LIVE REVIEW: Ricky Martin – Brisbane Entertainment Centre

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Ricky Martin has captured the attention of Australians with his stint on The Voice Australia 2013 launching his comeback to the music industry. Following the release of recent single ‘Come With Me’ Ricky announced he would be touring Australia for the first time in 13 years. It’s safe to say his fans were left waiting long enough and he didn’t disappoint delivering a high energy visual show. Opening with ‘Come With Me’ the stage was covered in strobe lights and dancers awaiting the arrival of the man himself. He then went into a set list mainly of greatest hits with early set favourites ‘Shake Your Bon-Bon’, ‘Livin La Vida Loca’ and ‘She Bangs’.

Ricky delivered an on point vocal performance hitting all the notes while doing a high amount of choreography. At time Ricky seemed a bit distant with the crowd with constant costume changes with a total of 10 throughout the show. However he pulled the crowd back in when he did interact and talk with the crowd telling them to simply have fun and forget all the problems that are going on in their lives for one night. The middle of the show dragged on for a bit too long and needed to be a bit snappier in its delivery. There’s no denying the show had a lot of energy and Ricky is a charismatic showman with the way he presents himself. The dancers and band are also all very talented individuals which made this show even more enjoyable. He paid homage to his time on The Voice by bringing out Caterina Torres on stage to perform two songs. Listening to her perform live I was left very confused as to why she left the competition so early on. Her vocal delivery was immaculate and outshined Ricky’s vocals at his own concert. He was meant to be joined on stage by Luke Kennedy as well but for unexplained reasons he never appeared on the stage. The crowd loved every moment of it with most of the crowd standing on their feet most of the night Ricky had everyone dancing the night away.

Ricky performed a lot of the hits at the beginning of the show leaving ‘La Bomba’ and ‘The Cup Of Life’ to close the show with confetti falling from the ceiling signalling the end of the night. It would have been nice to see him spread the hits out a bit more evenly as the middle section felt empty of show stealing moments. It just proved that Ricky Martin is a name you won’t forget and he will not be going anywhere anytime soon.

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