by Albert Rodriguez -
SGN A&E Writer
I can honestly say that I was in the same room with Michael Bublé.
Thanks to Delta Air Lines, about 150 Elite SkyMiles members were extended the privilege to watch and hear the three-time Grammy winner be interviewed by Billboard magazine writer Bill Werde. The event took place at Seattle Pavilion, footsteps from Key Arena, where Bublé sang his heart out to 15,000 fans later that night.
Guests were given a commemorative badge upon checking in for the private appearance, and were then allowed into an event space that was transformed into a chic lounge, complete with loveseats, ottomans, circular tables, and chairs in red, white, and blue (Delta's colors). Two open bars treated guests to wine, IPAs, Pilsners, mixed cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages.
As he was being introduced, Bublé was visible off to the side of the platform. Though he didn't sing, the Canadian singer-songwriter answered close to 30 minutes of questions, ranging from his career to his family to his early days in the business, while sitting in a white leather, square-shaped armchair.
Asked about his neat appearance and wardrobe, Bublé simply credited his team of 'two Gay guys and a stylist.' A few minutes later, he jokingly admitted to being 'a big fan of softcore films.' Come to think of it, he was probably telling the truth. The words 'porn video' also slipped out, and I'm not sure why.
More interesting was Bublé's sincere responses to questions about the launch of his career. Growing up, he idolized fellow countryman Bryan Adams, who collaborates with him on the track 'After All,' found on this year's release, To Be Loved. It was Adams's album Reckless that inspired Bublé to pursue music, starting out by performing in clubs around Vancouver while a journalism student at the University of British Columbia.
A FORTUITOUS OCCASION
'I didn't want to be a wedding singer,' said Bublé, dressed in a two-piece dark suit, retelling the story of being asked to perform at the reception of a prime minister's daughter's nuptials. But when he found out that superstar producer David Foster would be in attendance, he leaped at the offer. As the saying goes, the rest is history.
What impressed me most during this Q&A session was Bublé's openness about prioritizing his personal and professional life, stating that although he's recently become a husband and father, 'I'm married to my career.' He wanted to spend a week with wife Luisana Lopilato and three month-old son Noah in Argentina while she filmed a movie there, but a TV show appearance in Germany derailed his plans. 'There goes the war,' he said bluntly, with a frustrated smile.
But making sacrifices does factor into the end result, which is success, something that Bublé acknowledged, aside from the fact that he gets to do what he loves. 'For me, it's bliss,' he noted as the interviewed wrapped up. He neither fielded questions from VIP guests nor greeted any of them in person, though Bublé did autograph copies of To Be Loved that were part of Delta's swag bag, which also included a commemorative tour T-shirt and complimentary tickets to the Key Arena concert. SkyMiles guests were given seats to the show inside a special enclosed section, where an alternate stage was set up for Bublé to perform several songs.
The VIP reception with Michael Bublé was presented by Delta Air Lines as both a payback to their Elite SkyMiles members for their customer loyalty and to promote an aggressive expansion with new nonstop flights this year to Shanghai and Los Angeles, and next year to London, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Las Vegas. Currently, Delta flies nonstop from Seattle to Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, Amsterdam, Atlanta, New York, Honolulu, Minneapolis, Detroit, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, and Los Angeles. For information, go to www.delta.com.
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