'Mickey Bubbles' in Aviva first
CANADIAN crooner Michael Buble made history last night when he became the first music act to perform at the new Aviva Stadium.
But the 35-year-old wasn't taking chances with the Irish weather and revealed before his show that he had bought 13,000 ponchos for fans in case it rained.
"I figured I could hand them out because if it rained we could make the best out of it by dancing and singing in the rain," Buble told the Irish Independent.
A staggering 100,000 concert-goers will have seen the man Dubliners have nicknamed 'Mickey Bubbles', when his two sellout shows in the new stadium come to an end.
The clean-shaven housewives' favourite is also bucking the trend in sales of recorded music.
While sales of albums are dropping worldwide, Buble has sold 24 million albums since his debut album in 2003.
In Ireland, Buble's latest album 'Crazy Love', containing the hit single Haven't Met You Yet, has been certified platinum 11 times, selling over 150,000 units so far.
"I walked down the street in Dublin a few months ago and I felt like one of the Beatles. The egotistical part of me, would like to tell you it's because the Irish have good taste. All I can say for sure is that I don't take it for granted," he added.
Previously, Buble's biggest show has been to 22,000 fans and the singer said he was "thrilled" at more than doubling that each night in Dublin.
"When I come out on stage I want to switch on every light in the house to grasp the moment. I want to keep this memory.
"For a Canadian kid to be playing to this many people surpasses my wildest dreams. Thank you everyone in Ireland, is all I can say," he added.