Buble’s back with the Junos, a new album and a pair of mega-shows

Michael Buble’s career has gone from one high to another. But it came to an abrupt stop in November 2016 when his young son Noah was diagnosed with cancer.

Buble took more than a year off to be with Noah and his family while he went through treatment. Noah is doing better, and his dad is ready to go back to work.

The 42-year-old Burnaby crooner has been quietly recording a new album with producer David Foster in Vancouver and Los Angeles. And on March 25, he’ll host the Juno Awards at Rogers Arena.

He also has a pair of live dates lined up for the summer. But he won’t be easing back in with small, intimate shows. His first gig is July 7 at Croke Park in Dublin, followed by a July 13 show at London’s Hyde Park. Capacity at both venues will be about 60,000.

“It’s a nice way to get started,” says Buble’s manager Bruce Allen.

Buble isn’t doing any major interviews before the Junos, because he’s focusing on the record. But Allen says he’s stoked about hosting the show at Rogers Arena.

“The Junos is going to be exciting,” says Allen. “(Buble) thought it was kind of cool what with the new talent they’ve got this year. There’s a lot of Canadians who made a breakthrough this year. Last two years, actually. Daniel Caesar and Jessie Reyez — it’s neat to see these new kids coming up.”

Info on the new album is scant. Allen estimates it’s about 60-per-cent finished, and hopes it will be out by year end.

“I can’t tell you that much about it because they’re recording a bunch of songs,” says Allen. “But it’s going to be a themed album, like the Christmas album.”

If everything works out, Buble will launch a world tour next year. It’s been awhile; his last …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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