Chart-topping superstar crooner Michael Buble today announced he will perform a charity concert at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena - on Friday night, writes Graham Walker.
He has been rehearsing at the steel city venue for a 10-date series of shows at London’s O2 Arena, five nights at the O2 in Dublin and an extensive tour of the USA.
And the famed charity worker - who has raised fortunes for needy causes - has decided to open the doors to the public, to help raise thousands of pounds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Hallam FM and Bauer Radio’s local children’s charity Cash For Kids.
Tickets for his concerts usually sell from £50 upwards - but all seats for this special show will cost just £25 when they go on sale tomorrow morning at 9am.
The show is expected to sell out fast.
In the past he has supported causes which tackle abuse, children’s problems, creative arts, disaster relief, education, family, health, homelessness, human rights, poverty and others.
Today Buble announced that following successful technical rehearsals and sound checks he will be opening the doors to allow local fans to be the very first to enjoy the complete full show before it goes on the road.
He called Hallam FM’s Big John @ Breakfast to confirm fans will be able to watch the full show rehearsal, which gives just three days to sell out the show.
VIDEO: Press the play button to hear Hallam FM’s Big John explain how the Michael Buble charity gig came about.
Buble said ‘There’s a lot of really kind, down to earth people in South Yorkshire. Every time I’ve done shows here it’s great because people are fun and don’t take themselves too seriously - hopefully I’m a lot like them”.
Big John said “it’s not only brilliant that a megastar such as Michael Buble is in town rehearsing his show, but that we’re able to see the full spectacular show before anybody else!”
Cash for Kids is a charity for local children and young people who are suffering from abuse, disability or simply need guidance.
Sheffield’s Children’s hospital is one of only four dedicated children’s hospital trusts in the UK.
Motorpoint Arena manager Rob O’Shea is excited by the challenge of putting on sale and hosting a concert for 12,000 music fans all within what will be a very hectic 72 hour period.
He said: “This will be the first time in the buildings 22 year history that we have ever announced, put on sale and hosted a show within such a short space of time. The quick turnaround time will bring with it some challenges but when Michael Buble says he wants to put a show on in your venue you do everything you can to make it possible.”
Marketing Manager Simon Bailey added: “We have had to tweak the refurbishment start date as some of the works in the public areas were due to start after Sunday’s sell-out Rod Stewart concert, but will now see the seats start to be removed from the building and the toilet blocks being knocked down on Saturday, the day after the Buble concert.
“ What a way to close the building with a special one off Michael Buble concert followed by the multi-million pound summer refurbishment and to then open in front of packed Arena for the Steelers v Nottingham ice hockey clash on September 8; these are definitely exciting times at the Arena”.
This concert is a real once in a lifetime opportunity – a chance to see one of the World’s most successful artistes in a full show rehearsal ahead of a massive sell-out tour.
Buble has steadily risen through the charts to become one of the most popular jazz-pop artists of all time.
The 37-year-old Grammy award winning Canadian singer, songwriter and actor appeals to all ages, with his mix of Sinatra style swing standards and contemporary pop tunes.
His hits include Feeling Good, Everything, Haven’t Met You Yet, Home and Sway.
Buble co-wrote Haven’t Met You Yet for Argentina actress Luisana Lopilato, who he wed two-years ago. The couple revealed they are expecting a baby son.
He found a worldwide audience with his 2005 album It’s Time, and his 2007 record Call Me Irresponsible, which reached number one in the UK, Canada, USA, Australian and several European charts.
His latest album, To Be Loved, was released in April and he has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.