This journalist doesn’t speak or understand Spanish, but Prince Royce’s “Alter Ego Tour” stop at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on March 6 was nonetheless a thoroughly enjoyable, high-energy showcase for the singer-songwriter’s vocal talent, charisma and dance moves.
While the theater wasn’t sold out (ushers informed attendees they could move up after the first song), the audience was enthusiastic, so much so that Royce posted on Instagram the Spokane crowd was the loudest so far on his new, 40-city tour. This was in comparison to his first two dates in Seattle and Portland.
Other notes from the “Alter Ego Tour” concert:
This was the largest number of large load-in and tour semi-trucks I’ve seen parked outside the Fox.
Fox general manager Brian Ritter said pre-concert the production was cut by nearly half, as it is meant for larger venues, like an arena, than the Fox.
It wasn’t noticeable, as the stage setup was incredible and the most elaborate since the “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World Tour 2019” stop last September.
Royce said he wasn’t afraid of the coronavirus and would still hug and kiss his fans. At one point, he serenaded a very young fan onstage while holding her in his arms the entire song. His big biceps could handle the task.
Royce took numerous selfies with fans from the stage and on the floor, where he performed often throughout the evening.
During a roll call of attendees, fans shouted, “Yakima! Wenatchee! Walla Walla!” Royce shouted back, “I want to check out this Walla Walla!”
The English-language songs I knew were Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”; “Back It Up,” his hit with Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull; a sample of Justin Bieber’s “Yummy”; and Ginuwine’s “Pony,” to which he did a lap dance for a female fan onstage and stripped off his shirt.
Coincidentally, Royce handed out numerous long-stemmed red roses the same weekend “The Bachelor Live on Stage” was at First Interstate Center for the Arts.
I heartily applaud the Fox for booking a headliner who is young, talented and Latin – and therefore adding diversity to a calendar that is mostly white. Despite the language barrier, yours truly stood and danced alongside the audience the entirety of the 90-minute concert.
Spokane’s DJ A1 served as the opening act to hype up the Fox crowd. Royce talked with The Spokesman-Review on March 3 ahead of his concert. Thanks to his publicist, Jennifer Nieman, for sharing his predominately Spanish setlist.
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