(Palace of Auburn Hills, MI - March 25, 2010)
A crowd of 13,000 close friends gathered at the Palace of Auburn Hills last night, or so it seemed to anyone lucky enough to secure tickets to the sold-out concert of famed crooner, Michael Bublé. For one evening, the always dapper and generation-defying singer transformed the Pistons’ arena into a cheering, dancing frenzy of lighthearted energy. From the first percussion crescendo, Bublé’s remarkably powerful tenor was barely audible over the thunderous applause, and the audience’s enthusiasm was soon rewarded as the performer opened with Cry Me A River off his newest album, Crazy Love.
After thanking the Detroit audience, Bublé continued with All Of Me in his characteristically strolling style. Fresh into his 2010 Crazy Love Tour, Bublé’s limitless energy was in top form as he played with the audience he so clearly values, even taking pictures with one lucky audience member mid-show. Bublé was sure to acknowledge his tour-mates and opening act, Naturally 7, who would join him later as he made his way to the center of the crowd for a performance of All I Do Is Dream Of You.
Moving quickly and effortlessly from At This Moment to Mack the Knife, Bublé’s flawless vocals continued to energize the diverse audience. Children at least as young as seven, and young-at-heart 80-year-olds were equally heard echoing the lyrics of Bublé’s hits, including his own Everything and standard covers like I’ve Got The World On A String.
Not missing an opportunity to rile up the crowd, Bublé, a British Columbia native and hockey fan, tossed in a few good-natured jabs at the Detroit audience by reminding them of their defeat to Canada’s gold medal hockey team. Later in the performance, Bublé surprised all assembled by announcing that Gordie Howe (“Mr. Hockey”) was in attendance, and graciously serenaded him with Happy Birthday in honor of his upcoming 82nd. He went on to dedicate a soulful rendition of Georgia to the entire Howe family.
After belting out favorites like Best of Me, Crazy Love, and For Once In My Life, Bublé treated the Detroit crowd to his dancing prowess during a Michael Jackson impersonation (complete with tilted hat). He then dove into a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off tribute of Twist and Shout, bringing the audience to its feet. This was soon followed by a daring procession through the throngs of admirers to the center of the Palace arena, where Naturally 7 joined him. In homage to Detroit, Bublé projected a large Red Wings flag on the stage as he thrilled the crowd with his signature single, Home. Making his way back to the front of the arena was no small feat, as admirers (men and women alike) vied for his attention during a walking performance of Save The Last Dance For Me.
Amidst ovations, screaming, and the occasional panty toss, Bublé kept the audience dancing as he concluded the concert with renditions of How Sweet It Is, Heartache Tonight, and Haven’t Met You Yet. After briefly escaping offstage, Bublé was coaxed into an encore by deafening applause. Returning with a stirring performance of Anthony Newley’s Feeling Good, the crowd was also rewarded with Me And Mrs. Jones and a final number of Song For You.
Before disappearing behind the “MB”-emblazoned curtain, Bublé expressed his gratitude to all Detroiters who made the effort to see him despite the economic hardships many here face. In the genuine tone so characteristic of this consummate performer, Bublé said he’d “come back a million times if you’ll have me” – there’s no doubt from the reaction of those thousands gathered in Auburn Hills that they’d have him back in a heartbeat.
Russell A. Trunk
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