And one day he came back. Ricardo Arjona He returned to his beloved Buenos Aires, that city that knew how to shelter him when he was still an unknown artist who sang on Florida Street. But this return to Argentina was perhaps the most special of his career: of course, it is the first after the pandemic that put not only the music industry on pause, but all of humanity.
The climate to receive it in the movistar arena it was unbeatable. Already several minutes before his first function – he will do seven in total -, the stadium was full. The audience, mostly women, was eager to receive it. In the first rows, the two most euphoric fan clubs could be spotted: they were easily distinguished by their flashy dress codes, one of them with their neon green shirts, the other with fuchsia wigs. It is that if there is a singer who can boast of the euphoria of his followers, that is the Guatemalan.
“I finally apply!”was read in one of the many posters that could be glimpsed in the crowd. The fanatic who prepared it made reference to the mythical song “Lady of the Four Decades” which premiered 28 years ago, when she was barely 13. And today her age fits her perfectly. “Ricardo, I have a free big hug for you”, “I love you”, and many other legends, in some other cases a little more risqué, were also part of the messages that people sent to the artist. And mixed among the fans, the presence of Claudia Villafaneconfessed admirer of Arjona since its inception.
The lights went out and the wait was over. A few minutes before ten o’clock on Friday night, when the first chords of “Bath” the shouts of the public were felt strongly. And, although he could not yet be seen on stage, the crowd sang along. Finally, towards the end of the first song, the protagonist of the night appeared: dressed in an impeccable black suit and sneakers, on a stage. There yes, the delirium was total. Then they would follow “If I were”, “Dying to live” Y “She”. And finally, his first words.
“It’s been a long time, a lot has happened”began by expressing the artist. And he continued: “The world became much crazier than it already was. Things work in a strange way since we don’t see each other. They put us in four walls, they locked us up there, they put masks on us, they left us with a cell phone in our hands and nothing to do, which is more dangerous than a nuclear bomb. So we got creative and started inventing things.” Meanwhile, she detailed: “Strange things, one more than the other. Today, we accept them, but we do not understand them. For example, in this time of doing nothing 32 genders appeared, as if it were important to add genders and not let people do what they want with their bodies”.
“And people appeared out there, who failed at home, in their neighborhood, in their city, in their country, with their family… They failed everywhere, but today they are coaches, they teach people how to live and give conferences. There are everywhere, ”she continued. And he referred to the rise of inclusive language: “There were people who paraded to provoke the change of the vowels in the words. I would have to say hello tonight: ‘Good evening everyone’, for example. That is the product of being locked up with nothing to do.” As a nod to his female audience, he noted: “Others paraded around saying from the rooftops that women had to earn more than men… and I said: ‘And why can’t they earn more?'”. So, she gave rise to the next topic of hers, “Mushrooms”: “Since I didn’t understand so much, I managed to rescue at least the first line of this song. I am happy to be here, welcome, thanks for being here”.
The endless list of hits continued with “Apnea”, “Come with me to be alone”, “Love” Y “The problem”among many others. And, in a slightly more verbose facet than on other occasions, he never stopped interacting with people: either to make introductions about a particular song, or even to appreciate the original posters that he could read from the stalls. For instance, one of the banners read “Martha”the name of one of your themes. “Well, we’re going to do that one, what’s more, I don’t think I’ve ever done it…anything could happen, we’re going to try to do the best we can. Is your name that too? Oh no, it’s a song, ”she commented to the spectator who showed her the poster.
But without a doubt, the fanatic who generated the envy of the thousands of others who were present was one who was in the front rows, and who was fortunate that the singer took her cell phone and made a video call with a friend, to whom she dedicated “Lady of the four decades”.
There were no classics either. “Tell me no”, “When”, “How it hurts”, “Taxi story”, “Nude”, I know you”, “Minutes” And several more. In what seemed to be the end, she played “Was you”one of the most anticipated, but there was still time for one more, because the night could not end without “Women”that blew up the stadium in a closing that had a more than special wink for the local fans: Arjona quickly took off his suit to quickly go back on stage wearing the “10” of the Argentine team.
In a show that lasted more than two hours, Arjona not only did not disappoint, but made his audience vibrate. “Brothers, you are loved! Thank you!”he said goodbye, grateful for the affection of his followers who, once again, accompanied him, as they have for more than 35 years.