Grammy-Award winning crooner Michael Buble sauntered into Indy for a one-night-only performance June 29 at Conseco Fieldhouse. With a stage setup and orchestra worthy of a Vegas headliner, the crooner declared the event to be a party, releasing beach balls and confetti throughout the show. Both his latest, and No. 1 ranked, CD Crazy Love, and the like-named tour seem to be about proving he is more than just a "rat pack" imitator.
And prove it he did.
Stepping out from behind the shadow of Frank Sinatra and company, Buble's biggest response from the audience came when he slid into his own smash hits including Everything, Home, and newest hit single, Haven't Met You Yet.
Noteworthy front act Naturally 7 received its own standing ovation for its rendition of Broken Wings and While My Guitar Gently Weeps. The a capella group, which became a sensation after a performance on a Paris subway platform was posted on YouTube, also performs with Buble on his latest CD.
Touring the world on a fast-paced, grueling schedule, Buble took the time to pack, along with his famous 80 suits, his happy-go-lucky attitude, holding nothing back from the ticket holders.
Perhaps that’s the secret of his obvious success.
The ruggedly handsome Canadian with the boyishly impish charm promises his admirers to always, "give so much more than I get." His working man's outlook on giving everyone their money's worth at his show, along with his heartfelt speeches throughout the performance, endears him even more to his fans.
This causes confusion for me.
Upon showing his fans so much respect, thanking them for their loyalty and crediting them with his rise to fame and fortune it seems odd that he would then disrespect the same group of people with offensive locker room language and humor.
Certainly a man able to create such beautiful lyrics should understand his romantic, poetic side is what draws people to his concerts and the music stores. Can he not refrain from unnecessary, and inappropriate, bar room antics for two hours?
Aside from the awkward comments, Buble’s performance ran at full speed, with the singer intermingling with the crowd while covering standards and contemporary tunes. The song list was wide-ranging, allowing fans to enter his world, from childhood through his adult years. Besides his own hit singles, Buble also covered standards, such as All of Me and Mack the Knife, and personal favorites including, Heartache Tonight, At This Moment and Twist and Shout.
Bottom Line: Michael Buble, the hardest working performer currently on tour, turns in an A+ performance of high energy, sincerity and quality. Prerequisites for attending a Buble performance: a party attitude, a willingness to join in and an inside aisle seat.
*This column was originally published, in the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, West Side Community News, West Indianapolis Community News, Pendleton Times-Reporter, Fortville-McCordsville Reporter and New Palestine Reporter.
*Photo credit: Lisa Gissara