For some reason, listening to Josh Groban always reminds me Christmas. Or some other joyful holiday season that is. This is a good thing because it make millions of people around the world, including myself, very happy.
This year, Groban brought the highly acclaimed “In The Round” tour to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON. Many Torontonians waited in a cold lineup hours before the doors opened. But they were certainly in for a treat.
The “In The Round” tour is special because it puts Groban in the centre of a 360-degree stage. He took great advantage of this new stage layout as he was able to interact with his loyal fans from all around.
“It has been a vision of mine to do a tour in the round for a while now, it was just a matter of when was the right time. I have always had moments during the show where I walked through the crowd and interacted with the fans. I felt that now was the time to bring it all together. I can’t wait to bring music from throughout my career, great fun and new experiences to my fans.” Says Groban.
This concept pays off big time. The evening started off lights dim, and then a solo violinist off within the crowd on one side of the stage and then the drummer kicks in on the other side in a very dramatic sequence. And then Groban begins with his hit “Brave”. Confidence radiated off Groban with his distinct, strong and polished tone for the rest of the performance.
Groban is also a really funny guy. He cracked jokes and made humorous remarks throughout the night. Playing with the front, back cameras and praising Toronto’s congested traffic system. His fans are also equally funny. At one point, another media photographer and I were discussing if people in front of the stage were going to stand and obstruct our line of sight. And immediately someone beside us said “Yeah, we’re totally going to start a mosh pit.”
This will be a night Josh Groban fans will remember for a very long time.
Thanks to Live Nation for media access.