On tour in support of his 10th studio effort titled “Love,” British Columbia vocalist Michael Bublé graced the stage at the KeyBank Center this past Wednesday night. The tour dubbed “An Evening with Michael Bublé” really was just that. His 35-piece band was something to behold. The band consisted of a string section, horn section, and a few backup singers.

Buffalo audience got to see all sides Bublé. Few artists can work an audience like the crooner. The female dominated audience was a mound of clay and Bublé worked and shaped it all night long. Due to the weather, Bublé took the stage about 30 minutes late. After the band started to play the beginning of “Feeling Good” the massive circular video screen lifted and Bublé appeared at the top of the stage.  He started to sing and gingerly made his way down to the front of the stage. After “Haven’t Met You Yet,” Bublé talked to the audience for a few minutes. He joked that he thought he would be playing to an empty house due the weather. Called them a hardy crowd and determined for coming. He also said “If I did have to play, I might have to do an 8 hour show because we will get snowed in.” He made a few jokes with the crowd and also said he has always loved Buffalo. Then he said that New England Patriot fans wish they were you right now which drew a big cheer from them before he jumped into “My Funny Valentine.”

During the show, Bublé looked for an audience member to sing a song. He randomly picks someone out to do this. He joked that the woman from the previous nights show was scary and not good at all. So he asked for the participant to bet better than that. Well, he had no idea what was in store for him when he chose Nicole Zahn from Buffalo. She took that microphone and belted out portions of “Hallelujah,” which was eye popping. It even shocked Bublé so much that I believe he took the mic back quicker than expected.  She got a round of applause for her efforts (editor’s note: we attached the video below).  Next up to showcase his stuff was trumpeter Jumaane Smith who came out from behind his spot and worked the entire stage as she sang “You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You.”

Bublé brought out a portion of his band to the extended stage to sing a few tracks “Buona Sera Signorina,” “Just a Gigolo”/”I Ain’t Got Nobody,” then Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell.” They had some cool light lanterns bob up and down from the ceiling as the songs were being played.  He dedicated “Home” to the servicemen and women as everyone held up their cell phones that lit up the arena as she sang the song. He closed the set with a 3 song encore that included the Brenda Lee classic “Always on my Mind.”

The crooner has the pipes and swagger to lead any audience. He lets his band lead at times and gets the audience involved. He showed the fans in Buffalo he still loves them and the fans showed him back tenfold!

 

Setlist:

 

Feeling Good (Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley cover)

Haven’t Met You Yet

My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers cover)

I Only Have Eyes for You (Harry Warren cover)

Sway (Dean Martin cover)

Such a Night (Johnnie Ray cover) 

(Up A) Lazy River (Hoagy Carmichael cover)

When Your Smiling (Seger Ellis cover)

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover – snippet performed by Nicole Zahn -audience member)

You’re Nobody Till Somebody Loves You (performed by Jumaane Smith – Russ Morgan and his Orchestra cover)

When I Fall in Love (Jeri Sothern cover)

Love You Anymore

Forever Now

Home

Buona Sera Signorina (Louis Prima cover)

Just a Gigolo/Ain’t Got Nobody (Louis Prima cover)

Nobody But Me

You Never Can Tell (Chuck Berry cover)

Cry Me a River (Julie London cover)

 

Encore:

 

Where or When (Rodgers & Hart cover)

Everything

Always on my Mind (Brenda Lee cover)

Photo Gallery

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We want to thank Kevin Kennedy from Pegula Sports Entertainment for his assistance in obtaining the credentials so we can review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.