Pop Quiz: Josh Groban


Aidin Vaziri | To celebrate the recent No. 1 debut of his latest album, “All That Echoes,” Josh Groban is going to play his coming tour dates in the round. Even though the 360-stage experience has typically been the domain of flashy pop stars such as Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé, the 32-year-old baritone (or is it tenor?) is confident he can make good use of the space. “The kind of show I want to do is more Sinatra at the Garden,” Groban said the other day. He performs next Sunday at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento and Oct. 7 at San Jose’s SAP Center.

Q: On this tour, you’re performing in the round. Do you have the moves to perform in the round?

A: Can I walk in a circle? I’m doing it right now, in fact. My last tour there was a little satellite stage in the middle of the arena, and we could feel the shift in energy when I would go out there to sing. There was nowhere to hide. If you get it right, it’s unforgettable.

Q: On this album, you worked with Rob Cavallo, who produced Green Day and My Chemical Romance. Are you trashing hotel rooms now?

A: Yeah, sure. I will order up that fruit bowl and throw a banana peel against the toilet. I don’t even know how to trash a hotel room. I’m a fan of all kinds of music. There’s been no goal to switch lanes. I just like guys who are open-minded and brilliant.

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