|Michael Buble – To Be Loved Tour, The 02|
Sometimes when something happens, I don’t think much of it until years later when I piece the events together then I can see that some simple actions or paths changed life in a way or so. In November 2003, this happened when I purchased a CD by Michael Buble and that changed everything. No one had heard of him yet. I liked the music and I used to play it all the time in my boutique in Earlham St and pretty much got my customers to go and purchase one when they left. Then I saw in The Guardian’s Saturday listings that he was on at Ronnie Scotts so my friend Aggie and I queued at the bottom of the 20ish people line in the sharp cold of winter and got in to see some jazz. We thought we would do something grown up for once!
The concert was stunning, the songs were immaculate and we fell ridiculously in love with him and 3am ‘jazz’. We were about 10 feet away from Michael and for the love of music and all things good and manly – we joyed in such a high cloud of heaven and just wanted to have our way with him. How do we meet him? Said Aggie. I don’t know! I said. We can’t just have our way with him!! The agony!
Hi. Said the young handsome American bass player in a black suit. Hi. We said. Did you enjoy the show? The weeks and months to follow were one of the best times in my life.
Almost 10 years later, we are here. He stands behind Michael with the double bass over the years as I catch them on various TV shows and youtube uploads as we drift in and out of each other’s lives. Our lovers came and went; our journeys through life met hills, valleys and mountains; and age saw us through to nights where we would meet and fill each others ears with tales of love, adventure and sorrow.
I’ve seen every tour in London from the beautiful old room at Ronnie Scotts, to The Royal Albert Hall, to Wembley to The 02. Everytime, Michael sings the acapella, Song For You, without amplification from the smallest to the biggest arenas and I am moved to tears every time.
The other day, we saw the first show of To Be Loved World Tour, which started 10 nights at The 02. Michael sang many songs from the first concert at Ronnie Scotts, like Thats All, How Can you Mend A Broken Heart and Fever. It all comes full circle.
Thank you my dear friend Craig for taking me with you & to my new found soulful friend Marcel (on guitar) for keeping me with you guys.