Alejandro Fernández 2023 tour, dedicated to his late father, includes Rosemont date

The singer will be joined by his 29-year-old son, singer Alex Fernández, for the majority of the tour, including the Rosemont show.

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Alejandro Fernandez performs onstage at the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Nov. 16, 2017 in Las Vegas. The singer is bringing his 2023 tour to the Chicago area in the fall.

Alejandro Fernandez performs onstage at the 18th Annual Latin Grammy Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Nov. 16, 2017 in Las Vegas. The singer is bringing his 2023 tour to the Chicago area in the fall.

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For Alejandro Fernández, a Mexican music icon and son of the late Vicente “Chente” Fernández, it’s “never going to be easy” getting up on stage and performing after the death of his father in 2021.

“It’s going to be on your mind your whole life,” Fernández, 51, says in an interview conducted in Spanish. “I’m always going to miss him … the important thing is trying to overcome this and being able to dedicate my show(s) to my father.”

That’s what Fernández is setting out to do this fall.

In an exclusive interview with USA Today, Fernández revealed he is embarking on a new North American tour, his first in the U.S. since Vicente’s death. The 21-date Amor Y Patria tour kicks off Sept. 8 in Sacramento, California, at the Golden 1 Center and will continue with shows in major cities including Los Angeles, Houston, New York and Las Vegas. The tour will conclude in Miami on Oct. 22.

The tour arrives at the Allstate Arena on Oct. 8. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster.com.

Fans can expect “something special” from the Amor Y Patria tour, the singer says, which will celebrate Mexican music and his love for his native country.

Fernández’s Amor Y Patria will also be a family affair.

The singer, who first performed with his father in 1976 when he was about 5 years old, will continue the father-son tradition with his 29-year-old son, singer Alex Fernández, who will join him onstage for the majority of the tour, including the Rosemont date.

“I’m so proud of him,” he says. “I did the same with my father and he supported me a lot.”

Fernández says performing with his father Vicente, known as “El Rey de la Música Ranchera” (“The King of Mexican Music”), opened many doors for him. He never took it for granted because he “knew that spotlight was super important.”

In 2020, Alejandro and Vicente recorded their second duet “Mentí,” featured in Alejandro’s sixteenth studio album. The first song they ever recorded was “Qué Pregunta Muchacho,” released in 1992.

“I tried to make the best of every time I performed with my father,” Fernández adds.

Since his father’s death at 81 after suffering a fall that caused a spinal cord injury, performing without Vicente is no easy feat. The singer often breaks down in tears as he performs renditions of his father’s most popular hits including “Volver, Volver,” “Las Llaves de Mi Alma” and “Por Tu Maldito Amor.”

Fernández wrapped a sold-out U.S. tour for his “Hecho En Mexico” album in October 2021 before his father died. Recently, he has continued to perform in Mexico for the Latin American leg of that tour.

“I had to pick myself up and pick up all the pieces when everything happened with my father,” he adds. “Not only me, but my family, too, and returning to the stage was very difficult.”

But now, he has his son Alex as his support system onstage. “I’m just happy to be able to repeat this (tradition) with my son, guiding him from the other side,” he says.

The singer says he plans a special show in Mexico City this spring at the historic Plaza de toros México, the world’s largest bullring, to pay tribute to one of his father’s most iconic performances.

In 1984, Vicente took the stage at the same venue and Fernández says “it was one of the performances that catapulted him to international stardom.”

Fernández kicked off 2023 by releasing a new single “Inexperto en Olvidarte,” and promises fans they can expect a new album soon.

“It’s going to be a busy year, we’re going to be in the studio a lot to keep churning out new music,” he says, adding fans should tune in to his social media platforms — and for old school fans, the radio — for new singles ahead of the album’s release.

Read more at usatoday.com

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