Our first date with Michael Bublé

The musician hit all the right notes at his first local gig in four years

The musician hit all the right notes at his first local gig in four years
The musician hit all the right notes at his first local gig in four years
11 Mar 2015

The musician hit all the right notes at his first local gig in four years

“Since a lot of you haven’t been to my concerts, today will kinda be like our first date – we’ll take it slow at the start, get to know each other, and if we really like each other, we’ll end up in my car having hot, dirty sex.” That, we must say, is one of the more unique introductions to a show we’ve been given – and it was delivered by none other by Michael Bublé himself.

It’s been a long time coming for the multi-Grammy Award winner, whose last local gig was in 2011 for his Crazy Love tour, where he serenaded a packed Indoor Stadium. This time, he was “back in a ballroom”, but a swanky ballroom it was indeed. He performed for two nights to sold-out crowds at Marina Bay Sands on January 16 and 17.

On the first night, a cappella group Naturally 7 got the crowd on their feet and grooving to the beat of their 40-minute set before handing over the stage to Michael, who was missing in action for a good 20 minutes (pre-date jitters, perhaps?) before bursting out on stage accompanied by pyrotechnics (“these cost a lot, thanks for helping to pay for them”) with ‘Fever’.

Pointing to the “rich people in the front rows” who had their bottoms firmly planted on their seats despite his repeated calls for people to get up and groove, he promised to get them up and moving before the night was over.

Declaring that he had “chewing gum for everyone!” to the chorus of cheers and catcalls, he admitted that he didn’t a heartbeat later that he in fact, did not. Boo – but at least he did his homework. 

The musician hit all the right notes at his first local gig in four years
The musician hit all the right notes at his first local gig in four years
11 Mar 2015

The musician hit all the right notes at his first local gig in four years

Taking a break to let us appreciate his outfit for the night, we noticed the crooner in a sharp suit complete with bowtie. Michael even had Team Bublé as his wingmen – the live band was what he described as a dinosaur – “a dying breed that is the best of its kind”. This first date looked promising right from the start.

If that wasn’t enough to get us interested, his next song ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’ fully captured the attentions of everyone present, with more than one caught on camera bopping to the beat while mouthing the lyrics with pride. And that wasn’t the last of it.

“It’s the best feeling in the world to write a song and have everyone singing along – even if they get the lyrics wrong. You guys sang ‘love, love, love’ with such passion but the lyrics are actually just ‘la, la, la’,” the 39-year-old grinned at the end of ‘Everything’.

From the upbeat cover of Backstreet Boys’ ‘Everybody’ cleverly disguised as “my grandpa and grandma’s wedding song – it takes a lot for me to get through this emotionally every time” to crowd favourite ‘Home’ in which we were tasked to “remember all the reasons why we fell in love”, Michael delivered on his promise to make this first date one we would never forget. It looks like we weren’t the only ones impressed, for we spotted a couple of “rich people” bopping along before the night ended.

The musician hit all the right notes at his first local gig in four years
The musician hit all the right notes at his first local gig in four years
11 Mar 2015

The musician hit all the right notes at his first local gig in four years

The musician hit all the right notes at his first local gig in four years
The musician hit all the right notes at his first local gig in four years
11 Mar 2015

The musician hit all the right notes at his first local gig in four years

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