Descending from a digitally illuminated staircase wearing full-size angel wings that almost dwarfed her movement toned body into the fray of six backup dancers, along with four-piece band and two backup singers, this was Mexican icon Gloria Trevi’s entrance onto the Grand Theater stage on her Oct. 7 night Reno, Nevada stop of the Isla Divina Tour. And at no point over the next 2-plus hours did the singer have any intention of hitting the brakes on the performance.
Dating back to her teen years in the girl group Boquitas Pintadas, Trevi has lived her life in the spotlight – both performance and tabloid wise. But now in the midst of a 40-date tour for her new Isla Divina album, the performer nature of Trevi hit the stage, and it’s safe to say I have never seen a show inside the Grand Sierra Resort’s Grand Theatre roar so loudly from fans on their feet, cheering and singing along throughout the performance.
Throughout the night, Trevi would pull from songs from across her 13 albums – opening and closing with songs from her first solo album, 1989’s “Que Hago Aqui?” The set list leaned heavily toward her rock songs, raising the energy level immediately and holding it there across the course of the evening. And while her ballads such as El Favor de la Soledad and Mañana were present in her set, they were sprinkled in amongst more upbeat pop and almost cumbia reworkings of some of her songs.
Throughout the performance, Trevi would address the crowd talking about how following the past two years, this was an environment where people didn’t need to worry about pandemic and heartbreak, or politics and injustice. This night was to transport everyone to where they could have fun. Over the course of the show, she would transport the audience to quite a few places, as the numerous costume and stage set changes would lead from heaven to tropical islands to neon urban metropolis to hell. Between songs Trevi would lead the crowd through her fiery and suggestive jokes, though for someone who has been performing since the mid-1980s, there seemed like almost no points where the energy of her performance wasn’t caught up in a frantic movement or crisscrossing the stage while singing while grasping the hands of fans or dizzying choreography.
As younger generations of performers progress through the entertainment industry, there are names of perennial performers who are known for putting on a show regardless of how time progresses. And with quite a few younger girls in attendance with their parents, it’s clear that another generation will know of Gloria Trevi as one of these performers who don’t simply continue to tour, but go all out in every detail of their performances and put on a massive event nightly.
And as the night wrapped up, well over 2 hours after it had begun, Trevi belted out her closing song and took a bow to rapt applause by the room, promising that she would see everyone once again next time.