This one is a short one my friends from Monterrey, Mexico.
The show was a little different tonight on tour with Michael Bublé. We have done about 150 shows over the course of 20 months. And at each show we have successfully walked through the crowd with MB. Not so tonight my people.
It’s funny how you can on one hand say; “People are the same where ever you go” and to some extend that is true. But on the other hand; “People are different”… and that was the case tonight.
Mr Bublé said “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome back Naturally 7″ and then attempted (as done each night) to go down into the audience and make his way to what we call the “B stage” on the other side of the arena. We followed (as we do each night). But the crowd was too excited. MB only made it to about row 12 before his body guards rushed him back at lightning speed.
From my point of view it went like this;
I stepped down into the audience behind Garfield as I do always, but before I got pass the second row, I was called for a quick photo. I quickly thought; I should be able to do this during a 5 second break of singing. So I went for it. No, no, no… the husband fooled me. He wasn’t ready at all. I was posing with his wife way too long and I knew that I had to get away! Then I noticed that I was being surrounded by more hopeful photo takers and I thought to myself… “Bad move… gotta move… gotta escape”. Before I could even think of a get away strategy, I saw the strangest thing; I saw Marco, who usually is standing by the “B stage” moving wildly in my direction followed by Michael’s personal body guard, Jose. “What in the world!” Jose had that look like “I will knock everyone down if I have to get MB back to the main stage”. And that’s exactly what he did. So my next thought was; “what now?” I decided quickly and joined MB who was now sitting on the edge of the main stage. Hops and Garfield joined too. But the other 4 who go down the other side made it to the “B stage”, but in vain. They now had to get back so that we could do the performance all from the main stage. Again, another big deal as they would tell you. Not easy with a really aggressive audience.
After it was all said and done, I enjoyed the curve ball. Keeps you on your toes! I’ll see how MB felt when I see him tomorrow… I’m sure it’s a scary feeling to be about to torn apart… even if it’s for love :-)
Far cry from some places in Europe where the crowd is sometimes afraid to come to close to you… you almost have to have that look like; “no, it’s ok”.
This is our 3rd to last show. The people were absolutely beautiful on the signing line tonight. So excited! Which was not what we expected as it was the first Arena that we didn’t get a natural standing-O. I think it might be because it took so long for people to get to their seats. I don’t really know, but we’ll see what happens in Mexico City!
Talk to you tomorrow and let you know.
Roger, over and out