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Ready to shake his bon bon

Ricky Martin will sky dive into MacDill to start his live show on CBS Saturday night.

By BABITA PERSAUD

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 26, 2001


TAMPA -- Ricky Martin already had secured his place on the Super Bowl A-list by headlining a concert from MacDill Air Force Base that will be broadcast live on CBS Saturday night.

Now he's doing a little showing off.

The singer plans to make a live entrance by sky diving into the base, his publicist, Kim Jakwerth, said Thursday as Martin rehearsed the show at MacDill's Hangar No. 3.

Martin learned to jump while on tour in Australia, Jakwerth said.

Sounds of trumpets and trombones filled the vast space Thursday night after Martin, looking grungier than usual in a black knit cap and baggy black pants, arrived fashionably late -- two hours.

He did interviews with VH-1, Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight and the local CBS affiliate, WTSP-Ch. 10, and was particular about keeping the camera a safe distance since he had little makeup on.

After sound checks, he sang the Spanish ballad She's All I Ever Had and the high-energy Loaded, moving the microphone as much as his hips.

The stage gives no hint that Ricky Martin's Super Bowl Saturday Night is coming from an Air Force hangar. The private concert sponsored by the NFL will air at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Yellow and black squares cover the wall. White Chinese paper lanterns hung from the arched ceiling. "Party, we wanted something that said party," said Joel Stillerman, the show's executive producer.

The party is an exclusive affair. Those attending will be NFL executives and invited guests, football players and celebrities who will be captured by a roaming CBS camera.

Martin will sing six songs. It is unsure what he will wear, Jakwerth said. "Gucci, Armani -- he has a lot to choose from."

A special guest will join him onstage. MTV, which is producing the show, is not saying who it will be. But it's not Christina Aguilera, his partner on the duet Nobody Wants to be Lonely. She's in Japan.

Carson Daly, host of MTV's Total Request Live, will emcee the show.

Despite his headliner status, Martin won't get to go to the big game.

He has to fly back to his home in Miami, where he is recording a greatest hits album in Spanish for Latin America. He'll watch the game from there, he said, rooting for the Giants.

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