Enrique Iglesias kicked off his current Euphoria tour last month, along with Pitbull and Prince Royce, in support of his ninth studio album, Euphoria, which spawned the hits, “I Like It” and “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You).”
Before the singer-songwriter embarked on his latest journey, he spoke with media outlets about how the Euphoria tour differs from his previous tours, the visual elements of the show, and what you might find on his tour rider.
Iglesias has been on the road almost non-stop since last year, most recently visiting the UK and Australia before hitting up the States.
So what’s the difference between this tour and his previous tours overseas?
“Well, the thing is that this one, there’s a much larger combination of songs. That’s due a lot to this album. It’s more eclectic musically than any other tour I’ve ever done,” Iglesias shared.
“At the same time, too, I also get to create a setlist where I can cover songs – even Spanish songs – from 1995 to now. So, when you think of a setlist, being able to do a song like ‘Experiencia Religiosa,’ which a song that I first sang on my first album in Spanish, to songs like ‘I Like It’ or ‘Dirty Dancer’ or ‘Tonight,’ they’re very, very different.”
Even in a large arena, such as the HP Pavilion in downtown San Jose, California, where Iglesias will be playing Friday, October 7, the fans should expect somewhat of an intimate performance from the singer throughout his show.
“The cool thing about the stage, it’s very interactive with the audience. I always like getting as close as possible to a crowd, even to the people that are all the way in the back,” the singer explained. “We like to set up a B stage because I feel that an arena is that perfect size. I know for some people, it might be a little big. But I actually think they’re my favorite venues to play, because they’re big. They can be up to 15,000 people or more, but still you can make it very intimate.”
When it comes to the visual aspect of his show, Iglesias wants it to come across as seemingly simple and allow people to remember certain elements of the performance.
“I like shows when they look simple, but when you truly analyze them, you could tell there was a lot of intricacy when it came down to designing the show,” he said. “But it’s more about being able to create certain moods and songs so you make sure that when the audience leaves, each song has a different mood and a different color and a different style. You can actually remember the songs by what colors we used or how we used the lighting or how we used the video. That for me is extremely important, but at the same time, making it look very simple. So, the energy is focused a lot on the band and myself more than having a thousand dancers up on stage.”
Along with taking part in creating the stage and setting the mood for his shows, another well-known luxury for performers is their rider, which can contain various dressing room specifications. However, Iglesias could only think of one thing that he sometimes ask for.
“I don’t really ask for anything in particular,” he revealed. “I do sometimes [ask for] a bottle of rum because I’ll have one or two shots of rum, because it will help me with the nerves a bit before I go on stage.”
Enrique Iglesias’ Euphoria tour next stop will be at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA on October 7.
For more information on Enrique Iglesias, including upcoming tour dates, check out his official website.