NEWARK, N.J. (FEB. 26, 2019) – A chilly Saturday night in Newark was the perfect time to welcome a special friend from up north. Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Bublé returned to Prudential Center last Saturday, February 25th for An Evening with Michael Bublé. This tour is following the release of his 8th studio album, Love, which was released back in November. The record peaked at #2 on the US Billboard 200 and Bublé claims it is his most romantic record to date.
While Bublé was undoubtedly the main event of the evening, fans who had the opportunity to come early witnessed a treat. New Jersey native, singer-songwriter Alice Kristiansen performed a quiet yet captivating set as part of the “Rising Star” series at GRAMMY Museum Experience™ Prudential Center. She sang some original songs as well as covers like David Bowie’s “Life on Mars.”
Before Bublé took the stage he was welcomed by New Jersey’s other favorite “MB.” Hall of fame goalie and three-time Stanley Cup champion Martin Brodeur surprised Bublé, a lifelong hockey fan and die-hard Vancouver Canuck supporter, with a signed Brodeur Devils jersey. The two Canadians shared a moment chatting before the performance began.
Bublé made an epic entrance as his phenomenal band’s size with their eclectic setup performed his rendition of “Feeling Good.” As soon as the iconic horns hit, the crowd couldn’t keep their eyes off of him throughout the two-hour set. Although the production and sound were extravagant, Bublé still portrayed an intimate and personal performance. He spoke to the crowd about his appreciation for New Jersey, cracking jokes at the City across the river and pointing out New Jersey’s music icons like Springsteen and Sinatra. Bublé played his classic hits like “Haven’t Met You Yet” to his latest work from his album Love which included a cover of Jeri Southern’s “When I Fall In Love.” He finished the encore with his rendition of “Always on My Mind” closing out the night perfectly.
For fans, this was a wonderful night of music, but to Bublé it was more than just fans. “You’re not fans. I don’t like that word,” Bublé says to a sold-out crowd. “You’re my family.”
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