Talk about a Luis of all trades. Pop, Spanish ballads, rap, mariachi, funk, R&B, boleros--Luis Miguel did it all Thursday, the first of four nights at the Universal Amphitheatre.
In the wake of his phenomenally successful new album of boleros, "Segundo Romance" (an unprecedented 730,000 copies sold in the U.S. since its Aug. 30 debut), the Mexican pop star switched deftly and convincingly between styles in concert.
Accompanied by a dynamic 13-piece band, Luis Miguel (he always uses his two first names) demonstrated why he's clearly a step ahead of others in the same arena.
The former teen idol sauntered on stage clad in a gray suit and tie, reminiscent of a 1950s balladeer. But instead of launching the program with any of his trademark bolero s (most of them decades-old love songs befitting his garb), Luis Miguel started by alternating between straight-ahead contemporary ballads and his now signature funk and R&B-laced pop tunes. And while the 24-year-old cuts a dashing figure, his strength lies in his voice.