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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Enrique Iglesias, the O2 Dublin

An energetic performance last night by Enrique.  My friend Edel and I hit the big smoke, both being off work.  We visited the shops on Henry street and hit a couple of bars, catching the Cheltenham Gold Cup along the way.  It was a great race with the young Long Run defeating the valiant Denman and the legendary Kauto Star.  I always think of Desert Orchid on Gold Cup day, remembering him charging up the Cheltenham hill to catch Yahoo in 1989. 

The Luas goes straight to the O2 arena from outside the Jervis Centre.  The O2 is still called the Point on the Luas line.  Lemar suppported Enrique.  He has a teriffic voice.  I sang along to his hit 50/50:

Step back don't try to kiss me
Right about now I'm 50/50

It was approximately 9.20 when young Iglesias came on stage (well he's 35, but young in comparison to his father, Julio, Iglesias senior).  And he sang hit after hit while engaging the crowd in a dialogue.  My favourite songs were Bailamos, Escape and Rhythm Divine.  The star sang a song in his native Spanish.  He was born in Madrid in 1975. 

Iglesais is a sensual performer and he came across as being a genuinely nice guy.  He said that his two favourite places to play are Mexico city and Dublin.  He brought a girl up on stage to sing his hit Hero to and he also brought a brother and sister up on stage to chat to.  The brother and sister were Lithuanian and have been living in Dublin for 5 years. 

I suspect Enrique's star is only beginning to explode though his rise has been steady from latin american label Fonovisa to Universal Music Group.

From the coast of Ipanema
To the island of Capri
All the way to Kuala Lumpur
I will follow you wherever you may be

From the moment I first saw you
Knew my heart could not be free
Have to hold you in my arms now
There can never be another for me

All I need is the rhythm divine
When lost in the music, your heart will be mine
All I need is to look in your eyes
Viva la musica, yeah, say you'll be mine


  1. I can probably manage without Enrique, but wow! that Gold Cup! What a race, and what story. I used to go to Cheltenham Festival every year when I lived in the West Country: three memorable days, always. It also felt as if most of Ireland had come over.

  2. Ah, what about Dawn Run two fences out....