Saturday Night: Luis Miguel At Toyota Center

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Photos by Groovehouse
Luis Miguel
Toyota Center
June 12, 2011

It's 9:10 p.m. and Luis Miguel struts onstage, all smiles and ego. He's 40 minutes late but nobody, including him, seems to notice.

He launches into "Te Propongo Esta Noche" backed by a band that's got a full horn section of three saxes, three trumpets and two trombones, two drum sets, a percussionist, and two keyboardists, two backup singers... and two Men in Black security guards (more on them later).

Luis Miguel sings ballads, boleros, and "satin pop," - that's smooth Latin pop, kinda like smooth jazz, only not really. Btw, Aftermath just made that term up, so if anybody else uses it, we expect royalties.

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Miguel runs through his hits like "Tres Palabras" from his self-titled 2010 release, and classics like "Cuando Calienta el Sol." Clad in a business suit and tie, he sounds a little sharp to us, but then again, he always does. It's more just his style than a mistake; he has an easy swing that makes familiar, overdone tunes like "Sin Ti" sound fresh.

Miguel puts on a classy, understated performance. He spends very little time talking to the audience, aside from a few shouts of "arriba Houston" and "gracias." Instead he runs through song after song for an hour and a half. He's confident, supremely self-assured and adored by fans. Every smile and fist pump gets a roar in response.

There were a couple of odd spots in the show.

Weird Moment No. 1: At one point in the show, Miguel sings a "Come Fly with Me" duet with Frank Sinatra, using video clips of Sinatra projected on the screen behind him. It's a strange choice. Miguel might see himself as a Mexican Sinatra, but he lacks the tough-guy swagger and street cred that Sinatra had. Miguel also has more of a Sammy Davis, Jr. body type.

Besides that, singing "Come Fly with Me" with clips of Ol' Blue Eyes isn't going to win Miguel a younger demographic or much of a crossover audience. While Miguel has plenty of teen fans, there was a noticeable lack of non-Hispanics in Saturday's crowd. In Europe and Asia, he's got fans of all backgrounds, in the U.S., he hasn't expanded his core audience past Hispanics.


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Toyota Center

1510 Polk, Houston, TX

Category: Music


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Eldiosos
Eldiosos

Olivia Flores Alvares,HORRIBLE REVIEW,WTF??You must be into tejano,rap,hip-hop or who the hell knows,maybe ricky martin or enrique iglesias?? Luis Miguel's voice alone sells his concerts world wide,and who cares if it was mostly hispanics?? He is one of the few artist that can sell out arenas,stadiums alone!! Evidently you dont know about class,Luis Miguel is a true talent,style and his voice,live is amazing unlike most artist who cant sing!!! maybe you need to do a background check on him,and go listen to all his albums and see his concerts,he is not a sell out,and he does not need to sing in english or do a cross over for people like you who dont know anything about music....let me know how the lil wayne concert goes??? billboard has him next to U2 for concert money revenue,i wonder why????you are the worst concert critic ever!! maybe,your looks???

Ana Freijo
Ana Freijo

Tengo entendido que los periodistas estudian para realizar este trabajo y minimamente si van a realizar un informe se ocupan de leer algo sobre la persona en cuestión, al menos un poco.Pues parece que esta persona todavía no obtuvo el título de periodista!! Dios mío.. que fáciles decir pavadas... que sencillo! Y tampoco sabe nadas sobre Frank Sinatra.. porque no recueda sus discos de duets donde tantos artistas muy importantes fueron convocados para acompañarlo al igual que LM!!!Tal vez tanta crítica por lo menos alerte su amor propio, si es que lo tiene y lo motive a por lo menos investigar en verdad, entender que tipo de música y estilo es el de LM.Que casualmente no se parece a nadie, no imita a nadie, canta en su propio idioma, y tiene una trayectoria que varios artistas envidiarían!Saludos.. Ana Freijo. 

Martha Codó
Martha Codó

Es una pena que en EU haya tal falta de profesionalismo en una reportera, yo pensaba que tenían mejores codigos de ética, porque la libertad de expresión no es para decir tonterías, pues al hablar de un artista,mínimo se debe saber algo de él y esta persona sólo agrede sin razón a Luis Miguel, quien es el artista que está mundialmente colocado en segundo lugar después de U2, que se informe por favor antes de hacer sus reseñas.Martha Codó- México D.F

Mónica González
Mónica González

Personally I think that you do not have enough skills to be a reporter, Luis Miguel is the best singer of Latin America and this article is a big lie and a big mistake.

Yarabasteri
Yarabasteri

After reading your article, I came to the conclusion you did not assist to the Luis Miguel concert. Teens??? Heyy what? What teens?? Luis Miguel audience grew up with him, so the biggest part of the audience is more or less 40, but never ever 10! This is not Justin Bieber!So starting with that point and ending with a lot more. Did you know that LM recorded Come Fly with me together with Siinatra for the Sinatra Duets II CD? Do you have any idea that he is a 9 time Grammy winner?Do you know at all what you are talking about?What a small-minded article! It is not even worth spending a minute to read through!

Lucy Gomez Sanchez
Lucy Gomez Sanchez

You dont know Luis Miguel's work so much, right? If you are surprised about his duet with Frank Sinatra... Well, let me proudly tell you he is the most important artist in HispanAmerica, so he does not need to "conque" new audiences... he is CLASSIC already and let his public very happy after his concerts... a mix of different kind of music, and yet, his own style. Best regards from Peru, Lucy :)

Ingridonce
Ingridonce

Good pictures and we can say you got just a sensation with the intro but it looks like you didn't discover the real magic of Luis Miguel, it so such a shame. Like always just a low critic instead of capture the real sense of the show... and by the way there are some affirmations like "he hasn't expanded his core audience past Hispanics in USA, are you sure of it? Because i'm certain that this isn't a true... so for future comments about "Weird moments" you should do more research.  And too bad because of this type of articles really are not useless for helping all the hispanic singers that want to be part of this music world.

Acopera
Acopera

El comentario de esta reportera deja mucho que desear.  No escribio con la verdad.  Luis Miguel hablo basntate con el publico, pido aplausos para cada una de las secciones, les dijo que eran una belleza de publico. Por mi parte prefiero oirlo cantar que hablar mucho.  No es como otras que dicen tonterias por media hora para alargar el concierto.  La falta de preparacion, le hace a la autora creer que Luis Miguel se siente el Frank Sinatra Mexicano, no Sra.  Luis Miguel grabo con Frank Sinatra a peticion de Frank en su CD Duets II, un gran honor para Luis Miguel quien solo tenia 24 años.  Informese antes de insultar.    This report leaves a lot to be desired.  She thought that LM feels  himself the Mexican Frank Sinatra, not so mam, Sinatra asked Luis Miguel at age 24 to record with him, "Come Fly With " this recording is in Sinatras'w work Duets II - FYI.

The writer lacks ability to understand LM"s music, voice and talent.  As well she also disliked his attired, she prefers ragged and stinky clothes, obviously.   The reason why his body guard grabbed by the belt to avoid the fans to pull him down.  It almost happened in Dalals, where he had a very successfull concert and his audience was from 15 to older people. Saw a nun, people in wheel chirs  La autora le falta comprension para poder disfrutar del manejo de la voz de LM, sube y baja las notas como quiere, tiene un enorme talente.  The writers lacked ability to enjoy the display of the command Luis Miguel does on the stage.  His complete name is Luis  Miguel a combined name..Miguel is not his last name...El nombre correcto es Luis Miguel  nombre combinado..no se apellida Miguel.

Luis Miguel nunca ha querido hacer el crossover. Nunca ha estado interesado.  LM has never expressed a desidre to do the crossover, singing only in Spanish he was the first latin to obtain in the USA a gold record.  Cantando solo en espanol fue el primera latino en obtener un discco de oro cantando en Espanol.

La autora no merece asistir a otro concietto de Luis Miguel. The writer doesn't not deserve to be sent to write a report of of singers that she doesn't know and that she does't enjoy.  Ethics and konwldege are valuable tools to practice high class journalism. Ella no conoce la carrera de Luis Miguel y no lo disfrutra.  Etica y conocimiento son herramientas valiosas para practicar peridismo de altura. 

Chimalistac1coy
Chimalistac1coy

Sra. Flores es Ud. una de los peores criticas de musica que jamas haya leido.  Escribe usted con tanto desden y desprecio como si Luis Miguel fuera un don nadie.  Usted abusa su poder en el medio.  Parece que al escribir sobre el concierto le salia humo por la pluma.  Overdone Sin Ti? usted es una persona insensible, deberia de buscar otro trabajo, donde si pueda echar fuera su furia.  Dice que LM tiene el tipo de cuerpo de Samy Davies, hablada de musica o de competencia de belleza,que ofensiva. Poca etica.   LM no quiere imitar a Frank, Frank escogio a LM para cantar con el, y Sinatra dijo: si alguien me va a reeemplazar va a ser Luis Miguel con su maravillosa voz.  Usted no entiende de pasion, a leguas se nota su frigidez, su falta de verdadera pasion.  Los videos de youtube muestran mayor numero de asistentes hispanos.  Luis Miguel no esta interesado en ningun crosssver y si asi fuera y a usted que le duele?  todos lo hacen no? de seguro que es reguetonnera de corazon, salsera, grupera.  Me pregunto cuanto le pagaron para tratar de desprestigiar una brillantes carrera de 30 años?  Quiza no entienda lo que escrbi, por eso tampoco entiende la musica de  Luis Miguel.  Que su mala fe y maldad le hagan provecho, espero que pueda dormir muy bien en las noches.  Mala profesional, peridismo amarillista.  Lea la critica del Houston Chronicle, hay muchos otros que si saben escribir.  Debederia de trabajar en un programa de parodias donde pueda echar fuera su furia.  Luis Miguel el unico latino de 24 invitado por Frank a su fiesta de cumple y a cantar con el...de seguro que usted no lo sabia. Se nota que no entiende nada sobre Luis Miguel.  Espero nunca vuelva a reportar un concierto de Luis Miguel. 

Mary Fey
Mary Fey

Ms. Flores, you are a horrible reporter. With your writing skills and understanding of music you should flip burgers in McDonalds.

Accielo
Accielo

Why did you delete my response.  Where are the ethics.  Just because I said that you seem to have (Ms. Flores) a personal vendeta with Luis Miguel and that you lack tasted and sensitiviy to enjoy his voice and his music?  Not only the review misreprents the concert.  You openely made fun of his voice..there is nobody nowdays with his voice which you so much dislike.  Bab music critic, abuses the power of the pen and unethical for removing my response.  I feel bad for this newspaper, you don't represent the company welll. 

Letty2484
Letty2484

Luis Miguel just performed in Hidalgo (close to McAllen, TX) last Thursday night and I have to say I was very pleased because he was only late 20 mins, unlike many stars of his caliber that may have their audiences waiting for an hr or so.  He came out looking as great as always, impeccably dressed like the great star he is.To hear him sing a duet with Frank Sinatra was wonderful!  I didn't find it strange or "weird;" on the other hand, I think it was one of the high points of the concert.  I love "Come fly with me" and sang it from start to finish (like the rest of his repertoire).  I really do not agree with the comment that he is trying to reach for a younger demographic.  If that were true, I think he would've sang a duet with Lady Gaga, not Frank Sinatra, don't you think?  And I'm sure he doesn't think he's the next Sinatra, he is LUIS MIGUEL, simply put.  He is talented on his very own and has no need to be in anybody's shadow.Regarding his bodyguards, well, I actually don't find that "weird" either.  You have a mega star like Luis Miguel and you, as the bodyguard, need to do everything you can to protect him.  So grabbing him by the belt to make sure the fans don't "tip him over" is only a way of protecting their artist and source of income. Overall, I think Luis Miguel is a class act, of which you don't see much nowadays and hopefully we'll keep seeing many more years to come.

Accielo
Accielo

Ms. Flores you have no idea what you are talking about.  Low class journalism.  Lack of understanding of good music, a marvelous voice and performance.  You should be write on a sarcastic magazine.  You lack good taste and you don't represent your newspaper's staff with quality.  You have written a review which shows you have a vendeta vs. Luis Miguel.  It shows your lack of sensitivity and good taste.  We deserve what we get, Luis Miguel is not for you.

Manuel
Manuel

Very good review congratulations. i tink in your article "Miguel" nobody can undertand if you only put "Miguel" you have to ad "Luis" IS MY OPINION and the other.  the black guy is always with him so. is not new see a black guy like him, thank you and of course very nice photos

Acopera
Acopera

I loved this short and precise message, as the author probably doesn't understand Spanish I am translating it.

"I deeply regret the lack of professionalism of this music critic.  In the past I believed that in the USA, better ethic codes were established.   Freedom of speech is not to write non-sense stuff.  When someone is to write about an artist, the least the writer should do is to get accurate data about the  artistic bacbkground of  the subject artist; this writer only wrote a nonsense attack against Luis Miguel, whom by the way, is the only Latin artist whom worldwide is placed on second place after U2 (concert profits) singing only in the Spanish language.  Luis Miguel started this tour last november  starting in South America, continued to Central America, D. Republic,  P. Rico, Canada, Mexico and lately the USA, please get get prepared with solid information before you write a music review.  Martha Codo - Mexico, D. F.

Manuel
Manuel

Mr Flores it's ok but te only tink is... for write something obout Luis Miguel has to be in ESPAÑOL that's the answer.you can send me any e-mail to manuel@larazonnews.com   Editor in chief and /photojournalist thank you

Feldman
Feldman

Was this guy in Menudo?

Tupadre
Tupadre

yep,i think ms flores could not get his attention,so she wrote a bad review...lol...or maybe she is mad,he broke mariah carey's heart since she had to put her name in the article like he needs that...i always sit in the front rows center,and i actually was sitting behind his daughter..michelle salas..

Acopera
Acopera

I don't think you really understood this review.  It is very offensive to Luis Miguel and his fans.  Thanks.

Chimalistac1coy
Chimalistac1coy

Le gustaron los insultos y la ignorancia y vulagarida de la autora de este articulo.  Que usted tambien practica periodismo amarillista?  and you are an editor in chief?  are you going to pay her to become a permanent detractor of this great artist?  shame on you!  shame on both.

Acopera
Acopera

Check him out in youtube/Houston

Acopera
Acopera

No he has never been with any group.  He has been a soloist since he was 11-1/2 years of age.  Innumerable recognitions 5 US Gramys, 7 Latin Grammys, 4 World Music Awards, etc., and this reporter insults him and his fans.  Obviouosly she is into rappers and rags, I have never read such a disrespectufl review for anybody.  All Luis Miguel offers is a great voice and class.

Acopera
Acopera

Right!  what does Mariah Carey had to do in this review...and least Motola, who had never anything to do with Luis Miguel.  She wrote every offensive sentence she could.  Sorry for this music critic, poor careeer!

Manuel
Manuel

Hay dos cosas que son sencillas. ser fanatico o fan y el otro ser neutral.La prensa asi trabaja. si eres fan no le ves el lado negro y si eres neutral actuas y escribes lo que es. no todo en la vida es perfección. que aburrido fuera que LM u otro artista fueran perfectos no? nadie escribiria de ellos y por el otro lado mi opinion se ha quedado en pensamiento unicamente ya que si hay de donde hacer un buen articulo pero no puedes hacer nada si cada día hay cabezas que piensan diferente, avanza el mundo,avanza el pensamiento. saludos y no afortunadamente no pienso como la srita reportera simplemente le aplaudo que se haya atrevido a publicar algo que hace que la gente opine de ella eso es bueno no crees.? el crédito se lo gana ella en su periódico por eso cada día la leeran más ya sea para leer sus barbaridades o sus cosas buenas, así funciona este medio.

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