Photos by Damien Crocker
I walked into the RAC Arena kind of knowing what to expect after seeing Michael Bublé aka the “Beubs” perform on the Fire Fight concert on Channel 7, but really didn’t expect what I got when I saw his show live and in person. Not that I had low expectations, but I didn’t realise how lively this performance would be!
Wow! That’s all I can say! The stage and set up with his backing musicians was absolutely stunning from the get go, this was a wonderful looking production. When Michael finally appeared from a hidden elevator at the top of the stage, and started walking down the stairs ever so suave in a silhouette, I was laughing my arse off. Not because I found it funny, it’s because I was already being entertained to my full extent, that I lost it. I love when performers play up those timeless cliches. He hooked me from the get go, along with the thousands of women screaming in excitement – it took one second for me to “Get it”. I was in for a treat of an evening.
He started the proceedings off with a cover of Anthony Newly’s ‘Feeling Good’ and followed it up with his hit ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’. The precision and beauty in the mans voice can not be denied. He spoke to the crowd candidly, honestly, and with such great humor and comedic timing – Michael has clearly done his homework on Crooners of the past, he’s a charming fellow, and he had everybody in the palm of his hand. It reminded me of seeing Michael Bolton, I was almost as excited to hear him talk between songs as I was hearing the songs.
We then were treated to more wonderful cover versions of some classic songs like ‘My Funny Valentine’ by Rodgers & Hart, Harry Warren’s ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, ‘Sway’ by Dean Martin, and even ‘When You’re Smiling’ by Seger Ellis, among many others! The whole audience was in full on swoon-mode, floating on cloud 9 from Michael’s fantastic renditions.
Full props to his amazing backing band, backing vocalists, everybody was absolutely at the top of their game. Michael was so on point with his humor, I saw some small things he did here and there that cracked me up. He’s giving everybody a high five, moving around the front pit of the crowd, he shakes a mans hand and attempts to have a Thumb War with him, whilst he’s in the middle of a number. I mean… that takes skill. Whoever said Men can’t do two things at once?
Other huge highlights for me were his covers of ‘Buona sera signorina’, ‘You Never Can Tell’ by Chuck Berry as he got the whole venue dancing, putting his own parents on the spot to dance as well – and ‘Just A Gigolo/I Ain’t Got Nobody’ was my favorite number of the night. I was dying to sing along to this one but I only know it by the cadence that David Lee Roth sings it, so it was a silent struggle but still a thrill to witness!
He finished off the night with his ever brilliant ‘Everything’, and well as ‘You Were Always On My Mind’ which brought the house down! Especially that final note, dang bro. Nailed it.
Michael Bublé ticks off all the boxes as a Crooner – making the ladies swooners. He’s well dressed, charming, funny, confident, intelligent, sensitive, he can dance, he can sing – I’m a straight man but even I think I have a crush on Michael Bublé now. Forever a born entertainer, this was a wonderful evening for all that witnessed it. Bravo!