Friday Night: Shakira At Toyota Center
See photos of Shakira's performance in our slideshow.
From the moment Shakira took the stage at 9:30 p.m. Friday, she had Toyota Center under her spell. Sensual, confident, and brimming with energy, the Latin pop star electrified the capacity crowd for two hours.
With our Spanish limited to basics like "lechuga, por favor," our first mission of the night was to befriend a Spanish-speaking cutie who wouldn't mind playing the role of translator in exchange for a smile and a handshake.
Shakira opened her set with a soft Spanish number, presumably from her upcoming bilingual album, Sale el Sol (translations, por favor). At this point, we leaned over to inquire if the exceedingly friendly chica to our right spoke any Spanish. She did. Mission accomplished.
Shakira was all spiffed up in a pink dress at the early going. After the opening number, she dropped the dress to reveal her signature midriff-baring top and body-hugging leather pants, one of numerous wardrobe exhibits.
Each outfit was a testament to the star's ample body confidence. She has a perfectly toned belly and wants you to know it. Her leather pants were so tight, it's a wonder she could still move around in them. Her hair, a flowing stretch of blonde locks, danced around her face wildly. Just like her musical spirit.
"My only wish tonight is that you have the best time," she said. "So, have fun and remember that tonight I'm all yours." With a wry smile, she ripped through crowd favorite "Whenever, Wherever."
One thing you'll notice about Shakira is that she performs as much with her voice as she does with her body, crawling on the stage, sometimes motioning like a cat, truly untamed.
Later, she strapped on a red acoustic guitar and introduced her next song in Spanish. As our translator explained, Shakira had written the song in her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia, just the singer and her guitar on a beautiful night.
As it turned out, Shakira's set list favored her English tunes; heard through arena speakers, the characteristic lilt of her English accent was spellbinding.
At some point, she dimmed the stage lights, strolled out onstage barefoot and placed some flowers on the stage. It was bizarre, and someone somewhere was probably tweeting that Shakira is now part of the Illuminati.