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Postby suzieQ » Fri Feb 20, 2004 3:12 pm

Latin pop star spices up Valentine's weekend

February 13, 2004

Latin pop star Enrique Iglesias spices up Valentine's weekend

At The Shore, (609) 272-7017

How big is Enrique Iglesias? So big that he stands as the biggest-selling Spanish language artist in the world - and he's only 28 years old.

Enrique Iglesias makes his Atlantic City debut at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort on Sunday, Feb. 15.

Iglesias, the son of Atlantic City regular and legend Julio Iglesias, will make his debut at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort's Mark G. Etess Arena on Sunday, Feb. 15 in Jersey Shore Entertainment's first nonrock production.

Iglesias, who co-starred in the critically-acclaimed "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" with Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp and can now be seen sporting a gladiator costume with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in a commerical for Pepsi, has sold millions of albums.

Five of his first six albums - two in English, four in Spanish - went platinum or better, with the other very close.

He became the rare artist to score a multiplatinum English album (2001's triple-platinum "Escape) followed by a U.S. multiplatinum Spanish album (2002's double-platinum "Quizas.")

Iglesias is on tour to promote his latest Interscope CD "7," which he says is his most lyrically profound and personal album to date.

The critically acclaimed English album's first hit single, the emotional, passionate ballad "Addicted," was composed by Iglesias during a stop in the former East Germany on a 100-date 2002 tour.

The new album combines Iglesias' addictive Latin pop style with ballads and some surprising rockers that show some '80s influences.

Iglesias, who seems like he is constantly on tour, recently agreed to be interviewed by e-mail. Here's what the superstar had to say.

Q: So "Seven" definitely had a larger focus on lyrics that drew more from your personal life. Why did you feel now was the time to open your heart a little more? Why did you hold back before?

A: I don't think I ever really held back. I just write about what is going on in my life at the time. It's really therapeutic to me ... I guess it saves me money on therapy. Writing has always been a very personal and special experience for me. I do open my heart and show my emotions; it's the only way I know how. I think it makes my songs more real.

Q: The new album definitely is eclectic - rock, ballads, dance. Was diversity as an artist something you wanted to prove this time around?

A: I don't think diversity is what I wanted to prove, but I definitely think it's something that is overwhelming noticeable in this album. I love all types of music: rock, pop, Latin, everything! I grew up listening to Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, The Police, but I also listened to Latin music and dance. I believe my music draws from all these different types of experiences and that it's more of an honest depiction of myself and my musical tastes.

Q: You tour a lot. If someone never saw you, what can they expect? Does the upbeat nature of the last two albums help the live show's energy?

A: The tour is just plain FUN. My main objective is to make the show a fun place to spend a few hours ... where you can go to just let go and enjoy the music. The show is a mixture of ballads and uptempo songs from all my albums.

Q: I just saw you in "Once Upon a Time in Mexico." Loved your character. Will you be looking for more roles in film or is music in the forefront right now?

A: Film is definitely something that interests me, but music is my main passion and always will be at the forefront. "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" was an amazing experience. I feel very fortunate to have worked with (director/writer) Robert Rodriguez and everyone else in the cast. I will continue to look at other small roles, similar to what I did in "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," but music will always be my No. 1 concern.

Q: What's the craziest thing to ever happen to you on tour?

A: The craziest thing to ever happen to me on tour? Oh God, I can sit here for hours and tell you stories that you won't believe. I have an amazing band and great people that travel with me which makes everyday a very unique experience. I'm a prankster - that's all I am going to say.


WHERE: Mark G. Etess Arena, Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Atlantic City. Show is a Jersey Shore Entertainment production

WHEN: 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15

HOW MUCH: $40, $60 and $80. For tickets, visit the Taj Mahal box office, call (609) 449-1000, call TicketMaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at

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