Starting off his career as part of the Latin boy band Menudo in 1984 Ricky Martin has been in the public eye ever since. Though Menudo was a Puerto Rican group their popularity was worldwide and they even made some English commercials for products like Pepsi during the 80s. Martin, Menudo’s most famous alumni, stayed with the band for five years finally leaving in 1989.
In 1990 he signed to Sony Discos, the Latin branch of Sony, and started releasing solo albums and touring. In 1994 he moved to Los Angeles to work on the soap opera General Hospital then he went on to Broadway in Les Miserables. Turning back to music he kept releasing albums that did fairly well, but in 1998 his star really began to shine.
While still on Broadway in 1998 Martin released his album, “Vuelve”. The single “La Cope de la Vida” was a huge hit and was used as the official song during the 1998 World Cup. A Grammy nomination was garnered for the album and he performed on the show that year. His performance was electrifying with his leather pants and hips gyrating. He earned a standing ovation and it was his big reintroduction to North American audiences.
Continued success occurred when he released his first English-language album, “Ricky Martin”, in 1999. Diane Warren wrote songs, William Orbit produced tracks and Madonna sang on a couple of tracks. Ricky Martin had arrived and the first single “Living La Vida Loca” cemented him as a star. The album went on to be one of the top selling ones of the year.
Follow up albums contained hits like “She Bangs”, “Nobody Wants to be Lonely” and “I Don’t Care”. He has sold over 60 million albums worldwide, gotten a star on the Walk of Fame and established his own foundation.
He returned to Broadway to play Che in Evita in the spring of 2012, but right now he is in the middle of a world tour supporting his latest Spanish-language album, “A Quien Quiera Escuchar”.
-Date: October 14, 2015
-Venue: Bell Centre
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Prices: $84.75, $100.75, $122.75 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 8:00 p.m.
-Opening Act: Wisin