AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL BUBLE Review- UTILITA ARENA
An Evening with Michael Buble Review
Utilita Arena 30.11
‘His charisma and ability to entertain is infectious’
The time of year has come where we all get ready for Christmas, and therefore we can expect the one and only Michael Buble to appear on stage. To be fair to him though tonight on 30 November this date represented his 93rd date of the tour -so he has been appearing throughout the year elsewhere.
Tonight we had been gifted tickets to see Michael, I had the fortune of seeing him at the O2 Arena in London last year and thoroughly enjoyed that gig. A year on and at Newcastle’s Utilita Arena was it to be the same experience? Sat in block 112 on the side of the arena we were lower tier, slightly elevated from the floor level seats which gave us the chance to see everything.
No support Act tonight, its all about Michael. Billed for a prompt 8pm start the musicians entered the stage about five minutes later and within an extra couple so did Michael. Looking great in his Blue suit and shiny black shoes, the audience erupted to mark his arrival.
Starting off with his hit Feeling Good he set the tone for the night as this was the feeling we were to go on and experience for the next two hours. Followed by Haven’t Met You Yet, these flashed back to the hits we all know of Michael fan or not.
Michael throughout also gave us an insight into himself and his thoughts. Early on telling us how he loves Newcastle and how on his day off previously was found to be shopping in Primark, and likening speaking to his 1 year old son like talking to a Geordie. Not in an offensive way but that he just couldn’t understand us! This being one of many moments he brought humour to the stage as well as an amazing voice. Realising also he had many kids in the audience he toned down the odd swear word and gave us an impromptu version of Let It Go changing his set list to adapt jokingly.
You truly feel that Michale Buble is genuinely honoured to be on stage and able to perform for us, his obvious joy from singing translates to us so easily and his demeanor on stage shows he has fun doing so. He also gave one audience member the opportunity to show her vocal talents in a duet. Samantha Holden from Teeside had the pleasure of being volunteered by what appeared to be her friends and picked out. Someone obviously knew she could sing as she took her moment superbly singing L.O.V.E with Michael a highlight that obviously will live with her and a great one to witness.
Buble continued to perform his hits, swing, soul and christmas hits belted out. His ability, charisma and ability to entertain is infectious. I believe he is a modern day Sinatra. Songs such as Fly Me To The Moon and My Funny Valentine showcased his vocals. Likening coming home to Newcastle he also sang the hit Home. From the start almost immediately the lower floor audience who were seated, had stood and continued to all night, dancing away.
Staging was perfect, on stage stood in front of a huge wonderful orchestra, a huge disc and projection screen showed michael on camera which helped the moments you may not have been able to see him as clearly. The projections changing to reflect the song with images of snow or videos of the songs that he had made, or a backdrop of planets that made you feel warm or moments and individuals from the orchestra performing up close.
Michael Buble hasn’t lost any of his charm, certainly hasn’t lost any of his good looks, performed a fantastic set that entertained from start to finish. if you are there for his second show you are in for a great night.
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