Friday 20 July 2018

'People say, 'I love your version of Westlife's Home'' - Michael Bublé on people thinking he's covering his own song

Singer Michael Buble speaks on stage during the 2018 JUNO Awards at Rogers Arena on March 25, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
Singer Michael Buble speaks on stage during the 2018 JUNO Awards at Rogers Arena on March 25, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Michael Bublé has revealed that one thing that's a 'pee off' for him is when people think he's covering his own original songs.

He wrote his smash hit song, Home, more than 15 years ago at a time when he says he was "trying to get people to know who I was" but country singer Blake Shelton covered it and had a number one hit.

Westlife also covered the song in 2003 and also called their album, Home.

"I almost preferred their version," Michael told Ian Dempsey on The Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Monday morning.

"They did this cool video where they were on an airplane and I was like, 'oh my God!'  It was beautiful.  It was really lovely."

However, he added, "What was a pee off for me, then in the following years I'd written a couple of these songs and I felt like I'd justified myself as an artist and I wasn't a karaoke singing guy.

"I'm an artist - I've written these songs - and I'd get in an elevator over here [in London] or be in Dublin and somebody would say, 'I love your version of Westlife's Home'."

Buble is gearing up for his biggest Irish show to date on Saturday at Croke Park in Dublin.

He has not toured for two years as his son Noah (4) was diagnosed with liver cancer and was receiving treatment. He and his wife Luisana Lopilato also have a two year old son Elias and are expecting a baby girl in just three weeks.

"About a year ago I said to my manager, 'I haven't been on stage for over a year.  I'd love if you could get my toe back in the water, maybe something nice and intimate and small'.  [He said] 'I've got something booked for ya!  80,000 people - what a way to dip your toe back!" he laughed.

He said he has "been through a lot" with his family and that it has given him perspective and "allows you to appreciate the good things".

Read more: Buble's back to rock the heart of blue-eyed soul

"I've missed being out there.  I've missed that connection.  I've missed singing my guts out, laughing, and really being connected to all of those beautiful souls out there," he said.

"Forget about my life, the world is going through a lot of stuff and not all of it is as positive as it could be.  I love that I get to go out there and stand in front of those people at Croke Park and take them away for a few hours."

Asked about venturing out into the crowd during his last show at the 3Arena, and being "groped" by some female fans, he quipped, "I love when the men grab me too!"

"I feel so lucky to have this beautiful life and be married to this beautiful women and yet I still get groped.  She says, 'It is different when you are on stage, it's okay, Mike, you're a different person."

Michael Bublé plays Croke Park on Saturday July 7.  You can listen to the full interview on the Today FM website.

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