“This was a great experience for me. I didn’t have to be the singer, and I didn’t have to be the artist, particularly. My manager, Marc Johnston, and my wife, Yolanda, both pushed me to do it. I swear to God, it was my funeral while I was alive. [Laughs] This was eighteen artists whom I’ve worked with all coming out and singing songs that I’d done with them. Does it get better than that?
“Full orchestra, Vegas, packed, 20 thousand people – not bad. Of course, the audience was there to see Groban or Bocelli or Bublé or whoever; they weren’t there particularly to see me. I was the glue for the night. The DVD was spectacular, the music was spectacular – I think it was a complete home run.
“If you’re just a listener, all that music – I mean, forget the fact that I made most of it – but all of those artists are unbelievable. It was heavy lifting beyond belief, though. To get all of those people in one place for one night, that’s not easy.
“I did have a great idea for an opening: I wanted to do Love Me Tender with Bocelli, Bublé and Groban singing it, but I wanted them to do it in each other’s style. Somewhere along the line, it got foiled – somebody didn’t want to do it, or maybe somebody’s manager had a problem, I don’t know. But it would have been cool to see Bocelli come out [snaps his fingers, sings] – ‘One, two! Wise men say…’ Do it Vegas-style, right? And then Bublé does it operatically. Maybe Josh could be on the drums or something. Oh, well, there’s always next time.”