Michael Bolton

St. George Theater, SI, NY

Michael Bolton
The St. George Theater
Staten Island, NY - February 19, 2017

- Dennis Morgillo

Staten Island, NY - This was my first visit to The St. George Theater on Staten Island. It was the perfect place for my first Michael Bolton concert. The St. George Theater is a beautiful old school theater first opened in 1929, that was to rival Manhattan’s cathedrals of cinema. The St. George is located in the heart of the historic district of Staten Island and just minutes from the Ferry. With the exception of filming the finale of the 2003 film “School of Rock” at the theatre, the venue was basically dark for over thirty years. In 2004 the theater was saved, and returned to a beautiful, thriving, majestic theatre for Staten Island and all of New York City.   

Michael Bolton hit the stage with his 8 piece band on this warm February night amidst catcalls from the ladies in this packed house. 
The ladies love Michael Bolton. Bolton was charming and took the admiration in stride with good humor. With calls of “turn around Michael”, “I Love you Michael”, and hoots and hollers, Bolton engaged with the audience returning the friendly banter in between songs. 

Bolton looked great and his voice was as strong as ever. The show consisted of songs from his long storied career, as well as hits from his new, just released album, ‘Songs Of Cinema’. 

Every song was a winner. Bolton opened with ‘Stand By Me’, ‘To Love Somebody’, and ‘The Dock Of The Bay’. What a trilogy to open the show. The hits just kept coming. ‘I Got a Woman’ by Ray Charles, ‘Thats Life’ by Sinatra and ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ where Bolton played some nice lead guitar. Who knew Bolton could play guitar as well!?

Michael did a duet on ‘Make You Feel My Love’ with the lovely and talented singer Sam Fly. The band did a couple instrumental gems, and amidst much fanfare, Michael returned from the wings to sing ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’, while standing in the middle of the audience. The crowd went crazy. Women were swooning. I saw a couple guys trying not to swoon as well. 

Of course more classics to follow, to close the show. ‘How Am I Supposed To Live Without You’, ‘Aint No Mountain High Enough’, and the classic ’How Can We Be Lovers’. A great performance and a great Sunday night out in Staten Island. Everyone was singing and smiling as they left the Theater. Michael Bolton is truly one of the greatest voices of our generation and is a national treasure. A must see for everyone. I truly enjoyed the event. 

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