The Deal: Canadian crooner hits the Q.C. for concert full of hits, covers.
The Good: The night kicked off with the talented Naturally 7 – seven singers that use only vocals (they call it "vocal play") to create the sound of a full band. Bublé performed an array of hits that were interspersed with his witty humor. He took the time to talk with two young fans up front (taking a photo with them and thanking them for keeping him from "becoming Amy Winehouse"), apologized to all the men who were dragged to the show by their girlfriends/wives and joked with his band throughout the night. He slid down a tilted stage with ease, finding time to dance among showcasing his vocals. The highlight was asking the crowd to be quiet as he sang sans microphone for the last verses of the night. (A setlist is posted at qcvibes.com.)
The Bad: There's no question that he's a talented singer, but more originals over covers would be nice. Bublé left the stage after 90 minutes – he could have easily thrown in another 30 minutes without complaint. Alcohol sales ended at 9:30, but the show went on for another hour and 10 minutes. I could understand if the crowd was rowdy, but it was a freakin' Michael Bublé show!
The Verdict: A vocal showcase from two classy acts. It takes quality to make an arena that large feel more like a jazz club.