Michael Buble charms Worcester with lively show

A review of Michael Buble at the DCU Center on March 19, 2010

, Contributing Writer

Clad in a sharp black suit and backed by a thirteen-piece band, Michael Buble glided through his Friday night performance at the DCU Center in Worcester while energetically combining the old with the new.

Touring in support of recent album Crazy Love, the show was a glittery spectacle, upbeat and thrilling to the mostly older, female audience and the men that Buble poked fun at for being dragged along, since surely they couldn’t like his “chick music” on their own. After opener “Cry Me a River” ended with fireworks cascading from the ceiling, Buble took the time to welcome the audience and make contact with the front row, even dedicating “Georgia on My Mind” to the little girl named Georgia in the front whose grandmother was celebrating her birthday at the show.

After band introductions and lengthy banter, Buble brough back teh energy with a brief snippet of “Billie Jean,” and then encouraged the crowd to get to their feet as he broke into “Twist and Shout,” reminiscent of his favorite film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Buble made his way through the crowd to a raised stage in the rear of the arena, and did a quick medley of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” and Posion’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” before an acoustic version of his smash single “Home.” Back on the main stage, a lively “Save the Last Dance for Me,” was segued into equally lively “Sway.” Remakes of Ella Fitzgerald’s “Mack the Knife,” and Billy Vera’s and the Beaters’ “At This Moment,” were between original hits such as the hugely popular “Everything.”

After the closer of most his recent hit single “Haven’t Met You Yet,” Buble’s encore featured a teeming rendition of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” a sultry tune. Silver confetti poured from the rafters as Buble launched into “Me and Mrs. Jones,” and ended with “A Song for You,” even eschewing the microphone halfway through the song to belt the rest to a crowd hushed silent.

Michael Buble is an effervescent, charming singer that can work a room. He knows his audience and did everything he could to cater to them, regaling them with tales of his engagement, family memories and childhood favorites. For an expensive ticket, there perhaps should have been more songs in place of talk, with one woman in the front even stopping him during a story and asking to hear a song. Buble never stood still on stage; he was always moving and dancing. That lively energy, coupled with a singing and showcasing style reminiscent of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, translates to effortless appeal to an audience looking for the same thing.

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