Michael Buble admits staying on top of the music game is not as easy as getting there in the wake of Lorde having to pull out of her Australian tour due to being overworked and ill.
Buble is about to commence a 14-date tour of Australia, which kicks off in Perth on Saturday, as part of his 18-month world tour to promote his latest album To Be Loved.
Although the 38-year-old Canadian crooner didn't have any direct advice for the 17-year-old Kiwi singer he did reflect on the fact that when he started out he had to learn the hard way about the demands of touring, having never been given any advice.
Undertaking 142 shows ... Michael Buble works hard at staying on the top of his game.
"I realise at 38 years old, you're an athlete, for what I do, you have to be an athlete. You have to be disciplined, you have to be in great physical condition, you have to be in great mental health and mental state, because you have a big responsibility to show up and do what these people have paid you to do and fully be there and in full voice and have you heart in it."
Lorde, real name Ella Yelich-O'Connor, was "obviously a very talented girl", he added. "I would tell her to enjoy it. The ride is a great ride but getting there is easy compared to staying there and that's what I've realised more than anything."
Buble had earlier joked that it was "the money" that kept him going throughout the tour's 142 dates, which hit the US last year before and will continue on to Europe. The first 10 dates of the tour last year takes an incredible $US16 million ($17.3 million) alone, so the total takings look to travel well into the hundreds of millions.
But in his words, "I was built to do this. I was born to do it. The truth is I love every moment when I'm up there."
That is not to diminish the effort put into the show, with him claiming it is "one of the greatest shows on earth" since it has tried to instill the best in musicians, production values and other elements by using the mantra of "elevate".
"I can talk all day, but the truth is the people will have the last word, and what they have to say will be far more important than what any review says," he said.
"The truth is, though, I am not frightened or nervous, I'm really excited because I've had the chance to do this show quite a few time snow and while it changes every night, this is one of the greatest shows on earth."
He also spoke warmly about Australia, saying it felt like "a home away from home" (having been here 10 times before), and he enjoys the humour and sensibility here. Although, he added, every time he's visited it has coincided with a controversy going on, recalling incidents with John Stamos (drunk on Mornings with Kerri-Anne in 2007), Harry Connick Jr (who was horrified over a blackface skit on Hey, Hey, It's Saturday in 2009), and Buble's own appearance at the Logies last year when there were reports he may have been drunk.
"Last time I came to do the Logies, they said I was absolutely hammered, so some of things don't have to be true - they just have to make good print, so we'll see what happens this time."
He also recalled a time he had met Kylie Minogue and told her a Spanish version of one her songs was one of his Argentinian wife's favourites, only later to discover it was actually a number by Samantha Fox.
"So Kylie, if she hears this, I'm an idiot. I'm sorry for doing that," adding that he still cringed about it two years later.
PERTH: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 April, 2014 – Perth Arena
MELBOURNE: Wednesday 30 April, Thursday 1, Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May, 2014 –Rod Laver Arena
ADELAIDE: Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 May, 2014 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre
SYDNEY: Friday 9, Saturday 10 Friday 16 and Saturday 17 May, 2014 –Allphones Arena
BRISBANE: Monday 12 May and Tuesday 13 May, 2014 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
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