Thursday, April 15, 2010

Crooner in concert: Michael Bublé

Saturday, March 27, Michael Bublé performed to a sold-out crowd at the Allstate Arena. Apart from the difficult time leaving the parking lot after the show (jeez!), it was a welcome night out.

His 13-member backing band, comprised of brass, piano, and percussion, was excellent. (And a classy Bublé introduced them all throughout the show.) Despite being in an arena, the atmosphere was that of a modern club, with cool nightlife scenes running in the background. Naturally, there weren't any special effects; the focus was on the charm and talent of the musicians and singer. Bublé has a sharp wit and his interactions with the crowd were amusing.

Some of the highlights included his performance of Home, a favorite of mine, and when he described how the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off influenced him. Mathew Broderick's scene on the parade float "made him want be a singer"-- he sang a couple of lines from Twist and Shout to prove it.

His performance of Feeling Good was the crescendo to the concert and he began the last encore, Song For You, on the mike and ended without it. We could hear him perfectly across the length of the arena. Impressive.

Crazy Love (2009)
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Michael Buble Meets Madison Square Garden (2009)
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Call Me Irresponsible (2007)
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