Buble joins list of greats

By ED SOUTHORN

EVERY generation throws up a Michael Buble or two. From the 1940s through the '50s, '60s and '70s, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett and a host of other lesser lights have paved the way for Buble, who is set to thrill more than 4000 fans at Salt's Central Park tonight. The Buble kind of showman is comfortable performing up-tempo ballads as well as blues, jazz and swing. He does all the best songs in the popular canon but isn't only just hitting the right notes. Performers like Buble and Harry Connick Jnr ooze sex appeal, combining cheeky humour with a cool, relaxed presence on and off stage. Buble cops criticism from some music lovers who reckon his act is a rip-off from those other great performers, but Buble takes it in his stride - millions of fans around the world love him and his shows are quality productions paying homage to the greats. The songs are so good and his delivery and presence exciting enough to make Buble performances irresistible. He also interprets contemporary tunes, like Maroon 5's 'This Love'. And unlike some of the other great swingin' crooners, Buble is well enough behaved, which might hurt his "street cred" but encourages album sales across a broad age spectrum - Buble's fans are aged eight to 80. At his press conference at the Salt Outrigger resort this week, Buble launched comically into a series of poses and air kicks for the assembled photographers, recalling the moves of James Bond and Elvis Presley. It was spontaneously self-mocking and looked great for the cameras, thrilling a small crowd of onlookers. One resort guest in a pink towelling bathrobe holding up her digital pocket camera made Buble laugh. He declared he'd never seen a "pink paparazzi" before.



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