Michael Bolton Coming to Trumbull

The New Haven-born singer will be performing Sept. 22 for Trumbull's annual concert.

Award-winning Singer Michael Bolton will take the stage for this year's concert.

It marks his only Connecticut appearance this year, according to a press release.

First Selectman Tim Herbst said Bolton is as accomplished as Train, one of the most successful acts Trumbull has hosted.

"We want to make sure this event is a success," he said.  

Bolton is a former metal singer who turned to easy-listening music, where he scored with numerous hit songs including "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" and a remake of "When a Man Loves a Woman." (His success was lampooned in the cult film "Office Space," in which a disgruntled computer programmer coincidentally shares his name.)


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Bolton's sung with Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Renee Fleming and BB King.

Bolton also has had a film career, with roles in "Meet Wally Sparks," "Snow Dogs,"  "High Voltage" and "The Onion Movie."

He's also formed numerous charities and is involved is social activism.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. Reserved seats are $45 and $35 for lawn seats, plus taxes. They are also available online at www.premierboxoffice.com or charge by phone at (866) 558-4253.

Tickets can be purchased from the Recreation Department, across from Town Hall, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays.

Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Herbst noted that the town has hired a new concert promoter and is having organizational meetings regarding Trumbull Day and the concert. For now, the town is sticking with concert, Herbst said.

The first selectman had talked about combining elements of Trumbull Day and the concert.

Andrew Palo July 25, 2012 at 08:51 PM
The Board of Finance did know who the performer was as one of the backup documents forwarded to us did not have the performer's name removed. The Board of Finance also voted 0-6 to authorize an additional $60,000 "bridge loan" from the general fund that the First Selectman was looking for. We were overruled by the Town Council.
Townie July 25, 2012 at 08:55 PM
The "irony" is that they were concerned that college kids were going to miss out on this opportunity. (Is that situational irony or just plain delusion on the part of the planners?)
trumbulite09 July 25, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Kristy - I find it "ironic" that you are on the Town Council that voted (against the BoF decision) to fund this concert without even knowing who it is (unless you did and it was just a few that were not in on the secret). So I understand your support. However I think you are out of touch with reality if you think minimum (lawn seats) 2 tickets $70 + tax plus having to pay for a sitter - easily another $50 for a total of $120 to take a shuttle to "hang out" with friends at a concert none of us like. I can do that every Tuesday night at the Gazebo for free - now that is a community event and worth the tax payers money. In the future when voting to use $60,000 plus please consider that Trumbull is a family community.
Chuck Schick July 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Bolton? Was Weird Al Yankovic busy that night?
LHG July 25, 2012 at 10:16 PM
For what it's worth, a quick google seach found a set list from his recent show in Lehigh Valley, PA as, frankly, I had my concerns. As follows...Soul Provider, To Love Somebody, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (originally performed by Otis Redding), Said I Loved You...But I Lied, I Hope It's Too Late, You Don't Know Me (originally performed by Eddie Arnold), Sweet Home Chicago (Blues standard), Make You Feel My Love (originally performed by Bob Dylan), That's Life (originally performed by Frank Sinatra), How Am I Supposed to Live Without Out (duet w/Kelly Levesque), The Prayer (duet w/ Kelly Levesque), Nessun dorma (from the opera Turandot), Medley (Kelly Levesque), Road Trip (by saxophonist Michael Lington), When a Man Loves a Woman, How Can We be Lovers, Steel Bars, Time Love and Tenderness...Encore: Pride, Georgia on My Mind (jazz standard). So, not horrible, compared to what I expected with the jazz, and blues number worked in. By the way, it's not about politics, or commissions...it's just music, a night out.
Charley Pitcher July 25, 2012 at 11:56 PM
why cant we just have trumbull day back.............
louis July 26, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Bolton! great!
Over the rainbow July 26, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Told my children "who? " was the response. Big disappointment
Thomas Tesoro July 26, 2012 at 05:51 PM
While I am not a Michael Bolton fan, I do hope this is a sucessful event, that is, the people who choose to go enjoy it and we, the Town, do not lose any money. Had nature not intervened last year we would probably have lost money based on ticket sales to that point. Nevertheless, the choice of entertainer is really not the issue, it is how this is being done. The correct way, in my opinion is to set this up as an agency account, like our golf course, that is, self funding. In order to do that we would have to, as a Town commit to funding all the expenses for say a three year period by including the expenses in the tax rate and allow any revenue that was generated to be put in the agency acount. After that three year period the "Town subsidy" would decline to zero over three years. This would allow the Concert (and perhaps a revitalized Trumbull Day) Commission to stockpile enough money to fund these events. In this way, the cost would come out of the tax base over time, our citizens would enjoy the concert and we would not put our General Fund at risk. What the Town Council did was blindly approve money for an unknown entertainer thereby hiding an expense that belonged in the budget and putting our General Fund at risk. For so called fiscal "conservatives" this makes little sense. The better way is outlined above. If we believe that a concert (and Trumbull Day) are important community events, then let's do this the right way. We do not need more fiscal slight of hand.
Gina July 26, 2012 at 06:07 PM
The choice of Michael Bolton is a total momentum killer. Some of the previous acts had been a major force in pop music during their time. I would put this guy in the lame category for any demographic. He was never a huge concert draw, never an icon, never idolized, never big on MTV, never broke any records...you can see that his resume was very thin from the press release. He had a very brief and limited career in the late 1980s. And to think there was so much hype generated by our FS in anticipation of the announcement. I think that's what has pissed off people most! This is very first year (and I was never a huge fan of the previous acts) that I will plan not to go!!!! Lastly, don't assume it is older people who are fans of his. I know alot of people, over the age of 65, that have alot better taste than to be considered fans of Michael Bolton. Good luck selling over $1,000 tickets! There's no spin that could disguise how lame of a decision this was!
Don July 26, 2012 at 07:28 PM
The only reason to bring the family to see Michael Bolton is if we are all having trouble sleeping! Yawn! Good luck.
Jim Meisner July 26, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Then there are those who are not fond of Michael Bolton ... sorry, Cindy! http://antibolton.tripod.com/ I too hope the concert is a success, but I too wish it was not some easy listening crooner. The second I hear him on the radio, I switch stations! But maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised. In the interest of fairness, here is a favorable review of a recent sellout concert at Niagara Falls by a guy that only went because his wife made him go: www.buffalonews.com/entertainment/gusto/music/concert-reviews/article896440.ece Hey, maybe this is just perfect for Trumbull! Let's hope for good weather.
Olivia Cromwell July 26, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I totally agree. CCR and Chicago rocked - why couldn't they continue along those lines.
Bob July 27, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I'll be honest with you, I love his music, I do, I'm a Michael Bolton fan. For my money, I don't know if it gets any better than when he sings "When a Man Loves a Woman." -The Bobs
Doug E Fresh July 27, 2012 at 01:53 PM
None of the previous performers are as polarizing as Michael Bolton. Most people are indifferent towards them, or at least have heard and possibly enjoyed some of their songs on the radio, enough that you'd willingly go see them in concert. With MB, it's very love or hate, and most that I know fall into the latter. You'd have to really love his music to pay to see him, and frankly I don't know that there are that many.
PMA July 27, 2012 at 02:11 PM
LHG....the set list lets you know the diversity of Michael's shows. They are not all ballads and the man plays a mean guitar let me tell you! Sweet Home Chicago and Rock Me (when he does it) will have everyone out of their seat dancing. He blew them away at the Travelers Championship concert a few weeks ago.
Thomas Tesoro July 27, 2012 at 02:55 PM
This is really not about Michael Bolton and as I said, I hope this concert is a success. The real issue is how to fund such an event and (I hope) a new Trumbull Day). I believe we can have such events in a cost effective manner if we create an agency fund as I outlined above. Sadly, this administration lacks any real creativity in these matters and relies on raiding the General Fund and hoping the concert covers the cost. As I said many times, if hope is your plan you better get a new plan. The approach taken by the administration is not fiscally sound. It relies on variables out of their control and exposes the Town Savings account (the General Fund) to unnecessary risk. The better way is for the Town, over a period of years to set up the agency fund so that our citizens can enjoy these events in a fiscally prudent manner.
Jonathan Bulkley July 27, 2012 at 05:10 PM
It's actually exactly about Michael Bolton and the fact that most people (at least here) think he's not a good choice. You're the only one talking about funding. We're not talking about politics, just music.
Jonathan Bulkley July 27, 2012 at 05:37 PM
@Bob - there needs to be a "like" button. Well played. I thought it was a real comment for a half second or so.
Thomas Tesoro July 27, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Hi Mr. Bulkey, I think there are several issues of which the choice of entertainer is but one. Funding is a critical issue, particularly if we would like to see this (plus a Trumbull Day) become a part of the fabric of the Community. What has occurred over the past years (both Republican and Democratic) cannot be sustained if we want to have any sanity in the process. Another issue is timing, our concert that used to happen in late summer is now in the fall when college students have returned to their campuses. Is this a "family" event, is it geared to a certain population etc. Finally, we have the choice of entertainers, and, no matter who is chosen some people will not like the act selected. I believe these questions should be the province of a Commisssion whose charge is to seelct entertainers, establish a "vision" for the concert (and Trumbull Day), and to manage the funding so that our taxpayers have minimal impact and risk. The music and the funding are inextricably linked and, if you want to minimize politics and maximize the chance of having an act that has wider acceptance, the agency funding mechanism supported by and managed by an independent Commisssion is the way to go. Ihope that clarifies things for you.
Scot Kerr July 28, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Tom - thanks for moving the discussion beyond the choice of artist. Although I certainly don’t think the year’s choice will pull kids and families the way prior bands have, under the right circumstances (timing, funding, and expectations), it may still have been a successful event. For the future, I support the idea of a commission made up of a diverse group of residents to oversee events such as this, because it broadens the input that will go into decisions, and creates shared accountability and wider support. (Those commissioners become responsible for promoting among their circle of friends and associates, increasing chances of success.) In short, major concerts and festivals aren’t events that should be planned or executed solely from Town Hall. Maybe it’s been done that way before and the prior administration was either better at it or got lucky more often, but these should be driven by the community, and supported by town government, not the other way around.
Sheila C July 28, 2012 at 04:04 PM
When I drove by the high school and saw that the parking lot was finally being paved, I thought, wow to think this almost didn't happen a few months ago. Yet, tens of thousands of dollars were easily earmarked for the promise of a big concert draw and we ended up Michael Bolton. Talk about bad leadership and misplaced priorities!
DeeDee August 10, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Wow, I can't believe how so many people who probably never took the time to actually listen to Michael Bolton can be SO critical. You should be honored to have such a talented performer!! His range of music is unbelievable and his voice is fantastic. Come on people, don't trash him, enjoy his music. I guarantee you'll be a fan when his concert is over.
Jonathan Bulkley August 10, 2012 at 01:26 PM
I'm sorry I didn't realize that your musical tastes/opinions were the only ones that mattered. My mistake. To correct your completely false statement for me at least. I'm thoroughly aware of his music and I've listened to it (when my parents were in charge of the radio in the car...back when he was popular) I'd be willing to bet that I could name more of his "hit" songs off the top of my head than you could. As far as "I should be honored"... Uhh...I'm not. I'd be "honored" if it was say...Paul McCartney or Eric Clapton. You're stating your own personal opinions as fact and basically saying that anyone that doesn't share them is wrong. MY own personal opinion is that he's pop music and can't stand pop music, I listen to rock. So I should suddenly start listening to pop because you said so? Sorry, not likely.
JR August 10, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Guarantee? Are you giving refunds if I don't become a fan?
DeeDee August 10, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Oh my Lord, lighten up! Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
Jonathan Bulkley August 10, 2012 at 06:15 PM
That DeeDee is exactly my point. My opinion is that Michael Bolton sucks. You found it necessary to insult me: "probably never took the time to actually listen" how exactly would you know? Then you you stated an apparent fact: "You should be honored to have such a talented performer!! His range of music is unbelievable and his voice is fantastic." Perhaps he's talented to YOU and his range of music is unbelievable to YOU. To me he's just screaming all the time. But that's just my opinion, which you recently pointed out, I'm entitled to. To write a post like your first one that more or less says that your opinion is correct and everyone else's is incorrect and then follow it up with "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion when you get called out on it is pretty ridiculous.
DeeDee August 11, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I happen to be a huge fan of his and believe me I don't care whether you like him or not. My point is, if you've listened to any of his music in the past 10 years or so you'd know that he doesn't scream at all. Let's leave it at that! I didn't come on here to start a war.
HL September 15, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Apparently the event was just cancelled. The claim is that "lack of parking" due to weather and construction was the reason, but I have a hard time thinking it is anything other than lack of interest. Either way, it's a faux pas. Either the event was a poor choice and lacked interest, or our town made a mess of the site and had to cancel as a result (or both).
Jim Meisner September 16, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Regarding Tim Herbst's statement about the concert cancellation - $190k loss potential? I guess that assumes NO tickets are sold. I wonder if we lost a deposit and if so how much. I agree with Tim that having the town do this is probably not the right idea. Local businesses should sponsor this. I would use the highly successful Westport Blues, Views and BBQ Festival as a model. It was packed once again this year. The event is sponsored by Westport merchants but much of the organizing and labor is by volunteers. Excerpt from the statement on the town website: www.trumbull-ct.gov/controls/NewsFeed.aspx?FeedID=1165 Last year, our annual summer concert was canceled in light of Hurricane Irene. We were fortunate that this concert was canceled due to the weather. The Finance Director has calculated that we would have lost $207,780 if the concert proceeded last year. This year, the Town would have lost $190,000 if the concert proceeded. As First Selectman of the Town of Trumbull, I cannot in good conscience allow the Town to be exposed to this type of financial risk.


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