Surprises were abundant at Romeo Santos’ sold out Yankee Stadium show Saturday night. The bachata superstar drew a deafening hometown crowd on the second night of his historic two-show run at the Bronx ballpark. Concertgoers went wild with Romeo’s every word as they stayed on their feet for almost all of the nearly three-hour set.
The highlight of the night was an unexpected reunion of Santos’ former band Aventura. For the first time in four years, the group shared the stage and performed a medley of their hits, inducing piercing shrieks from fans. Together, the foursome rose to fame over 15 years, starting in the Bronx in 1994 playing modest venues and eventually going on to sell out four nights at Madison Square Garden
The Yankee Stadium shows make history for Santos as it was the first time in over 40 years that a Latin artist has headlined the field. The Fania Allstars last did so in 1973.
Fellow bachata hit maker, Prince Royce, stunned the stadium when he appeared from a riser to join Santos for the hit single “Odio,” performing Drake’s part of the track. Santos and Royce are arguably the two biggest stars in the genre today, providing a rare moment as the two shared the stage.
Later, Marc Anthony arrived to sing alongside the headliner for their salsa collaboration “Yo También,” which appears on Santos’ latest album “Formula, Vol. 2.” The crowd responded with an extended ovation as they cheered on the salsa legend. Santos then left the stage and generously offered Anthony a solo performance of his massive hit “Vivir Mi Vida.”
New York Yankees star Bernie Williams — who enjoyed a lucrative 16-year career on the team — also came out to perform with Santos, playing guitar on a song. The retired Puerto Rican ball player is classically trained on the instrument, and was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 1999 for one of his jazz albums.
Santos interacted with fans, bringing many on stage to incorporate them in various parts of the program. At one point, he searched the audience, working through several male fans to find someone who knew the lyrics to an Aventura hit “Ella Y Yo,” originally featuring Don Omar. Many attempted unsuccessfully to impress Santos with their knowledge, until finally finding a prepared individual who knew it by heart and was able to perform it flawlessly.
Female fans were brought up for more intimate and romantic moments. The show closed with a fan in bed, under the covers with Santos for “Propuesta Indecente,” serving as a comical end to the spirited show.
Overall, the show was one big party. There were no lulls in Santos’ act, and fans filled the venue with nonstop energy. Santos has brought bachata to the mainstream, with the numbers to prove it. The 20 years he has spent pounding the pavement culminated in the most epic shows of his career this weekend at Yankee Stadium.
By Amaya Mendizabal, New York | July 13, 2014 7:50 PM EDT