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Latin pop star makes the ladies
swoon with sultry ballads

Julio Iglesias
Chicago Theatre
Chicago, IL
July 10, 2010
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Story and photos by Andy Argyrakis

Long before Miami Sound Machine, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and even his own son Enrique Iglesias, Spanish crooner Julio Iglesias made the ladies swoon and the guys get jealous over his suave looks and even more sultry voice. Still going strong at 66-years-old, the 300 million album selling veteran continued earning screams at the Chicago Theatre, thanks to his debonair personality and a range that's remarkably well preserved.

During the brand new Starry Night Tour meant to celebrate his 42 years in show business, the singer split his time between Spanish and English hits, including material from his most recent studio CD Romantic Classics (Columbia). The collection covers a series of standards and pop material originally cut by everyone from Willie Nelson to The Cars and The Bee Gees, which just goes to show how versatile Iglesias can be as an interpreter.

As a balladeer, he's still second to none with a passionate style, swaying to the easygoing sounds of "Nathalie," casually snapping his way through "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," showing off his Italian mastery during "Caruso" and calmly closing his eyes throughout the tender "Can't Help Falling In Love." Though the bulk of Iglesias' two hour show was comprised of ballads, the retro heartthrob occasionally shook his bon bon ("Me Va, Me Va") as a six piece band, three background singers and two tango dancers fired up some horn-infused grooves. Sans some cheesy jokes and age inappropriate sexual innuendos, Iglesias remains an anchor of cross cultural crooning and class.

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