WELCOME EVERYONE TO THE 2014 TOUR REVIEW THREAD!! COME ON IN AND JOIN THE FUN!!

Welcome everyone to the 2014 Tour Review Thread.  The upcoming year is going to be exciting with so many concerts scheduled already around the globe!!! Feel free to share the details of your concert adventures, photos, videos etc.  This is the best time to be a Bolton fan with so many concerts and the MBC Charity Event which will most likely be held later in the year too. Michael has multiple projects in the works so we never know what will happen next!!!! I appreciate the opportunity to start a new thread once again for 2014 to give us all a place to share the best part of being a fan--- experiencing Michael in person doing what he does best-SING!!!!!! 

I am looking forward to another fun year of posts and sharing great times by the best Michael Bolton fans in the world on this forum. I will post events to keep the thread moving along as the concerts come up as I have in the past. 

Happy Concert Time in 2014 to all of you!!!

Robin in MD USA :)

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Thanks for sharing this here Gail.. I remember years ago at the gala's hearing about MB's friend and the charity connection to his always wanting Fiji water. I had kinda forgotten the story over the years!! We used to get Fiji water at all the gala events in CT.

Robin in MD :)

Many thanks for your explanations, Robin, Nic and Gail. By your help I get to know Michael and his life even better.

With the steam iron only one joke should be! I LOOOOVE IRONING MEN (ha, ha, ha!).

Petra Christine (Germany)

http://en.trend.az/news/society/2257662.html

A nice interview on the occasion of the concert on the 12th of April in Azerbaijan:

On 19th of April, Michael Bolton for the first time, will hold a concert program in Baku, at the Heydar Aliyev Center.

Bolton (born Michael Bolotin), 60, is an American singer-songwriter. As a singer, he has performed with other artists such as: Lucia Aliberti, Patti LaBelle, José Carreras, Tony Cetinski, Ray Charles, Céline Dion, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Wynonna Judd, BB King, The Lonely Island, Luciano Pavarotti, Percy Sledge, and Zucchero.

Bolton has also written songs for Bob Dylan, Lady GaGa, Diane Warren, Phil Ramone, Barbra Streisand, Jay Z and the "Kiss" band. A Grammy award winner, Bolton sold over 53 million records worldwide.

Prior to his concert in Baku, Bolton spoke to Trend Agency on a number of topics.

Michael, every performer has his own style. Why does your repertoire is filled with love rock-ballads? What does love mean to you personally?

My repertoire is very diverse, from ballads to blues rock, arias, standards and r&b songs. As far as love, I've always been a hopeless romantic.

Regarding your upcoming concert in Baku's Heydar Aliyev Center, what do you think of it? How do you plan to surprise the fans?

I'm really looking forward to performing in Baku for the first time, and from what I understand, the Heydar Aliyev Center is a spectacular venue, an apex of creative and cultural life.

Naturally, you must be reading about a country that you're about to visit, especially for the first time. What do you currently know about Azerbaijan? Is there anything you've read or heard before, but would like to experience yourself?

I have traveled to just about every corner of the world and seen beautiful architecture and so much natural beauty, but the single most important thing is always the same - and that is the connection and warmth we feel from the people. Being a performing artist means it will always be about the people who live where the road takes us and the people who come to enjoy what we love most, the music. I understand that the landscape in Azerbaijan is quite magnificent, from the Caspian Sea's shoreline to the various mountain ranges. I'm curious to learn more about the music traditions there.

As far as I know, you're a vegetarian. How did you become one? How difficult it is for you to maintain such kind of lifestyle?

I have been a vegetarian for more than 30 years and it's been quite an easy lifestyle to maintain, even while traveling. I made the decision simply because it was healthier for me personally, but I like my friends to cook or order whatever makes them feel healthy and happy.

Your ancestors are from Russia. Considering that, how difficult was it for you to reach fame in the United States? How can you define differences between the audiences in the U.S., and Russia? Are there any?

My 18 year climb to success had little to do with my father's Russian heritage. If anything, he and my grandparents instilled in me traits like persistence and a strong work ethic. Of course there are differences in audiences all around the world. The power and it is the beauty of music that brings us together. I have numerous friends in the music business who are of Russian heritage, some of the most successful songwriters in the world. Diane Warren and Barry Mann just to name a few, have grandparents from Russia.

Many are hungry for success, yet not all achieve it. You're a singer and a composer. What's your formula for successful career? Does it even exist?

A successful career of longevity always requires a very strong work discipline and, I believe, the divine gift of timing and talent.

You've worked with many world-known celebrities. Any interesting of funny memories you could share?

There are so many! I really enjoyed writing about them in my recent autobiography, The Soul of it All. Among those people I have worked with are Bob Dylan and Lady Gaga, Luciano Pavarotti and the U.S. President Clinton, there are so many who have impacted and inspired my life.

As I understand, your career takes the most of your time. But is there anything else you're doing, any kind of business you're involved in?

My career is a full time business which includes not only touring globally but writing and recording, promoting new projects, developing film, television and literary properties, creating new strategic partners, and expanding my philanthropic initiatives.

You're the founder of "The Michael Bolton Charities", and you also participate in projects of other charity organizations. What does charity mean to you?

Before I achieved any success in the music industry, my young family and I really struggled financially, and verged on homelessness. So when I achieved success, I started by supporting local shelters. I discovered that the women and children were most often being sheltered not from homelessness, but from domestic violence at home. I then focused my initiatives on helping women and children at risk of abuse. Celebrity has allowed me to wield influence in the media and in legislation. Making a difference in the quality of a person's life is a reward that truly touches your soul.

Considering your schedule, how do you communicate with your children and grandsons? Anyone of them following your steps?

My daughters and I are always communicating through email and text while I travel. They are great about sending pictures and videos of the little ones. When I'm home in Connecticut, or on the West Coast, I get to visit my family and I'm aware that it's precious time, and whenever they can, they will come out to the shows.

Petra Christine (Germany)

Thanks so very much Petra for article and photo yesterday and especially for one above today for it is really, really lovely and so special to hear him talking about the girls and his grandkids...lovely !!! :)  Just to say Petra I would also iron his clothes and forget the steam iron for I would even use old flat iron and a fire in the range.....you probably don't remember those Petra but my grandmother had them and I loved using them when we were on holiday with her........memories !!!!!!! LOL 

I wasn't back in last night as busy, busy and will be busy, busy today too and will finish up with a little bit of news I have to share you with you all and I will put on Resolution thread shortly.....see you all later !!! :) 

Danke Petra !!! :)

Sylvia.  Your wee Scottish friend.

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Puh!!! You make it excitingly Sylvia! I am curious of the news!

Petra Christine (Germany)

A video of the concert in Cancun. Georgia on my Mind. Have fun! And Sylvia, Michael quite close!

Petra Christine (Germany)

What a terrific video and thanks for finding and sharing Petra....wow, love it and especially too in his introductions that he gave Jason his nickname by calling him the "Turtle"...loved that bit, loved it !!! :)

Danke Petra !!! :)

Sylvia.   Your wee Scottish friend.

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Thanks Petra.
Robin in MD :)
Thanks ladies for posting all of the articles, photos and vids. Hugs,

Kathy T. :)

Thanks for the video and pics Petra.  Love all of them!!

     Diane :)

 

Article about interview Michael has done today at the Real Intercontinental Hotel in San Jose, Costa Rica:

http://www.nacion.com/ocio/musica/Michael-Bolton-Costa-Rica_0_14058...

Translation:

"The singer and American composer Michael Bolton responded to a few questions from the press this Tuesday afternoon, in the Hotel Real Intercontinental, in Escazú, where it will offer an intimate presentation tomorrow, Wednesday, April 2.





Michael Bolton will sing this Wednesday, April 2, at the Intercontinental Real Hotel
Michael Bolton will sing this Wednesday, April 2 at the Hotel Real Intercontinental (Pablo Montiel) expand




In his first visit to the country, Bolton conversed with journalists about the lessons that has left him his long career in the entertainment industry, as well as his short relationship with football, since - according to organisers - Joseph S. Blatter (FIFA President) will be part of the audience of the concert.

Bolton also said that you would like to sing alongside artists such as Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, after a career that has brought her collaborations with Ray Charles, BB King and Luciano Pavarotti, among dozens more.

Morning concert will begin the 7 p. m. with presentations of the local openers Escats, MasterKey, Charlene Stewart and Sasha Campbell.

Tickets are already sold out."
Sylvia.  Your wee Scottish friend.
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Thanks Sylvia.....love it when there is a sellout :)). Hugs,

Kathy T. :)

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