They said it before their Spanish tour: Despite the elaborate sets and special effects, their concerts here would be all about the quality of the music. Mana kept that promise and then some with an extraordinary performance in Madrid.

The giants of Latino rock lived up to their reputation with a memorable show combining spectacle with the intimacy and immediacy that have always characterized the music of this Mexican band.

Lead singer Fher and his bandmates belted out 24 songs over the course of two hours, enthralling the 15,000 fans who packed into Madrid's Palacio de los Deportes.

One of the many high points came when Mana played their classic "Latinoamerica" accompanied by a parade of the region's flags that culminated with a combination of the Spanish and Mexican standards in a gesture of unity embraced by the crowd.