MICHAEL BUBLÉ – Slovenia, Ljubljana, Dvorana Stožice, 06.11.2014
The charismatic Canadian singer Michael Bublé delighted the audience in Ljubljana last night, in the full Dvorana Stožice, on his first show in this region as part of “To be Loved” tour.
Two shows, one in Zagreb and one in Ljubljana, were planned at first, but the vicinity combined with a hefty ticket price have done their deed and sadly, the Zagreb show was canceled, so Croatian fans went to Slovenia for a quality dosage of swing, soul, jazz, big band, and pop music.
Michael’s support group was the great vocal band Naturally 7, which, as the title suggests, is made of seven excellent singers who performed their great set entirely in a cappella. Of course, they also delighted the audience. Naturally 7 went on to be guests in two songs and later in the second part of Michael’s concert when they all performed at the second stage on the other part of the hall. You guessed it – the scenography was excellent, and the second, smaller stage designed with flavour in order to bring Michael closer to the audience on the stands.
Perhaps you don’t have such an impression, but Michael is one of the most popular stars of our time in the woeld (hence the ticket price), which was crystal clear due to the fact that fans from Croatia, Italy and even Poland came there to see him, and we could also see a Canadian flag in the audience.
There’s a little known fact that Michael is actually stemming from these parts of the world, supposedly from the vicinity of Trogit – did he know that Slovenia is not Croatia or he just expertly camouflaged the sentence after the first song that his ancestors are “from these regions” and that now for the first time he’s not only here, but has also met a part of his family which joined him at the show. Of course, he got a vibrant response.
He lifted the audience to its feet already at the second song “Haven’t Met You Yet” and the things pretty much haven’t changed till the end of the show, except at the part of the slow songs. He’s a master of communication with the audience, he acts totally natural, spontaneous, with a top-notch sense of humour, which he used to make us laugh quite often. Firstly, he “listened” to some of the wishes from the audience: he readily posed with a fan in the first row for the photo (the photo was taken by his bodyguard Jose), and after that he gave a young fan a chance to sing with him. The fellow did it excellently, so Michael jokingly ran away from him, saying that he will not let him have all the fame at the show.
Such a communication was continued during the whole show, shaking hands, taking photos, talking while walking from the main stage to the secondary one, and back. You can either think of it as making nice with the audience, but it looked like he really enjoys it, and the rest of the audience which watched all that had a great time, so then – the goal is achieved, right?
Musically speaking, at least to my surprise – Michael decided to put his own songs aside and make a “cover” show – of all those songs we all know, which he loves and by artists he respects, and it turned out – amazing!
The influence of Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Van Morisson and Tony Bennett was obvious – and how Michael does it is hardly possible by anyone else currently in the world of music.
The big band which follows him on the tour, named after the spirit of American football “Team Buble” is the absolute top of musicians who completely enjoy an excellent performance and communication with the audience. Nothing on this entire show was forced or cold.
A string of “serious” tunes of the above mentioned musicians was cut by Michael with unexpected, unappropriate songs then when he was about to prepare a prank.
For example, after a romantic set of songs and long talk about how he is a gentle, romantic soul and how his grandma and grandma were married to such tune, he performed in an unrecognisable, slow beginning the wild, dance song “Everybody” by the boy band Backstreet Boys, which his grandma and grandpa definitely never heard before. Logically, waves of laughter went through the hall.
The audience reacted similarly when he, all serious, started singing the superhit by Daft Punk and Pharell WIlliamsa “Get Lucky”.
Michael ended the regular part of the show with his “It’s A Beautiful Day”. He did another three songs on the encore with standing ovation, especially at The Drifters classic “Save the Last Dance For Me”. Such audience reception was probably something he’s used to having everywhere, but somehow we came out from the show that lasted a little under two hours with the impression that we really delighted him so much that he will come again (hopefully in Zagreb).
1 Fever (Little Willie John cover)
2 Haven’t Met You Yet
3 Try a Little Tenderness (Ray Noble and His Orchestra cover)
4 You Make Me Feel So Young (Frank Sinatra cover)
5 Moondance (Van Morrison cover)
6 Come Dance with Me (Frank Sinatra cover)
7 Feeling Good (Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley cover)
8 Lucky 13
9 I’ve Got the World on a String (Cab Calloway and His Orchestra cover)
11 That’s All (Nat King Cole cover)
12 Everybody (Backstreet Boys cover)
13 Crazy Love (Van Morrison cover)
15 Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)
16 Who’s Loving You (The Jackson 5 cover)
17 I Want You Back (The Jackson 5 cover)
18 To Love Somebody (Bee Gees cover)
19 All You Need Is Love (The Beatles cover)
20 Burning Love (Elvis Presley cover)
21 It’s a Beautiful Day
22 Cry Me a River (Julie London cover)
23 Save the Last Dance (The Drifters cover)
24 A Song for You (Leon Russell cover)
Report and photo: Anastazija Vržina