Michael Buble more than ready for Allianz Stadium 'implosion'
Michael Buble has a frenzied fantasy for his gig at Sydney's Allianz Stadium on Friday night, the venue's last before its effectively bulldozed.
"I was hoping in a big moment, in the crescendo of the last song, they can just bring it down," he joked in a pre-gig press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel on Wednesday.
"Well, without the people in it. Or maybe we could just stand outside and watch the implosion happen while Cry Me a River echoed through the sky."
On Friday, the Canadian crooner will headline the final show at the Moore Park landmark before it's closed until early 2022, for a controversial rebuild costing about $730 million.
The gig, touted on banners around the city as the stadium's "Closing Show Celebration", will also feature local openers Guy Sebastian and Busby Marou.
"Oddly, I had never heard of it," Buble, 43, said of the stadium, which in its 30-year history has hosted World Cup qualifiers, State of Origin deciders, and concerts from the likes of U2 and Taylor Swift.
"I thought it was German, because of the name. I thought I was going to Germany," he joked.
Michael Buble at the InterContinental in Sydney on October 3.
Buble's one-off Australian gig is significant for more personal reasons, too.
Along with a recent performance at London's 02 Arena, it marks the singer's comeback after taking an extended career break to care for his five-year-old son Noah (with wife, Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato), who in November 2016 was diagnosed with liver cancer.
At the time he wasn't sure he'd ever return to performing, Buble said.
"How could what I've been through not change me, forever?" the singer said, as the lighthearted press conference turned emotional.
"I would never wish what I've gone through on my worst enemy, but I would wish the perspective that I live with every single day on my best friends. It's given me a great sense of gratitude, a better chance to be thankful," he said.
"Every one of us goes through hard things, we all do… Those cracks that we walk over, sometimes they're what lets light in. I'm trying to find that. I'm trying to learn and move on and look forward to a great life, and at the same time I hope the experience makes me a better person."
The singer, whose tenth studio album Love is out in November, said a sense of obligation to his fans fuelled his desire to return to the stage.
"I don't think the public would ever, could ever, understand how much their love, compassion and support meant for me and my family. I wanted in a small way to say thank you for that," he said.
"Everybody's hurting so much, there's so much darkness. I just want to give love, put beautiful things out there… Music heals."
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