Michael Buble Fever hits Gravesend
PUBLISHED: 16:33 22 June 2011
Christopher Armstrong - 18/3/2011
»Ten months ago Rickie Arthur was a £100-a-day session singer - but now he is Europe's leading Michael Bublé lookalike/soundalike, selling out theatres around the country and winning praise from the famous singer's management team.
Dubbed the “Young Bublé”, the 22-year-old singer of Italian and Welsh descent is to perform “Bublé Fever” for the first time at Woodville Halls, Gravesend, tonight, complete with trademark big band as he belts out classics from the star performer.
The resemblance is uncanny but the talented all-rounder is first to admit he fell into his new career by chance.
“I was travelling to Manchester every day, earning £150 and spending £50 on travel, as a session singer, backing vocals. I wrote but it’s a hard industry at all levels. Someone said to me you look like Michael Bublé, I had not really heard much about him at the time.
“I sing high and he is quite low but I went home and tried to learn his mannerisms, hit a few social clubs with the big band and it built from there.
“For me, I think it was just one of those things where I found my niche and it works. The whole thing just clicked.
“I never wanted to impersonate someone or be a tribute act. But this has come quite naturally, once I had learnt his style. He is quite an awkward dancer, with weird moves.”
It is not unusual for him to spend up to an hour-and-a- half after a show signing autographs. He performs three times a week and says he enjoys his new-found attention from men.
“When a woman stops you and asks for your autograph or pays you a compliment you are always thinking ‘Is it because she fancies me’ but if a man comes up and says ‘Hey, that was actually really good’ you can really believe that,” he added.
Call the box office 01474 337774. The show starts at 8pm.