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Bad Bunny to precede his Petco Park stadium shows with Pechanga Arena concert Wednesday

Ivy Queen (left) and Bad Bunny
Ivy Queen (left) and Bad Bunny perform at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards in Hollywood.
(Andrew Gombert/Los Angeles Times)

Apart from their very different musical approaches, there is a key difference between veteran Super Bowl halftime show performers Bad Bunny and The Weeknd that is reflected by their respective 2022 touring schedules.

Specifically, The Weeknd — who headlined the 2021 halftime show — canceled his entire 2022 “The After Hours” arena tour (including his March 13 Pechanga Arena San Diego date) in favor of his “The After Hours In Dawn” stadium tour. That new tour, at least thus far, does not appear to include a San Diego stop.

It’s goodbye, arena tour, hello, stadium tour, for the Canadian singer, who headlined the 2021 Super Bowl halftime show

Bad Bunny, who guested with Shakira and Jennifer Lopez at the 2020 halftime show, has also opted to do a summer stadium tour, but it’s in addition to his “El Último Tour del Mundo 2022,” which includes a sold-out Wednesday show at Pechanga Arena San Diego.

As a result, the Puerto Rican reggaeton music superstar will perform here three times in less than seven months, thanks to his Pechanga Arena concert and his Sept. 17 and 18 shows at Petco Park, where he will be become the first artist in any genre to play two back-to-back full stadium gigs at the downtown ballpark.

The Puerto Rican superstar’s ‘Summer’s Hottest Tour’ is also adding second shows in stadiums in Los Angeles, Miami and New York

How much bigger a production Bad Bunny will mount at his Petco double-header remains to be seen. But it could make his Pechanga Arena concert seem intimate by comparison.

8 p.m. Wednesday. Pechanga Arena San Diego, 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., Loma Portal. Sold out. axs.com

COVID protocols: For policy details, visit the venue’s website.


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