Fact: There are 40 Bubba Gump Shrimp locations currently operational worldwide, but for reasons that remain mysterious to anyone who watched the Jon Hamm/Michael Bublé episode of SNL back in 2010, there is not a single “Hamm & Bublé” restaurant that’s open for the public to enjoy. We posed the very important question of “Why?” to none other than Michael Bublé himself when we sat down with him recently, and he seemed just as perplexed as us as to why.
“I think it’s a good idea,” he revealed. “I don’t understand why people are so against pairing fine champagne with pork products inside?” Neither do we, Michael, neither do we. Here’s hoping that Keith McNally or some other restauranteur is paying attention and we can get a Hamm & Bublé open in time for the holidays!
Despite this setback, Michael Bublé has many reasons to be happy and content with his life at the moment. His new album, To Be Loved, is currently the #1 album in the country, and he talked to us a little bit about what he was trying to achieve with this LP.
“The first concept I had was to make a soul record,” he explained. “To make a Phil Spector record without the crazy… I wanted those performances to be raw and honest, and I had earned the opportunity to make the record I had always wanted to make.” It was his ongoing (and unlikely) partnership with producer Bob Rock, who is perhaps best known for his work with Metallica, that allowed this creative vision to flourish. “The dude knows music. I haven’t heard a record with this kind of style —with those big band and soul tunes—as truly organic, honest and real in 30 years.”
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