Multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban sat in Regis Philbin’s seat this morning as guest host with Kelly Ripa on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’. Flint area Groban fans are giddy with delight because he is making a stop in Detroit this summer on his much awaited US leg of his worldwide tour, and tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM. One Groban devotee told me this morning, ‘Josh Groban put on the best show that I have ever seen. I’m so excited he’s coming to Detroit! He’s amazing, just truly amazing!’ Another Groban fan watched him on ‘Live’ this morning and said, ‘I didn’t realize Josh Groban is so funny. He did a really cute job with Kelly.’
Groban evoked lots of screams from the audience, and Ripa noted that a man threw some underwear on stage for him. He glanced at the man and said, ‘Thanks Buddy’. Ripa then joked that Friday audiences are ‘still drunk from Thursday night’. Groban said he was still drunk from his 30th birthday, which fell on the same day as the Oscars this year, so he celebrated it the night before. He said he can’t dance at all and usually sits back in a booth watching others. But after a few drinks, he wants to go out and teach them something. He said his drink of choice is a single malt Scotch whiskey and it’s ‘confidence juice’. He mentioned he’d just moved to New York, where places stay open till like 4 in the morning. So they were closing a place at 5 AM and on his actual birthday he just laid on his couch.
Also, if you head to New York, watch out for a curly-haired guy in glasses, wearing a beanie. If you’re on a tour bus and such a guy starts to sing ‘New York, New York’, it could be Groban. He told Ripa that he recently toured New York on ‘The Ride’, dressed in this disguise and nobody recognized him, even when they started singing. He loved the tour, and said people (actors) on the streets are in place to talk to you.
Ripa said she’d been listening to his new CD ‘Illuminations’ and her daughter, Lola, said which Jonas Brother is this? Groban joked, ‘the one who’s been through puberty.’ Ripa said that was the highest praise from her daughter, to be on the Jonas scale and now he has a new young fan.
He talked about being on tour and the broad kind of audience he draws. He said, ‘It’s crazy. I like to pick a song or 2 where I can actually walk out into the audience and high five people. And it’s everybody. It’s like the girl with the Mohawk and her grandma. It’s fantastic.’
They discussed ‘American Idol’ and Groban said he’s been watching it. Ripa said she wished there was a top 24 because she believes the finalists are all so talented. Ripa said top 13 finalist Naima Adedapo makes her cry every time she sings. She also said she’s been following Jennifer Lopez’ looks every night and she is so beautiful.
Groban joked they were the most high maintenance team of judges the show has ever had. Ripa said she loves the show so much more than in other seasons. Groban said, ‘Steven Tyler’s such a cool guy. He’s such a music lover. When you’ve done everything you can possibly do in the business like someone like Jennifer and Steven and Randy, this is fun. Nurturing talent, finding people.’ He said he likes talking to students and musicians and he could only imagine they are having a blast.
They played the ‘Ring in Spring Travel Trivia’ game via video chat with Heather from Texas. She was so excited to see Groban and told him she was going to see him on May 14th and her mother loved him too. He thanked her mom for the love and spun the wheel to land on a $3,000 Pier 1 Import gift card prize. She answered correctly and won.
When guest Heather Locklear appeared, they discussed her upcoming Lifetime movie ‘He Loves Me’. Groban said he was so excited to get a ‘screener’ and he got into his snuggie, ate caramel corn and watched the movie. He said he loved the film.
He also talked to La Toya Jackson, who he’d met previously on several occasions. He finished off the show playing piano and singing ‘Higher Window’ from his new CD.
Flint area fans can see Josh Groban perform live at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan on July 16th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 AM. Click here to visit the venue’s website. Click here to visit Ticketmaster’s website.
‘Illuminations’ is available in Flint at Best Buy. Click here for a store locator.