The Michael Bublé Experience: Surprisingly Fun
by Louisa Moore on Friday, October 11th, 2013
Two weeks ago, I found myself surrounded by middle-aged adults in the TD Garden. I was somewhat unsettled, and I wondered if I was in the right place. Who knew that Michael Bublé had such a substantial older generation following? Perhaps I should have expected this crowd, as I now realize that Bublé is very adult-friendly: he releases jazzy hits, loves to cover Frank Sinatra, stays out of the trashy tabloids, and avoids using expletives.
Unfamiliar with Bublé’s music, I nevertheless accompanied my friends, who are big fans, to the concert. Like many Milton students, I was familiar with Michael Bublé from his 2009 hit, “Haven’t Met You Yet.” Other than this song, I knew nothing about his music, and decided to prepare myself for his concert a few weeks prior to the concert. I listened to some of his top songs, but immediately forgot them. A week later, I found myself sitting in seats at this arena.
Bublé’s opening act, Naturally 7, surprised me with their driving rhythm and energetic stage presence. A group of seven male vocalists, Naturally 7 sings only a cappella but perfectly mimics the sounds of accompanying percussions and strings. They sung several original tunes, but their rendition of Coldplay’s “Fix You” was definitely a highlight of their performance.
After Naturally 7 exited the stage, flames erupted on stage, and my doubts about the concert and its middle-aged audience disappeared instantly. I could barely hear anything over my friends’ deafening shrieks, as Bublé, a clear class act, slid down a ramp and appeared in a full tux and well-shined shoes. He sang a song I didn’t know, but then jumped into “Haven’t Met You Yet.” His bubbly personality was infectious as he bounded around stage and pointed his microphone to the audience so that we could sing along.
Bublé sang a range of songs, from his own originals to older songs by Sinatra and Beatles to a cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” A seemingly good guy, he called a lucky girl with an eye-catching sign up to the stage. He dedicated his concert to a Boston Bombing victim, who received box seats, and even sung her favorite song, “Me and Mrs. Jones,” just for her. He even demonstrated his appreciation for his band, giving each one a solo. And on top of all these heartwarming acts, Bublé proved to be a truly amazing singer, even singing without any backup at one point.
At the end of the night, I was a fan. I had no idea what to expect beforehand, but I am so glad I had the chance to see Michael Bublé live. Ever since the concert, I have been obsessed with his songs, practically listening to them non-stop. His on-stage demeanor was classy, a trait that has eluded cultural icons in recent years. Though he probably won’t be back in Boston for some time, I encourage everyone to check out his music. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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