Gaga for Michael Bolton

 

Michael Bolton is going back to his first love -- music -- after a disappointing turn on Dancing with the Stars. The father of three and first-time grandfather (daughter Taryn gave birth to a gi...

Michael Bolton is going back to his first love -- music -- after a disappointing turn on Dancing with the Stars. The father of three and first-time grandfather (daughter Taryn gave birth to a girl in October) is playing the Arsht on Monday as part of his tour promoting his latest album, One World One Love.

The Connecticut native, 57, will perform such chart-toppers as How Am I Supposed to Live Without You as well as newer, not-so-soft rock, including songs written with Lady Gaga.

We caught up with Bolton on a recent conference call:

Are you excited about the tour?

I've been touring now for 25 years. When you put dates up, and especially in an economy where it's been tough for a lot of people, you don't know where they're going to choose to spend their money. When you find that people are just grabbing these tickets and looking forward to the show, it automatically excites you.

Do you like Florida?

My golf clubs are coming with me through this run. Of course, this crazy weather we've had, nobody can know for certain, but one thing about looking at several Florida dates is that there's a good chance that the golf clubs are going to actually make it out of the belly of the bus.

What do you feel most grateful for?

The fans. A lot of people have had one or two hits and not had the opportunity to build a core audience. . . . I can't tell you how fortunate I feel that through those years where there was one hit after another hit after another hit, I was fortunate enough to build an audience.

What about new fans?

I've been really pleasantly surprised to see all the 20-something people in the audience who were teenagers when a lot of this music was being played. I hope I became the soundtrack of their lives.

How long do you want to stay doing this?

If I take care of my instrument -- my voice -- I can be doing this for a long, long time and hopefully in front of a great audience for a long, long time.

How did you get involved with Lady Gaga?

She was, I think, 23 when we wrote together. Her CD was about to come out. We were both on the same company, Universal, and I got a phone call from one of the record executives who said we have this great artist who is also a great songwriter who is a big fan of yours and would like to write with you for this new CD.

How was working with her?

We really hit it off from the first minute we met and then worked until 6:30 in the morning. The first song was You Murder My Heart, and I just got the sense while I was in the room with her that this is a budding superstar because she had tremendous amounts of energy. . . . It felt like there's the new Madonna -- a new star who was her own visionary. Two months, later she was the biggest thing in the world.

-- MADELEINE MARR

Tickets to Monday's 7:30 p.m. show cost $40-$95. arshtcenter.org.

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