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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.

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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