Anytime Latin to pop crossover superstar Enrique Iglesias and red hot rapper Pitbull embark on a tour together, there’s never a shortage on sizzle. And for well over four hours (along with a little help from openers CNCO), the co-headliners and frequent collaborators had former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen and a sold out Allstate Arena singing and jumping (sometimes in more ways than one).
For the finale “I Like It,” Pitbull popped up from underneath the stage to join his pal on a treadmill-like runway and unleash tongue-twisting rhymes over a snowstorm of confetti.
Iglesias took the closing slot, addressing everything from his latest long player “Sex And Love” all the way back to his youth, even taking some time to reminisce about playing the Rosemont venue at a mere 18. Now 42, the singer/songwriter remains just as much of a heartthrob as judged by the reaction behind favorites such as “I’m A Freak,” “Bailamos,” “I Like How It Feels” and “Loco.”
Notwithstanding the strangely out of place Bob Dylan cover “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” on the b-stage and a jumbotron that didn’t always work properly, Iglesias, his band and background singers otherwise satisfied with the rhythm and romance of “Be With You,” “Escape,” “Tonight I’m Lovin’ You” and “Bailando.” However, it was the acoustic ballad “Hero” that found not one but two wild ladies leaping past security onto each of the stages to cling tightly to the hunky entertainer, who was clearly surprised by the unexpected visitors, but took it all in stride.
For the finale “I Like It,” Pitbull popped up from below to join his pal on the treadmill-like runway and unleash tongue-twisting rhymes over a snowstorm of confetti. Prior to Iglesias’ set, the man who just dropped “Climate Change,” his musicians and no less than eight sexually suggestive female dancers delivered a steady stream of their own club bangers.
That meant everything from roof-raisers “Feel This Moment,” “Don’t Stop The Party,” “Fireball,” “Time Of Our Lives” and “Timber,” all accompanied by Pitbull’s message for everyone to check their troubles at the door. And as he wrapped with the “Give Me Everything,” the man who turned his life “from a negative to a positive” appeared to accomplish that very mission with an international flavoring to match his “Mr. Worldwide” moniker.
Additional upcoming concert highlights at the Allstate Arena include Tool (Jun. 8); New Kids On The Block, Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men (Jun. 15 and 16); B96 Pepsi Summer Bash (Jun. 24); Barry Manilow (Jul. 29); Shawn Mendes (Aug. 3); Hans Zimmer (Aug. 4); Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (Aug. 31 and Sept. 1); Ed Sheeran (Sept. 15 and 16); Scorpions (Sept. 23); Janet Jackson (Oct. 26) and Halsey (Nov. 19). For additional details, visit Rosemont.com/Allstate/, LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com.