Michael Bolton to play Christmas show at Mystic Lake – and it sounds amazing

Michael Bolton is cool ... deal with it.
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So we could have decided to write about Kelly Clarkson announcing she'll play the Xcel Energy Center in February, but then an email from Mystic Lake Casino landed in our inbox.

Said email revealed that none other than Michael Bolton will be in Minnesota on Saturday, Dec. 15, when he will play the Mystic Lake Showroom.

The show, called "Michael Bolton: The Symphony Sessions Greatest Hits & Holiday Favorites," will be expected to contain a mixture of his chart hits, including How Am I Supposed to Live Without You, as well as a smattering of Christmas tunes.

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Tickets go on sale on Sept. 21, costing $40, $50 or $65 from the Mystic Lake Box Office.

Despite being a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who has sold more than 65 millions globally, he was always the subject of sneers from the music media, which at one point dubbed him "the most reviled man in pop."

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But in the past 5 years he's undergone a career renaissance, thanks in no small part to him finding a previously untapped talent for comedy and self-deprecation.

And since we're not the snooty music media, we have no problem declaring Michael Bolton to be cool and present you with 5 reasons why.

5 reasons Michael Bolton is cool

1. He started collaborating with "The Lonely Island," introducing him to a new legion of fans thanks to the brilliant "Captain Jack Sparrow" song (explicit content warning).

2. He starred in his own Netflix special, "Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy, Valentine's Day Special," in which he tried to convince America to have sex to make 75,000 babies in time for Christmas.

3. These incredible Honda holiday commercials from 2013.

4. His voice still sounds amazing, plus he uses it to sing Christmas songs.

5. He no longer has a poodle-permed mullet of a haircut.

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