Gloria Trevi's Nokia Theatre performance was a feast for the eyes and ears. (Andrew Carrillo/Living Out Loud LA)
As the lights dimmed over the 3,500 fans in attendance at Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Friday night, a strange-looking robotic-like face appeared on a giant screen and began a countdown to when Gloria Trevi would come on stage.
During the five minutes or so of waiting and watching dancers and band members move and play, Trevi finally appeared wearing an extravagant outfit: metallic red short shorts, teal vest with dark long sleeves, police-type hat, shades, long black leather boots and a double gun holster. This, and more, was part of her current tour, dubbed “De Pelicula” (Of a Film), inspired by the artist’s latest album, De Película.
Over the years, the 46-year-old, Mexican pop-rock singer-songwriter, who started her illustrious music career in the 1980s, has been notorious for her flamboyant and colorful clothes while singing in live performances akin to those of Lady Gaga and Madonna. Her show in Los Angeles last night was no exception; she went through a total of 18 wardrobe changes during the two and a half hour-long set.
Despite her middle age, Trevi still has various things going for her. Foremost, she remains young at heart in all aspects of her life: emotionally, mentally and physically. Her body, including long, sexy toned legs, is that of a 20-year-old. Her smile is a lively asset. She certainly doesn’t act her age, but she also doesn’t look her age.
After her opening track, Trevi delivered the upbeat and rocky “Cinco Minutos,” first released in 2008. Guitar is prominent on the track, and the chorus and Trevi’s dance moves made it an infectious experience. Trevi, who had four male dancers and four female dancers by her side throughout the night, is a solid dancer – well, at least for her original material.
“Zapatos Viejos,” a song from 1992, caused lots of nostalgia among the fans. One even screamed in Spanish saying, “Oh my god. This is my jam. I remember it like it was just yesterday.” At one point, the crowd sang along with Trevi, “Zapatos viejos. Zapatos viejos.” The lyrics told of a pair of old shoes that were loved by the person who wore them.
Another crowd favorite was Trevi’s “Con Los Ojos Cerrados.” The rocking, romantic feel of it had everyone enjoying the full four minutes of her early repertoire. “Con Los Ojos Cerrados” dealt with a woman’s struggle to stay away from a man who appears to be a bad influence. But with her eyes closed, all was well.
Both “Todos Me Miran” (Everyone Looks at Me) and “Gloria” were upbeat performances that got Los Angeles on its feet dancing nonstop. “Todos Me Miran” especially had a disco-feel to it, but its message makes the song enjoyable and respectable. The lyrics dealt with a young man who is a cross-dresser despite the criticism of those around him.
“I let my hair loose, and dressed as a queen. I put on my heels, did my make-up and looked beautiful. I walked to the door but heard you yell at me. But your chains can no longer hold me. I stared off into the night ,and it was no longer dark. It was full of sequins,” Trevi sang in Spanish. It’s darn good way way to look at things; the controversial piece has perfect lyrics.
“Pelo Suelto” was the highlight of Trevi’s two-song encore, which signaled the end of a spirited night.