March 19, 2019 01:39 PM
"It's Saturday night and I'm so happy to be here," Bublé told Minnesotans.
While it wasn't actually Saturday night Canadian crooner Michael Bublé filled the Xcel Energy Center Monday night with "an attitude of gratitude."
"A lot of things have happened in my life over the past 5 years," Bublé told the crowd. "Some bad things, but a lot of good things. One of those good things I'm so thankful for."
Bublé was referring to his 5-year-old son Noah being in remission from liver cancer.
"Noah's battle with cancer was the most horrible experience parents can endure," he said. "Luciana and our entire family are so grateful for you all. For helping us in those trying times. We love you so much. Thank you."
It didn't take long for the arena to realize how much they missed Bublé's buttery vocals as he returned to the stage in support of "Love," his most recent album.
Bublé opened with "Feeling Good" from his 2005 album "It's Time." He appeared at the top of a multi-tiered bandstand in the midst of 34 talented musicians, a conductor and a trio of backup singers. The setup was massive with a long catwalk creating an up close and personal feel where fans gathered to take selfies and shake hands with Bublé throughout the night.
"Wow, does this guy know how to work a room," said Chanhassen resident Ted Greenwall.
The orchestra did an amazing job throughout the two-hour set.
"I'd like to credit this incredible big band behind me including your very own Minnesota Orchestra string section," Bublé said.
Members of the horn section sang along with Bublé during the hit "When You're Smiling," and again on the smaller B-stage arrangement of "Buona Sera Signorina." Everyone was on their feet during "Nobody But Me" and "Sway."
When he wasn't singing, Bublé kept things light with a few awkward stories, including the time he walked into Starbucks in Sarasota and felt like he was in an episode of the Walking Dead.
He comically imitated his beautiful Argentinian wife Luciana, and then got choked up as he talked about his special bond with his grandpa Mitch, who loved The Canucks and music.
"My grandfather was my best friend," he said. "He died recently just before Christmas at 93-years-old. One of his favorite artists was Bobby Darin."
The night was filled with love, gratitude, laughs and maybe a few tears too.
Haven't Met You Yet
My Funny Valentine
I Only Have Eyes
Such A Night
(Up A) Lazy River
When You're Smiling
You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
When I Fall ln Love
Love You Anymore
Buena Sera Signorina
Just A Gigolo / Ain't Got Nobody
You Never Can Tell
Nobody But Me
Cry Me A River
Where or When-piano
Always On My Mind
Created: March 19, 2019 01:39 PM
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