The most anticipated event of the year — and the pandemic — was finally held at Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium last Friday night when thousands of Bad Bunny fans were able to enjoy the return of the king of urban music to the stage.
Despite having to wait up to four hours for Benito’s appearance, attendees cooperated with the Covid-19 protocol imposed by the Department of Health, both at the main location of the event and at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, where the concert was broadcast in real-time.
The show began with a message narrated by Puerto Rican actor and producer Benicio del Toro, which was accompanied by images alluding to the country’s culture.
“This is the chronicle of a star that jumped from the bottom of a great volcano, under the sea, into another galaxy… It is the chronicle of a legend, which represents what beats in these latitudes”, was heard through the loudspeakers.
The audiovisual piece that opened the concert “P FKN R” was a concept of the artist himself in collaboration with figures such as writer Hermes Ayala, filmmaker Arí Maniel Cruz, and del Toro.
According to El Nuevo Día, the piece was a sort of tribute to Bad Bunny’s homeland. It highlighted moments in the island’s sports, artistic and cultural history, and political struggles — from the 1950 nationalist revolution to the summer of 2019.
Benito celebrated the characters on whose shoulders his career is hoisted, including Roberto Clemente, Hiram Bithorn, Pedro Albizu Campos, Luisa Capetillo, Lolita Lebrón, Juan Antonio Corretjer, Ruth Fernández, Julia de Burgos, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Miriam Colón, Sylvia Rexach, Ismael Rivera, Carlitos Colón, Héctor Lavoe, Tito Puente, and Tite Curet Alonso.
Finally, Bad Bunny took the stage to the rhythm of “El Mundo es Mío” and thanked the fans “for their behavior” amid logistical complications at the entrance to the stadium.
With the song “8/25,” the artist began the display of his repertoire, followed by “Booker T,” which featured pyrotechnics as part of the show, and “Hoy cobré.”
Another surprise of the night was the arrival of Colombian artist J Balvin. Together they performed “La Canción” from the album Oasis, which they released together in 2019. Nio Garcia joined the duo to sing “AM Remix.”
Benito left his heart on stage with “<3,” a song he wrote to thank his audience for his worldwide stardom and sang with tears in his eyes. “I’ve been dreaming all year of being here tonight, and for me, it’s very special because we were locked up for two years. I’ve had three albums out, and I haven’t been able to sing them,” he said.