Legend Series: Michael Bolton live in NY
Michael Bolton gets up close and personal at The Paramount
For many Michael Bolton is a household name. Whether you are a fan of his music, he has sold over sixty-five million records worldwide and has nine No. 1 singles, enjoyed his comedic appearances on television with several appearances on Two And A Half Men as well as other popular shows, or loved the Emmy nominated viral video “Captain Jack Sparrow,” there is no denying his talent.
You may also know him as a songwriter of some of your favorite songs. Yes of course those beloved songs of his own but he has also worked with Bob Dylan, Paul Stanley and Lady Gaga just to name a few, and his songs have been recorded by KISS, Kanye West, Jay Z, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Marc Anthony. Also let us not forget that he is a Social Activist who commits himself to humanitarian causes, especially with The Michael Bolton Charities that has been going strong for nearly a quarter of a century.
It is amazing that as busy as Bolton is he still finds time to tour the world and take all his talents directly to his fans. Coming back to the United States from several shows in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, he made a stop at The Paramount in Huntington, NY where he would be playing to a nearly sold out crowd of adoring fans. With so much diversity in his music and the things he has done during his career, it was no surprise just how diverse the audience was and it also looked as if it was date night for many of them as well.
There was no opening act this evening so the fans were ready to take in a full night of hits by their favorite artist. Shortly after eight o’clock the house lights went dark and the stage was barely lit as Ryan Parrino (guitar), Nelson Braxton (bass), Drew McKeon (drums), Brian Becvar (piano), Jason Peterson DeLaire (keyboard/sax), Ashley Tessandori (backing vocals) and Sam Fly (backing vocals) came on stage and took their places to play an instrumental opening song; before long Michael Bolton came out to a flood of cheering and screaming fans.
Bolton was dressed comfortably in blue jeans, a buttoned down white collared shirt and a soft black velvet jacket, he had his guitar strapped on and they started the night with “Stand by Me.” Before the next song Bolton said hello to the crowd and encouraged everyone to take as many pictures as they would like during the show. They continued with the Bee Gees song “To Love Somebody” and the first sing along song of the night “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” Playing one of his chart topping hits “Said I Loved You…but I Lied” had a good many now standing at their seats, singing and swaying along.
As with every song, Bolton would take time to talk to the audience, giving some history about the song and in some cases the artist who wrote them, if he did not write it. The next song was no exception, except for when he stated the song title “You Don’t Know Me” many screamed back to him saying things like “We do know you!” which garnished him with a big smile just before he began to sing the song. Then after “That’s Life” and “Go the Distance,” Bolton showed a bit of his comedic side while introducing the next song “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” by saying “When I try to do duets by myself … it’s lonely.” After the laughter he introduced Fly as his duet partner and they sang that song and the next two, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “The Prayer.”
Bolton gets his guitar back on and gets the crowd ready to rock to some blues with “Sweet Home Chicago,” a song the gave the band time to jam and do some solos. With the house already rocking it was a great time for Peterson DeLaire to do a full solo on the sax. Then came the song, and for many the moment, that would be the highlight of the night, “When a Man Loves a Woman.” Not only was everyone up on their feet singing along, many were up close and personal with him as he went out among the crowd to sing the song. But the night was not over, they continued with “How Can We Be Lovers,” “Forever Isn’t Long Enough” and the classic “Time, Love & Tenderness.” The band took a few moments before coming back out to do one last song, “Soul Provider” and everyone was up singing, clapping and just having a great time.
Bolton is an amazing entertainer and really embraces his fans including them in the whole show. His vocals are as strong as ever as he effortlessly hits all those notes he is so known for. His band is comprised of the strongest seasoned musicians that complement his every move. The tour will continue in the United States later this year, after they return from Australia and they will also be going to the United Kingdom in 2018 as well. With many more chances to see Michael Bolton live this year be sure you get your chance too and get your tickets now.