I am not ashamed to admit that I have had a crush on this man since his song “Moonlight Lady” came out in 1984 and hold fond memories of watching as he guest starred on The Golden Girls in 1989 as Sophia Petrillo’s secret Valentine’s date. Julio Jose Iglesias de la Cueva has been swooning women and capturing hearts in over 14 languages on over 80 albums for over 40 years now. If nothing else, you have to give him props for those numbers. I have always wanted to see him in concert and was finally presented with an opportunity to do so that I simply could not pass on. Even with the daunting logistics of traveling to the not-so-picturesque town of San Bernardino, being exposed to the bizarro vibe of the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, and having to endure the Russian cheesemeister opening act singing Steve Miller’s “Abracadabra,” it was all worth it to realize my long held dream of watching this sexy Spaniard sing his songs for me, live and in the flesh.
Looking dapper as always, Julio appeared in a suit amongst a stage filled with band members, Brazilian back up singers and a world class Latin ballroom dancing duo. Really impressive production. I loved how he spoke to the crowd, sharing comical and touching background and personal stories related to the songs. This man knows exactly how to seduce his crowd into complete submission. That sparkling smile, the thick accent, those boyishly charming English grammar mistakes and his undeniably talented voice all made for a mesmerizing concert experience. So much action happening on the stage, it was like watching Cirque du Soleil, Julio style. Singing way too many songs to keep track of, some of the best being “Begin the Beguine,” Wham’s “Careless Whisper,” the Cars’ “Drive,” Willie’s “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” and my favorites of the evening being “Amor,” “La Carretera,” and “Me Va Me Va.” Tragically, Julio did NOT play “Moonlight Lady” much to my heartbroken horror. Such is life. Regardless, I was totally entranced and easily could have listened to two more hours of Julio’s sensually exotic voice. I only wish I had seen him play at the ginormous arenas back when he was really flying high in his heyday. Nevertheless, my crush continues while my respect soars for this incredibly gifted, legendary and prolific singer songwriter.