By Francisco Ciriza
Marc Anthony has risen to the top level of Latino music. He’s called the biggest-selling salsa artist of all time. This year, Anthony, Italian singer Laura Pausini, and Mexican crooner Marco Antonio Solis are joining forces for the “Juntos En Concierto 2006 tour.”
The tour makes its way to the region this weekend arriving at Coor’s Amphitheater in Chula Vista this Sunday.
Anthony (born Marco Antonio Muniz) was recently included on a top ten list of influential New Yorkers compiled by New York Magazine and has also proven to be multi-talented. Balancing acting and musical careers, Anthony has appeared in the major films Man on Fire, The Substitute, Big Night, and Hackers and has also had roles in Broadway productions including Paul Simon’s Capeman.
Home schooled in music theory and composition by his father, Anthony grew up listening to Rubén Blades, Hector Lavoe, and Willie Colón as well as to contemporary pop by the likes of Air Supply and José Feliciano. Discovered at age 12 by producer David Harris, Anthony began singing background on several productions.
Anthony’s debut album, When the Night Is Over, released in 1991 featured guest appearances by Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri and included the single “Ride on the Rhythm,” which reached the number one spot on Billboard’s dance music charts.
Along with the 2006 tour, Anthony is also set to release “Sigo Siendo Yo,” a collection of his greatest hits, and two new songs later this month, and stars in the upcoming “El Cantante”, a film inspired by the life of Hector Lavoe, currently in post-production.
La Prensa San Diego recently spoke with Anthony about the up coming tour which gets underway tonight in San Jose, CA.
“The formula works,” said Anthony on the concept of three major artists sharing the stage during an evening of what he called “a one-hour greatest hits show.” The enthusiastic Anthony added, “It’s three artists at the top of their game celebrating music with the fans.”
The groundbreaking Juntos En Concierto series was launched by Live Nation last year. Its offering of three artists of such magnitude during one show was unprecedented in the Latin touring business and became the summer’s hottest tour, garnering critical acclaim while selling out venues in every market and earning the title of ‘Hottest Tour of the Year’ by People en español.
“I gave Clear Channel a list of about 20 artists that I respect. So far, I’ve gone through my top four,” said Anthony about not only the level of talent involved, but also of the respect he has for his tour mates, “when I’m not on stage, I’m on the side watching. The criterion for selecting the artists is not how many records they’ve sold, but rather what they represent.”
Marc Anthony, Laura Pausini, and Marco Antonio Solis appear at Coor’s Amphitheater in Chula Vista. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.