As the audience began to get restless because the show start was already twenty-five minutes late, the soft, soulful singer walked out on the Harrah's stage to cheers.
The singer spoke instead of singing the songs to the “Sold Out” room that they came to hear. “I am so, so sorry for the delay, but I have been fighting the flu for two weeks and we were back stage deciding what we were going to do,” said Bolton. “We decided it is a sold out house and you have waited so patiently that we will go on with the show.” Telling the audience,” I am hoping that you will do most of the singing tonight.”
Known as a singer that scores high with the ladies, the classic rhythm and blues sounds of Michael Bolton certainly proved that he still arouses the interest in women when he appeared in the theater at Harrah's Atlantic City, Friday evening, February 28, 2014.
Bolton managed to fill the theater with throngs of fans (mostly female) who wasted no time letting Bolton know how much they liked him.
Backed by a five piece band and two female back up singers, Bolton appeared wearing a black jacket and jeans and opened the show sitting on a stool playing his guitar as he performed “Soul Provider.”
His voice was still strong and if he had not said he had the flu, you would be hard pressed to be able to tell. Sitting on the same stool, Bolton performed “To Love Somebody,” to the joy of the room.
When Bolton stood up to sing “Dock Of The Bay,” he had many of the audience jumping up with arms open wide flailing above their heads vying for Michaels attention.
The 90 minute performance featured twenty selections, including “I Said I Loved You,” “You Don't Know Me,” and “You And I,” with a three song medley of “We're Not Making Love Anymore, I Found Someone, and Forever.”
To the surprise of the crowd, at the rear of the Harrah's Theater, Bolton made his way to the rear of the room and began singing while standing on a small platform.
By the time Bolton was back on stage, most of the ladies in the audience remained standing until the end of the performance. When Bolton proceeded to sing, “When A Man Loves A Woman,” the audience responded with cheers and screams.
Ending the show in an upbeat manner, he sang “Steel Bars,” followed by “Time Love And Tenderness” revving the audience up even more leading to a prolonged standing ovation.
Bolton, a prolific songwriter who has had many of his songs recorded by other diverse artists from Cher to Barbra Streisand and from Kenny Rogers to Kiss, including delving into opera.
Bolton has sold more than sixty million albums and singles worldwide and won two Grammys and six American Music Awards. Bolton has a huge fan base and does everything within his power to give his audience what they want and expect.
Bolton said, “Between writing, performing, recording and everything else, far and away, performing before my audience is the best.