How are you all? I hope you are all blessed and in good health. Well here we are on another tour… presently in Nottingham, England on a day off. Tomorrow’s show will be our 5th show on this European run. So what’s the story? What’s on my mind? Well, that’s always plenty of stuff… so let’s just pick one item.
This past Friday and Saturday we just did a total of 95,000 people in Dublin alone! This is by far the biggest Michael Bublé show we have ever done. We have performed on our own for over 100,000 at the Montreal Jazz fest which we headlined that evening, but that was fully outside. The difference this time was… this was STADIUM mode! A whole different experience. The highlight for me was actually not in our set, but in Michael’s, when we joined him on the B Stage which was 60 feet in the air. We also executed a new song “Some kind of Wonderful” which went over wonderfully! Just to keep the drama on full throttle, we were given it to learn only hours before the show and none of us knew it. I can now look back at it and say “that was fun”. Michael has now added it to the set for the rest of the tour I believe. Talking about the 60 feet in the air again, that made the feel quite different. So now everyone was looking up and we were waving down. I give it a “c” for coool.
The following show was in Sheffield in a normal Arena that seemed pretty small coming off the Stadium of 45,000 the first night and 50,000 the second. I can’t count how many times we’ve been on the stage, but I still love it… it hasn’t become a thing I take for granted. I’m pretty sure that that means it will never lose its magic. Every tour is a chance to learn something new in life and sometimes it’s new about yourself. I kind of tried to approach Dublin like I would any other show, but it didn’t work. The first night (Friday) we performed without Jamal, (a whole different story not for this Roundtrip) so that was completely a different animal. But even the next night with 7 of us was unique and I’ll remember it for a lifetime. The size of the stage, the size of the audience, the huge space out there, so many faces I can’t see, the cold air of Dublin, the excitement in the air, the smell of pure joy… a slight hint of fear… I could go on all day, but I won’t.
The tour has just begun, but we’ve been on the road since Sept 17 in Scotland for a private engagement. That’s almost 2 weeks. That time has passed pretty quickly because we’ve been busy as a band preparing for quite a few changes coming up. Including new material that we can’t wait to try out on all of you as soon as the time is right…
We took a quite a few shots and some video of the Dublin show. You’ll see them on the website by the weekend. I’ve attached one shot that I like from our point of view looking out at the vast huge crowd. Be sure to check out the many more coming from this tour.
So let’s stay in touch as I believe we’ll have a lot to talk about on this tour… trust me.
Roger, over and out