I myself have been a fan of the man himself from I was about 9 years old, when my Mum bought his Debut album, ‘Michael Bublé‘ in 2003.
Each Day listening to Michael, growing more and more attached, and more and more in love with this amazing, powerful music. I couldn’t wait for the day I’d first get to see him Live. That day came and went, and after having experienced such an astounding show from his ‘Call Me Irresponsible’ Tour, I could not wait for the day that I got to experience it all again; two years later, and there I was, back sitting in an outdoor stadium, although this time he was playing to an astonishing 45,000 people each night! The biggest crowd he has played to yet. An amazing 33,000 people more each night than the previous time he was in Ireland. Staring at the stage, seeing ghosts of my 2008 experience, I waited, feeling the greatest mixture of patience, impatience and excitement that I have ever felt in the pit of my stomach.
I told myself after that night in 2008 that I wanted to experience Michael’s live shows as much as I could, so I was fortunate enough to have been able to go to both shows in Dublin, the 24th and 25th September. The first night, we were sat in the tiers, and since it was an outdoor concert (and of course, it IS Ireland!) It was freezing! The weather forecast was also a bit iffy for those days, and I read in a paper that Michael provided something like 13,000 ponchos for the crowd on the floor seats, as they weren’t covered, he said that he ‘wouldn’t let rain spoil these shows’.
Naturally7 then came on, and were absolutely incredible, they did a fantastic job at getting the crowd warmed up and ready! I made a poster for both them and Bublé, (I got to meet Tory for a few seconds while she took a picture of me with my poster, she is so lovely!!) I was in the third row on the second night, Naturally7 saw my poster when they came out, pointed, smiled and waved! I was lucky enough afterwards to have been able to meet them and get my poster signed. They were all Hi5’s and Hugs, genuinely a group of the loveliest men I’ve ever met!
Naturally7 finished their performance, there was an excited hum beginning to spread throughout the Stadium. Having to wait for about 15minutes, suddenly everyone started into the Mexican wave! It was brilliant to see how excited people were, everyone was buzzing.
Lights down. Circular MB logos starting to circle the curtain, 45,000 people finally releasing the built up excitement and adrenaline in a sudden outburst of screams, cheers, roars and applause. The most dramatic and exciting beginning to a show I have ever seen. Michael Bublé, putting his whole self into singing the first song, the force and power behind his voice is spectacular!
He finally got talking to the crowd. Saying how great it was to be the first entertainer to grace the Aviva Stadium. One thing that really got to every single person there, I’m sure, was the way Michael talked about the Irish. He described us as ‘real people’, ‘You’re salt of the earth people’; He had nothing but sweet, lovely, kind words to say about us, and I don’t know if he realizes how much everyone appreciated such beautiful words.
Afterwards, He read a poster that a woman behind me had made; I quickly stuck mine up in the air in hope that he would see it. He read it out loud, ”Bublé, You’re some Kind of Wonderful!”….At that point my heart skipped two beats just because he had seen my poster, I was so excited! Then he said something along the lines of ”Awww that deserves a hug, c’mere and gimme a hug”. At THAT point I was looking around thinking ”No way is he talking to me” while my Mum was beside me pushing me off my seat ”NICOLE GO ON, GO!”
I could see him clip the microphone into the stand and start to walk down the steps of the stage, I walked to the barrier, he put his arms out and give me a huge hug, and a kiss on the cheek and said ”Aww Kid thanks, Thank you so much, Lets get a picture” But before I could get my phone camera ready (because our proper camera ran out at the start) I saw a swarm of girls running towards us, and I got squashed against the barrier. They all started grabbing for him and I think security panicked, because they were pulling him back from the barrier. He looked at me and grabbed my shoulder and said again ”Thank You Kid”.
Nothing has ever made me feel that amazing in my entire life. I walked back to my seat, hearing the same phrase over and over again from people sitting around me, ”Oh my god!!” but to be honest I was still thinking ”What just happened”…It hadn’t sunk in, it still hasn’t! I just hope he knows how much that meant to me. He made a dream come true! I will never, ever forget it.
The rest of the show was completely and utterly phenomenal. I remember him being amazing live, but this was something else! The energy, the electric-ness of it all, his voice, his charm, and of course, his incredible sense of humor and his quick wittedness just made the experience all the more memorable.
Near the end, and he made a speech. It was so heartfelt. He talked about his family, and how grateful he is for everything in his life. It showed in my opinion, that even though he is now a huge star all over that world, and can get up in front of 45,000 people and give them each an experience of a lifetime, have girls (and guys!) screaming his name, that he has stayed grounded. He hasn’t for one second forgotten who he is.
And then of course, there was Song for You. It’s one thing singing without a Mic in a closed in Arena. That’s amazing. But singing without a Mic in an open Stadium of 45,000 people, where the people at the back could still hear him? That’s something else. Phenomenal. And even that is an understatement. Belting out the last few lines of the song with such power and emotion. It was too great to describe.
Michael Bublé, You gave me the best two nights of my life. Two nights I will never, ever forget. I got to meet you, even though it was only for a few seconds, I’ll take whatever time you got! We’ll be waiting for you here in Ireland; you know you’ll always be welcomed with open arms! Till next time buddy xx