On April 17, Daddy Yankee officially announced his last concerts ever. His upcoming “La Meta” shows will take place on Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico, featuring an all-new production.
“Puerto Rico, we are now getting ready to say farewell to my musical career as it deserves. This will be my greatest achievement, to be with my people and with all those who will visit my beautiful island for my retirement,” the iconic reggaeton star wrote on Instagram.
In an emotional video montage posted on all his social media accounts, DY talks more about the meaning behind “La Meta” [The Goal/The Finish Line]. DY expresses that, ultimately, he chose to take the long but rewarding path rather than the easy and short one for his musical career. “That was the path I took in my life, to become an artist who represented his island with a sound that came out of the hood,” he says.
“Today, after three decades, I feel pleased for all your support, and to be able to shout together, that Daddy Yankee is not a singer, Daddy Yankee is a movement,” he adds. Yankee notes that now that his movement is heard throughout the world, he has finally reached his goal, or the finish line.
“For me, it is gratifying to know that I say goodbye to the stages where I was born, where I live, in Puerto Rico,” he says in the video. “And we are going to celebrate this with reggaeton. See you all at the Choliseo to enjoy ‘La META.’”
According to a press statement, the Puerto Rican icon’s upcoming “La Meta” concerts will be his final performances before retirement. The new dates come after he postponed his original PR dates (Jan. 6 to 8) at the Estadio Hiram Bithorn. He had to postpone them due to a knee injury and logistics.
Undoubtedly, Daddy Yankee’s final shows will close an impactful chapter in reggaeton history– but not without him receiving his flowers. In addition to receiving other awards, his globally-recognized anthem, “Gasolina,” became the first reggaeton song to be included in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress.
As of now, the last stretch includes five shows, with one matinee option. For more ticket information and updates, visit his official website.