(Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI - February 14th, 2004)
Josh Groban honored Detroit on Valentines Day 2004 as he continued his North American “Closer” tour at the Fox Theatre. As projected waves crashed around him, Josh Groban began his concert serenading the audience with 'Oceana' the first cut from his multi-platinum album. I don’t speak Italian, but somehow it didn’t seem necessary. His perfect pitch and musical interpretation were enough to captivate me sending shivers up my spine.
He and his orchestra continued for two hours (minus a 20-minute intermission) performing almost every cut from Closer and his prior self-titled album. I was honored to hear 'Your Still You,' 'Broken Vow,' 'Let Me Fall,' 'You Raise Me Up', not to mention the song that helped bring him to David Foster’s attention, 'The Prayer.' Although he duets with Charlotte Church on his CD Josh was used as a warm up vocalist for Celine Dion when Andre Bocelli was unavailable.
I was little disappointed that he didn’t perform the song in which I was first introduced to him. Both 'You're Still You' and Josh were featured in the 2001 season finale of 'Ally McBeal'. He was so popular that he returned the following season and a whole episode was written around 'To Where You Are'!
Josh Groban made Valentines Day 2004 memorable and more romantic than I could have possibly imagined. I was moved by his performance, and thankful for the gift of the “hottest tickets of the season.” In a world where so many musicians are marketed for their appearance and their talent manufactured by recording engineers and producers it is refreshing to know that every once in a while we are honored by a truly remarkable talent.
Reviewed by one very happy Edd Sleeseman for Exclusive Magazine