Michael Bublé gives a crowd-pleasing performance in Raleigh

Reviewed by CJ Click
Times-News correspondent

   RALEIGH — Fans might have been singing “Haven’t Met You Yet” on their way to Raleigh last Friday night, but for some it took on a new meaning after they actually met the famed artist who sings the song: Michael Bublé made a stop at the PNC Arena as a part of his “To Be Loved” tour.
Opening up for Bublé around 8 p.m. was Naturally 7, an a cappella group that has a distinctive musical style it describes as “vocal play.” Using voices as the instruments, the group mesmerized the audience.
At around 9 p.m. Bublé came onto stage in a dramatic fashion, something akin to the way Elvis Presley did. Opening up with “Fever,” Bublé’s smooth style was enough to make any woman in the crowd swoon.
   After singing his hit “Haven’t Met You Yet,” Bublé’s attention was drawn to a sign in the audience, strewn with lights. Intrigued by it, he asked the older woman holding it to come to the front of the stage. The sign read: “You’re on my bucket list. Sing with me.” Joking that it was a bomb due to the complexity of the wiring, Bublé agreed and sang a few lines with her from his song “Something Stupid” he recorded with Reese Witherspoon.
Bublé then sang several covers including Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness” and Frank Sinatra’s “You Make Me Feel So Young” and “Come Dance With Me.” After singing “Feeling Good,” Bublé let his band do a song without him, calling the musicians his “best friends.”
After several more songs such as “Everything” and “That’s All,” Bublé slowed things down a bit by replacing the brass with a string section. He explained that the string players were from Raleigh and only had a day of practice for the show. Together, the musicians helped play songs such as “Close Your Eyes” and “You Don’t Know Me.”
“I thank God I get to live my life with you guys,” Bublé explained to the audience as he went into his hit “Home.” He dedicated the song to all servicemen and women.
He then sped things back up, walking through the crowd to a stage set up in the back of the arena. Naturally 7 came back out to sing with Bublé, singing covers such as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” The Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back,” and the Bee Gee’s “To Love Somebody.”
Bublé then walked back through the crowd singing the Beatle’s “All You Need is Love,” while the audience was sprayed in heart confetti. After singing the hit “It’s A Beautiful Day,” he thanked the audience and walked off stage. Bublé came out for an encore however, singing “Cry Me A River,” “Save The Last Dance For Me,” and Leon Russell’s “A Song For You,” dedicating it to the audience.
Bublé, who some have argued is a reincarnation of the great Frank Sinatra, did an excellent job entertaining his audience at the PNC Arena. He’s is a wonderful showman and puts on a show worth seeing.

 CJ Click is a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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