The Michael Buble Crazy Love ConcertApr 13th, 2010 | By Lindsay | Category: Michael Buble Locations
As I have mentioned countless times before on this blog, this stalker is one hundred percent, head over heels in love with cutie crooner Michael Buble. In fact, my fiancé and I are currently in the midst of creating our wedding slide show and the vast majority of songs I picked out to play during it are, of course, Michael Buble songs, which had my fiancé griping, “Lindsay, not EVERY song can be by him! Let’s have some variety!” Being that my dad and I are doing our Father/Daughter dance to “Save The Last Dance”, also by MB, I guess I am going to have to concede his point. Otherwise our wedding might just turn into a Michael Buble dance party. Which, now that I think about it, wouldn’t actually be such a bad thing. But I digress. So, when tickets for Michael’s Crazy Love Tour went on sale a few months back, I tried to purchase some for my parents, my fiancé, and myself. Sadly, though, the show sold out within minutes and I was turned away empty-handed. I did manage to find some on the ticket resale website StubHub a few weeks later, but seats were going for about $350 a piece. I almost bought them, too, but the Grim Cheaper put his foot down and told me in no uncertain terms that “no way, no how” was I to buy those tickets. Needless to say, I was crushed. Then, a few weeks ago, I happened to mention my desire to see MB in concert in my blog post about the Michael Buble Suite at the Best Western Alderwood Hotel and, as fate would have it, fellow stalker David immediately emailed me and said he might be able to hook me up with tickets. And, sure enough, he did! I got a call from him at about 1 p.m. this past Friday afternoon saying that he had two very reasonably priced tickets for that evening’s show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles if I wanted them. I was driving at the time and, let me tell you, I just about crashed into a tree I was so excited. I immediately called up my fiancé to tell him the news, but I was so keyed up he couldn’t understand me. He kept saying, “Lindsay, slow down! Calm down! I don’t know what it is you’re trying to tell me!” He told me later that at the time he actually thought I had been in an accident or something. LOL For the rest of the day, I could hardly sit still due to excitement as I knew that in just a few short hours I would be at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles waiting for Michael Buble to take the stage! YAY!
David had told me when he called that the seats he had secured were good ones. And, while I knew that we would be sitting fairly close to the stage (we were in Row 17), I had NO IDEA how close we would actually be. The above picture is my reaction when we entered the arena and saw our seats for the very first time. I was literally DYING!
And while our tickets stated that we were sitting in “Row 17”, our seats were, in actuality, only six rows back from the side of the stage. You can see in the above photograph how incredibly close we actually were. The moment I first saw the stage and realized our close proximity to it was extremely bittersweet for me, as I had planned on bringing my dad to the show that night. Unfortunately, though, he was not feeling well and was unable to accompany me, which absolutely broke my heart. My dad is an even bigger MB fan than I am (if that’s possible!) and he would have ABSOLUTELY DIED to have attended one of his concerts sitting in the kind of seats that we had. My dad not being there was truly my only regret of the night, though. The rest of the evening was sheer perfection!
The night’s opening act was a group called Naturally 7, whom I was already familiar with from the song “Stardust”, which is featured on MB’s Crazy Love CD. Naturally 7 is a group of 7 – duh! – performers who specialize in what they call “Vocal Play”, a method of beat-boxing in which they use their voices, mouths, and bodies to impersonate instruments such as trombones, harmonicas, trumpets, and drums. They were simply incredible and if I had closed my eyes throughout their performance I would have been convinced that there were actual instruments onstage. Thanks to their jazzy-type sound, they were the absolute perfect opening act for a Michael Buble show.
At around 9 p.m., after Naturally 7 left the stage, the lights finally dimmed and the strains of “Cry Me A River” came blasting through the arena. Michael first appeared as a shadow behind a white curtain, conducting his band, and then the curtain slowly parted and there he was! Standing about 30 feet in front of me! Sigh! I borrowed my dad’s camera for the concert, as his is a lot better than mine, but unfortunately, due to the incredibly bright lights on stage, most of my pictures did not come out. Such a shame, too, as we really could have gotten some amazing shots of Michael.
After his big opener, MB addressed the crowd, something he actually does quite frequently throughout the show. As New York Post writer Dan Aquilante wrote in his March 22nd review of Michael’s recent Madison Square Garden concert, “The one trick that can’t be borrowed or learned is genuineness. There’s nothing phony about Buble. When he speaks to the crowd, it’s as if you’re in his living room.” Couldn’t have said it better myself! Michael very early on established the fact that this would not be your typical concert, but that he instead wanted us to think of it like a party – a party with 14,000 guests, no less, but still a party. He said that he would not be standing onstage simply singing songs while looking down at his shoes, but that we were “in it together” and if we wanted to sing along, that we should absolutely sing along, that if we wanted to dance, we should get out of our seats and shake our caboose, and that if the people behind us didn’t like it, well, we should just . . . and then he stuck up his middle finger and waved it out at the crowd, Ed Rooney from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off-style. LOL I guess it goes without saying that the guy is absolutely HILARIOUS! I had seen him in enough interviews to know that he was funny, but I had no idea how funny until this past Friday night.
Michael Buble is an absolute and total goofball and, as you can see in the above photographs, spends the vast majority of his time onstage laughing. LOVE IT! It is blindingly obvious how much he enjoys performing and that sheer kind of joy is nothing if not contagious.
He also spends a lot of time having actual conversations with people in the audience. One lady asked him if he was married, as he appeared to be wearing a wedding ring, which you can see in the above picture. He explained, though, that he had just recently gotten engaged to his Argentinean girlfriend, Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre. The woman who had asked the question cried out, “Oh, I’m Argentinean, too!”, to which Michael said, “Well, then you know! It is customary in your culture for a man to also wear an engagement ring.” The woman gave him a blank stare and then MB said, “OK, I guess not! Well, she sure had me fooled!” LOL See what I mean – HILARIOUS! Buble also does spot-on impersonations and can speak in hundreds of different accents, which he did throughout the night. It very quickly became exceedingly obvious that Michael Buble is not a singer, but an all-out performer.
What amazed me most about the show, though, was the fact that, aside from one set of pyrotechnics that was released during the opening song, the entire night was completely devoid of spectacle. There were no histrionics, no big dance ensembles, no videos playing in the background. Michael was accompanied onstage solely by a microphone, a stool, and his band. When you have a voice like his, everything else is just a distraction.
And, let me tell you, he had that audience on its feet the ENTIRE NIGHT LONG! He’s truly an OUTSTANDING performer and he gives no less than 100% the entire one hour and forty minutes that he is onstage. He runs around, dances his goofy Michael Buble-type dances, cracks jokes, and tells stories. And he is absolutely enchanting!
Before we left for the concert, my dad told my fiancé that he would no doubt be a Buble-fanatic by the end of the night, to which I said, “Are you kidding me? The Grim Cheaper is going to be sitting there the entire time thinking about the amount of money the tickets set him back.” LOL To my astonishment, though,the G.C. had a BLAST! There were points in the evening when he was absolutely doubled over in laughter thanks to MB’s onstage antics and I even caught him tapping his foot along with the music a few times. What’s even more telling is that at one point he ventured outside of the arena to use the restroom and I asked if he’d stop at one of the concert kiosks to buy me a T-shirt I had been eyeing. When he returned from the restroom empty-handed, I asked about my T-shirt and he explained that, while waiting in line, he heard Michael start to sing “Home”, so he immediately rushed back inside as he didn’t want to miss it! I guess my dad was right, after all – the Grim Cheaper has definitely become a Michael Buble fan.
My favorite part of the concert, though, had to be when MB talked about his childhood. Buble told the audience that most fans incorrectly assume that Frank Sinatra was his childhood music idol, when in actuality he loved none other than the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson! As you can imagine, I just about died upon hearing that! He went on to say that growing up he spent quite a bit of time on his father’s boat – his father was a professional salmon fisherman – and every time MB got a break during the day, he would go down to the galley and watch a little movie called Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. He said he absolutely LOVED the parade float scene and credits it with giving him his original desire to perform. Sigh! A Michael Jackson AND John Hughes fan? Could this guy be any more perfect??? Then MB went on to perform an awesome “Billie Jean/Twist and Shout” medley, during which he even did the Moonwalk!, and, let me tell you, I just about died! It was SO MUCH FUN! You can watch a similar medley from Michael Buble’s Madison Square Garden concert by clicking above.
For the grand finale, Michael sang his latest hit song “Haven’t Met You Yet”, which is one of my favorites. I couldn’t believe it when the confetti first started to pour down from the ceiling signaling the end of the show, though, as it had seemed to me that only about 25 minutes had passed since Michael first took to the stage. In actuality, it had been almost ninety! As they say, time FLIES when you’re having fun. I literally could have sat there all night listening to him perform. He was PHENOMENAL. After the grand finale, MB came back out for an encore of three more numbers, including “Song For You” which he said he ends every single show with. During the final stanza of the song he astonished the crowd by dropping his microphone to the floor and singing to us without using anything to amplify his voice. Let me tell you, you could have heard a pin drop in that room, the crowd was so wowed. His voice was so incredibly powerful, it was almost unbelievable. It was an absolutely amazing end to an absolutely amazing evening – one I will never forget for the rest of my life. I literally don’t think I breathed once during the entire show. Even now, days later, my Michael Buble fog has yet to lift and my pulse rate is just beginning to return to normal.
A HUGE, TREMENDOUS, AND VERY HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO DAVID FOR HOOKING ME UP WITH THE CONCERT TICKETS! WORDS CAN’T EXPRESS HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DID! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Until next time, Happy Stalking!
Stalk It: You can find out about Michael Buble’s upcoming tour dates on his official website here. The next leg of his tour begins on May 6th, 2010 in the United Kingdom.