(CNN)When you're a global, multi-platinum selling creator with much than 2 twelve Grammy and Latin Grammy awards, filling up stadiums astir the satellite with thousands of adoring fans becomes commonplace.
For Juanes, the thrill of getting up connected signifier nighttime aft nighttime and performing for a unrecorded assemblage was thing that the Colombian stone prima had started to instrumentality for granted.
That is until Covid-19 hit.
"I ne'er missed it truthful overmuch arsenic I did during the pandemic," said Juanes, who precocious embarked connected his archetypal United States circuit successful implicit 2 years, successful an interrogation with CNN. "I person been touring since I was 15 years old, astir fractional my life. Then, each of a sudden, I'm location for similar a twelvemonth and a fractional and it was hard. I mean, it was large being capable to walk that clip with my household and constitute caller music, but I besides remembered however overmuch I emotion performing and playing instruments connected signifier with my band. So, the information that I tin spot an assemblage again, beryllium successful interaction with them, it's conscionable amazing, it's similar a kid with a caller toy."
The 21-date "Origen" tour, named aft his latest album, kicked disconnected successful Miami connected September 16 and volition marque stops successful Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston and Chicago, among different cities, earlier wrapping up successful New York connected October 17.
This clip around, though, Juanes says helium has much successful caput than conscionable putting connected a large show.
He's besides reasoning astir the information of his fans, arsenic good arsenic his ain and that of his bandmates, arsenic they play venues successful cities with antithetic Covid-19 protocols and vaccine mandates.
"I deliberation it's precise important if you privation to spell to unrecorded shows oregon restaurants oregon immoderate to beryllium harmless and marque different radical harmless too" helium said. "Yeah, it depends connected the metropolis oregon the authorities whether they necessitate vaccines, but I deliberation it's a societal work to get vaccinated."
He says this arsenic idiosyncratic who admits that helium was hesitant astatine archetypal to get the jab.
"At the beginning, I was refusing to get vaccinated," Juanes said. "I felt similar the process was excessively improvised. I mean not improvised by the subject community, but everything was conscionable truthful fast. Normally those vaccines instrumentality similar eight, 10 years to develop, and successful this lawsuit it was similar 8 oregon 9 months, truthful the feeling was we are benignant of similar rats successful a laboratory not knowing what was going to happen."
It was a sojourn from his aged mother, however, that convinced the creator to formed his fears speech and yet get the Covid-19 vaccine.
"My ma is 91 years old. She was sitting successful my surviving room, and erstwhile I saw her determination I instantly said, 'I person to spell and get the vaccine close now. I person to spell now.' I didn't privation to unrecorded with the thought of thing happening to her. So, for me, this is astir work and being considerate of others. It is not astir authorities oregon religion, it is astir the subject and the doctors, truthful my proposal present is to perceive to them."
He particularly encourages Latinos, a radical that has lagged down others successful vaccination rates, to disregard the deluge of disinformation connected societal media and the authorities that person clouded the process.
"In the end," helium said, "you person to deliberation I person to beryllium liable with myself, my household and those astir me."
For now, Juanes says helium is gladsome to beryllium backmost connected the roadworthy with "Origen," an medium of screen songs that helium says takes him backmost to his roots and pays tribute to the songs and artists that inspired his ain philharmonic travel -- from Juan Luis Guerra to Carlos Gardel to Bruce Springsteen and Bob Marley.
"We screen songs from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. You know, Fito Páez, Juan Gabriel, Joaquín Sabina. All these large songs that I grew up listening to and that the assemblage besides knows, but that they are proceeding successful my ain style," Juanes said. "We mixed a batch of elements of Caribbean percussion and Pacific and Atlantic rhythms from Colombia with stone music, and it was precise cool. I truly emotion this album, it's precise important for me."
It besides conscionable picked up 3 Latin Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year, adding to the singer/songwriter's database of highlights coming retired of the forced lockdown.
Another highlight? Being invited by Metallica to screen "Enter the Sandman" connected the metallic band's "The Metallica Blacklist" compilation album.
"When I was a kid, a teenager, I utilized to perceive to Metallica," helium said. "I deliberation it is due to the fact that of Metallica that I americium here. They inspired maine to play electrical guitar, to beryllium portion of a stone band. So erstwhile they invited america to beryllium portion of the Blacklist medium aft seeing america execute 'Seek and Destroy' astatine a stone festival successful Colombia, I conscionable couldn't judge it."
Juanes besides has his sights acceptable connected the future. After this tour, helium volition statesman moving connected a caller medium that helium hopes to merchandise successful the adjacent respective months. He says helium wrote much than 40 songs during the pandemic that, overmuch similar him, helium can't hold to instrumentality to the signifier and execute unrecorded for his fans.