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Luis Miguel sets a record with Mexico City stand
By Ray Waddell - music.monstersandcritics.com
05/09/2006

Luis Miguel`s 30-show engagement Jan. 18-Feb. 27 at Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City grossed $19.3 million and drew 267,528 fans. It is believed to be the biggest gross in the history of Mexico and one of the top global indoor grosses of all time. It also broke Miguel`s 25-show run at the venue in 2004.

The Auditorio Nacional stand, promoted by Showtime de Mexico, wrapped a 51-date tour of Mexico that is also believed to be a national record.

'The whole tour was precedent-setting,' says Peter Grosslight, worldwide head of music for the William Morris Agency. WMA booked the outing for the Mexican native. 'The one specific engagement in Mexico City, we really don`t know how many shows he could`ve done, he probably could have done more.'

Grosslight calls Miguel, who is managed by Alejandro Asensi, 'one of the greatest artists there are, in any language, and this proves it. And it`s not limited to [Mexico]. We played seven [Universal Amphitheater shows] in L.A. and came back and just played Staples Center.

'Not only did we play the major cities in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterey, but we also played 14 other provincial [Mexican] cities, and played them, for the most part, in stadium venues with the type of production that any major contemporary artist would use anywhere around the world,' Grosslight continues. 'The logistics of doing that has never been done in Mexico, with three stages and two roofs leap-frogging.'

The 101-date tour started last September in the United States and then played Argentina, Chile and Uruguay through the end of the year before beginning the Mexican run in January. Grosslight says the tour`s total gross was worth of $60 million, which he believes could make it the top-grossing tour ever by a Latin artist.

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