MAN OF THE WORLD

HOT ON THE HEELS OF A MAS­SIVE WORLD TOUR, LATIN SEN­SA­TION RIC Y MARTIN LANDS STATESIDE, BRING­ING GLOBAL IN­FLU­ENCES TO HIS RES­I­DENCY AT THE PARK THEATER.

Vegas Magazine - - Contents - BY LAU­REN EP­STEIN

Hot on the heels of a mas­sive world tour, Latin sen­sa­tion Ricky Martin lands stateside, bring­ing global in­flu­ences to his res­i­dency at the Park Theater.

Where in the world is Ricky Martin? Ev­ery­where. Since join­ing Puerto Ri­can boy band Menudo at age 12, Martin has re­leased 10 solo al­bums—cat­a­pult­ing a world­wide Latin pop phe­nom­e­non—boomerang­ing from con­ti­nent to con­ti­nent driv­ing au­di­ences wild. And who can blame them? Mu­si­cal chops aside, the 45-year-old mu­si­cian is as charm­ing and gra­cious as they come—and since wrap­ping up his One World Tour and drop­ping the über-suc­cess­ful party track, “Vente Pa’ca,” he’s thrilled to set­tle into a Ve­gas res­i­dency at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo, be­gin­ning in April. Af­ter tour­ing for nearly three years, why did you de­cide to do a res­i­dency? “Ve­gas is some­thing I al­ways wanted to do. I wanted to be part of that amaz­ing, beau­ti­ful, his­tor­i­cal roster of artists and res­i­dents in Ve­gas … and the tim­ing has been per­fec­tion. All the pieces of this board are in the right place for us to at­tack in a very beau­ti­ful way.” What can au­di­ences ex­pect? “I’m work­ing with Jamie

King, who I worked with on a few of my tours [in­clud­ing] the Livin’ la Vida Loca tour. With every­thing he’s done, from work­ing with Brit­ney Spears, Madonna, and at the Su­per Bowl, I feel very pro­tected with him. It’s go­ing to be a show for the ages, a very in­ter­na­tional show. It’s im­por­tant for me to al­ways bring my Latin in­flu­ences, but hey, I’ve been around the world since I was 12 years old, so mu­si­cally speak­ing it’s go­ing to be very in­ter­na­tional. We’re go­ing to pre­pare some­thing very spe­cial for the crowd.” You know, you’ve earned a va­ca­tion. “Be­ing on stage is like a com­fort zone that makes me feel right about my de­ci­sions, about where I’ve been, and where I want to go… It’s my vice. I am ad­dicted to the sound, the roar of the crowd when the mu­sic starts, and I don’t see my­self do­ing any­thing else.” What else do you have in store? “With­out a doubt I need to lock my­self in the stu­dio and record more mu­sic. And between the shows in Ve­gas I will be vis­it­ing Latin Amer­ica and Europe for con­certs. And hope­fully Asia as well. We want to be very loud with th­ese Ve­gas shows. Once we’re done we’ll bring that pro­duc­tion around the world.” It doesn’t sound like you’re slow­ing down any time soon. “I laugh about this be­cause I’ve been say­ing I’m go­ing to rest for the past nine or 10 years, and then I sign a doc­u­ment say­ing I’m go­ing on the road again. That’s just the way it is.”

Ricky Martin has been livin’ la vida loca on mul­ti­ple con­ti­nents lately, but our fa­vorite heart­throb be­longs to Ve­gas— at least for now.

The Park Theater at Monte Carlo, 702-730-7777; mon­te­carlo.com; tick­et­mas­ter.com

For the last few years, Ricky Martin has been woo­ing au­di­ences around the world; here, in Auck­land, New Zealand last year. be­low: Do­ing the other thing he does best: leav­ing us weak in the knees.

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