One of the world’s top entertainers is kicking off his Canadian tour tonight in Vancouver, which happens to be where he’s from.
Michael Buble is used to selling out arenas everywhere, but he says nothing beats coming home.
He says, “I’m lucky to be out there. I get to throw a party for 15-thousand people and take them away for a couple hours from their troubles and to bring them along and to make ’em feel like they were really part of the experience and I hope you’re as proud of me as I am of being one of you when I get off that stage.”
Since he’s not a big fan of scalpers, Buble added a second show in Vancouver Friday ensuring tickets are still available for what he calls true fans.
It wasn’t all fun when Buble met with reporters.
Here’s what happened when he was asked how he feels about Kinder Morgan plans to expand an oil pipeline through Burnaby Mountain, in his hometown, “Ha, ha, ha… Can I get in on it? Is there, like, money to be made? No. I, honest to God, this is the very first that I’ve even heard of it. The very first I’ve heard of it. I don’t know. You guys tell me.”
Buble recently came home from a tour in Australia.
Before Buble took questions from reporters, he was presented with two jerseys by Vancouver Canucks President Trevor Linden.
Linden says, “Want to welcome you home and I know you’re kicking off your Canadian tour and we’re also looking for a centreman and we hear you got some game, so and I know your son’s getting bigger, so we thought we’d better give him a little bigger one as well, so.”
Buble’s son turns one in August.
He says spent his first Father’s Day riding the miniature train with his wife Luisana Lopilato and little Noah at Confederation Park in his hometown of Burnaby, but it rained.
Meanwhile, the hometown boy with Italian roots is NOT cheering for that country in this year’s World Cup.
Michael Buble’s wife is from South America, so he has to support, “Argentina! I’m so scared not to (laughs) Oh, I truly am. Got to go with the wife and the baby’s got the Argentina jersey on. The truth is for me, it’s not… hey, it’s fun to watch and it’s just not that important, so if it comes to supporting the girl, I’ll support her.”
He admits he’s rich enough to own an NHL franchise, but Buble says his dream of one day buying the Vancouver Canucks… remains a dream for now.
He says, “The Aquilinis are good owners. I like Francesco a lot. I don’t see him relinquishing that title very soon.”
The multi-Grammy-winning crooner is a season ticket holder, who’s also a proud co-owner of a WHL team, “I’d be lying to you if I told you I haven’t come very close in other cities. I might make good money, but I’m not a billionaire. Friends that I have that are billionaires, when I’ve asked them their advice.. every single one of them has told me I’d be an idiot…If I ever have the chance to become an owner in the NHL, that would be great too, but for now, I get to say that I’m co-owner of the Vancouver Giants.”
His partners are Ron Toigo, Pat Quinn and his manager Bruce Allen.