Concert Review

Michael Bublé Shows Why He Is ‘To Be Loved’ At Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center

No one told me he was going to be that funny.  I mean, I knew the guy could sing.  But to say that Michael Bublé is a just another entertainer is like saying Sydney Crosby is just another hockey player. Bublé is at the top of the game, an all star so far above his peers that it’s no wonder that he is considered by many to be the second coming of Sinatra.  What is obvious are those boyish good looks, those classic dance moves he pulls off, and those gorgeous notes his voice belts out at every turn.  What one does not get to witness unless you actually go see him is Bublé’s humor.  And it’s not just canned stage banter…most of it is very on the spot wit.

What is most endearing about Bublé’s shows might be his interaction with the crowd.  For example, the calling out to the individuals who made signs, especially the girl whose eighteenth birthday was that evening and just wanted a hug.  She not only got a hug but Bublé and the crowd singing Happy Birthday to her.  Some fans brought gifts for him, the most special being a little Pittsburgh Pens baby “onesie” for his newborn (Bublé is a well know hockey fan and he reported that Penguins own Sid the Kid called him before he went onstage).  {pix below} But what became the most hilarious moment of the evening and a great example of his quick humor was the introduction of an elderly couple celebrating their 61st anniversary.  In typical Pittsburgh fashion the woman gave her man a big kiss and he said to Bublé “Let’s go Bucs!”  With this Bublé replied, “I don’t think I can say that outloud here!  But now I know how you guys have lasted for 61 years!”  Then a pregnant pause and, “Ohhh, let’s go Bucs!?”  The crowd ate it up. (Second most hilarious moment was probably the mock ESPN intros of Bublé’s band complete with his brutal introductions).

The night was filled with great American standards and his own work.  Songs like, “You Make me Feel So Young”, “That’s All, “I’ve Got The World On A String”, “Everything”, “Home”, “Burning Love” (awesome Elvis!) were amazing as well as his Motown set with openers Naturally 7 (these guys do things with their voices that defy description…unreal).  The surprise of the evening definitely had to be his inclusion of Daft Punk’s, “Get Lucky” and the highlight would arguably be his cover of the Beatles “All You Need Is Love” with paper red and white hearts pumped out all over the audience.

Bottom line is that even a guy who worships at the altar of Black Sabbath can appreciate a stellar talent like Michael Bublé and will not miss an opportunity to see him perform ever again.

All photos  ©2013 AWELDINGPHOTO and Pittsburgh Music Magazine

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  1. Great article. Have been in two minds about seeing him here in Perth Western Australia next year but you’re article and photos reminded me I would be missing out on a wonderful experience. Will be getting tickets now. Thanks.

  2. Saw him in Washington last night. This is the 4th time. Don’t miss him, Australia! Phenomenal! He just keeps getting better.

  3. I won tickets to see him when he was in Pittsburgh a couple years ago and even though we normally go to metal shows, we had to check it out.
    I was pleasantly surprised with how entertaining of a show he does! He is hilarious, his intros of his band was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Great guy and amazing voice!