Vancouverites love their hockey and they love their hometown boy, Michael Bublé. So when these two things came together this past Wednesday, it was glorious. The day before Bublé’s two-night homecoming shows, a group of journalist along with Vancouver Canucks alumni, Trevor Linden and Stan Smyl gathered to welcome the Grammy Award-winning crooner home.
The excitement in the room was palpable and Bublé’s entrance did not disappoint. With the confidence of a seasoned performer and the giddiness of a young schoolgirl, Bublé sauntered in to an applauding room. He impatiently suppressed an eagerness to perform – to finally share “the greatest show on earth” with his hometown crowd.
Bublé says of his homecoming show, “No matter how big this gets for me or what happens in my life, no matter when I come back to Vancouver, you’re always my peers. You’re my people and it’s always going to matter more to me”.
Beginning in London and subsequently continuing through the United States, Europe and Australia, Bublé has finally reached the Canadian leg of his whirlwind To Be Loved tour. Bublé describes the show as one that evolves every night and is never the same. “Every night is like a snowflake,” joked Bublé.
As successful as the tour has been, it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Bublé actually lost a tooth on stage in Australia while singing Moondance. “I keep my time through my foot and I stomped on the mic stand and when I hit the mic stand, it acted like a rake. It came right back up…it smashed my tooth and [the tooth] disintegrated,” explains Bublé.
Bublé says of the incident, “I was terrified to be honest with you. I knew right away that there was no tooth; there was nothing there.” But alas, the show must go on. Bublé finished the show and now fondly describes the memory of the incident as the worst feeling while on stage next to having to go to the bathroom while on stage.
When asked how Bublé manages to get fans to come back again and again, show after show, Bublé explained how many artists get too wrapped up in a very cynical world – that some artists try so hard to be cool that they stop trying and stop caring altogether. Bublé continues, “For me, I don’t feel that way. I really feel that I’m lucky to be out there…I love the fact that I get to throw a party for fifteen thousand people and take them away for a few hours from their troubles.”
Aside from Bublé’s usual charming self, there is a newfound contentment in his demeanor that could be attributed to the birth of his son, Noah. On how being a dad has affected his music, Bublé shares that it put everything into perspective and has made his decision-making much easier.
Bublé explains, “This thing that I’m doing, this music that I make, the entertaining, the job, it’s awesome and I’m grateful for it, but it’s my job. It’s not who I am. Who I am is a dad and a husband…I’m writing better than I ever have. I’m performing better than I ever have and it’s because for the first time in my life I probably understand what my true priority is.”
Although a handful of reporters still clamored to get a few more questions answered, Bublé’s time with the press was up. Bublé did however reveal his humility and patriotic side before departing. He endearingly stated, “I hope that you are as proud of me as I am being one of your when I get off that stage.”