Michael Buble Interview- Vancouver, Canada

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Destined to be where he is, in a room of happy hearts.

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Michael Buble begins his cross Canada Tour with two sold-out shows in his hometown of Vancouver Tonight.

The man himself enters finely polished with a shout-out to Warner Music Rep.Charlotte Mauricio to let the Press know that he has arrived at three o’clock on the dot.

Charlotte Mauricio: Before we start we have some special guests that want to say hello. We have; I think you know them.

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“Get outta here, Trevors here!” exclaims Buble.”

Trevor Linden: Hello everyone great to be here just want to welcome our hometown boy back to Vancouver and you are being drafted today. We also are looking for a centre man and hear you got some game. Welcome and all the best on your tour and I know your son is getting bigger so we got him a bigger jersey as well. 

Michael Buble: Can you tell how delighted I am with that, that’s awesome- It is gonna be a good year, I am a seasons ticket holder for the the first time.

Michael Buble and Trevor Linden

Erin Cebula [ET Canada] You are like a giddy school girl right now.

MB: I am, that was really awesome

Erin Cebula: We are all thrilled to have you back, that’s a given. I would love to know how many Buble’s are you going to have in that stadium when you kick off that show?

MB: You know what is funny, it is not even about The Buble’s it is about, I mean I should just have a show of hands of how many people I actually know personally in the audience because I feel like it is going to be absolutely crazy. Even further than that people that have been part of what I have done here who have helped me to come up, people that I have met at the store, people every single day that come up. It will be a very scary gig for me. 

Erin Cebula: Oh you’re fine… [laughs]

MB: I have waited a long time for this tour ‘cause this is such a great show and you guys will see. I talked to Bruce [Allen] about it yesterday and I just said to him, ‘No matter how big this gets for me, or what happens in my life, that no matter when I come back to Vancouver you’re always my peers, you’re my people so it is always just going to matter more to me.

Erin Cebula: Of course, we are your peeps. Now, you are very well known for engaging the audience and bringing people up on stage. What does a Vancouverite have to do to get up on that stage? 

MB: You know what, I don’t know it depends on every night. How I feel, what people do, what people say. No show is the same. “Every night is like a snow flake [Laughs] it’s unique.’ You know I think it’s going to be… I can tell you who won’t come up. The people who smoke pot and are vacant eyed. [Laughs]

Fiona Forbes [The Rush]: That doesn’t happen in Vancouver.

MB: I talked to my Mom yesterday. She said, “Honey don’t leave anything out there just give everything you have.”

Erin Cebula: Awesome. Cheers Buddy. Break a leg.

Maya from MTV Celebrity Talk: When you get on stage you are not just a performer who is going to sing his songs and leave. You give a performance of a lifetime. You incorporate your personality [with genuine interaction.] What makes this so important to you?

MB: To me, I have always felt, if you are only going to play music for people that is fine, that is lovely, but I have a hard time understanding why you would pay one hundred dollars to go and listen to something that I could pop into my stereo and pay nothing for it and the lineups for the bathroom are far shorter at my house. I think it is a lost art. People have spent so much time in this very cynical… You guys [media] know better than anyone else. It is a very cynical world. So many of the artists, us, are trying so hard to be cool that they stop trying. “You know it is not cool to care. It is much cooler to stare at your shoes than to sing a song and not really give a shit.”

For me, I don’t feel that way. I really feel that I am lucky to be out there. They [Fans] are and extension of my family.  I love the fact that I get to throw a party for fifteen thousand people and bring them away for a couple hours from their troubles and not just sing great songs and be present while I sing them, but also to make them laugh, bring them along and feel like they were really part of the experience.

Maya: You proved your dedication recently. You were on your Australian Tour and you actually lost a tooth. The show must go on…

MB: I went to the Dentist yesterday here. Thank-you Dr. Tai [laughs]

Maya: That must of been tough. How do you do that? How do you continue?

MB: You know what, I almost didn’t. Do you guys know what happened? Did you hear about how it happened? People just hear that I hit it, but it is not how it happened.

I keep my time through my foot and I stomped on the mic stand. When I hit the mic stand it acted like a rake and came right back up so, ‘Boom’ it just smashed my tooth. 

It disintegrated. I felt like I had been hit, if you have ever had a fight or have been punched in the jaw you get a shock kinda up to your temple so I just saw the lights and I was doing, ‘Moon Dance’ so it was a part where it blacks out [on stage] and I was terrified, to be honest with you. I was terrified. I knew right away that there was no tooth and I was more worried about blood cause there was these little eight, nine year old kids who were very close and I did not want to scar them for life. [Laughs] I could taste blood, but there was nothing on my mouth. So I sang the rest of the song like this [mic against mouth] and then after, ‘Moon Dance’ I thought, “Can I do this? Do I have a lisp? Does this look okay?” and I sang the rest of the show like that and I just kept going and thought, “Keep doing this, keep doing this.” 

The only person in the whole place that knew was my Dad. He just saw the look in my eyes and I guess he knows me well enough to see that I was pretty terrified. It is a horrible feeling going up there. You know what I mean. There are a few things that are terrible when going on stage. One of them is having something like that happen, having to go the bathroom is the worst thing, the worst. But he [Dad] could see right in my eyes. I finished. He didn’t know what had happened, no one did. My Mom was sitting with him, they had come to Australia. At one point three or four songs later my Dad still did not know what was going on, no one did and they could see my drummer was playing and I turned back towards my drummer and went [flashes a toothy grin] and my drummer did this [playing a rift, drastically plays slower and jaw drops] and that is when my Mom knew, she looked at my Dad and said, ‘You are right, something is bad here.”

Maya: What did they do?

MB: Nothing, they pulled the cameras back and I went and did dental surgery literally ten minutes after I got off stage and then I went the next morning because it wasn’t enough and did the show that night so it was a good story anyway.

Dana [Undisclosed Source]: Rituals when you are at home performing. You have been on the road it seems like years now. I am wondering, what changes when you are are at home getting ready for a show? Do you have to lock everyone out, go to the bathroom…

MB: Take some imodium and pray. [laughs]

The truth is nothing. It is funny, leading up to this I was thinking about it and talking to Bruce [Allen Buble’s Manager] and telling him I was a little bit nervous and how excited I was. I have gotten to being a day away the nerves have just faded away. There is no nerves now it is just sheer excitement. A lot of you we know each other really well.

For me there is just no room for humility when I tell you that this show is the greatest show on earth. Tomorrow when you leave, ‘Talk is cheap.’ So I can tell you all how wonderful this is, but when you leave you will get it and I hope that you are as proud of me as I am of being one of you when I get off that stage. 

Cause we have busted our ass to make sure that this show is an elevation.

Terry Mulligan: How was your Father’s Day?

MB: Good man, good. Really Rainy.

Terry Mulligan: Did you spoil him? 

MB: You know he spoiled me. I woke up and my wife said a couple days before said she was going to, we go to friends of our family Minichiello Jewellers. Where I have got my wedding rings and such. She said, ‘Oh I am going to get mine cleaned, do you want yours cleaned?’ I said, ‘oh, okay I have never got it cleaned, sure.’ Had no clue and when she brought it back that morning she had put Noah’s [son] birthstone, it is really small in there so that was cool. She also got a piece of art done it is all pictures that he is made, they painted his feet and then I took him to, ‘Confederation Park’ and they have that really cool train set. It was a beautiful morning and then when we got there it was pissing rain. It was me and my wife and crying children everywhere. Literally all your heard was, ‘I am coldddd.’ It was one of those things in theory it was a really great idea, but it was fun and then I had the whole family over.

Terry Mulligan: This Tour started in London with ten shows. What memories do you carry about that kick off? 

MB: I remember that we built the show and I remember knowing three days in that this show was spectacular. Again I was excited to show it off and here at Rogers I think we got about thirteen to fourteen thousand and there [London] it was twenty-one or twenty-two thousand so alot bigger, but it was nice my Mom and Dad were with me, I had a friend of mine who is a really famous comedian there named, “Peter Kay’ he came with me, him and his kids and it was really warm and I was really greatful. When you haven’t toured for a while you get cold. Your insecurity and your fault self tell you, you are going to fail, or do any good. So I think more than anything there was this great sense of relief in knowing that everything was okay. The truth is honestly I feel more confident than I have ever been. Ever. I knew half way through that this was going to be a huge tour. 

Terry Mulligan: How different is this show now? Same show or it evolved?

MB: Yeah, it evolves. And every single day it does. There is going to be alot of people come to Thursday and Friday night and they will see that it will be a different show and you know what is funny as much as it depends on my humor that night Terry, as it does on the audience. It could be just something somebody yells [Buble snaps his hand] and the whole night is different.

Fiona Forbes [Host of The Rush] Great to see you as a Papa and how excited you were when Trevor just handed you that jersey. How has being a Dad changed you. your Music ,and what you do?

MB: It healed me. I was quite lost. I felt like a child to be honest. Like when you and Mike Eckford [CKNW News] divorced.

Fiona Forbes: I am sorry about the break up.

MB: I didn’t know who to choose! I love both of you. I want to live with both of you. Eckford bought me things… [Buble Whines]

Fiona Forbes: Stop now. [Laughs]

MB: [Laughs] Sorry what was the question again?

Fiona Forbes: Has being a Dad changed you and what you do?

MB: Yes it has. It completely has. It has really put everything into perspective. I don’t want to be cliche here and say things I have said a million times before. It makes everything easier. It makes my decision making easier. It makes me better, it puts less pressure on me ‘cause at the end of the day and at the beginning of the day i’m the kids Dad and that fills me. It completely fills me up and fulfills me. This thing that I am doing this music that I make, the entertaining, the job, is awesome and I am grateful for it, but it is my job. It is not who I am, who I am is a Dad and a husband and sometimes maybe I even say that to myself so I can put myself at ease because this is a scary job that I do. I am not in a band, I do not get to look back and rely on four other guys, I am not friends with a bunch of people in the industry. I don’t do tours where I go and do festivals. This is me, I stand there alone, pretty much and I think it is pretty scary sometimes so maybe that is partly why I’m just being really honest with you right now. It’s like a shrink,  [Laughs] but it is better for me to tell myself that because it allows me to be free. I am writing better than I ever have, I am performing better than I ever have and it is because in my life I probably understand what my true priority is. 

Fiona Forbes: Erin and I were just sitting here reminiscing about the Babalu Days. We were there every weekend. She was trying to swing dance, I wasn’t. We were laughing and talking about how great it was because honestly Michael you haven’t changed. What do you think about when you go back and reminisce about those days at Babalu?

MB: I remember all of you. I remember most of it anyway. I think that I, I hope that I haven’t changed and that my parents instilled in me humility, kindness, and compassion, I hope that is the way it always is and that I teach my kid that through the way that I am through my actions and I think that obviously the more you do it you get seasoned. It is funny you know, one of my Mom’s best friends owns a hair salon and the other day she was cutting this woman’s hair and telling her that she was coming to see my show, she had tickets for both nights and the client said to her, ‘You know I went to see this guy Buble at Babalu and I hated him, it was disgusting.” My Mom’s friend got so mad at her! You know what is funny, I really am not that different, probably I am not trying as hard, but if you didn’t like me then you are probably not going to like me now! [Laughs]

Undisclosed Recipient: How do you feel about people profiting from scalping tickets for your show?

MB: Not a big fan of scalpers. Listen, I promise you this. This is the truth. I don’t think I have made one decision based on money and I know I have the best manager in the business because he doesn’t either. Never. We have never done one thing for money. We have done it because it was the right thing to do. I know that I can speak for him when I say it. It is only about the fans. That’s why it bothers me. It bothers me for the fans. The guy who works his ass off, a blue collar guy and the prices are jacked up like that and it is making it impossible for a guy like that to get a good seat, it really sucks. Bruce, can you help me and answer this. I don’t know if there is a way to fix it?

Bruce Allen [Buble’s Manager:] Well, what the interviewer is getting at is she is setting you up for a paperless ticket comment. People believe that paperless tickets get rid of that all the time. Because of what you are in the business we have that age bracket that goes from sixteen to probably seventy six so there is alot of people who are buying those tickets as gifts and they want to give somebody hard tickets. They can’t give paperless tickets because you have to show up at the building with your credit card and all the rest of that stuff so you try to do what’s best for your fans and that’s everyone has a chance to get it, we have to think about everybody not a narrow demographic from eighteen to twenty-three.

MB: I know we have tried to do things with the fan club all the time. If they join they get first dibs in stuff at least. I hate it though, Bruce knows, I despise it. I despise it.

Bruce Allen: The big thing that he does though that is very depressing to me who works on a percentage is he keeps the top tickets down. I believe we should be alot higher. But I have lost that argument for about six years. I watch these tickets I see one eighty nine, one ninety, I see this, I know we could get these, I know our people have the money… Okay, but he is on my ass all the time, ‘NO!’

MB: You know what it is I just don’t want to look out and see a bunch of old rich people, really. You jack your tickets up like that I have seen it before. I want my kind of people, like my Mom and Dad, my sisters who are blue collared people who don’t make a billion bucks a year, who work hard, that is who I want to see out there. That is who get me. I don’t want to play to people shaking their jewelry in the front row it turns me right off, it makes it not fun for me. The truth is he knows I go to places sometimes I see it and you know it because it is a seventy eight year old guy with a twenty one year old girl. You know what I mean. That is not a fan that is just a guy trying to get laid. 

Marcella Bernardo [CKNW:] You got the jersey today from Trevor Linden. You have accomplished so much in your your life, you are one of the world highest paid entertainers. Is it still a dream of yours to own the Vancouver Canucks?

MB: You know it is a dream, but I have a doubt it will ever come to fortune. Who knows. The Aquilini’s are good owners and I like Francesco alot. I think he really cares and I do not see him relinquishing that title very soon. I would be lying to you if I told you I haven’t come very close to being an owner in other cities. I guess I have been waiting for the right things to come along. I have talked to Bruce alot about it. It is a pretty dangerous proposition. It is a scary proposition. I might make good money, but I am not a billionaire. From the friends that I have that are billionaires their advice every single one of them tells me I would be an idiot. Every single one has said, ‘Don’t be an idiot, don’t be an idiot.” So as much as it is a dream, the truth is I am. I get alot of fulfillment from being a part owner of the Vancouver Giants with Ron Toigo and Bruce and Pat Quinn. I love junior hockey. I got to be part of a class organization. Truly, a class organization. You know I know there were a couple tough seasons for people. I think people are going to get back on the band wagon again because the Giants have alot of good things happening and alot of young kids. For me as an owner my dream was to be part of hockey and at a grass roots level is awesome, I love it. As to becoming an owner in the NHL that would be great too, but for now I am living the dream. I get to say I am co-owner of the Vancouver Giants.

Marcella Bernardo: Will you be cheering for Italy in the World Cup?

MB: You would be guessing wrong. Argentina, my friend.

Argentina, I am so scared not too! [Laughs] I truly am.

My hairdresser came over this morning and said, ‘So you going for Italy?’

I said, ‘I am not, I am cheering for Argentina.”- Gotta go with the wife and the baby’s got the Argentina jersey on and she just looked at me and went, ‘Like what are you doing?’

The truth is for me it is fun to watch and just not that important. So if it comes to supporting that girl I will support her. 

Marcella Bernardo: What are you doing differently to make people want to come back again and again?

MB: I think there is an honesty in what I do. I think you can fool people for so long. I am truly in bliss when I am up there. I love what I do, it is real. Even if I am not your cup of tea, you can’t go away and at least say it wasn’t fun. I mean I have a blast up there. Before that curtain opens, I stand behind that curtain backstage and I can hear the murmuring and the vibrations of thousands of people, I stand with the microphone and every single night, every single night before that curtain opens I thank God, I thank the universe for allowing me to go out and connect to all these beautiful souls. I get to go out and laugh with these people and celebrate with these people, and sing music that I love and am passionate about and I write songs and they know the words to the songs I wrote and they sing along, mostly they screw them up [laughs] but they sing along. I think that they can see my passion and they can hopefully see that I am a kid from Burnaby that somehow made it. 

Martini in the Morning dot com California: You are a hit on traditional radio also are a hit on digital radio. One of the top requested artists on Martini in The Morning. Can you make us a quick comment about the digital music era and could you tell us what your favorite crooner song is? 

MB: Hello, Martini in the Morning. For those of you that don’t know it is a big show out of California, LA that were really supportive of me from the very beginning. So thank-you by the way for that support. The business [Music] has changed. Probably most of us were fearful that somehow this was going to slip away from us. Truth is, people were saying the Music industry is in trouble, it is dying, it is sick, but it is not. It is just changed. Digitally it is changing. More people than ever are buying and listening to music. It is just happening in a different way. My Grandpa is now downloading off iTunes and he is eighty-seven years old! So that just kind of shows you that things are changing alot.

My favorite crooner song, I really like, ‘That’s All’ alot and I always thought, ‘Stormy Weather’ was a pretty song. Thank-you.

[Undisclosed Recipient] Your pre-warm up shows have become a viral sensation. What gave you the idea to submit, ask for requests from your fans pre-warm up backstage?

Every night before the show I warm up and it used to be that boring warm up with my Musical Director. A guitar player that plays for me one day said, ‘Hey, let me come in’ and the drummer who I am very close with came and said, ‘ah, let’s play’ so we just started to mess around and one day I said, ‘hey can we do something for this Insta-gram?’ [Laughs]

I am so behind on Social Media. We made our first fifteen second video and we said, ‘that’s cool’ and people liked it, it was fun, at first it was kind of for us. 

We started to notice that the followers went from ninety thousand at the beginning of Tour to five hundred thousand by the end. We decided to take requests and let the fans figure out what the song is.

Terry Mulligan: How much of that guy we see on stage is Buble blood, sweat, and tears, and how much is that guy Canadian? I am just wondering what we are watching out there ‘cause it is us.

MB: Help me to understand what you mean.

Terry Mulligan: We see this guy out there, talking about your insecurity. We don’t see those insecurities, what we see is joy. That creative freedom

How much is that just being a Buble and having that blood in your system and how much is that growing up in Canada and singing for us?

MB: I think that being Canadian is huge. We are a nation of observers we are a little country sitting next to this big country. We understand what makes them tick or what they like, but at the same time we have a very distinct personality and sense of style and humor. I feel like I rest upon that especially leaving Canada and going to other countries. Honest to God, if you want to know why I am as big as I am in the UK, Australia, or South Africa it is because I am Canadian. Not solely because I have a Canadian Passport, but because I am Canadian. I embody what it is. I have a very self deprecating humor like we all do, it is dry and they get it. They appreciate it. I think that in America sometimes I have a tougher time. It is the truth though. Most of all thanks for just letting me be me, eh.

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