Performing Arts Center's Segerstrom Hall from Oct. 22 through 24,
reminding Newport-Mesa residents why he's become the world's poster boy
for undiminished vigor.
Iglesias announced his presence on the English-language pop scene in 1983
with "To All the Girls I've Loved Before," a duet with Willie Nelson. The
Spanish performer went on from that successful collaboration to work with
artists ranging from Stevie Wonder to Dolly Parton, seducing North
America with the same ease of his conquest of the South.
These days, 56-year-old Iglesias' reach is global in a way that only a
handful of stars -- Michael Jackson is perhaps a safe comparison -- can
match. He occupies a Guinness Book of Records entry for his unmatched
sales and has recorded more than 70 full-length albums. His appearance at
The Center is just a brief stop in a tour that includes dates throughout
America, Europe and China.
"We go from Costa Mesa to Beijing," Iglesias said. At his Chinese
performances, "I sing in Spanish and in English, and nobody understands
what I'm talking about."
That Iglesias hasn't yet mastered a tune in Mandarin is remarkable. He
has recorded records not only in his native Spanish, but also in English,
French, German, Portuguese and Italian. His latest effort, "My Life: The
Greatest Hits" was released in six languages.
Underlying his universal appeal is a romantic approach to songwriting and
performing that hasn't become less passionate with age. Iglesias claims
that in concert he feels as vital and, er, potent as he ever did.
"When I'm on the stage, I'm 22 years old from my waist up," Iglesias
said. He quickly added, "From the waist down, I'm 25."
Iglesias jokes about his image as a worldwide sex symbol and lover of
women, but he says his day-to-day existence is probably less romantic
than his fans believe.
"That's a fantasy," he said. "The reality is different. I'm not an
international lover, I'm an international artist. I only make love in
The singer, who calls himself a workaholic, has been steadily churning
out recordings since his career began in 1968 under circumstances that