The World’s Hottest Tour takes over the Oakland Coliseum!

Photo by Adam Swig

A “momento feliz,” 45,000 ecstatic Bay Area reggaeton fans dressed the part, sang, screamed and danced the night away at the sold out RingCentral Oakland Coliseum for Bad Bunny’s World’s Hottest Tour September 14th, 2022.

28 year old Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio is undoubtedly one of, if not the biggest musical artist in the world, celebrated internationally under his stage name Bad Bunny. He is an award winning, top of the charts Puerto Rican global superstar whose music stylings are described as reggaeton and latin trap. The songs are infectiously fun including a discography permitting some sexual innuendos that not all abuelas will adore. He is Spotify’s most listened to artist in the world for two years running. He’s even won title belts in the WWE. The World’s Hottest Tour is Bad Bunnys first Stadium Tour.

Before the doors opened Bunny made his presence known in the Bay Area. The day of the show he brought 80 people from his crew for a lunch takeover at San Rafael’s famous Puerto Rican eatery Sol Food with news going viral all over The Bay. His evening Oakland concert was sold out, with second market prices on sites like Stubhub and Seatgeek selling floor seats for over $1,000 and $400 for a spot in the nose bleeds.

But the ticket prices are worth it. The energy at the coliseum was electric. Coliseum staff in passing commented that it hadn’t been this wild at the venue since the Raiders played. Hallways were packed and bustling, lines were long for everything, but none of it seemed to matter when the lights went down.

Grammy winning American producer and DJ Diplo opened the show with his always professional blend of high energy global mash ups before riding over to his own sold out after party at the Great Northern in San Francisco.

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Bunny held the crowd in anticipation going on an hour after he was scheduled to (which made him blow past curfew). Does it matter when you’re the biggest superstar in the world? No. When the lights went down, the giveaway wristbands lit up, the beat dropped and nothing else mattered. Everyone was at the hottest party in the world and they knew it.

“Party, Party, Party, Party, Party, Party, Party, Party, Party.” The crowd, primarily Latin American and female, screamed along to the chorus from Bad Bunny’s 2022 hit song “Party” off his fifth studio album Un Verano Sin Ti (2022). Hit after hit, after hit, after hit, after hit, after hit, Bunny packed in a set of old and new material for over two hours and thirty minutes of high energy, bass bumping, crowd owning pleasers, his adoring fans dancing on their seats and singing along.

“It’s an incredible show” commented attendee Angie, from Redwood City. “Just like he said it’s a full perreo (twerking). One of the biggest parties that there is and full of fun!”

His monster set took a couple days to build and included an island setting with simulated beach and palm trees props, massive screens, LED lights, lasers, pyrotechnics, fireworks, a rectangular walkway set out deep into the crowd which the tour labeled “The Playa.” Dancers of all demographics, shapes and sizes, and sexes filled the walkway for high energy dance numbers, affirming Bad Bunny’s commitment as a socially conscious LGBTQ ally and supporter of gender fluidity. At one point during the latter part the show Bunny flew over the massive crowd on a neon lit palm tree-island flying rig. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a Bad Bunny!

Almost as entertaining as Bad Bunny were his fans. Many like Miguel from Pittsburg dressed in Bad Bunny themed costumes but most were styled for a night out in Miami wearing short skirts, colorful tight fitting dresses, and bikini tops on a not so hot and humid ‘Miami’ night in Oakland. “Flaunt what you got, and if you don’t got it, flaunt it anyway.” Said Susi from San Francisco.

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The crowd repeatedly chanted “Mexico, Mexico, Mexico” during song breaks, undoubtedly letting the Puerto Rican Bunny know who was out there in the crowd. If this was the energy in Oakland, one can’t even imagine what awaits Bad Bunny on the October dates of his tour when it heads through major cities in Central and South America.

Bad Bunny’s performance may have gone off without a hitch, but some parts of the fan experience did not. One attendee mentioned she felt lucky she wore boots and felt bad for some of the female concert goers dressed to impress who were wearing open toed shoes to match, but struggled to keep their feet dry in the malfunctioning sewage flooded Coliseum bathrooms. Others complained about sold out parking lots with long walks to the venue from overflow lots, the untimely disorganization trying to get the proper wristbands needed for access to their expensive floor seats, or waiting in long merchandise lines only to wait longer because the wifi would go out on the cashless payment system. Some merchandise stands had to shut down completely because fans had lost patience and began just taking what they wanted as reported on TikTok. Adding insult to injury, the $10 parking lot bootleg parking lot tees were unimpressive for the magnitude of the Oakland event.

Despite the minor experiential inconveniences, the show was 10/10 in entertainment and fun. This writer tips his neon beanie to Bad Bunny, and can’t wait to experience another of his shows. Seeing Bad Bunny rock out in vintage A’s green overalls gave me a major epiphany on how to get the crowds coming back to the Coliseum for baseball games. Send a message to The Oakland A’s ownership: Sign Bad Bunny! Can’t you hear it, “Now batting, Designated Hitmaker, Bad Bunny!”

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