first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A sudden hard rainstorm did little to dampen the spirits of more than 60,000 fans of Mexican-pop phenomenon RBD on Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. The good-natured crowd, consisting mostly of preteen girls, their big sisters and moms, roared with delight as the six-member singing group performed hit after hit on a chilly night under cloudy skies. “Hola, Los Angeles,” were the first words from the performers as they took the neon-rimmed stage to an explosion of fireworks and smoke. Fans held aloft handmade signs and banners, singing along to the songs, which were largely pop ballads and gentle rockers. The incredible success of the group, which has developed under the radar of the English-language music press, is due to a Spanish-language teen-oriented soap opera called “Rebelde” (“Rebel”), which is set in a wealthy private school in Mexico City. The telenovela, which airs locally after school at 3 p.m. on KMEX-TV, deals with teen issues and stars the six members of RBD, who, in the show, perform in a band. “Anahi is my favorite because she’s popular,” said Cindy Lopez, 10, of Bloomington, naming one of the group members as she waited for the concert to begin. Her mom, Laura, added that, “Mommy likes them because they don’t use dirty lyrics.” In the hour leading up to the show’s 7:30 p.m. kickoff, vendors did a brisk business up and down Figueroa Street, selling T-shirts, hats, posters, DVDs, CDs, bracelets, pennants and necklaces emblazoned with the RBD logo. Inside the gates of the stadium, families waited in lines for pizza, nachos and soft drinks. The well-behaved, orderly crowd remained in high spirits despite intermittent rain. Whenever a KMEX helicopter hovered overhead, thousands roared and began doing the wave throughout the venue. The young fans, some of whom wore temporary RBD tattoos on their cheeks, screamed whenever one of their favorites took lead on a song. Of the six, Poncho was the choice of Martha, a 17-year-old from Wilmington. “He’s talented, he’s hot and he has a really nice smile,” she said without giving her last name. A longtime usher at the Coliseum said Saturday’s was the best behaved audience he’s ever seen at the venue for a music event. He said the orderly nature of the event would make things easier for cops since the L.A. Marathon was set to launch the next morning just a few blocks away. The concert, the first of RBD’s current tour of U.S. stadiums, was filmed for future episodes of “Rebelde,” which beats “Oprah” in the ratings in some major cities. When televised in Mexico, the series, which is now two years old, is 18 months ahead of U.S. plot lines. (818) 713-3676 [email protected]last_img

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