban scene wore a dazzling Playboy bunny-inspired blue, white and red ensemble embellished with the Puerto Rican flag. Accompanied by Bad Bunny’s hand, the singer approached the front of the stage, where she completed a brief setlist of her greatest hits, beginning with “Te He Querido,” plus “Quiero Bailar” and “Quitate Tu Pa Ponerme Yo.”

He and his dancers then paused briefly to sit on the stage’s artificial beach setting to take turns sipping from a bottle of wine while interacting with fans in the front rows. He jokingly pointed out a brunette girl sitting on someone’s shoulders as Becky G, called all the party-going singles in the room and sent a few well wishes to all the couples, before welcoming another guest that night: Li Saumet from Bomba Estéreo , who joined him on stage in a neon pink and green look for her Latin Grammy-nominated “Ojitos Lindos.”

The night continued with Bad Bunny delivering a speech – which he repeated bits and pieces throughout the night – expressing his appreciation to the fans who have been there for him since 2016 and those who supported him during the release his blockbuster “Un Verano.”

As the evening’s finishers, “El Apagón” and “Después De La Playa,” began to play, the audience was ready to let go of whatever last ounce of energy they had. On stage, a full blown party between Bad Bunny, his dancers and his band set the example for the ranks of fans, while fireworks and pyrotechnics helped cap off the night. On their way out, busy concert-goers filled the endless hallways of SoFi Stadium with sing-alongs to the standouts of the set.

Bad Bunny will play another show tonight at SoFi Stadium on what has now been declared “Bad Bunny Day” in LA, the City Council confirmed Saturday morning. According to a KTLA report, LA City Councilman Kevin de Leó proposed the decision (which was supported by all council members) to recognize the reggaeton artist’s “immense cultural impact on the Latino community across the city of LA.” .

He continued, “The city of LA’s population is 50% Latino, one of the largest Latino populations in the world outside of Latin American countries. Bad Bunny’s cultural impact will have a tremendous and positive impact on future generations and will redefine Latino culture in Los Angeles and beyond for years to come.”

Bad Bunny will travel south on October 21st to play at the Estadio Olímpico Félix Sánchez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Central and South American walk concludes on December 9 at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City Bad Bunny brings Ivy Queen to the SoFi Stadium concert in Los Angeles

Charles Jones

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