BEGINS HIS WORLDWIDE TOUR "VIVIR"
Miami, March 31 1997 - Enrique Iglesias, winner of this years Grammy award for the Best Latin Pop Performance, began on Sunday, March 30 in Odessa, Texas, his worldwide tour "VIVIR". His first world tour will consist of 67 concerts which will take him throughout the United States, Latin America and Europe.
This concert will be the most complex show any Hispanic artist has ever presented. Over 150 thousand pounds of weight consisting of: set materials, lights and sound will be transported in eight cargo trucks or two C - 130 airplanes. More than 65 people including musicians, technicians and production personnel conglomerate the "VIVIR" human crew.
After intense selections, Enrique Iglesias hand picked his own band members with 8 of the most renowned musicians in the world. Most of them are stage veterans which have performed with famous artists like; Bruce Springstein, Elton John, Billy Joel asnd Cindy Lauper, among other significant musicians in the contemporary music industry.
This is the first time Enrique Iglesias will perform a series of concerts. Up until now he had always limited his performances to promotional events, television shows and radio festivals.
Enrique Iglesias, the highest Spanish album selling artist in the world, is now on his way to becoming the first live spectacle. Additional concerts have been booked in cities such as: Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, where initial concert dates have been sold out since they were announced.
Enrique Iglesias will not be performing at venues whose capacity is less than 12 thousand people. During his first tour throughout Mexico, he will accomplish 3 performances in Mexico's famous "Plaza de Toros" (Bullfighting Plaza) whose capacity is 35 thousand people. In the rest of the country, he will perform in stadiums whose capacity are between 30 & 40 thousand people. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, he will perform in two concerts at "Estadio River Plate" (River Plate Stadium) where 65 thousand people are expected per day. At the end of this year, he plans to carry out another series of concerts throughout Mexico, concluding with a giant televised presentation seen in 16 countries from "Estadio Azteca" (Azteca Stadium) with an expected attendance of thousand people.
In his concert, Enrique Iglesias will perform 18 songs. Among them, the 7 songs which have consecutively been number ONE on Hispanic radios stations in the 19 countries where his two albums have been distributed, which have already sold over 8 million copies. Well known songs such as: "Si Tu Te Vas", "Experiencia Religiosa", "Por Amarte", "No Llares Por Mi", "Trapecista", "Muneca Cruel" & "Enamorado Por Primera Vez" will be heard by his audiences with new musical arrangements, but always conserving the original essence and characteristics which made famous throughout the world.
For his worldwide tour "VIVIR", Enrique Iglesias has spent over 40 days in rehearsals with the band members. In addition to all the standard production, his show contains special effects, among them are: a long platform that hovers over the audience, a curtain which disappears in a fraction of second and even a disappearance of Enrique who will reappear in the most unexpected place. The magic tricks have been elaborated by Magicraft, the same company which produces some of David Copperfield's own magic tricks.
The show's producer, Steve Cohen, is a show business veteran. His concert production credits include artists such as: Billy Joel, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Don Henley, Fleetwood Mac, Yes, Heart and Hall & Oates.
"When I attended rock concerts in the United States, I would dream of being on one of those huge stages, full of magical lights and impressive sound. Now I have the responsibility of presenting myself in front of an audience in a presentation which contains the best musicians and technicians. For this reason, we have invested everything possible to obtain the best all around and I think we have achieved it. I hope that the audience really enjoys the show to which I have put all of our souls into", comments Enrique Iglesias.
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS "VIVIR" WORLD TOUR STAFF
Tommy Byrnes - Musical Director & Guitar: Billy Joel, Taylor Dayne, Joan Jett, Stray Cats, Bo Didley, Sophie B. Hawkins.
Chuck Burgi - Drums: Rainbow, Brand X, Hall & Oates.
David Rosenthal - Keyboard & Programming: Billy Joel, Rainbow, Cindy Lauper, Robert Palmer.
Crystal Taliefero - Percussion & Chorus: Billy Joel, Bruce Springstein, Bob Seager, John Mellencamp.
Kevin Jenkins - Bass: Taylor Dayne, Cindy Lauper, Maxwell.
Jorge Cintron - Acoustical Guitar: Has worked in New York city clubs and with young rock and alternative music artists.
Ed Wannebo - Production Manager: Carly Simon, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Jimmy Buffett, Richard Marx, Stevie Nicks.
Jimmy Johnson - Tour Manager: Elvis Presley, Chicago, Meat Loaf, Prince, Eagles, Toto.
Dave Morgan - Audio Engineer: Paul Simon, Bette Midler, Whitney Houston.
Blake Suib - Monitor Engineer: Seal, David Bowey, Green Day.