How long does it take to become an icon? Plenty of artists rise through the ranks quickly, but few have had an upward trajectory as fast as Bad Bunny’s, who has been the top streamed artist on Spotify for two years now and is currently on his aptly named World’s Hottest Tour that’s packing stadiums across the U.S. with Latin America to follow.
The Phoenix date saw an estimated 43,000 fans flock to Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, to see the Puerto Rican superstar (and opening act Deorro) perform hits from Un Verano Sin Ti, plus his three (!) albums from 2020 and other pre-pandemic tracks.
Palm trees flanked the stage in the outfield, and a design of sand and rocks completed the look: the baseball stadium was la playa, further enforced by the ocean waves on screen in the background. Off stage, there was an unofficial fashion show with attendees sporting their most colorful outfits paired with sky-high neon heels or expensive sneakers.
Opening his set with “Moscow Mule,” Bad Bunny had the crowd roaring from the very first notes, and thousands of cell phones taking video made the stadium seats a massive wall of glittering lights. The fans’ sheer fervor begs the question: Is he an icon in the making? Time will tell.
Check out our photos from the show!
Story and photos by Taylor Knauf