Shawn Mendes at the Movistar Arena: the “typhoon canadian” shone in his debut argentino

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As if it had been a perfect match -with the 15 rest included-those on which there are no dead times and the ball never leaves the game, the first show of Shawn Mendes in Argentina lasted 105 minutes exact. And there was no need more.

The singer and songwriter canadian hit that hour and a half to show why it is one of the great phenomena of current global of the music industry, but also to make clear that behind the product of careful design to the smallest detail there is an artist ginormous.

The kid has it all: wasted wave, sings like the gods, tap barbarian -the guitar and piano, manages the times with a skill of those who travel scenarios for an eternity and has a physical state that more of a high performance athlete note.


“Muscle, breathability, warmth, and much, a lot of talent,” the formula of Mendes to win a perfect match. (Photo: Andrew D Elía)

Muscle, sweat, charisma and a lot, but a lot of talent. There is the key to what happened in the stadium of Villa Crespo on the night of Friday 6 December. And as if all that were not enough, and above all, and in addition, Shawn Mendes a few songs really good, at 21 years old, I’m 21 years old!!- allow you to have the support of a repertoire demolisher.

That’s why, 20 minutes into the show, you can give the luxury of already having taken to the pitch hits as There’s Nothing Holding Me Back and Stichesand having dropped three changes to feint from the piano with a brief snippet of Miss, which delivers just as a wink. Of course, you missed Camila’s Hair. But there was no need to come. As throughout the night, Shawn had available a choir of 16 thousand voices teens -enormísima majority in the Movistar-which never left him in no time.

Simple and rendidora, the putting in scene, with a large round screen background and lights are managed with good judgment. The rest did the public. (Photo: Andrew D Elía)

Simple and rendidora, the putting in scene, with a large round screen background and lights are managed with good judgment. The rest did the public. (Photo: Andrew D Elía)

Also stopped doing the four musicians that make up the training that aompaña, of net stock rocker. With a drummer, Mike Sleats, that the descose; a bassist, Dave Reasoned, that is more than just that, and is multiplied on keyboards; a guitarist, Zubin Thakkar, who keeps everything under control and passes a estiko to another with a fluidity fantastic; and a keyboardist, Eddy Ruyter, which also gets voices and fills the space with grace and precision.

From the piano, Bad Reputation invited to another choir multitudinous, and serves to certify that if a few days ago there was a laryngitis that put at risk its scale of buenos aires, there are no traces of it in the voice of the singer, who closed the first time with the “coldplayiana” Never Be Alone.

On piano, by Shawn Mendes tested a false start, Miss, and the voice of Camila-fold in the of the fans that filled the Movistar Arena. (Photo: Andrew D Elía)

On piano, by Shawn Mendes tested a false start, Miss, and the voice of Camila-fold in the of the fans that filled the Movistar Arena. (Photo: Andrew D Elía)

The influence of the band Chris Martin it is notorious in the making of Mendes, and the guy does absolutely nothing for disimularla. On the contrary, what is reflected in the character of some choruses “stadium” that are a part of several of their songs, extends to the bracelets of the colors with which the public contributed to the making of lights, and the tribute explicit, with Fix You as the first of the encores.

But before we get to that point, Mendes traverses the second time “your perfect match” on the stage of “the rose”, located on the opposite end of the main. There, as the midst of his fans, the musician “wears” his piano with an enormous argentina flag, played with a cover acoustic I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), Whitney Houston, and a direct sequence to the heart, which includes Because I Had You, Life of the Party (the first issue published by Mendes, when he was just 16) and Like to be You. Three other hitazos, and go…


Face-to-face, Mendes spoke with the public through gestures, a few “I love you, Argentina”, and a couple of posts “social”. (Photo: Andrew D Elía)

And although it costs to determine precisely what was the greatest ovation that he received the canadian throughout his performance, without doubt one of the most thundering coincided with the moment that he hoisted the flag of the rainbow, that a long time ago and fortunately, it transcended the borders and expanded their representation far beyond the terrain of the LGBT community.

In a while, Mendes tell you that each one of those who are here have the power to change the world, and make this place a little better. “Nobody is going to remove the youth”, shoot it, and the crowd is a single cry. Something like the People Have the Power Patti Smith arengó a few weeks ago in the Luna Park, but without pretenses or those claims anti-systemic how well they sell.

You also don’t need Mendes take off his shirt to show off “back”, or cause “movement sexy”, or change of costume, or to appeal to low blows to seduce. At most throws some kisses in there, you rehearse a few “I love you, Buenos Aires”, revolea barbed non-stop and sticks a run for the fence to be hand-in-hand with the very first line of fans. But theirs is the music.

Master of ceremonies, Mendes encouraged the collective singing of the crowd, that it was not saved or a stanza. (Photo: Andrew D Elía)

Master of ceremonies, Mendes encouraged the collective singing of the crowd, that it was not saved or a stanza. (Photo: Andrew D Elía)

So, in the meantime, pass the songs, which are consumed the third block. Particular Taste proposes a tempo disruptor. It has an electronic pulse but it is done with traction to blood. On that basis, Shawn sings in falsetto, take selfies with a cam that is “borrowed” from the public-yes, there is also a bit of U2 in the plan Mendes-, and Where Were You in the Morning? it shows a sunrise in the sea on the screen, and a passage of sound, that ranges from gospel to ballad, and from there to the soul that the band “multitarget” resolves with a master’s degree in a matter of seconds.

The end, after another spate relentless –Fallin’ All in You/If I Can’t Have You/Why/Mercy– pointing to the center of the target. In My Blood it is another of those songs without contraindications, and with an epic worthy of a final of a championship that does not need extra time or minutes off your definition.

Flawless, the performance of Mendes in their first show in Buenos Aires. On Saturday 7th will be the second. (Photo: Andrew D Elía)

Flawless, the performance of Mendes in their first show in Buenos Aires. On Saturday 7th will be the second. (Photo: Andrew D Elía)

Mendes played, thrashed, won and enjoyed. It only missed the “don’t go, champion, I want to see you again.” But the feeling stay there, floating in the air in the Movistar Arena.

E. S.