Grammy winner Bolton to perform at the Avalon
When you hear the name Michael Bolton, what comes to mind?
Is it heartfelt ballads, rap or opera?
Is it music, film or activism?
How about the long curly locks, mullet or short and sexy?
Or perhaps it’s the Grammys, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame or the humanitarian awards?
The answer is: all of the above, depending on the era you know him from.
Bolton will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St.
The “about” link at http://www.michaelbolton.com details Bolton’s diverse resume.
“The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist, who has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and theater,” the website said.
Bolton has had nine No. 1 singles. His most successful album, “Soul Provider,” was released in 1989 and sold more than 12.5 million copies worldwide. It included the single and No. 1 hit “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” which earned Bolton his first Grammy.
Bolton actually became a viral sensation appearing in The Lonely Island’s “Captain Jack Sparrow” comedy video that debuted on Saturday Night Live, according to the website. The Emmy-nominated video has had more than 95 million views on YouTube, and was the third most viewed video of 2011.
But Bolton is also known for a bit of opera.
“Bolton has recorded and performed with Luciano Pavarotti on stage in a highly praised rendition of ‘Vesti La Giubba,’ and pays homage to the Italian tenor when performing the aria ‘Nessun Dorma’ at each of his concerts while on tour,” the website said.
“He’s not only known for his soulful voice and poignant lyrics — his timeless style, charm and good looks have earned him a spot in several ‘People Magazine’s Sexiest Man’ issues, including 2012’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’,” the site said.
In the film category, Bolton has appeared on numerous television and film soundtracks, “including the Oscar-nominated theme song ‘Go the Distance’ from Walt Disney’s blockbuster animated film ‘Hercules,’” the website says. He also executive produced the documentary ‘Terror at Home,’ addressing domestic violence in America, and was Emmy-nominated for writing the title song ‘Tears of The Angels,’” the site said.
Bolton also sang and acted in a season premier of “Two and a Half Men” and landed his own new comedic series on ABC.
And when it comes to activism, “Michael remains committed to humanitarian causes, especially through the Michael Bolton Charities as well as other social and political organizations,” the website said.
“He has been honored with several Humanitarian awards — including the Martin Luther King Award granted by the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.), the Lewis Hine Award from The National Child Labor Committee, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, and the Frances Preston Lifetime Achievement Award. Michael Bolton Charities is in its 20th year of advocating on behalf of women and children at risk,” the site said.
Tickets to Bolton’s show are $59–$69 and can be purchased at Back Porch Music, City Market stores, by calling 243-8497 or at TicketsWest.com.