Daddy Yankee Land’s Emotional Farewell Tour in LA: ‘It’s My Goodbye But My Music Lives On’

It was hard to guess which song Daddy Yankee would choose to open his farewell tour show. Would he go with an oldie but goodie or stick to his newer repertoire to promote his new album, Legendaddy?

The one chosen to open his two-hour show on Thursday (July 28) — the second night of his five shows at LA’s Kia Forum — was “Campeón,” which was fitting. After all, he is a champion of champions, and watching his high-tech, riveting show, he is still unmatched 32 years since he started his career.

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A five minute countdown prepared (and hyped) fans who were eagerly waiting for Big Boss to make his grand entrance. Then, a life-size gold plane appeared on a 3,600 square foot holographic screen, landing in the middle of the third floor stage. Its pilot, Daddy Yankee, emerged wearing a black suit drenched in gold glitter.

“Are you ready, Los Angeles?” he asked a crowd that roared as they caught a glimpse of the artist who has shaped a generation with his reggaeton anthems. “I want to thank everyone who came. This is going to be a party the barrio“, he teased. And with that, the party began with Yankee performing alongside his energetic group of dancers, with 16 in tow and a live band that included nine musicians and backup singers.

Throughout the show, he took fans down memory lane as he performed classics like “Rompe”, “Machucando”, “Lo Qué Pasó Pasó”, with fans taking the lead in singing this song. “When the tour ends and I go back to Puerto Rico, I will remember this beautiful moment,” he said as he watched thousands of people sing the opening chorus to this number.

After a quick outfit change — at which point he rocked a baseball jersey with “Legendaddy” emblazoned on the front and the year “1990” on the back (a nod to the year he started his career) — he proceeded to sing “Mayor Que Yo,” Tu Príncipe”, “Y Yo Voy” and “Ella Me Levantó.”

Each performance was accompanied by dynamic and in-your-face visuals that truly came to life on the center screen, which was sandwiched between two jumbo vertical screens that projected Yankee and made him feel like he was standing right next door of you.

Adding another layer to the already impressive production were 180 laser beams that made every performance seem more impactful.

He also performed collaborations that have marked his career such as those with Wisin and Yandel, Ozuna and Luis Fonsi and although none of them were there in person to perform alongside him, they appeared on the big screen, so it feels like they were very much in the room.

Yankee was a man of few words during his show, but his emotions were palpable. A memorable moment of the night was when he received applause and cheers from the audience. At one point Yankee tried to speak but was choked. “If there’s one thing I’ve always appreciated, it’s the love you’ve given me. You can’t put a price on that,” he said. “Every time I came to LA to perform, I think it was all worth it. I will carry this moment with me forever.”

Towards the end of his show, he sang the global hit “Despacito” and explained the significance of this song, not in his life, but for music in general. “With this song we proved that we were here to stay. It changed music. It is now a song that will forever be global.”

The audience, even more energetic as the end approached, consisted of multi-generational groups. Behind me, a family with two little girls danced all the way through. Their toddler sang along to “Bombón” and even danced the TikTok challenge to this song, while her proud parents recorded the moment with their phones. “We laid the foundation and we’ve stayed,” Yankee offered. “In every cycle, generation after generation. I’m still here.”

It was less difficult to guess which song would close the show. Of course, Yankee would end with the all-time fan favorite reggaeton anthem “Gasolina.” He joked: “It might be expensive, but you still always have to fill up your tank.”

Finally, he thanked the fans again for their support and assured them that even though this would be his last tour, he would still be around thanks to his songs. “It’s my goodbye, but my music lives on.”

In March, Yankee announced that he is retiring from music. The reggaeton star culminated his musical run with Legendaddyhis first new studio album in 10 years, and this world tour.

Daddy Yankee’s La Última Vuelta Tour continuing with upcoming shows in Seattle, Las Vegas, Miami and Chicago. Check here for dates. Below is Daddy Yankee’s July 28 set list (note that set list may change for other tour stops):

1. Master
2. Remix
3. Problem
4. Butt
5. Machucando
6. Lo Que Paso Paso
7. Rumbaton
8. Ella Me Levanto
9. Mayor Que Yo
10. Mami No Me Dejes Solo
11. Tu Principe
12. Yo Voy
13. Shaky Shaky
14. Baila Baila
15. China
16. Pasatiempo
17. Somos De Calle
18. Enchuletiao
19. La Santa
20. X Ultima Vez
22. Water
22. Playero – Que Tire Pa Lante
23. Despacito
24. La Despeida
25. Que Tengo Que Hacer
26. Hot
27. Limbo
28. Candy
29. Con Calma
30. Dura
31. Gasoline

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