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Friday, July 12, 2013

Michael Bublé @ O2 - July 7

(Review by Liz)
The thrills of SW19 would have been enough for many people on Sunday July 7, but for me the delights were yet to come! My surprise from my family was a trip to the 02 Arena to see Michael Bublé live, and oh my goodness I have barely come down from the clouds after the experience.
This guy is the highest grossing male live performer (Beyoncé being the female) and it is not difficult to see why after watching his faultless performance. This was the 7th of 10 shows, all sold out. He came on in a blaze of glory and just knocked our socks off with his opening number I've Got You Under my Skin. More of the same calibre followed as he went into his sentimental mood, for which he made no apologies telling his adoring audience that from being a young boy and listening to jazz records belonging to a relative he had loved this timeless genre of music.
When he went onto the more upbeat stuff such as my fave Come Dance With me ...we all did just that, up on our feet singing and dancing to that wonderful Bossa Nova rhythm, all 20 thousand of us!!
 The musicians were outstanding (particularly the drummer) individually and collectively - so often you get the one and not the other. To be in the 02 is an awesome experience, it's vast! the auditorium takes your breath away. A surprise guest towards the end of the show was fellow Canadian Brian Adams and they performed a duet together. Adams being a childhood hero of Michael’s. All too soon it was over and I had it on good authority that a boat was waiting for him on the Thames at Greenwich to whisk him back to the city centre. Having experienced the almost 2 hour traffic queue to get away I could fully understand why!
Apologies for the delay in posting but they don’t do email on Cloud 9!
Liz.

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