Crowd-pleaser Buble feels the love as he belts out hits at first Irish gig
AFTER a 10-night warm-up in the UK, hit singer Michael Buble has kicked off the first of five sell-out gigs on Irish shores.
The Canadian singer took to the stage last night at the O2 Arena in Dublin, where he will be in residence until the weekend with his 'To Be Loved' concert series.
An audience of 14,500 descended on the venue in the capital to see the platinum-selling artist belt out his signature tunes.
Holly Hogan (9), from Stillorgan, Co Dublin, came to enjoy her first-ever Buble show, while friends Kim Hughes and Debbie McVeigh got the train from Dromara, Co Down.
Mother and daughter Antonia and Wendy Wallace journeyed from Newcastle in England, after missing Buble's UK stint, and got dressed up for the occasion in matching hats and pinstripe jackets. Waterford couple Brian Power and Alexandra Anton made a night of it in Dublin and told the Irish Independent they were planning to wait outside the O2 for an autograph from Buble.
New York acapella group Naturally 7 got the crowd warmed up and out of their seats with a beat box set they described as 'vocal play'.
The audience, a mix of young, old, male and female, was then greeted by flames as the main man dramatically appeared at 9pm.
Popular for a repertoire that includes such jazzy renditions as 'Cry Me A River' and 'Home', the 37-year-old lived up to expectations and dived straight into the crowd-pleasers, opening with a version of 'Fever'.
Buble, who is no stranger to performing in Ireland, jetted into town on Sunday afternoon and is staying at the Merrion Hotel in the city centre for the coming days.
He has not been joined by his wife, model and actress Luisana Lopilato, who is due to give birth in the next two weeks.
Revellers will no doubt be hoping that Buble's other half does not go into early labour, as the songwriter plans to rearrange work commitments to ensure he can be at home in the US as much as possible when the little addition arrives.