American crooner and 90s icon Michael Bolton has announced he will tour in 2018.In a matter of months, will hit peak 90s nostalgia with not one, not two but three icons from the decade set to tour Down Under.
Celine Dion and Shania Twain, revealed they would be touring the country later this year and now their crooning-colleague, Michael Bolton, said he will also tour this year.
“My last tour of was in 2015 and I’m excited to be coming back in June,” Bolton told AAP.
Bolton made a name for himself with some very earnest ballads in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including Said I Loved You… But I Lied and How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, accompanied by some equally sincere videos.
But the balladeer’s career has swerved off into a different direction more recently.
It began in 2011 when Bolton, who has chopped his once-signature flowing locks, made a comedy music video with Andy Samberg’s Lonely Island comedy troupe called Jack Sparrow. The sketch, made for US TV show Saturday Night Live, has since racked up nearly 180 million views on YouTube, much to Bolton’s surprise.
“That night at the afterparty, John Mayer came up to me and said, ‘tomorrow you’re going to see something you’ve never seen before’. Sure enough, the next morning I walked into the kitchen where my daughter was monitoring social media and said, ‘Dad, you’re not going to believe what’s happening’. The video had gone viral. A million views the first day and every next day until today we’re surpassing 175 million views,” Bolton said.
It led to some new opportunities for the singer, including last year’s Netflix Valentine’s Day special, and it’s also widened his appeal
“Ever since that video, I’ve had the pleasure of working with different teams of writers and producers on more comedy and of course, we reunited with The Lonely Island to create Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special which was awesome. I plan to never stop,” he said.
As far as he’s concerned, he’s always been a prankster to his friends and family but now the rest of the world finally gets to see this side to him.
Bolton made a flying visit to last week as part of the latest campaign for audiobook company Audible. He put his comedic talents to work, appearing in their latest ad using his song Said I Loved You But I Lied replacing the lyrics to “Said I read you but I lied”.
“The campaign brings back a lot of the themes of my classic music video, horses, eagles, and hilltops,” Bolton said.
“We nixed the fire but added a lizard. It was all very spontaneous and everyone just went all in.”