Michael Bublé Talks Vocal Cord Surgery and the Toll Touring Takes on His Marriage: 'It Is a Struggle'
“It’s a Beautiful Day” to be Michael Bublé.
The singer will release his first movie, Michael Bublé: Tour Stop 148, in theaters on Sept. 27.
While the documentary-style concert film will feature show-stopping performances from the Grammy winner’s most recent world tour, it will also highlight his hard-working road crew and and the sacrifices they make to put on the show.
Tour Stop 148 is just the latest career feat for the 40-year-old Canadian crooner, who has two sons – Noah, who turns 3 this month, and Elias, 6 months – with wife Luisana Lopilato, 29. He’s gearing up to release his first-ever fragrance, as well as his highly anticipated eighth studio album, before year’s end.
On Tuesday, PEOPLE caught up with Bublé, who opened up about his new movie and album, the pressures touring put on his family life – and how he’s recovered from recent vocal cord surgery.
Why did you want to share your story with this movie?
What I do can’t be done alone, obviously, and to me the most interesting part of this whole story is that it isn’t done alone: You see so many of these concert documentaries, and they’re really fluff pieces where you basically interview the people they’re paying, and they tell you how amazing the artist is and how wonderful and beautiful and how much they’ve given to charity. I didn’t want a fluff piece.
To me, it was done to capture me mid-performance, in my element, at my best – but not to tell that story solely. It takes so many people: It takes an army; it takes a village to bring together a tour like this, to make it move from city to city.
The sacrifices that are made by the musicians and crew are incredible. And for me, it was this wonderful opportunity to tell the story and share the story of the unsung heroes in this business.
Were there any stories in particular that stuck out to you and you knew had to be included in the movie?
My one crew manager: Throughout the tour we knew things at home weren’t as good as they could’ve been, and we never pressed him on it, but you’re on the road; you talk. And I didn’t know until I got the DVD and I watched the first edited version, and they’re interviewing him, and he said that he called his wife, and she told him that she couldn’t do it anymore and she couldn’t do it alone, and he said that she thought that she was kidding; she said that she wasn’t. And she left.
This happened while we were out on this tour, show No. 148. And they’re divorced. They’d been together, 15 years. And it shook me. Because I hadn’t been there. Even though I was there and I was his friend, I hadn’t been aware of what he was going through, and this is one of the sacrifices of being on the road: It’s hard.
How do you maintain your relationship and family life when you’re on the road?
It’s very tough. There’s talk so much about how women are forced to try to find balance in their professional life and their family life, and the truth is, it’s not said enough about men: Men have the same issue. I know I do. I’m really lucky that my wife and I have decided to try and support each other in that way, and as we speak, I’m [working], but I fly back Sunday, and right now my wife is making a movie.
I’ll fly back, and for the three weeks that she’s making a movie, I’m the babysitter, I’m Mr. Mom or whatever you call it [laughs]. So it allows us both to be fulfilled within our professional lives, but at the same time, we feel like we haven’t lost control of the balance. At the end of the day, what defines us is the fact that we are parents, that we’re brothers and sisters and mom and dads and sons and daughters—not what we do.
I wish it wasn’t a struggle, but it is a struggle to find a balance. I’ll never find it perfectly, but I will do my damnedest to find it as best I can.
You underwent vocal cord surgery a couple months ago: How are you and your voice today?
You can imagine not knowing and worrying, before. But the moment that I woke up from the surgery, the doctor told me that it wasn’t as invasive as he’d first thought and that everything was completely fine and better than expected. That was a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders. It’s funny because it’s now been a couple of months, and I don’t even think about it. Sometimes I forget I even had it done; I feel so much stronger than I did then.
You have a new album coming out in the fall: What can we expect?
You know, I think that I’ve shown great growth within my originals and my writing. I obviously have been so lucky, man. I’ve had great success. I just felt … It’s easy to rest on your laurels when you’ve had success – it’s easier to take the easy road. But I felt like I could do better than that, and I wanted to challenge myself. So I set a higher mark for myself.
I really wanted the opportunity to take control, and I felt that I could just do that by bringing together the gentlemen that I’ve played with onstage for the last 15 years. Musically speaking, no one understands me like they do, and I felt like they could bring my vision into reality, so for the first time, I produced my own record with these guys.
Every artist that you speak to about their new record is going to say it’s the best record they’ve ever had. But you really can’t believe the bulls— that comes out of their mouths. But I believe when you hear my record, you’ll understand that actions do speak louder than words.
A one-night-only event, Michael Bublé: Tour Stop 148 will show in theaters across the country. Click here for a list of showtimes and to pre-order tickets.