Christmas is coming early for fans of Canadian crooner Michael Buble. The singer recently announced that he will play Auckland’s Vector Arena on 21 May.
Buble has been smashing box office records in the UK recently; originally slated to do six nights at London’s O2 Arena, he was forced to add four extra shows when the first run sold out in just five minutes.
He got his big break in show business after former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney discovered his music. At 10 years of struggling, the discovery came at a time when distraught Michael was considering giving up a career in music and getting a job in media. His performance at a corporate gig in summer 2000 impressed Michael McSweeney, speech writer/right hand man to Brian Mulroney, and told Mcsweeney to feel free to use his independent CD as a coaster if he didn’t like it. Mcsweeney gave the CD to Brian & Mila Mulroney, which led to an invitation to sing at their daughter’s wedding, where he was introduced to music producer David Foster, who took him under his wing.
His self-titled debut album came out February 12, 2003 and has since won several music awards and incredible worldwide success.
“No one can accuse Michael Buble of being anything but a crowd-pleaser,” The Telegraph raved, adding that the Canadian superstar “had the audience shrieking in appreciation”.
The London Evening Standard concluded: “This feel-good show was complete. Maybe nice guys don’t finish last after all.”
Buble has a special relationship with Australasia. “You guys were one of the first territories to take me under your wing,” he explains. New Zealand gave Buble his first number one album anywhere in the world when his 2003 self-titled album hit top spot in September 2003 with Australia following suit in May 2004.
Michael was first in New Zealand for a promotional tour in 2003. This was followed by a visit in April 2004, where he played three theatre shows.
Now, a decade later, he is set to return to perform his first ever arena show.