IF YOU GO
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, 400 Pinnacle Arena Drive, Lincoln
Tickets: $54.50 to $95 at Ticketmaster.com, the Pinnacle Bank Arena box office, Ticketmaster retail locations or by phone at 800-745-3000
Information: pinnaclebankarena.com or 402-904-4444
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Michael Bublé has the kind of voice we'd all kill for, but that's not his only admirable quality.
We'll make the journey to Lincoln to see Bublé croon, crack jokes and call out to his fans on Friday because we (like the thousands also at the arena) dig what he's all about, from his smile and those suits to songs such as “Everything” and “Save the Last Dance For Me.”
Bublé could smack you in the face and then, after he broke into that boyish and charming smile, you'd still want to give him a hug. It's just that bright and infectious — as if to say, “You and me, we're on the same page. We're friends.”
Bublé is at his best as a songwriter when the lyrics roll off the tongue easily and with simple sentiments, and “Everything” is just such a tune. Bublé wrote the lyrics for a girlfriend, but it sorta sounds like he wrote it for any one of us to hand to our significant other and say, “This. This is exactly how I feel about you.”
Seriously. You might not think the affable singer was anything more than amusing, but he'll actually make you crack up. He makes plenty of off-the-cuff quips onstage, and his video, “Hollywood,” mocks a bunch of celebrities, including fellow Canadian Justin Bieber. We especially love Bublé's appearance on “Saturday Night Live” where he's part of a restaurant called “Hamm & Bublé” (pronounced “ham and bubbly”) with actor Jon Hamm.
“It's a Beautiful Day”
Bublé's latest single is on the pop side of adult contemporary, which we enjoy more than his Sinatra-style send-ups. The lush horn arrangement and cheery vocals make it no surprise that he scored another No. 1 hit with the song.
The way he rocks a suit
Buble is almost never seen in anything but a solid blue or black suit, a white shirt and a skinny tie tied just a little loose. He has a cleaned-up style that even led to Nordstrom sponsoring one of his tours.
“Save the Last Dance for Me”
It's an old classic (you probably know the 1960 version by The Drifters), and Bublé does it justice with strummy guitars and a Bing Crosby swing to his voice.
He's not just a Sinatra rip-off
Sure, he croons, and he's dang good at it. But that's not all Bublé does. He really can sing, and he wrote his biggest songs.
“It gives me great joy that after eight No. 1 hits that I wrote, later those same critics have become believers in me and who I am as a singer,” Bublé told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I stayed true to myself and stayed honest to what I wanted to do musically. I've earned a credibility that I couldn't have gotten any other way.”