Live Review: Bad Bunny Kicks Off ‘Most Wanted’ In L.A. With Spectacular Yet Intimate Show

Bad Bunny Performs at Arena
Bad Bunny performs live at Arena on March 14, 2023, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

No stadiums this year? That’s no problema for Bad Bunny, whose presence is so large that he made Arena feel big yet intimate — a remarkable ability from the Puerto Rican superstar who triumphantly returned to Los Angeles with the first of his three sold-out nights on March 13.

“Most Wanted” is an appropriate title for Bad Bunny’s western theme and cinematic production. The show — which, much like a film, is split into acts — opened with a wonderful overture that could have come out of a 1950s movie about the American frontier, setting a theme of a gunslinger doing what he can to survive and on the run, a story that seems to resonate with the trap star, and then it smoothly transitioned into star’s deep, reverberating voice singing “Nadie Sabe,” the opener of his most recent album, nadie sabe lo que va a pasar mañana. It was a perfect melodic appetizer before rousing the crowd with his energy and beats of “Monaco.”

The first act consisted of songs mostly from his latest LP, but he changed it up by going back to his trap roots with “Tu No Metes Cabra,” which was released in 2017, followed by “Pa Ti” and “No Te Hagas.” Bad Bunny took a brief break only to prep for the next phase of the show, which featured him coming out on horseback on the other side of the stage. He made sure to greet just about every section of Arena and accomplished that with a floating catwalk in the center of the arena that slowly spun around the venue.

In the final act, Bad Bunny transported fans to the songs we’ve been accustomed to lately, such as his 2023 single with Grupo Frontera, “Un x100to” as well as megahits from 2020’s YHLQMDLG (“Safaera” and “Yo Perreo Sola”) and 2022’s Un Verano Sin Ti (“Efecto” and “Me Porto Bonito”).

Bad Bunny, who is managed by Noah Assad of Rimas Entertainment and repped by United Talent Agency’s Jbeau Lewis, certainly played the hits, just maybe not the ones some expected, but that’s not a bad thing because it only shows how far he has come as an artist and how many songs he has in the reggaeton pantheon.

Early in the show, Bad Bunny took the time to introduce himself to the crowd, telling attendees that his real name is Benito Martínez Ocasio, a moment that felt genuine. A year removed from being heavily featured in the spotlight following a massively successful stadium tour — which propelled him to gross a then-record $435 million in a calendar year — and a romantic relationship often reported in the tabloids, Bad Bunny went back to basics in his “Most Wanted Tour,” and reminded fans what has made him one of the most endearing and talented Latin artists of his generation. It was the Benito show, and it was a damn good one.

“Most Wanted Tour” has been a massive hit since kicking off at Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Feb. 21. From nine sold-out shows reported to the Pollstar Boxoffice, Bad Bunny moved 139,357 tickets and grossed $37,549,690, which is an average of $4.17 million per concert.