Past Performances 2002

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BARRY MANILOW LIVE 2002!

When
Where
Memories
January 4, 2002
(Fri, 8:15 PM)
California/Los Angeles
(Kodak Theatre)
January 6: With all that had happened in the months preceeding this concert, including the death of a very dear friend of mine -- the person who initially introduced Barry to me, yes, a New Yorker herself -- Barry's energy, music, and Magic were all the more needed and appreciated. I was soooo glad to hear so many of "the old songs," which of course Barry never gets tired of singing because he puts new life and universal inspiration into the lyrics every time he sings them. And it was also superb to see him sing [songs from] "Here at the Mayflower" in concert. Barry is unequivocally my favorite famous person. Thank you, Barry, for the power of universal emotion and an understanding that not only makes the whole world sing, but also moves us to tears and inspires us in countless ways. - Anna Kalina (San Diego, CA) (3/11/2002)

First Show: I've idolized Barry since I was 5 years old. I have many of his CDs, like "Ultimate Manilow." - Barry Natino (of New York) (10/10/2006)

January 6: The 2002 show in Hollywood at the Kodak was my second time seeing Barry and is still my favorite. We got to see several Here At The Mayflower songs, including "Not What You See." I also heard "We Live on Borrowed Time" for the first time, and I fell in love with it instantly. Barry, the show, and the venue were all perfect. Truly a night to remember! - Hallie Ranta (San Diego, CA) (2/19/2008)

Barry sings great songs -- all of them are my favorites! - Gregorian Jerahmeel Hartanto (Jakarta, Indonesia) (6/21/2011)

[ Press Release - December 28, 2001 ]

[ HOLLYWOOD & HIGHLAND - KODAK THEATRE INFO ]

January 5, 2002
(Sat, 8:15 PM)
California/Los Angeles
(Kodak Theatre)
January 6, 2002
(Sunday, 8:15 PM)
California/Los Angeles
(Kodak Theatre)
January 10, 2002
(Thurs, 8:00 PM)
Ohio/Columbus
(Palace Theatre)
First/Favorite Show (January 11): I thought the concert was GREAT! - I loved it. Can't wait to go to another one. - Kathy Picklesimer (Milford Center, OH) (2/8/2002)

When I think of my teen-age years and all the emotions that I felt, as I hear one of Barry's songs, it all comes back to me. I would sit and listen to his albums all the time and do it again. Thanks for the memories. - Michelle Krill (Mansfield, OH) (2/21/2002)

January 11: I attended the concert with my 26-year-old daughter to celebrate her finishing her chemotherapy and radiation treatments for breast cancer. We have always been huge Barry Manilow fans and I was thrilled that I could share my first Manilow concert with her. Barry is absolutely gorgeous, adorable, sexy, etc. Can't wait to see him again. My grandchildren (ages 7 and 3) are also fans of Barry. The legacy lives on!! - Jean (of Ada, OH) (5/20/2002)

I had waited almost 30 years to see Barry in concert. I received my ticket to this concert from my mom for Christmas. She knew how much I really wanted to go. I took my friend (Beth). Hubby wouldn't go! As soon as Barry took the stage, the tears started. I couldn't believe I was there seeing him and all I kept asking Beth was... Is HE really real?? I just wanted to touch him to make sure I was not dreaming! I did get as close as the third row but would've given anything to be up front. This night was a dream come true and I will never forget the Magic I felt! Barry, your music has meant so much to me and still does. Thank you! - Laura (of Columbus, OH) (3/8/2003)

Favorite Show (January 11) - Bill (of Vienna, WV) (9/13/2004)

I love all of Barry's concerts! I have good memories of the ones I went to with my friends and my husband. God bless you, Barry, for all these wonderful years you brought a smile to my heart! - Rose Marie Bilka (Garfield Heights, Ohio) (6/6/2011)

January 11, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Ohio/Columbus
(Palace Theatre)
January 12, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Ohio/Columbus
(Palace Theatre)
January 13, 2002
(Sunday, 7:00 PM)
New York/Buffalo
(HSBC Arena)
Barry's voice and his songs are magic (with bronchitis and all). His facial expressions are so humorous. He puts his whole body in his songs. He is down to earth. He really appreciates his fans just as much as I appreciate him. Keep coming to Buffalo! - Donna Wrobel (Niagara Falls, NY) (1/14/2002)

This concert was absolutely the best of Barry. I have seen all of his appearances here in Buffalo and I was blown away by his showmanship. I only wish we could have stayed longer! I love the new CD and hope that someday Barry makes it to Broadway and takes it by storm. Keep on singing for us - the world needs more of Barry's wonderful music. - Debbie Russo (Buffalo, NY) (1/14/2002)

My first experience seeing Barry Manilow live was absolutely amazing. Although [the audience] was 90% women, I certainly enjoyed every second of his show and would see him again. His voice is far above any vocalist I have ever seen and I've seen many concerts. Barry is just a true professional and performer that made my night out with my wife, away from the kids, a lasting memory. Cant wait to see him again. - Steve (of Ontario, Canada) (1/18/2002)

[What I liked about the show was] Everything! Barry's voice makes me melt when I hear him sing. Pure entertainment keeps everyone on their feet and dancing in the chairs. I love when a singer attracts mixed crowds with young and old. I just love him! It was my fourth time seeing him and the first time for my husband. HE wants Barry to come back! I will never stop listening to Barry. He will never be out of style like other performers. - Phyllis Duckworth (Buffalo, NY) (1/26/2002)

The thing I liked best about this concert was that my husband used to be personal friends with Barry, and it was the last concert he was able to go to before he passed away three weeks later. I just wish I could have let Barry know he was there, as the last time he saw my husband he lived in Erie, PA! - Joi Dixon (Buffalo, NY) (1/14/2003)

First Show: I've been a fan of Barry's for years! I just thoroughly enjoyed everything about the show. He brings such an energy and charisma around him and has the ability to arouse his audience just by stepping on stage, not to mention when he starts to perform! - Kerry Mank (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) (2/28/2003, 3/3/2003)

Had a wonderful time. This one was the first of many Barry concerts I saw in 2002. My sister-in-law and I sat on the floor, ten rows back. I loved it when Barry came back out on stage after the band had left and told us all we needed to go home because we all had to get up in the morning. He then started singing "One Voice" as only Barry can. Sounded great just Barry on stage, no band! So glad I got to hear him sing "Welcome Home" that night. - Darlene Corio (Bloomfield, NY) (6/23/2003)

This was the first concert my BFF and I attended together. I decided to make us costumes as Copacabana Girls, complete with plastic fruit on our head. I checked at the sound booth (prior to the show starting) on when 'Our Song' would be played. We knew the lead-in song so when we started to get our outfits on all our neighbours helped us get into our outfits. We were 7 rows from stage and we think Barry saw us. Everyone around us wanted their pictures taken with us. It was truly a memorable evening not just because of our BFF experience and costumes but because we witnessed the most amazing performance I have ever witnessed, and I have attended over 250 concerts in my lifetime. Photos of this night will certainly be gracing my BFF's 50th celebration next month. Cheers from Niagara Falls, Canada! - Karen Thompson (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada) (10/8/2013)

January 17, 2002
(Thurs, 8:00 PM)
Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh
(Benedum Center)
January 17: This was my fifth Barry experience. Every one gets even better! I could not believe how amazing a show Barry and his band put on. I absolutely love the new set and the new album. Seeing the new songs actually performed was so much better than anything I had imagined! I screamed and cried [during] the whole concert, just waiting for Barry to look my way. When he did, I screamed and fell back into my seat! By far, this was clearly the best concert I have ever had the pleasure of being part of. Barry is better than ever, and if you haven't seen him, grab your ticket before it's too late! This is nothing to miss out on!! - Jennifer Cole (Hollidaysburg, PA) (1/21/2002)

January 17: [The show was] Sensational! I thought his 8/10/1997 concert (my first) was fantastic, but this one at the Benedum Center was even better. I took my buddy from work (Michael), along with his sister (Beth) to the Benedum and we all had a fabulous time. This was my second Manilow concert; the first for both Michael and Beth. Right from the start, as the 15 musicians ran out onto the stage to take their positions (while the lights on stage were changing colors & designs to an anticipated beat), to Barry coming out for a second encore (leading the audience in an a capella version of "One Voice", that felt like we were singing a collegiate alma mater song), the entire concert was fantastic. Several of Barry's greatest hits plus eight songs from his new "Mayflower" CD and two songs from "Harmony" made the two-act, 2-hour-and-20-minute show one of his best. Not only did I had a wonderful time, but my friends enjoyed this experience as well. We will never forget this night along with the memorable songs Barry and his musicians performed that made it extra special. - John Gallaway (Port Vue, PA) (1/21/2002)

January 19: Awesome, awesome show!! Such energy, even though Barry was ill. My personal favorites - "Turn The Radio Up"; "Even Now"; "I'm Coming Back"; "Welcome Home"; "Harmony" tunes; "Talk To Me." This was the fourth show I've seen over the years. Barry continues to get better with age. - Donna Radmanich (Glenshaw, PA) (1/26/2002)

January 19: This was my first Barry concert, and even being sick, Barry gave his "friends" 110% of himself. He exceeded my expectations of what a Barry concert would be. Barry playing "Joe" was my favorite part of the concert. He comes across as being a genuinely warm and caring person. I would love to just sit and talk with him, like "friends" do! Barry, please keep touching our hearts with your music! - Bonnie Haney (Lexington Park, MD) (2/21/2002)

I thought the January 17, 2002, concert in Pittsburgh was one of the best. The staging, the program... even though I had heard that Barry had been ill. He was in excellent voice and in good spirits. It was a joy. - Jean Perlman (Pittsburgh, PA) (2/23/2002)

January 19: BARRY IS FANTASTIC! My Mom and I sat only seven rows back. What a voice! What a performer! He is the greatest!! He keeps the hopes and dreams of many alive. THANKS BARRY! - Sherri Puskarich (Washington, PA) (7/1/2002)

January 18: I was sitting in the fourth row, center! The view of Barry took my breath away ... I wish I could sit in that same seat everytime Barry comes to Pittsburgh!! - Rose Danlovich (Pittsburgh, PA) (7/12/2002)

[The] concert at the Benedum Center was spectacular! He performed all the old favorites and his new songs. The venue was also very nice, upscale and what he deserves. The concert was a great and memorable experience. - Ginny Whipple (Freedom, PA) (8/12/2002)

First of all, every Barry concert is wonderful because of the talent and personality of Barry Manilow, the person. He truly gives his all to his "friends" of which I have been one since 1975. I have only been able to attend about 13 concerts over the years, all but one in Pittsburgh, the other being in Vegas in 2005. - Linda Metelsky (Freedom, PA) (5/2/2009)

First Show - Kristine Rebel (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) (3/25/2015)

January 18, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh
(Benedum Center)
January 19, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh
(Benedum Center)
January 23, 2002
(Wed, 8:00 PM)
Illinois/Chicago
(Rosemont Theatre)
January 23: I have waited 22 years to see Barry in concert. His music has kept me going during those 22 years. My husband took me to the Rosemont Theatre as a Christmas present. The show was wonderful! Awesome!! Barry was better than I ever imagined. - Kim Tyler (Freeport, IL) (1/24/2002)

Thank You, Barry, for a wonderful, fun-filled evening at the Rosemont Theatre (January 24th). The concert was fabulous, inspiring, and left me in a trance and wanting more. Barry, you are by far, the best entertainer/musician ever. Thank you, thank you, thank you! - Janette Lockwood (1/25/2002)

January 25: Having never seen Barry in concert before and this being our first time, it was absolutely awesome! I just loved the whole show. Barry is so professional, just an all-around great entertainer and performer. My husband bought the tickets for my 53rd birthday and he made the comment that he thought he would be bored. [Instead] he was pleasantly surprised. He enjoyed the show as much as I did and we would see Barry again in a heartbeat. Can't wait for him to return to the area and are hoping that "Harmony" comes to Chicago so that we can see that also. Thank you, Barry, for such wonderful memories and such a great evening. - Kathy Roethel (Orland Park, IL) (1/26/2002)

January 26: I loved everything about the concert. I really liked it when he picked somebody from the audience to sing "Can't Smile Without You" with him. The concert was awesome, even though my seat was way up in the second balcony. I'm hoping to see him again soon and next time I'll be right up front! He is my Favorite Male Singer! - April Petre (of Illinois) (2/10/2002, 8/2/2002)

January 26: Barry was so incredible in Chicago. I LOVED the new music, and even though he was still not feeling great, he put on such a show. From the first time I saw him in 1983 until now, he just gets better and better. Hearing "One Voice" a capella was awesome. It moved me to tears. He is by far the "Ultimate" (Manilow)!! - Roxie Kolasch (Monticello, WI) (2/15/2002)

January 23: It was the first night of the Chicago series. I had seen Barry in Las Vegas in December and thoroughly enjoyed the shows, especially the "Mayflower" segment and the two songs from "Harmony." But when he walked out in Chicago, I was in Row B of the pit, and I swear my teeth were chattering like it was below zero in there. I have loved every concert I've ever attended, but this tour and this CD is so thrilling for me! I just love it. My only regret is that I couldn't afford to do more than the 15 shows I'm seeing! And I'm so excited that he's finally getting the respect he so well deserves! It's wonderful for the fans who have been around for a long time. Sold out venues, reviews -- it's all just great! - Ann Underwood (Milwaukee, WI) (2/15/2002)

This show was so dramatic for me because of the amount of time that I had spent searching for that perfect ticket. On a day that I was off of school (I am a teacher), I was determined to score a ticket! Well, I did. Orchestra/pit row 1 seat 3 (out of 6)! To be this close to someone that I have loved since I first saw him (at age twelve in 1984) was amazing! Throughout the show Barry had not been paying attention to the people in the pit. I raised my hands into the air and yelled, "Barry Manilow! I love you!!" He grabbed my hands and squeezed them - I mean REALLY squeezed them! He mouthed "Thank you." While waiting for my car to come around [after the show], I began chatting with two women. They asked me where I had sat and I laughed because it seemed -- even at that point -- so WRONG to be able to see him so close. I told them and they went NUTS saying, "You are the one whose hands he grabbed!!" Since waving to Barry through a pair of binoculars CONVINCED me that he could see me up on that lawn at Poplar Creek as a 12-year-old, I am as elated now as I was back then. Thank you, Barry, for all that you have given to me. You are a blessing to music, and a blessing to those who hold you as near to their hearts as I do. - Miriam Berg (Woodstock, IL) (4/5/2002)

January 24: I will never forget the concert of January 24, 2002, at Rosemont Theatre. I had lost my best friend that day and I had taken it very hard. Luckily I had a ticket to Barry's concert that evening. I wouldn't know how to say thank you enough to Barry for putting a smile on my face on one of the worst days of my life. Barry is absolutely spectacular! I have been listening to his music for many years now but this night was so special to me. To put it simply, it was beyond words. Barry never fails to touch my heart in a way no one else ever has! I don't know how to say thank you enough to Barry for that excellent concert, most of all for making me feel like he was there when I needed him most. I love Barry's music more than anything else in the world! - Mary Catherine Berent (Chicago, IL) (4/8/2002)

First Show (January 25) - Kelly Travis (Gary, IN) (6/11/2002)

January 26: I guess you could say I have experienced Barry Manilow "ultimately". I have seen him in various venues with various seat locations over the years, but for this concert in Chicago I obtained front row civilian seats. It was a completely different experience to enjoy the man up close ... From "I'm Comin' Back" to "Let Freedom Ring" the energy and charisma were non-stop. My husband and 7-year-old son accompanied me to this concert and when Barry sang "Not What You See," all three of us swear he was singing about the lives of Esther and Joe directly to my "sonny". We were sure he could see my son as close as we were to the stage. Barry has said a whole new generation is discovering his music and for those of us who have been loyal fans throughout the years it is not surprising. His songs are timeless and an inspiration to the young and young-at-heart. Since I am a music teacher I am so familiar with the power of music to touch and change lives. Barry definitely posesses this power and he will undoubtedly influence more generations to come. - Jan Gidley (Fort Wayne, IN) (8/30/2002)

I went to the concert with my mom and sister who are also Barry fans... especially my mom. My mom and sister had gone the previous night. My mom was diagnosed with cancer in Dec. 2001, she died in August 2002. Barry brought her so much joy. She always said how much he made her smile and made her feel so good. Even in her last weeks when she couldn't talk coherently, we would put Barry in the CD player, and she'd still sing along... it was amazing. So this was our last concert together. She would have rather been with her two daughters and seeing Barry than any place on earth! Thank you Barry! - Cindy (of Grand Rapids, MI) (8/19/2004)

January 23: I had seen Barry several times, however, my wife had never seen him. I knew his show would be second to none. I surprised my wife with tickets. She stated she didn't want to see Barry Manilow and reluctantly went with me. A 4-hour drive to the Chicago area and hardly a word said. After her return to work her fellow workers informed me that she really enjoyed the show but didn't want to tell me. She finally broke down and admitted that she was happy she had gone stating that Barry is a true entertainer. I'd pay to see him again and again and again! An American icon!! - Martin Vota (Taylorville, IL) (1/9/2007)

Barry sang the new songs from "Here At The Mayflower." I hope he brings this music to Broadway soon! Thank you, Barry, for the years of enjoyable music. I'm so happy you decided to pursue your passion. You are an inspiration for us all to follow our dreams! - Nancy Rogo (Lisle, IL) (6/17/2009)

Barry opened with "I'm Comin' Back" - Totally OUTSTANDING opening number! - Al Svita (River Grove, Illinois) (1/27/2012)

First Show (January 26): I love Barry's music and I loved seeing Barry! - April Moisant (10/16/2012)

Highlights (January 23): I'm Comin' Back / Not What You See / Talk To Me / two songs from the musical Harmony!

January 24, 2002
(Thurs, 8:00 PM)
Illinois/Chicago
(Rosemont Theatre)
January 25, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Illinois/Chicago
(Rosemont Theatre)
January 26, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Illinois/Chicago
(Rosemont Theatre)
February 2, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Louisiana/New Orleans
(Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts)
Wow! From the first beats of "I'm Coming Back" to the last note of "One Voice," I was entranced. Sitting just ten rows back in the center I was eye-to-eye with Barry. I felt like he was singing to me the whole time. I believe that I was the youngest member of the audience. Hey, I'm only 20! And it's like Barry said, "It's not easy to say that you're a Barry Manilow fan." How true. After attending this concert I have realized my true love... music. It is something I love to hear and play. I have played piano and percussion for almost 14 years now and I still love going out and playing the first notes of a concert. Thanks for an unforgettable evening Barry! I hope you come back to New Orleans soon! - Allison Guidry (West Monroe, LA) (2/3/2002)

New Orleans was even more special [than the first time I saw Barry (Dec. 14-15, 2001)]. It was good to see how he had expanded the show and he looked more comfortable in doing it, like he matured into the show. What really made it special was that my 17-year-old son wanted to attend it with me. He throughly enjoyed it! He had no idea that Barry was the performer that he was and has really come to enjoy his art of music. He loves what Barry has done using the computer and machines to make all the music by himself. He even owns the Here At The Mayflower CD... and plays it! For someone who likes Pink Floyd that is saying a lot!! Barry's music has brought a lot of joy and entertainment to my home for many years and I will always be grateful to him for that. - Janese Pugh (Baton Rouge, LA) (2/16/2002)

Every Manilow concert has been an awesome experience, but the one I attended in New Orleans was Super-Great because I had second row-center seats! Barry was so close all night and he put on his usual high-energy performance. I felt like I was having my own private concert! - Carla O. Percy (Baytown, TX) (2/17/2002)

My all time favorite Barry Manilow concert was in New Orleans the night before the Superbowl in 2002. What a wonderful blessing to have Barry in New Orleans! The concert was intimate and beautiful. I love the [feeling that] he is singing just for you. At every show also, there's always a moment where he looks at you. I don't know how he does it; making eye contact with everyone! Spectacular!! I love his talent, his magic, his vulnerability and smile! Loved seeing him in person and seeing those hands, those great hands that play the piano for us. The smile and the voice are yours for a night. He's the best! New Orleans knows great music and what a treat it was to hear the best music ever made in our city, by Barry Manilow! - Carolyn Chehardy (New Orleans, LA) (7/15/2003, 6/27/2004)

It was great getting together with friends and attending Barry's concert together. The most memorable is it was one of the last few times I saw my friend Sandi before she died of cancer. Attending concerts together and our friendship over the years since our first concert in the 70's makes that one of my most memorable. - Cheryl Riecke (Covington, LA) (7/4/2009)

Well, I am not a 'huge' fan of Barry Manillow, but my loving wife of 20 years is. On Feb 2, 2002 we spent my birthday at his concert. We took our 4-year-old son with us and I have to say I actually enjoyed the show. I am more of a Country & Western and old time Rock type fan, but watching my wife enjoy his show was worth it. My wife plays his music through our piano and says "look, he's singing to me and I have my own private concert" constantly. I do have to say, I saw a side of him that night that really impressed me with his high energetic performance, his passion for his music, and his true love of his fans. I remember him saying "I know it's hard to be a Manillow fan but thanks for sticking it out..." Trying to book another concert as we are renewing our vows soon, so hopefully we may see him again! - Keith Dupre (Houma, Louisiana) (4/13/2012)

February 5, 2002
(Tues, 8:00 PM)
New York/
New York City
(Radio City Music Hall)
February 5: Barry was tremendous. What a handsome devil! The show was amazing. I don't think I will ever see a show that could compare. I was even lucky enough to sit next to a good-looking guy! - Lisa Palmieri (Staten Island, NY) (2/13/2002)

February 6: I saw Barry at Radio City Music Hall. I could not believe he could possibly get any better than the last time I saw him. I have seen him everytime he has come to NY since he started back in "1821" as he says. This was by far the best show I have ever been to. I don't know if it was because I just love the new album or if it was Barry's gift to NY since the tragic 9/11, but I was never so moved by a concert in my life. I'm still singing! The joint was rocking. Everyone had a great time. I want Barry to know how much we all still love him and always will. He has touched so many lives over the years and he is just truly amazing. He gives his all at every show and everyone really appreciates it. I'm never disappointed. Thanks for so many wonderful years and for helping all of us through some hard times with your music and songs. - 'donbarb81' (2/13/2002)

Favorite Show (February 8): What I liked about this concert was EVERYTHING! - Rita Lowe (Howell, NJ) (2/15/2002)

Favorite Show (February 9): This concert meant the world to me because it was the first concert my husband and I have ever attended together. We are newlyweds! We had great seats and Barry is just unbelievable! He is so talented and his voice sounds better than ever! He makes you feel as though he is singing directly to you. He is special! [Barry and I are] both New Yorkers so we share a familiarity that goes without saying. Also, his heartfelt compassion for NYC and the September 11th tragedy was deeply expressed throughout the night. It was truly genuine! There is nothing pretentious about Barry Manilow. He is a great human being who never forgets where he came from. I think he is just a blessing to us all! Love ya, Barry!! - Monique Vetrano (Queens, NY) (5/1/2002)

Favorite Show (February 9) - Laura Robertson (Rockwood, Ontario, Canada) (6/27/2002)

February 6: This was a concert I'll never forget. I had front row seats. Barry came over and shook my hand and I have a picture of it (which I blew up to poster size!). I love the way Barry geared the show toward September 11th. I love you, Barry!! - Sue Johnson (Bloomingburg, NY) (8/2/2002)

I have seen many concerts [over the past] 30 years, watching and enjoying Barry's musical genius. He just gets better and better! - Fran (of New York) (8/2/2002)

First Show (February 6): Being a fan of Barry's from years and years ago, seeing him at Radio City brought back everything I've loved about him from when I was a teenager. - Carol Pope (Westbury, Long Island, New York) (8/5/2002)

First Show (February 5): I had been a fan since Day One but never had gotten a chance to go to any concerts till this year. I got tickets for Radio City and was blown away by the man's energy and genuine love for his fans not to mention his talent! I was in love!! - Jan Mau (Upstate New York) (11/10/2002)

Favorite Show - Julie Knopf (Howard Beach, NY) (12/15/2002)

February 8-9: I love seeing Barry in New York City whenever I can, but these shows were extra special for me because I was there with my great new Barry friend (Geri Fanelli). We had been on-line friends for a few months, met in Penn Station, then went to see Barry at Radio City Music Hall. Barry was AMAZING as always. We had great seats (Thanks, BMIFC!). These were the first two shows I saw of the "Mayflower" Tour. Among my Top Faves were "Come Monday," "Let Freedom Ring," "Welcome Home," "Not What You See," and "They Dance!" [Geri and I] believe the birthplace of our local fan club (Barry's Northeast Connection BMFC) was in NYC because that is where we first met ...and the rest is Barry History! - Lisa Whitney (Keene, NH) (4/19/2003)

I have loved Barry since I was 8 years old. Have all his music and have gone to all concerts that I am physically able to get to! The past 13 years I have been in and out of the hospitals for apituitary tumor, and things just got worse. Barrys music kept me going. I went with a good friend to the [Radio City] concert. I made a big poster [of] an American Flag [with his name] in bright blue and red glitter. I was hoping to be picked for "Can't Smile" and I actually saw him reading my poster, which made me feel great. [After the concert] I met some of the gospel choir and shook hands with one of the band members! I tell my family the day I pass on, ALL my Barry stuff comes with me! (If my will is not followed, I will haunt you all! Ha Ha!). Keep loving Barry!! - Susan Barrett (Shirley, NY)

[What I liked about the concert was] seeing Barry Manilow and hearing his music live. We come from the same neighborhood! - Frances Ciemniecki (Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY) (10/20/2003)

[What I loved about this show was] everything! Great tribute to the heroes of 9-11. - Frances (of New York City, NY) (1/26/2004)

First Show - Kristy Hargett (Charlotte, NC) (11/2/2005)

Barry's sport jackets are fabulous! His stage presence is captivating. His singing style is unique and incomparable. - Judith Liebman (of New York) (5/1/2007)

February 7: Barry picked me to sing "Can't Smile Without You." Am I the only guy that has gone up to sing "Can't Smile Without You" with Barry!? As far as I know...yes. Love Barry and his music! - Alan Charles (of New York) (12/21/2009, 2/13/2012)

February 8: My dad had died the previous year in February and I wanted to do something for my mother, something she would have to look forward to. I have always been a Barry fan but with kids, life, etc., I never had the chance to go see him. That night when we both the left the show, it was the first time in almost a year we felt happy and the feeling lasted through the next day, which if you've ever lost someone you really loved it's hard to smile. It was almost as if listening to the music I loved growing up to made the hurt a little less for both of us. Whenever we can we go to one of Barry's shows. Somebody once asked me, why do you go so much? And I said: because it makes me feel good and I smile. - Monika Simone (Wantage, New Jersey [Sussex County]) (9/12/2011)

Opening Night at Radio City (Feb 5)
[ WireImage.com Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ]

Proceeds from Feb. 5 concert
benefitted Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
(New York Times, 11/4/2001)

February 6, 2002
(Wed, 8:00 PM)
New York/
New York City
(Radio City Music Hall)
February 7, 2002
(Thurs, 8:00 PM)
New York/
New York City
(Radio City Music Hall)
February 8, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
New York/
New York City
(Radio City Music Hall)
February 9, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
New York/
New York City
(Radio City Music Hall)
February 14, 2002
(Thurs, 8:00 PM)
Michigan/Grand Rapids
(Van Andel Arena)
As a fellow Jewish kid from Brooklyn (Bensonhurst) and about the same age as Barry (mid 50's), I grew up with this music. My wife (Penney) likes the older, upbeat stuff. I can listen to everything. I really enjoy "Here at the Mayflower." Reminds me of New York. Thanks for the greatest sounds ever, keep it coming!! - Al Lipner (Kentwood, MI) (2/15/2002)

Van Andel Arena News:
Barry Manilow Live on Valentine's Day!

February 15, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Michigan/Detroit
(Fox Theatre)
February 15: This concert was great! The new set and lighting will just blow you away. The new songs from "Here at the Mayflower" and "Harmony" were wonderful, and will start climbing the charts, just like "Turn The Radio Up." Great beat, great music. - Kathy McNeil (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada) (2/17/2002)

February 15: What I liked about this concert was that I sat right up front. I have never been so close to Barry as I was in Detroit. Another thing that made this a memorable experience is that I had the love of my life sitting with me at the concert. I am of the opinion that in order to really say that you have experienced a Barry Manilow concert, you must sit somewhere within the first 10 rows or so. It was like he was singing right to me! This was the best concert ever!! - Stacey Alters (of Michigan) (2/17/2002)

February 16: I had hoped to hear the old favorites, but ended up LOVING the new stuff (Barry can't go wrong in my book)! Barry is such a wonderful entertainer and it's such a pleasure watching someone who so thoroughly enjoys what he's doing. Each concert is better than the last! - Kim Smith (Rochester Hills, MI) (2/17/2002, 5/16/2002)

Barry is so much fun. I love his concerts. He is so personable and sweet, and so gifted. He really brightened my day. Thanks, Barry. Can't wait till you come again. You are the BEST! - Karen (of Lincoln Park, MI) (2/18/2002)

February 16: The Concert was great! ["Keep Each Other Warm"] really touched my heart. - Rick (of Detroit, MI) (2/19/2002)

February 16: What a show!! It was so awesome. We saw him Thursday (February 14th) and decided to go see him again. I've loved Barry for years (since 1974) and had to wait until 1997 to finally see him live and now I won't miss a chance at seeing him whenever I can. - Shelby Jernberg (Lowell, MI) (2/20/2002)

February 15: It was the first concert I ever went to. I LOVED IT. Barry sounds better in person. It was the best. Loved the new music. The old songs were wonderful to hear. When he sang "Talk To Me" he had me crying. "I'm Coming Back" was great too. I just can't say enough about the show. Love Ya, Barry! - Betty Egnash (of Michigan) (3/18/2002)

What I loved about this concert is that this is the first time I have ever been close to the stage! I have not missed a concert since I was 12! I have slept overnight at Pine Knob to get tickets, never to get closer than about 26 rows, but this time, I was in the Orchestra Pit, Row 5, Center. It was worth the wait! I can't say enough about Barry Manilow as a songwriter, singer, performer, etc. In fact, Mr. Manilow, you're getting better with age! Beyond Row 5 from now on just won't be the same. Thank you for years of wonderful entertainment! - Laurie K. (of Michigan) (10/21/2002)

February 16: It was my first concert, so the night was such a revelation. Pure magic for me! I don't think I will ever be able to listen to any of his music the same way again. I will always remember "I Write the Songs." When he said "sing," I just couldn't resist! I enjoyed backing up my musical hero. - Julie (of Marshall, MI) (6/2/2003)

February 15: My best friend at the time took me to see Barry at the Fox as a birthday gift. We sat in the 4th row, center. Barry seemed to be looking at me throughout the concert. At first I thought it was just me that thought this, but everyone around me started to ask me if Barry knew me. Normally he has someone come up on stage to sing with him, but not this night. I was the only one who took something up to him on stage and he seemed to think that was nice. He brought out a small piano and set it right there in front of me and sang to me, looking at me when he sang. It was the best concert I ever went to! I will always remember how he looked at me and I will keep that memory in a very special place in my heart, forever. - Patricia Nieman (Detroit, MI) (8/31/2009)

"Interpreters will help deaf enjoy performances": Fox Theatre to have interpreter at Barry Manilow's Live 2002! concert 8 p.m. Feb. 15
(Detroit News Online, 2/1/2002)

February 16, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Michigan/Detroit
(Fox Theatre)
February 21, 2002
(Thurs, 7:30 PM)
Connecticut/Wallingford
(Oakdale Theatre)
February 21: The whole concert was excellent. The new songs were great and his band was wonderful. The only thing missing was the "Can't Smile Without You" segment. - Natalie (of Connecticut) (2/25/2002)

February 21: The thrill of going to my first Barry Manilow concert overwhelmed me. The night before, I was making my sign in hopes of being picked for the "Can't Smile Without You" song. I was listening to his album at the time. My "Barry, I'm Kooky 4 u" sign was going to get me on stage along with my glow sticks and party horns (which I pased out to the women around me). I was crying the night before and when he came on stage -- Oh my God -- I lost it! I couldn't stop crying!! The women around me were holding my hands. It was my first show, not theirs, but they understood my emotions. Barry Manilow stole my heart! His performance was better than I imagined. The sound, the stage, the piano, and the voice (Oh, the voice!). I cried to every old song except "Bandstand Boogie" and "Copacabana," which made me get up and dance (Some lady told me to sit down... Get outta here! I wasn't even sitting in front of her!!). Barry's new songs are going to replace the old ones for a while... Love them!! He never sang 'Can't Smile Without You'. Well, that's it... Gonna go to more shows. I'm hooked! Thanks again for the good times!! - Louisa Tiberi (of Connecticut) (4/8/2002)

Favorite Show (February 22): It was the best! I was in the front row and he actually picked me to get up and dance to "Bandstand Boogie" with him!! I also have some AWESOME pictures of him because the Oakdale allowed cameras. I'll never forget that night. Planning on seeing him again this summer in New Haven, CT. - Sally (of Cheshire, CT) (4/25/2002)

Favorite Show (February 21): What I liked about this show was EVERYTHING! Barry is wonderful!! I hope he is around for many many more years!!! His music is soothing, fun, and inspirational. - Karen Elimelech (Woodbridge, CT) (5/3/2002)

Barry was on stage for 2-1/2 hours (with a very short intermission) and his enery level was up for the whole show. He was very relaxed (as usual) and the audience really got into it. He also gave us a good mix of his past hits and his present ones. - Terri Sansone (West Haven, CT) (11/5/2002)

Everything was fantastic! My wife and I love you and your music. Barry, when you come back to New Haven, please drop us a line! The firefighters and their wives would love to meet you (Engine #9 And Rescue Squad #2).  I am the cook in my engine company. I have been a fan since your first recording. Your presence would really boost our morale after all we deal with day in and day out, but we all love what we do!! - Firefighter/EMT Salvatore A. Consiglio (New Haven, CT) (11/11/2002)

February 22, 2002
(Fri, 7:30 PM)
Connecticut/Wallingford
(Oakdale Theatre)
February 23, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
New Hampshire/Manchester
(Verizon Wireless Arena)
What can I say, except I have been waiting since I was a small child to see this man sing. Barry is a fantastic showman and quite a human being. Thanks for making a dream a reality for me, Mr. Manilow. As a child ... I clung onto his songs to get me through a frightening time. Last night I was able to sit, without fear, and listen to the songs that gave me hope in the beginning. I thank you, Barry, from the bottom of my heart for giving me the opportunity to see you in person and hear your music. - Elizabeth Joyce (Manchester, NH) (2/24/2002)

I loved everything about the concert. Barry was superb. The set was dazzling and the music was fantastic. I screamed for the entire two-hour show! He is so handsome and sounds the same now as he did thirty years ago when I fell in love with him, his music and his voice. Barry, you promised to return to NH - I will be waiting and will bring more friends with me! - Christine O'Connell (Merrimack, NH) (2/25/2002)

What I liked about this concert was Everything. I have been a fan for almost 30 years, and this was the first time I saw him in concert. I MUST see him again. He was amazing. First time in NH. He said he'd be back because we obviously love him!! - Nikki (of New Hampshire) (2/25/2002)

What I liked about this show was absolutely everything! I wanted to be the one to dance and sing with him though!! I've been his most loyal fan since the first grade. Now I'm 29 years old. Can't wait till he comes back to NH. After all he said he would be back, and I know he wont let me/us down! I just cant smile without him!! - Colleen Cavanah (Manchester, NH) (2/25/2002)

Loved the entertainment and the finale was great! I loved hearing and knowing all the old songs! - Sue (of Manchester, NH) (2/26/2002)

Loved the songs from the new album, Here at the Mayflower. - Diane Glines (Manchester, NH) (2/26/2002)

I sat and listened to Barry's music and it touched me in a whole new way [than it did in 1978 when I was a star-struck 14-year-old], almost to the point of tears (my friend, whose husband has been called to Active Duty as a result of 9/11, sobbed thru the whole thing). What an extraordinary man, to be able to not only write the music that he does (my friend and I speculated at length as to whether he could possibly be that romantic and sensitive in his own life, which of course elicited a chorus of sighs!) and to bring the feeling that he does to others' arrangements. I have a whole new appreciation for his music at this point in my life and have found myself on more than one occasion over the last week, cruising the aisles of my local music store, picking up not only his newest albums, but a sampling of some of his older compilations that came out after my last record purchase of "Even Now." I have even dusted off my old LPs and fired up my long silent turntable. I'm star struck once again by this man, but now, with the appreciation of an adult who has experienced the highs and lows of being in love and can relate to the feelings about which this man sings. - Laura Browning (Manchester, NH) (3/1/2002)

I have waited since 1974 to see Barry. I love everything about the Manilow concert; he soothes my heart, and his music always makes me want to 'get up and boogie.' We all want you to return as often as you can. New Hampshire LOVES you, Barry! - Bonnie Doeringsfeld (Concord, NH) (3/24/2002)

This was Barry's FIRST EVER show in New Hampshire, and my mom and I were in the second row! We were so close to Barry, in the Center, and the NH crowd was VERY happy and excited to see Barry Live. Barry got a roaring standing ovation after every song he did for us that night. I hope Barry will come back to do more shows here. Barry was in red hot form that night. I will never forget it! Thanks, Barry!! - Lisa Whitney (Keene, NH) (2/13/2003)

[I loved] Barry's new songs and the wiggling of his hips when he's singing "Somewhere In The Night"! Actually I love all of his concerts. He is my favorite singer of all time. It just drives me crazy seeing him move his hips the way he does! - Jackie Patterson (of Massachusetts) (9/25/2003)

I have been a Barry Manilow fan for 30 years. I have been waiting for him to come back to Manchester for two years. My daughter (Kaye) and her friend (Katrina) gave us the tickets for our anniversary. It was fantastic! Kaye is 6-ft. tall and was standing on the seat so she could see Barry better! We were in the 10th row center stage. We play [the CBS Ultimate Manilow! tape] once a week. I love the songs from the "Mayflower" album. Please come back to Manchester again real soon. - Tom Pickford (Berlin, NH) (9/10/2004)

First Show - Barbara Kearney (Manchester, NH) (5/25/2007)

Everything about the concert was outstanding. Barry had no opening act so it was just Barry on the stage. A truly marvelous evening. - Patricia Gorman (Nashua, NH) (4/1/2008)

First Show: I have been a Barry fan since the early '70s but never got to see him Live until my family had a party for our 28th Wedding Anniversary and my present was a ticket to see Barry! I went to the show and never experienced such a wonderful time! I was floating on air for weeks to follow! - Kathleen Arsenault (Franklin, NH) (12/9/2010)

First Show - Kathy Carlson-Penley (of New Hampshire) (1/14/2011)

February 24, 2002
(Sunday, 7:30 PM)
Pennsylvania/Reading
(Sovereign Center)
[ Sovereign Center Photo Gallery ]

What an experience! This is the ninth time I have seen Barry in concert, but I think this tour is somewhat different from the rest. Barry's concert was a mixture of some of his classics like "I Made It Through The Rain," "Can't Smile," "Weekend in New England," "I Write the Songs," "Copacabana," and "Daybreak," plus he sang a lot of the tunes that are on his "Here at the Mayflower" CD. This concert was totally awesome. I loved it when Barry came out dressed like an old man and sang the song "Not What You See." Also, loved the patriotic ending to the concert when he sang "Let Freedom Ring" with the choir, the large flag that came down, and the red, white & blue streamers that popped out. His singing "It's a Miracle" was the perfect ending to the concert. I will definitely go to more of Barry's concerts whenever he is in our area. My goal is to see him 20 times!! - Kathy Snavely (Cornwall, PA) (2/25/2002)

I have been to six of Barry's concerts and have enjoyed each one more than I could ever tell you. It is difficult to please the people around here but, I have never heard so much talk about the wonderful concert Barry did in Reading. And a first for here: I heard NO negative comments! I can only hope Barry was sincere and will be coming back to Reading. He is a wonderful performer with songs that I could listen to all night. Thanks for another wonderful concert. - Judy Donahue (Reading, PA) (2/28/2002)

What I liked about this show was everything! Barry Manilow is the only singer who actually makes the songs enjoyable to listen to. A great entertainer - Barry is awesome! He is the best singer and has the sexiest voice! Been listening to him since I was a child in the 70's. Can't wait till he's back in the area again. I'll be there for sure! Thanks for all the great years, Barry!! - Lisa Blew (Tuscarora, PA) (3/1/2002, 3/19/2002)

This is the best Barry concert so far. Each one is better than the last. His shows are so energetic and upbeat and so much fun. The old songs were so familiar, we remembered every word, and since I got the Mayflower album for Christmas, I knew some of the new songs, too. I can't wait to see Harmony and for more new music from my favorite performer. I, too, was "only 14" the last time Barry was in Reading. I'll go to his concerts whenever I can, but he promised to come back to Reading soon, and we're holdin' him to it!! - Darlene (of Reading, PA) (3/27/2002)

I love Barry's music and enjoyed his concert so much. My husband also is a Barry fan so we just loved it and will attend other concerts. His Mayflower CD is my husband's favorite and I look forward to Harmony. - Donna Cline (Reading, PA) (5/3/2002)

February 28, 2002
(Thurs, 8:00 PM)
Minnesota/Minneapolis
(Orpheum Theatre)
I haven't had the chance to see Barry for almost five years and these two wonderful concerts brought back all the "magic" for me. Barry is THE consumate performer and showman. The two numbers that stood out for me were the title song from "Harmony" and "They Dance!" Barry's fellow musicians on stage also blew me away! I hope that Barry will visit the Twin Cities more often! We have missed you! Hey Barry, the Orpheum Theatre would be a great place to debut "Harmony"!! - Aline Nagler (St. Paul, MN) (3/7/2002)

I loved the concerts! The video screen helped. I worked as an usher and got to see both shows. Barry was truly glad to be performing, and was happy people were enjoying his music... old and new! Brought back memories of 1976 - 27 years ago! I hope he comes back to Minneapolis and the Orpheum Theatre!! - Janet Yackle (St. Louis Park, MN) (3/7/2002)

March 1: This is the third concert I've been to and I've loved them all. What made this one very special is that I had my husband and my two daughters with me. I had been "warning" them for the past three years that the next time Barry toured, we would all be going to see him. I told them that he was the type of performer who really gave to the audience and that a person couldn't help but feel great when they've seen him perform. I also felt that this is a part of what makes me who I am. They know how I've enjoyed his music and know alot of it from hearing it around my home and in the car ... Barry hit the nail on the head when he talked about those who "got dragged" to see him. He did such a wonderful job and can still sing beautifully. Poor guy even had a cold, but he hardly took a break and joked about his nose, too. By the end of the evening, my family had a new respect for Barry ... I just felt it was important for my family to come with me to one of his concerts during my lifetime so they understood what it is I appreciate about Barry, and so that they would see a first-rate entertainer. I felt ecstatic the whole evening and the next few days. He's a great person and I wish him the best always because he deserves it. - Cres Schramm (of Minnesota) (4/21/2002)

First Show - Dan Barnes (Plymouth, IA) (10/7/2002)

February 28: We were in the seventh row from the stage, right in front of Barry's piano. He is really a funny guy. Kept us laughing. He is such a wonderful performer and his concert was the best one I have ever seen. His voice just blows me away. He is very talented. I absolutely love Barry Manilow! - Robin Skluzacek (Pine City, MN) (7/28/2003)

First Show - Lynne Ritz (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) (7/7/2011)

Highlights (February 28): I'm Comin' Back / Ready To Take A Chance Again / Daybreak /Somewhere In The Night / Looks Like We Made It / Bandstand Boogie / Mandy / Even Now / Could It Be Magic / Harmony / Every Single Day / New York City Rhythm / I Made It Through The Rain / Turn The Radio Up / Do You Know Who's Livin' Next Door / Come Monday / Talk To Me / Not What You See / They Dance + Encore / Welcome Home / Weekend In New England / Copacabana (At The Copa) / I Write The Songs / Let Freedom Ring + Encore / It's A Miracle / (Encore) One Voice

[ Manilow Archives Episode #44 (February 28th show) aired June 2013 ]

March 1, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Minnesota/Minneapolis
(Orpheum Theatre)
March 2, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Wisconsin/Milwaukee
(Riverside Theatre)
March 2: Barry was Simply Amazing! This was my 3rd Manilow concert and they just keep getting better and better! I especially liked his encore of "Let Freedom Ring" with the singers and the giant flag - What an awesome tribute to the great country we live in! - Dawn Schwartz (Green Bay, WI) (3/4/2002)

March 3: I felt like it was 20 or so years ago, when I first became a fan of Barry's. Very moving experience. I felt like a young gal experiencing "Manilow-mania" all over again! - Julie Brookhiser (of Southcentral Wisconsin) (3/5/2002)

First Show (March 2): It was a terrific concert and Barry was great with the audience. Everyone traveled in a snowstorm to get there. A GREAT performer! - Kay Verrette (Kingsford, MI) (10/1/2003)

I always love Barry's concerts, all of them! But, in Milwaukee -- and I drove there in a snowstorm that relatives still remind me about -- it was cozy and intimate because it was a smaller theatre ... He's just awesome, absolutely awesome and he's NEVER disappointed me! Someday, I hope I can see him in Las Vegas. Dreams can come true you know! - Deb McCormick (Grayslake, IL) (10/14/2006)

March 3, 2002
(Sunday, 7:30 PM)
Wisconsin/Milwaukee
(Riverside Theatre)
March 7, 2002
(Thurs, 7:30 PM)
New York/Elmira
(Coach USA Center)
I have been to many of Barry's concerts and they were all wonderful. "Let Freedom Ring" was fantastic. I very much enjoyed his old songs and the songs from "Harmony" (Can't wait to see it!). - Marilyn Barnes (Cortland, NY) (3/10/2002)

There was NOTHING not to like - or I should say LOVE - about the show! I saw Barry when I was a kid about 8 or 9 years old with my parents in Buffalo, NY, and I was planning a trip for my nephew's birthday back in Arcade, NY (south of Buffalo), when I saw a commercial for one of Barry's older CD's. Then when I was online, I checked out his tour schedule and discovered that he was playing in Elmira the day that I was supposed to leave Michigan. So I decided to leave a day earlier and surprise my mom with tickets to the concert. It was a two-and-a-half hour drive to Elmira but worth every second. We had seats on the floor six rows back. I wanted to get up on that stage with him so bad I could taste it! The whole weekend I was on cloud nine! I remembered the great time that I had in Buffalo when he played "Mandy" (my favorite song). Seeing him now as an adult, I was in heaven. I never knew that it would be so great! I plan on watching the tour schedule and seeing him as often as I can. I wont rest until I get up on that stage and sing "Cant Smile Without You," so Barry if you read this, look for me. I'll be the lady with the "Proud Wife of a United States Marine" sign. I love you and your music. Keep singing! Semper Fi! - Donna L. Crosby (Climax, MI) (3/12/2002)

Favorite Show - Reasons: 1. My daughter loved the show (age 17); 2. My husband loved the show; 3. The show was excellently put together, sound was great; 4. Barry is an excellent entertainer. It was far better than the other concerts that I've been to. - Pam Cicconi (Odessa, NY) (5/11/2002)

It was the best concert that I have ever been to, wonderful and entertaining. Barry is so personable [and] friendly. A lot of entertainers are not into the people who come to see them; they just do their thing. I really enjoy Barry's concerts. I have his CDs and bring them to work with me to listen to. - Marijo Sanford (Liverpool, NY) (7/15/2002)

I got onstage with Barry for "Can't Smile" (which I NEVER EVER thought I'd have the nerve to do) and although I had MAJOR stage fright, Barry made it much easier for me to get through and forget the whole audience. I also made him laugh, which was fun for everyone! Before that night, I had had a dream about the Can't Smile sign I made the night before...plus, my mother had died in 1979 from cancer. Before I went to buy the tickets, I went to her grave and told her that if there was ever "proof" of an after-life, she could get me onstage with Barry as our 'connection'. Well, she did and I was never so shocked and yet awed by the gift she gave me. I now know she is always there watching over me. - Cheryl Sanders (Charleston, SC) (11/26/2010)

March 8, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Ohio/Cleveland
(State Theatre at Playhouse Square Center)
March 9: What I liked about this show was EVERYTHING! I have been a huge fan since the 70's and have attended many of his concerts. They have all been fantastic. This one in particular made me feel so good and so proud to be an American. The part of his concert with "Let Freedom Ring," The Flag, "My Country Tis of Thee" and the choir was fabulous. There couldn't have been a dry eye in the place. I am still feeling the marvelous effects of his concert (a day later). You come out feeling so happy, words cannot describe it. All of his songs have personal meanings to me as I love all of them. His energy never stops. He mentioned New Yorkers as being Energizer Bunnies. I disagree.... Barry IS the Energizer Bunny. He is fabulous! - Gayle Rosiek (Mentor, OH) (3/10/2002)

NOTE: "Let Freedom Ring" is available on Barry's boxed set THE COMPLETE COLLECTION AND THEN SOME...

March 9: Barry was awesome!! He danced and sang amazingly. The day had been really windy and you could tell that everyone there had been having a rough day; Barry just made everyone feel great. He didn't sing "Can't Smile Without You" but he did his Super Bowl performance and it was off the wall!! - Cari Crumbaker (Parkersburg, WV) (3/10/2002)

March 8: What I liked about this show was EVERYTHING!! It was truly awesome. Barry gave it his all (as usual), and we were ecstatic! My brother & sister-in-law saw him live that night for the first time, and they were totally blown away. The man truly loves his music, and sharing that love with us. It's now Tuesday, and I am still in awe of that performance. I still remember where and when I first heard "Mandy" - in my 7th grade art room. It's 28 years later, I'm still hooked, and proud of it! Thank you, Barry, for sharing your gift, and yourself, with all of us, All The Time. - Lori Wharton (Columbus, OH) (3/12/2002)

First Show (March 9): [What I liked about the concert was Barry's] singing voice. Fabulous! One of a kind. He sounds almost exactly like his recordings from the 1970s. Wonderful talent. - Tim Browning (Cleveland, OH) (3/13/2002)

Barry was great, and for the first time I was close enough to see him! I just love him, and his music is so wonderful. I liked his interaction with the fans and his arrangement of songs. I enjoyed the song about the old couple ("Not What You See") where Barry puts on a hat and scarf. That song was just beautiful. - Jan Novak (Cleveland, OH) (5/1/2002)

Barry was in an intimate setting of an old playhouse theatre. I was home in Cleveland for the first time in 32 years. The show was so personal! I'm coming back, and Cleveland, I sure did! Welcome home... Thank you, Barry, for making my welcome home to Cleveland so special with the Mayflower songs. I have loved you for so long and I have seen so many shows in so many cities. My family reunion in Cleveland wouldn't have been the same without you! Glad you were there!! - Robin Sereghy (Las Vegas, CA) (7/3/2002)

First/Favorite Show: I'm 30 years old and Barry's the best recording artist in history in my book!! - Kimber Kenepp (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) (9/27/2002)

Seeing Barry at the State Theater during his Live2002! Tour was my very first time seeing Barry live in concert (March 8) and I fell head-over-heels in love with him when he did the skit about Joe and Esther from his Mayflower album... I thought he looked SO CUTE playing the old man, Joe, and the song itself moved me very much. It struck a kindred chord in me. I was so taken with Barry I just HAD to [see him again]! The next night (March 9) I drove through high winds on the interstate to get to the concert with no guarantee I'd even get a ticket. When I finally got there the show was sold out. I almost gave up and went home except, as luck would have it, someone was ACTUALLY SELLING a ticket to the show (which I bought gladly) and got even better (closer) seating than I had the first night. I was thrilled! I adored Barry AGAIN the second night, and have now joined the ranks of all his millions of fans internationally and am waiting with baited breath until he comes back in concert again. Neither snow, nor rain, nor dead of night, etc., will keep me from ANY other concert tours he goes on. I'm really getting daring and intrepid now and Barry is my inspiration! I hope "Harmony" is a hit and I intend to see it on Broadway next year. Break a leg, Barry! - Kathryn Joan Vonleyser (Brunswick, OH) (12/22/2002)

Always get great seats due to the fan club! Every concert in its entirety is awesome!! - Tina Lyon (of New York) (3/27/2003)

Favorite Show (March 8) - Diane Frazier (Twinsburg, OH) (4/1/2003)

I loved the concert. Travelled all the way from Bloomfield (New York) to attend these two shows. Cleveland was such a friendly place to be. Sat in the third row and all the Manilow fans were so nice. Before the show we exchanged stories and memories. I would certainly would go back to Cleveland! Barry's performance was nothing less than stellar. He tirelessly gave us his all both nights. Loved hearing "Talk to Me." That song is so right (good advice!). Had to brave a snow storm on the way home on the interstate but it was all worth it (Just wondering why Barry performs the Northeast during the worst part of the year!). Looking forward to the next shows wherever they may be!! - Darlene Corio (Bloomfield, NY) (7/6/2003)

March 9: As this was my first time seeing Barry on tour and my concert ticket was a birthday gift from my boss, a fabulous time was to be had. The driving conditions were dreadful (40+ mph winds and driving snow) and my dear husband was white-knuckled the entire drive to and from Cleveland (It was three hours round trip). Barry was in rare form and the crowd was responsive to that. All in all it was "harmony, unforgettable harmony" and I will most definitely "see the show again." Thank you, Barry. - Norah S. (Mansfield, OH) (6/10/2004)

March 9, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Ohio/Cleveland
(State Theatre at Playhouse Square Center)
March 10, 2002
(Sunday, 7:30 PM)
Virginia/Richmond
(Landmark Theater)
I have been a Manilow fan since "Mandy." Richmond was my first concert. Barry is better than ever! He sings great, and continues to entertain and wow the audience. I will be in New York WHEN "Harmony" opens. Looks Like HE Made It! - Kim R. Weller (Staunton, VA) (3/11/2002)

It was the most awesome concert I have attended in some time. Barry was in great form. He looked terrific and his voice was fantastic. I've always liked his music, but had never seen him "Live in Concert." He keeps you entertained the entire show. I didn't want to see it end! Can't wait to see him again. - Donna Harrison (Colonial Heights, VA) (3/22/2002)

I have loved Barry's music since "Mandy." His concert at the Landmark was more than just performing songs - he interacted with his audience and it felt like he was talking to us. Someone in the audience proposed to his girlfriend in front of everyone and Barry made it special for them and sang a song. Of course his girlfriend said "yes"! Barry's music evokes a lot of emotions. I think that is one of his special talents. I am working on going to another concert soon, even though it will mean traveling out of town. It is worth it! - Sandy (of Richmond, VA) (4/13/2002)

First Show - Jerry Helton (of Virginia) (11/30/2002)

This was my tenth concert of Barry's but the first for my then 10 year old daughter, Ashlee. She inherited her mother's taste in music and absolutely loved this concert. Being inside the old "Mosque", as we true Richmonders will always call it, with Barry and his music was magical! What an awesome musician! - Teresa (of Richmond, VA) (2/24/2005)

Favorite Show: Mayflower Tour in Richmond, Virginia! - Rosie B. (Richmond, Virginia) (2/26/2013)

March 14, 2002
(Wed, 8:00 PM)
California/Anaheim
(Grove of Anaheim)
"KOST 103.5 Lovesongs Live"

March 16, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Maryland/Salisbury
(Wicomico Civic Center)
This was the first time I saw Barry in person. His show was wonderful! If he ever comes back, I will be there. I have been a fan of his since I was 16. I am now 46. After his show I now love him even more. He's the best. His singing and music is the best. Love his new songs. - Linda Widener (Parkton, MD) (3/20/2002)

From the first time I heard a Barry Manilow song I knew that this was an artist whose music would be a life-long companion. Barry is one of those rare performers who is able to connect with his audience and share experiences, misery, hope, joy, and happiness. In concert, he tells the audience that he's received tons of letters from us, thanking him for the difficult times that his music has helped us get through. I think that's the most touching part of his concerts, because Barry also has been through some difficult times and doesn't detach himself from that, but rather, relates that to his fans. He doesn't concern himself with the possibility that his vulnerability will detract from his "star status." That's what makes his concert so special, no matter where it is: he's a great musician and he's a terrific performer, but he's a real human being. He makes you feel good, and he touches your soul. - Judy Lowstuter (Annandale, VA) (4/28/2002)

[ Concert postponed from December 11, 2000 ]

March 17, 2002
(Sunday, 7:30 PM)
Delaware/Newark
(University of Delaware, Bob Carpenter Center)
After many, many years of loving Barry's music and seeing him several times in concert, he finally performed my favorite song... "I Made It Through The Rain." It was worth the years of waiting! He still performs like there is nowhere else he would rather be than on stage entertaining his fans, both old and new. I love his enthusiasm and what his music has meant to me throughout my life. Thanks, Barry, for some very sweet memories! - Dawn Nixon (Marlton, NJ) (3/18/2002)

I have attended three concerts and I am always mesmerized by Barry. At Bob Carpenter Center, it was a gloomy night with rain but once the show started everyone forgot the rain and was entranced with Barry's singing. - Hannah Mauss (Frederick, MD) (3/23/2002)

Everything was professional. My daughter and I saw Barry together for the first time as she went to college there. We had a great time! I think the one thing that will always remember about the concert was the bad weather and when you did the skit about the man and women and she was in a wheelchair ("Not What You See"). That had a lot of meaning... - Louise Jackson (Norristown, PA) (1/7/2003)

Although this was my second concert, it was the first one out-of-town. It was also part of a long weekend birthday celebration and something that I will always remember as being very special. - Vicki Wallace (Alexandria, VA) (1/24/2004)

This is a night and concert that I will never forget. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought my husband and I would be going backstage to meet Barry that night. Barry was so nice asking my husband how he felt after getting a kidney transplant. We stood around and spoke for a short time and then it was time for Barry to start the concert. One thing my husband will never let me live down is when I flew into Barry's arms. It was just an incredible evening. Thanks Barry! - Debbie Brown (Plymouth Meeting, PA) (8/23/2004)

March 18, 2002
(Mon, 7:30 PM)
Pennsylvania/Wilkes-Barre
(First Union Arena at Casey Plaza)
Wow, is all I can say! I have waited since I was nine years old to see Barry. He was full of energy, witty, and he sounds even better in person. [The night] is not one that I or my 11-year-old son will forget. The man next to me was in tears. The woman next to my son was screaming like a teenager. Barry touches so many lives in so many different ways. Thank you, Barry! - Pam Murphy (Jordan, NY) (3/19/2002)

What can I say? The man is unbelieveable. What a gift Barry has! You can obviously see that he just loves making music for everyone. For those who have never seen him in concert, you are missing a true first-class entertainer. He was just fantastic!! - Sherri (of Pennsylvania) (3/20/2002)

Barry is the GREATEST and he is sincere to his fans. I love him! What a showman. Great voice and a great guy... Terrific show! - Rosemary Smith (Fenwick Island, DE) (3/31/2002)

I have loved Barry Manilow's music since I was old enough to understand music. I had always wanted to see him in concert, but was never able to. Now that I relocated to Pennsylvania, I was fortunate enough to see him at the First Union Arena! I was amazed at his brilliance. There is nothing like seeing Barry Manilow perform live! I didn't realize that I knew so many of his songs. I enjoyed his concert so much, I can't wait until he comes back. I was in a lousy mood before I departed for the concert. As soon as he started to sing, my tears fell and I felt so much better. I had strength to deal my situation after seeing his concert. He is absolutely inspirational! - Cathy Z. (Wilkes-Barre, PA) (5/18/2002)

My mom is a big fan and after seeing Barry, I am too! He is absolutely great. I never expected to see a show so full of energy and excitement. He truly knows how to thrill an audience. We WILL see him again! Thanks Barry!! - Dylan Shirk (Denver, PA) (5/18/2002)

First/Favorite Show - Selma (of Wilkes-Barre, PA) (9/18/2002)

First Show - Nancy James (Effort, PA) (4/18/2009)

March 21, 2002
(Thurs, 7:00 PM)
Connecticut/Ledyard
(Foxwoods Casino)
March 23: Barry is an amazing man who writes songs that pull at your heartstrings. I'm 25 years old and have loved him since I was five. This show was - as expected - Fantastic!! He's in his fifties and he is absolutely gorgeous. Everytime I thought that he couldn't get better, [well] that night he amazed me with another great song. His new stuff, his old classics... I love them all! He is a genius - I LOVE YOU BARRY!! - Jennifer Shea (Cranston, RI) (3/26/2002)

March 23: Fourth time I've seen "him" there and I love the smaller theater! Wonderful evening! Thanks, Barry!! - Brenda (of Boston, MA) (11/14/2002)

March 22, 2002
(Fri, 9:00 PM)
Connecticut/Ledyard
(Foxwoods Casino)
March 23, 2002
(Sat, 7:00 PM)
Connecticut/Ledyard
(Foxwoods Casino)
March 23, 2002
(Sat, 10:00 PM)
Connecticut/Ledyard
(Foxwoods Casino)
March 24, 2002
(Sunday, 7:00 PM)
Connecticut/Ledyard
(Foxwoods Casino)
March 29, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Missouri/St. Louis
(The Fabulous Fox)
March 30: Barry's voice is mellow-er and more controlled; he sounds better than ever! I was amazed - although I shouldn't be - by his incredible non-stop two hours, giving fans another night to remember! Barry and his music are definitely needed and appreciated now more than ever before. - Theodora Tonkinson (of Edwardsville) (3/31/2002)

March 29: It had been two years since my mom and I saw Barry Manilow in KC. When we found out he was coming again to the Show-Me State in St. Louis, we didn't hesitate to get tickets. Barry's voice is outstanding and the sound was incredible. I got goosebumps during his performance and it wasn't from being cold! He is such an entertainer and really played to the crowd. He had a fabulous stage and it was one of the BEST concerts I had been to. Now he is coming to KC in June and you can bet my Mom and I will be there! - Kelly Heinen (of Kansas City) (4/8/2002)

Barry is so personable with the audience and so down-to-earth. It's like he could just sit down in your living room and talk to YOU and SING to YOU. I could listen to him for hours! - Ginny (of St. Louis, MO) (4/17/2002)

March 30: Barry's energy is just amazing! This is the third show I have been to and I am preparing to go to my fourth in Indianapolis. I can't wait! - Lindsay Leonard (Jacksonville, IL) (4/22/2002)

March 30: This was my first time ever seeing anyone in concert. My mom and dad brought me as a surprise to celebrate my golden birthday (I turned 11 on April 11). I made a sign for Barry to see that said "YOU HELPED ME BE #1" because I got 1st place in my school's academic meet and used "Riders To The Stars" as my theme song for the meet. My favorite part of the show was when, during "I Write The Songs," my mom walked me down to the stage -- right up front! My mom let me put my sign up on the stage floor by the microphone and I put a red rose on the sign. When Barry got up to finish the song, HE READ MY SIGN! I could see that he really appreciated it. People in the front row tried to get him to see that it was me who put the sign up there, but I was too short! Anyway, I'll never forget how much it meant to me that he read it. Thank you, Barry!! - Corrinne (of Gary, IN) (6/11/2002)

First Show (March 29) - Ashley Wedding (Owensboro, KY) (7/16/2002)

March 30: I am a volunteer usher at "The Fabulous Fox" where I signed up just so I could see Barry in concert -- FREE. Anyway, I was at the stage door exit inside reading the graffiti performers had written about appearing at the Fox when the side door opened and Barry walked in! We were two feet apart and I desperately wanted to say something cool. BUT... "Hello Mr. Manilow, how are you?" was all that came out of my mouth. He looked at me... "Fine, how are you?" then turned and went backstage to get ready for the concert in an hour and a half. I ran down to the employee breakroom to call my husband, best friend, and anybody else who would listen but no one was home! The messages I left on the recorders showed how excited I was though. I went on to see the concert from the side aisle and swore he looked right at me and smiled! - Joan (of St. Louis, MO) (1/4/2003)

March 30: I have been fortunate to attend four of Barry's concerts. I consider this one to be the best because I was finally able to see Barry in concert with my high school sweetheart. We were almost sweethearts back in high school but he chose someone else and ended up marrying her... BUT... NEVER forgot about me (He knew then that I was the one he should have married)! Even though I got married to someone else too, I never stopped thinking of him either. After having not seen each other since graduating in 1982, we ran into each other in a local grocery store in 1994. To make a long story short, we were married in November 1996. Oh, he also likes Barry's music too (Of Course!). I think he even resembles Barry a little! We both had a GREAT time at the concert and I will never forget it. I was able to be in the same room with both of my most favorite guys in the world at the same time! - Anita R. Huskey (East Carondelet, IL) (1/20/2003)

Barry seems to have a real association with folks from St. Louis. I have seen him in several cities, but St. Louis has a special something ... The ladies do love the show and I see a third generation of fans relating to the music. How can such a talented man now touch your heart with the songs he sings? Can he be... Magic?! - Debbie (of Belleville, IL) (8/29/2004)

The chance to see Barry in concert in 2002 helped bring me out of my agoraphobic shell. I had to drive 3+ hours each way, each night to see him, and although I was scared out of my wits to be in such crowds, it was so very worth it! - Martha Nearns (of Arizona) (4/11/2012)

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March 30, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Missouri/St. Louis
(The Fabulous Fox)
March 31, 2002
(Sunday, 8:00 PM)
Tennessee/Memphis
(Orpheum Theatre)
First Show (March 31): I enjoyed the energy that Barry puts into his shows. I love the new CD Here At The Mayflower. He knows just how to get you going. His musical timing is fantastic. He knows when to sing the ballads and when to get you moving to the music. I really enjoyed his whole performance and am looking forward to attending more of his concerts. My husband was impressed too. He really enjoyed himself as I knew he would. Keep it up Barry!! You're Fantastic and I have enjoyed you from the very first time I heard your music in the early '70's. A fan for life! - Kim Brewer (Mabelvale, AR) (4/12/2002)

Favorite Show - John Rainwater (Memphis, Tennessee) (10/28/2011)

April 4, 2002
(Thurs, 8:00 PM)
Ohio/Cincinnati
(Procter And Gamble Hall at Aronoff Center for the Arts)
The concert in Cincinnati was the most favorite for me. I've been to over 20 shows and he just gets better every time. Can't imagine getting to 'sing' on stage with him... what an experience that'd be! Dream is to see him at Radio City Music Hall (someday). - Laura W. (4/8/2002)

April 6: It was the best concert I have ever been too!!!!! - Jennifer Hoover (West Lafayette, IN) (4/9/2002)

I'll always love Barry's old hits, but I love what he did from his new album "Here at the Mayflower." His current songs are very moving. I fell in love with him all over again at this concert. I can't believe what he does to me. - Karen Siciliano (Cincinnati, OH) (4/11/2002)

April 5: [This was my] 20th Barry Manilow concert. As usual it was the greatest show. Barry's concerts are always the [most entertaining] of any singer/songwriter. He sings the old and the new; he talks to the audience; he has personality, style and class and especially talent all rolled into one great show. He is the best entertainer I have ever seen. I NEVER miss a concert when he is in Cincinnati. - Terri Schenk (Cold Spring, KY) (4/11/2002)

First Show (April 6): I took my wife (Jennifer) to see Barry as a birthday surprise. She didn't know what we were doing until we arrived at the Aronoff Center! We both loved the show. - Bob (and Jen) Schroeder (Richmond, IN) (4/14/2002)

April 6: Have been to every Cincinnati Manilow concert. I had the best seats ever: second row center. Can't describe how much love and respect I feel for Barry even after 28 years! He sings right to my soul and touches every nerve in my heart. His honesty and talent continue to shine -- I love every song! Yes, Barry, in Cincinnati we do "get it" and we want it filling our ears and hearts for as long as possible! Keep doing what you feel. We're always gonna listen! - Connie (of Cincinnati, OH) (5/14/2002)

April 6: My identical twin sister and I attended the Barry Manilow concert. We have both been fans since we were teenagers in the early 80's and we've been to three concerts together. This year's concert seemed to be more exciting, and I loved hearing all his greatest hits! The concert was held in a smaller music hall in downtown Cincinnati, so everyone had good seats. It seemed as though he was standing right in front of me, singing to me personally! I could tell that everyone around me had that same feeling. - Lora Bentley (Cincinnati, OH) (5/23/2002)

My favorite thing about the concert was Barry! His energy and music were outstanding. Barry is a class act. I liked the way he interacted with his audience and made them part of the show, especially when one lady got to sing with him (even though I was disappointed it wasn't me... I could've fulfilled a life-long dream!). I teach elementary school and play much of Barry's music when we're working or in center time. It is so funny to see the kids singing along after they've heard his music a while. When I forget to put the CD on as they arrive to class, they ask, "Where's Barry?" It's even funnier to see adults pop their heads in and starts singing and dancing. It makes the kids (and me) laugh as we have a break from our work. I even did my last research paper on Barry Manilow in my last class to receive my Rank I degree (in a music history class!). The funniest part of the concert was when my sister got out her lighter during "One Voice"! We laughed and talked about the old times of our childhood on the way home! Barry brings so much delight to many people. What a gift from God. - Angie Berryman (Versailles, KY) (8/18/2002)

First Show (April 5): My girlfriend (Mandi) and I met in January and she got me listening to Barry. I never thought I'd enjoy the concert as much as I did. I have to say Barry's music and that concert did a lot for our relationship. I will continue to enjoy his music and hope to see him again in the future! - Bobby Cline (Sabina, OH) (12/10/2002)

Barry's great. I had never seen him in person before and I was really impressed. I'd go see him again. - Chris Snapp (Bellefontaine, OH) (5/9/2003)

My father had passed away that month. Barry came to my work and I was invited to the concert. I took my sister with me. He just made our night when he sang, "Looks like we made it." We were going through a rough time. He is just the greatest! - Judy Bauer (Erlanger, KY) (9/19/2006)

April 5, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Ohio/Cincinnati
(Procter And Gamble Hall at Aronoff Center for the Arts)
April 6, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Ohio/Cincinnati
(Procter And Gamble Hall at Aronoff Center for the Arts)
April 7, 2002
(Sunday, 8:00 PM)
Washington, DC
(MCI Center)
I loved the show. I was familiar with almost all of the songs he sang. He sounds so good. My favorite parts of the show were when he picked a woman named Darlene to come up on stage and sing "Can't Smile Without You." You could tell that moment made her life. And he mentioned before he sang "Somewhere Down The Road" that a lady that met him backstage had requested that song and that it had been 4 or 5 years since he had sang it. He said he wasn't sure he could remember all of the words but he would give it a shot. I think Barry is a very sincere and down to earth person. He cares about his fans and that means a lot. - Brenda Hongell (Hagerstown, MD) (4/8/2002)

I liked it all! Barry is so caring and giving to his audience and fans. The show was wonderful. The time went by so fast and it was sad to see him go. All his songs are romantic and melodious. You fall in love every time you hear them. - Elza H. Carvalho (of Maryland) (4/8/2002)

First Show: I liked everything about the concert. Barry is absolutely the BEST and I can't wait for him to come back here and do another show. Thank you very much, Barry, for a wonderful evening. I've waited 25 years to see you. It was sad to see you go... Next time, please "Stay"! - Grace Cura (Bristow, VA) (4/13/2002)

I'd never seen Barry Manilow in concert before. [All I can say is...] Wow!! - Pamela Young (Dumfries, VA) (9/13/2002)

I loved Barry's talent and wonderful voice. He gives 200% plus of himself. I have been a fan for years, but have never before been able to attend a concert. This was a real treat. However, it will not be the last one. - Joyce DeLage (Manassas, VA) (2/13/2003)

Favorite Show: I got the best seats in the house - front row - and I was able to see Barry up close. I love his music and play it all the time. - Sandy Sera (Ashburn, VA) (2/21/2004)

Barry took the time to sing "Let Freedom Ring" and talk about the attack on the World Trade Center... Red, white, blue confetti and streamers. It was a moving tribute. I had been afraid to take the Metro into DC, but I love Barry concerts, so I took a chance. I was not disappointed! I'm going to my 20th concert at Wolf Trap on August 17,2012. - Linda Musgrave (Herndon, Virginia) (8/13/2012)

April 11, 2002
(Thurs, 8:00 PM)
Florida/Sunrise
(Sunrise Musical Theatre)
Favorite Show: This was such an awesome show!! This was my third time seeing Barry, but the intimate atmosphere of the Sunrise Theatre made it feel like he was singing to ME! My mother and I hold Barry's music close to our hearts since it got us through some not-so-fun times ("we made it through the rain!!"), so it was hard not having her at this concert since we had seen our first Barry concert together back in 1997. Thank goodness for technology because little did he know, Nashville was listening to him sing also via my cellphone (I know that bill will not be pretty!). My favorite new song is "Not What You See" and I just loved it when he got in costume and performed this song. But the classics are always my favorite (and always get me choked up!). He is just such a genuine person and he made me feel like he was one of my great friends up there on stage. He is THE BEST performer ever!! - Lisa Stewart (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) (4/17/2002)

Favorite Show (April 12): I have loved Barry Manilow since "Mandy." I was nine and Barry stole my heart! EVERYONE knew I was going to Sunrise to see my guy and they were as excited as I was. When we arrived and were shown to our seats I was shocked to see how close we were. I have never been so close to Barry and I felt all evening that he was singing just to me!! From the moment he took the stage he gave his all for every number. I love his enthusiasm and I am so thrilled that he is finally getting the respect he deserves! I loved hearing many of the "old songs" because Barry keeps them fresh and endearing. To hear the new songs from "Here at the Mayflower" was a joy! I really fell in love with this new material, and to see him perform it live was phenomenal! Barry never fails to touch me in a way that no one else ever has! Another excellent concert!! ... Thank you, Barry, for so many wonderful years. I Love You! - Kym Cope (West Palm Beach, FL) (4/17/2002, 5/8/2002)

April 12: This concert was so special because I was able to give my mother and daughter (and myself) wonderful birthday gifts by flying us all to Florida for Barry's concert. This was my mother's first "Barry" concert, but my daughter (who just turned 26) and I have been to all of his concerts in Dallas and/or Austin since she was five years old. When my daughter was four, we watched the same concert on HBO 17 times in one month! We can NEVER get enough of Barry. Barry's "old songs" are timeless and always bring back such wonderful memories, and his new Mayflower CD is wonderful! My favorite of all his songs is "All The Time." We love you, Barry! - Gloria Ratley (Austin, TX) (5/16/2002)

April 12: The morning of the concert started out great. Barry called the radio station I listen to, was interviewed by the DJ, and took calls from his fans. I have been to several of Barry's concerts and this one was the best. He seemed to be really having a lot of fun. I brought a friend who is a die-hard country music fan, and I made a Manilow fan out of her! Barry, please keep on writing that music. While it may make the young girls cry, it sure makes the heart of this middle-aged lady beat like a drum. - Marcia Holt (West Palm Beach, FL) (9/27/2002)

Favorite Show: Barry puts on a fabulous show! I love his music!! - Jody Hook (Tamarac, FL) (7/18/2003)

I had tricked a girlfriend into going to see this show with me. She was not a Manilow fan. I told her I was taking her to a company party. I needed her to go with me because there was a lady on the job who weighed close to 300 pounds that had a crush on me. I told my date that I needed to be seen with her to dissuade this other woman to leave me alone. As we are driving up to the Sunrise venue, my date is getting very nervous noticing all the cars. When she saw the Manilow marquee she could have killed me! Nonetheless Manilow was in great form. My date enjoy the Manilow magic that he always brings to any stage, anywhere at anytime. Being an African American, whenever I go to Manilow concerts here in South Florida, I notice that I am usually the only of "us" there and that is fine. I have been a fan since "Mandy". I am one of the faithfuls and proud to be. Hope to see him here in South Florida very soon. - Teddy Harrell, Jr. (Miami, FL) (5/20/2004)

First Show (April 13): I've always loved Barry's music but I never had the chance to go to any of his concerts until 2002. My sister who just passed away in April brought me to [this show]. I've been to many concerts since I first saw him in 2002. - Nancy Crumley (Cochecton, NY) (10/7/2009)

April 12, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Florida/Sunrise
(Sunrise Musical Theatre)
April 13, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Florida/Sunrise
(Sunrise Musical Theatre)
April 14, 2002
(Sunday, 7:30 PM)
Florida/Jacksonville
(Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts)
What an incredible voice! I really liked the new songs. I liked the one about the two old people ("Not What You See"). I love all the old songs also. I've always loved Barry ... It's the best concert I have ever been to. - Beth Miller (Jacksonville, FL) (4/15/2002)

Barry was no disappointment! Music was awesome and as usual, Barry was funny, personable and made each person feel as if he was singing to them. It's a real pleasure to have my husband go with me. He loves Barry's concerts as much as I do. It makes me smile to see the number of men at his concerts in recent years (who are there willingly, for the most part). I remember the years (70's, 80's) where a man wouldn't be caught dead at his concert and if a guy went, you were sworn to secrecy that he went. The new CD (Here at the Mayflower) is full of fabulous music. I love the way Barry hops from ballads, to show tunes, to jazz and now Broadway next year. Keep on trying new things. We love the musical adventure. - Cathy Weyand (4/15/2002)

This was my second experience with Barry. My friends and I had so much fun. Have been a fan for years and will be at all of his Jacksonville concerts. An Excellent showman!! Can't want to see "Harmony" in New York. - Janice Kennedy (Jacksonville, FL) (4/19/2002)

The concert was wonderful. I really enjoyed it! - Traci Butler (Jacksonville, FL) (4/20/2002)

Favorite Show - Deb Ghandour (Jacksonville, FL) (4/29/2002)

First Show - Kimble Quinn (Palm Harbor, FL) (5/2/2003)

April 16, 2002
(Tues, 8:00 PM)
Florida/Clearwater
(Ruth Eckerd Hall)
I liked Barry! The show was magnificent! Barry's future is bright. - Anne McCarthy (North Redington Beach, FL) (4/20/2002)

I had a chance to go to Florida with my friends, and I must admit, I was not prepared for it to be as good as Radio City, but...Barry ROCKED "Ruthie's Place" that night! The sound was great, the venue was beautiful, the audience was excellent, the choir for "Let Freedom Ring" was fabulous. A wonderful night! BIG thumbs up for Barry!! - Gail Van Bergen (Toms River, NJ) (5/2/2002)

I have been a fan since the 70's and had seen Barry many times on TV but this was the first time I lived close enough to see Mr. Manilow in person. He did a real number on me (at that time, a 69-year old lady). What I liked best was just Barry and his band. When we walked down the steps onto the stage, that was it...I was in love! A night I cannot forget!! - Lida Torrence (Clearwater, FL) (10/8/2003, 1/29/2011)

April 18, 2002
(Thurs, 8:00 PM)
Georgia/Atlanta
(Fox Theatre)
First Show (April 19): What I liked about the show was BARRY, OF COURSE! He's only two years older than I am and I've been in love with him since I can remember! He was the greatest way back when music meant something to you and Barry hasn't lost the feelings he expresses in his music and the way he performs for his audiences. He's the best and always will be. I really admire the lady, Annette, who was able to be with him on stage. She was SOOOO lucky! My seat was in the rear of the auditorium and I never had a chance... Oh well, I am happy for her. She was able to fulfill her dream that night. Barry was wonderful! I'd go to all his concerts if I could. I know I'll be there when he comes back to the Fox here in Atlanta! I had purchased both CDs Ultimate Manilow and Here at the Mayflower before the concert and fell in love with him all over again. Then when he sang those familiar songs, WOW! I just can't say enough about him. He's still so handsome and sweet as always! - Jan Baker (Atlanta, GA) (4/21/2002)

April 18: The show was GREAT! I feel really left out that I have missed Barry for so many years! I was probably 13 years old at my last show, and I must say I enjoyed it even more at 38 ... The seats we had at the Fox were awesome. My friend (Teresa) went with me and was a new fan when we left the theatre. She really had never listened to Barry's music. I believe her exact words were "That was awesome - I would see him again tomorrow night if we had tickets." Thanks, Barry, for a night of great entertainment and a lot of years of great music. - Janet Hammonds (Calhoun, GA) (4/22/2002)

April 18: It was FANTASTIC!! It has been 20 years since Barry was last here... I still remember back 27 years and hearing "Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again" on the jukebox. Selection B9 to be exact! That is all we ever played. I was amazed how he sounds exactly like his recorded music. What a showman! The best part of the show was when he sniffed up in his nose and made the noise loudly and made light of it. I enjoyed the ending which was a Salute to America. Only he could be classy enough to do an arrangement so well. Thank you. Keep up the wonderful music!! - Karen (of Aplharetta, GA) (4/23/2002)

April 18: I was in the Choir from Kennesaw State University that sang with Barry on "Let Freedom Ring" and "It's A Miracle" so I got to meet him personally. He is truly an amazing person. Although he is very business-oriented, he is very kind. Not only was this my first Manilow concert, but it was my first time being on Stage at the WONDERFUL Fox Theatre. It was AMAZING, all those fans screaming at him (Barry), it was great. Thanks to his group of WONDERFUL people that helped us with everything. - Nathan (of Kennesaw, GA) (4/26/2002)

Barry was absolutely, completely, and totally awesome! Barry's Atlanta shows were my 3rd & 4th Manilow concerts and the best ones yet! A friend and I ordered our tickets from the BMIFC, and we had awesome seats: 4th row in the pit both nights! Barry was fabulous. He made us laugh. He moved us to tears. He had us up on our feet and dancing. He never looked and sounded so good! The responses from the audience both nights were absolutely wonderful! Deafening cheers and screams, thunderous applause, and lots of standing ovations! Barry, you're the best!! - Karen (of Easley, SC) (5/7/2002)

April 19: Barry never fails to entertain, bring laughs and tears... and watching his facial expressions why he is singing "Somewhere in the Night" will make any woman a fan! I've seen Barry several times over the years. However, THIS WAS THE NIGHT MY DREAM came true... face to face with Barry Manilow... singing "Can't Smile Without You"! - Annette Church (Gastonia, NC) (6/11/2002) ("Can't Smile girl")

This is the best I have ever seen Barry perform. He was totally amazing!! - Dawn Kershner (of Bronson, FL) (7/11/2002)

Just seeing Barry was a thrill, but [I loved] how he mixed the old songs with the new. The [way] he performed each one was just the best I had ever seen. He is truly a wonderful performer. - Helena Harris (Charlotte, NC) (7/12/2002)

I have been to many concerts in many cities but this one was the best yet. Due to events beyond control, my mom could not make her trip from Chicago, but I was able to take a friend. We sat fourth row center and had the time of our lives (for a couple of 40-somethings, that is)! To see Barry's passion for his music up close was very emotional for me. - Margaret Cavitt (Atlanta, GA) (4/10/2003)

April 19: Oh My Gosh! What a Great Show! The only problem I had was [my wife and I] were seated way up near the stars and saw Barry from an incredible distance. I walked and walked up the stairs and my wife thought that I was going to need CPR! The music was intense as always, the light show was immaculate, and the whole concert was fantastic. Barry did a great tribute to 9-11 and this brought tears to many around me including me and my wife. Thanks for a great Anniversary present Barry! - David and Amy Brown (Atlanta, GA) (8/10/2003)

First Show: Barry, you are loved! I love you and I don't think I'm alone!! - April Dawn (of Georgia, formerly Texas) (9/29/2004, 6/2/2010)

April 19: I have been a fan of Barry Manilow's music since he first came out with "Mandy" when I was in high school. I have purchased every album he has ever recorded and still play his music frequently. My wife likes many kinds of music, but had really never gained an appreciation for the sentimental ballads and romantic music that I prefer. This concert changed her thinking to the point that we ordered Barry's autobiography off of Amazon.com, and she read every word of it. She also began to really appreciate his tremendous talent as a composer, arranger, and musician. We have fond memories of that night at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta where we celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary at the Barry Manilow concert. We both now enjoy listening to his beautiful love songs together! - Greg B. (of Columbus, GA) (1/11/2006)

Actually, I love all the Barry concerts I've been to, but this one was special because it was out of town and my daughter went with me. Plus we had a friend who lived in Atlanta going with us. We had such super seats, 4 rows from the stage, right in the center, and Barry was SO close! His performance was absolutely sensational. He played all the "hits", plus some new ones and he never has a bad song in his concert. It was the first time I had seen him sing "Let Freedom Ring" and it was just so emotional to be there with him and the choir that sang with him. It made me so proud to be an American! When the streamers burst from above, it was a celebration! I took lots of them with me that night and still have them. Thanks, Barry, for all the great memories!! - Millie Briand (Olathe, KS) (6/20/2009)

April 19, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Georgia/Atlanta
(Fox Theatre)
April 24, 2002
(Wed, 8:00 PM)
California/Los Angeles
(Kodak Theatre)
"Ultimate Manilow!" CBS TV Taping/Concert

The taping of the CBS special was so exciting. I'll never forget it! All the excitement leading up to it. We didn't know we had tickets until the night before we were ready to leave! Then flying to Hollywood... I actually got teary on the plane a few times, because I was "going to see Barry!" The concert itself was so special because we got to see a different side of him. He would stop and politely insist on doing a song over again and chat with the audience in between songs. It was the most down-to-earth I've ever seen him. The opening number was fabulous ("Ready To Take A Chance Again"). We weren't allowed to scream until a certain point in the song and I thought we'd bring the house down when we were finally given permission to go nuts. The man never lets his audience down! He gives 200% and I am amazed at his energy level!! - Debbie Goss (Park Ridge, IL) (9/23/2002)

When
Where
Memories
May 4, 2002
(Sat, 20:00)
England/Birmingham
(NEC Arena)
Favorite Show (May 5): I flew from Dublin that morning with my sister to see Barry in concert. I had been to three of his concerts before and loved all of them, but this one was spectacular, and to make things better, I was five rows from the front!! The build-up before Barry came on stage, the lights, the sound, the music, the possibility that my poster might be the one he'd pick (for "Can't Smile"), and being surrounded by fans who felt the same excitement as me, had me singing, dancing, swaying and clapping my hands. It was like a good tonic. I've loved Barry's music since I was 11 years old and his songs just keep getting better. I managed to get very close to the stage for Barry's last song and took a few photos that I will cherish forever. Thanks, Barry, for the love you share with all your fans. You mean the world to us. - Maria Maher (Dublin, Ireland) (5/7/2002)

May 4: This was the very first concert I have been to and it was absolutely fantastic. I will definitely be going again. - Sandra Hooman (of England) (5/7/2002)

First/Favorite Show (May 5): I have waited 20 years to see Barry's concert. Because my (then) husband was in the army, we always seemed to move on the dates Barry was due to perform. I was totally overwhelmed when I actually saw Barry. I cried and laughed. I will never ever forget [this] awesome performance ... I will keep a close eye out for his next tour. Thank you, Barry, for making my year. - Michelle Ashton (Shropshire, UK) (5/7/2002)

May 4: The atmosphere was terrific, along with the stage set up, band and of course best of all - Barry. The mix of new and old songs was brilliant. Love the new album (I already have a copy via the internet)! Barry goes from strength to strength and gets better. Thank you... it was great being at the first UK venue of this tour. In fact I was there both nights and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Looking forward to the next one. - Helen Bouchard (Leyland, Lancashire, UK) (5/8/2002)

After waiting 22 years to see Barry, it was a fantastic show and I loved every minute of it. Well worth the wait! - Anne (from the UK) (5/22/2002)

[What I liked about the show was] the set, the sound (loud, loud, loud!) and the orchestra. Barry very happy Mayflower songs! - Morag Burford (Worcetershire, England) (3/22/2005)

May 5: This has to be my favorite concert as I was the most fortunate person in the whole wide world and the universe, because I was picked to sing with Barry. After waiting 19 years it happened, as any "fan" would know it made for me, a dream come true! I was so so lucky and I thank Barry for that moment because if ever I am down I think of it and it lifts me. Other people laugh and take the micky but it just gives me that feel good factor... gives me confidence and makes me smile to think I DID IT! (never believed that I would ever have the courage to do it)! This C.S.W.Y girl is one lucky person for which I shall be forever grateful for Mr. Manilow. - Lesley Wilkinson (Gorleston, Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk, England) (4/26/2009)

Loved the opening of Barry's Mayflower Tour, especially when Barry come on singing "I'm Comin' Back" and the band was not on stage yet so he had to repeat it and you could see the band scrambling on stage! - Jane Johnson (of England) (03 Jan 2014)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

May 5, 2002
(Sunday, 20:00)
England/Birmingham
(NEC Arena)
May 7, 2002
(Tue, 20:00)
Wales/Cardiff
(International Arena)
May 7th is a date I shall always remember as this was my first Barry Manilow concert. Barry, you touched my heart. You are a sincere and genuine person, "you gave without taking." You have a rare quality that touches a person's soul. You made me laugh, you made me cry, you made me feel like a woman again. You have restored my faith in mankind! Thank you. I very much enjoyed [the song] "Harmony" and I hope the high notes were not too painfull!! - Edwina Pacey (Cardiff, Wales) (5/12/2002)

I got to sing "Bermuda Triangle" with Barry! It was an experience I will never forget. - Kate Watts (of England) (3/24/2011)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

May 8, 2002
(Wed, 20:00)
Wales/Cardiff
(International Arena)
May 10, 2002
(Fri, 20:00)
England/London
(Wembley Arena)
May 12: What really topped this concert for me was Barry's choice of songs, especially the ones from his new CD. His overall performance was outstanding, his sense of humour was an added bonus, and the power in his voice seems to get better each time I've seen him. He captures the audience with the way he puts over a song. He is certainly a delight to watch. Barry will always be my Number One entertainer! - Linda Horner (of England) (5/13/2002)

I cannot believe it has been twenty years since I first saw Barry at the Royal Albert Hall. He just keeps getting better. This year's concert at Wembley was just fantastic. Cannot wait until next time! - Chriss Trigg (New Malden, Surrey, England) (5/13/2002)

May 11: Barry sounded better than ever and did all of his greatest hits plus wonderful selections from Here At The Mayflower. After all these years he just gets better and better. - Gary Walker (London, UK) (6/9/2002)

Favorite show: Barry is a great singer. He performs brilliantly! - Mandy Gooch (of England) (1/5/2003)

May 11: Loved how loud it was! Barry seemed exceptionally happy, nearly bursting out of his skin. His voice was more superb than ever. Here At The Mayflower songs were fantastic, especially "I'm Comin' Back" to start. The excitement was intense. Had wonderful side seats. Barry was bouncing with happiness, never seen him so happy. No one can hold a candle to him, and I mean NO ONE! Thanks for everything, Barry. Never stop! - Morag Burford (Worcestershire, England) (6/19/2003, 8/13/2004)

Favorite Show: Every concert gets better! - Karel Mee (Hove, Sussex, England) (1/24/2004)

Favorite Shows - I saw all three concerts and Barry was fabulous! Most of all I liked the Mayflower songs, especially "I'm Comin' Back". He was relaxed and funny. What a pleasure! - Christina Schwarz (Berlin, Germany) (5/27/2004)

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BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

May 11, 2002
(Sat, 20:00)
England/London
(Wembley Arena)
May 12, 2002
(Sunday, 20:00)
England/London
(Wembley Arena)
May 14, 2002
(Tue, 20:00)
England/Newcastle
(Telewest Arena)
Like most people in England, if you say you are a Barry Manilow fan, people poke fun at you. Unfotunately most of these people have never seen Barry's shows. Tuesday night's was as good as ever. Starting of with a medley of hits, then songs from the new CD and his forthcoming musical, and finishing off with more of the ballads - two hours of excellent entertainment with a fine band, and superb arrangements of the songs. Highlight amongst many was probably "Weekend in New England." - Dave (of Newcastle, England) (5/15/2002)

I love the interaction from Barry. He seems more relaxed here in the UK and much cheekier and sexier. Keep it up, Barry! Hope you visit us again very soon. - Susan Munro (Darlington, England, UK) (1/19/2003)

First/Favorite Show: It was MAGIC!! - Janice Turner (Prudhoe, Northumberland, UK) (10/12/2006)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

May 15, 2002
(Wed, 20:00)
Scotland/Glasgow
(Clyde Auditorium at SECC)
These were my 20th and 21st concerts and they just keep getting better. The music was great, especially The Mayflower songs, and Barry's "If Tomorrow Never Comes" put Ronan's version to shame! Barry was as gorgeous as ever and his patter was brilliant. What is "Gatorade"? Thanks, Barry, for two absolutely fantastic nights. You were wonderful. Love you and please, Please, PLEASE come back to Glasgow soon. - Jacquie Pearce (Glasgow, Scotland) (5/17/2002)

May 16: Absolutely fabulous, stunning, spectacular, amazing, and mind-blowing are just a few of the comments that come instantly to mind. I'm just so sad it has taken me this long to actually see Barry live and I just hope I have the opportunity to repeat the experience. - Angela Brown (Stirling, Scotland) (5/21/2002)

May 15: One of the best concerts yet. Barry looked and sounded good. Once again he sang all the favourites which we loved and lots of new songs too! Well done Mhairi from Erskine for singing so well with the Man himself!! - Barbara McGookin (Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland, UK) (5/26/2002)

May 15: I have seen Barry 19 times and every concert gets better. The Clyde Auditorium is quite small and a more personal concert venue. This concert was very special as it is the first time he has been in Scotland on my birthday. - Margaret Marshall (Falkirk, Scotland) (8/2/2002)

May 16: I had a brilliant seat (7th row) and it was just a wonderful concert. Barry sang songs from the Mayflower album! Glasgow is a favourite venue for me as it's so small. I travel from Birmingham and the journey is well worth it. Seeing my Scottish friends also is great. - Carol (of Birmingham, UK) (1/3/2003)

I loved the whole show. Went there by myself! - Vicki (of Green Bay, WI) (1/14/2003)

I had a ball that night. Barry came right up to me and sang to me, only to me. I felt I couldn't sleep for nights. It took me awhile to get down to earth. It was terrific! - Linda Thom (East Kilbride, Scotland) (3/11/2007)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

May 16, 2002
(Thurs, 20:00)
Scotland/Glasgow
(Clyde Auditorium at SECC)
May 18, 2002
(Sat, 20:00)
England/Sheffield
(Sheffield Arena)
WOW what night! After waiting so long to see Barry again, I was on cloud nine. I could not believe one of my dreams had come true! Thank you, BARRY!! - Carole Wright (Leeds, West Yorkshire, England) (5/20/2002)

From start to finish the evening was unbelievable! I have been a Barry fan since I was fourteen and to see him in concert is a dream come true. He makes you feel he is there just for you. He gives such a complete performance, it is a privilege to be there. Come back to the UK soon, please!! - Debbie Anderson (Halifax, West Yorkshire, England) (5/20/2002)

This was my first Barry concert and I only wish I had started going to see him sooner. Barry was absolutely fantastic, even more so than I expected. The fans made the atmosphere fabulous. I cannot wait for the next concert. What more can I say? Britain loves you, Barry! - Kate Taylor (Lincoln, England) (5/24/2002, 7/1/2002)

This concert was so special, as all the other concerts in England were too. Barry was just so fantastic! The music and the voice -- Yes, Barry, another Sinatra! We cannot imagine life without you. The songs from Harmony and Mayflower were truly amazing!! Thanks, Barry. Please come back soon. - Patricia Thomas (Wakefield, England) (7/2/2002)

First Show: I liked everything about the concert. I'm only 14 years old but my all-time best singer was just superb and it was the best experience I have ever felt. - Michelle Currie (Grimsby, England) (12/25/2002)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

May 19, 2002
(Sunday, 19:30)
England/Manchester
(Evening News Arena)
Welcome back, Barry! You're up there with Sinatra. A true perfectionist. The passion for your music always shines through. The songs from Harmony tore my heart out. The familiar ballads brought back happy memories. The songs from the Mayflower look set to be another triumph. Thank you for the music! - Denise Wreghitt (Manchester, England) (5/19/2002)

Wow, what a showman Barry is! I knew he'd be good, but he was absolutely fantastic. This was my first concert and it won't be my last, as long as Barry keeps coming back to England (Hopefully not as long a gap). My mum, sister and I were impressed by his powerful singing and never-ending energy, we couldn't ask for more. Barry gave it his all. We even loved him when he stopped singing and instead amused us with his banter! He gave everyone in Manchester a brilliant time. It was lovely to see was the spread of ages at the concert. I haven't stopped smiling all day. Now that's Magic! - Sarah Purslow (Manchester, England) (5/20/2002)

What I liked about the concert? Fantastic staging, excellent material both old and new, great patter from Barry, plus gorgeous suits!! - Susan Dawson (Blackburn, England) (5/21/2002)

The whole tour was incredible, but Manchester was just AWESOME. "Sweet Heaven" and "Forever and a Day" in one concert! Who could ask for more!! It was a very special night. The place was jumpin'. At the end we all just looked at each other or hugged one other and you couldn't really say anything. You just nodded - like YEAH! Everyone went out of the arena just buzzin'. Thanks Barry - we knew that one was for us!! - Adele Gardner (Manchester, England) (5/24/2002)

The Man himself was standing right in front of me. Can it get better? 20 years on and it just gets better and better!! - Alison Noonan (St. Helens, England) (5/25/2002)

This was my second concert - [First was 20 years ago]. During the 20-year interval, I have continued to be a fan and all I can say is that Barry is still the best. He has improved with age. He still has the same magic I saw 20 years ago, and as far as I'm concerned, always will. - Jackie Taylor (Lancashire, England) (6/1/2002)

What I liked about this show [and the one at Newcastle] was the atmosphere, how Barry makes everyone seem like they're special, and of course, his beautiful singing ... "Weekend In New England," "Tryin' To Get The Feeling Again," and best of all, "They Dance," which was PURE MAGIC. I cried at the end of the last tour. I miss Barry so much, and not just me, but [so does] my husband and also my son of 18 years who has grown up with Barry since he was young and who enjoys his concerts too. I wish Barry good luck with Harmony! - Christine Marshall (of England) (4/6/2003)

I liked everything about this concert - Barry was fantastic, the music brilliant - Barry's performance was just the best. Someone told me that it was their first concert and said that the audience was very polite and appreciative but when Barry appeared everyone turned into wild things! That's about right!! - Ann Hulstone (Manchester, Great Britain) (9/18/2003)

Favorite Show - Louise (of Southport, England) (4/7/2004)

2002 (May 19): This was very hard just picking one. I was mad about the Mayflower Tour, just as I'm mad about the album. I loved the way Barry acted out the songs and the way he moved, up and down those stairs, it was very sexy. I have seen about 85 concerts over here in the UK, and several in the States, but there is nothing to compare with a Barry concert in the UK (Barry was also amazing in London and Manchester in December 2008!). - Christine Smith (Solihull, England) (4/16/2009)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

May 21, 2002
(Tue, 20:00)
England/Nottingham
(Nottingham Arena at Nottingham Royal Centre)
First Show: I loved everything about the concert. It was a lifetime dream that came true for me after 25 years! I'll never forget that day, the happiest I ever had since my daughters were born. Lovely! - Maria Cristina Crocce (Sao Paulo, Brazil) (1/27/2003)

Favorite Show: This is the night I sang with Barry! - Gill Smart (Wolverhampton, England) (2/19/2010)

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June 6, 2002
(Thurs, 8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Mandalay Bay)
He played a lot of songs I hadn't heard live in past performances. It was a great Barry Manilow show! He sang and danced. Of course, his wit had the audience laughing all night. He opened with "Ready To Take A Chance Again" and welcomed everyone to "Manilow Bay." The outside temperature was 106 degrees. He asked the audience if they thought it was hot enough for everyone. "Luckily," he said, "I'm the coolest man in the land". Early in the set he mixed two hits into one song. He sang the beginning of "Somewhere In The Night" right into the ending of "This One's For You". At one point he told the crowd, "Pardon me. I have to blow my nose. And with this nose it could take a while." From his new disc he sang four songs. Since "Here At The Mayflower" is so good, any four would have been great! He chose, "Turn The Radio Up," "They Dance," "Come Monday," and "Do You Know Who's Livin' Next Door." My favorite part of the show was when he performed "Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed". The other songs he sang, in no particular order: "Harmony," "Mandy," "New York City Rhythm," "Looks Like We Made It," "Daybreak," "It's A Miracle," "Even Now," "Weekend In New England," "Copacabana," "I Write The Songs," and "Let Freedom Ring." - Geoff (of Las Vegas, NV) (6/9/2002)

June 8: Barry, you were spectacular! You did it to me again - stole my heart! I attended both the 7:00 p.m. show and the 10:00 show. Barry was unbelievably too good for words. He had so much enthusiasm. He sang "I'm Your Man" just like he did years ago! He had so much fire and passion that I was literally on Cloud Nine after both shows. But that 10:00 p.m. show was undoubtably one of Barry's most passionate performances. He made his audience go wild. Both Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley were smiling from the heavens! This proves one thing: Barry deserves all the love and respect he gets from his fans. You're definitely next, Barry; your day is here and your time is now and forever! Wow! Thank you so much. HOT! HOT! HOT SHOW! NO ONE ELSE CAN TOUCH THIS SHOW! AAAA+ - Mary Catherine Berent (Chicago, IL) (6/9/2002)

June 8: This was only my 4th concert since January, although I am not a newcomer to Barry's music. I have "loved" him since I was nine years old in 1975. I was BLOWN AWAY by this show in Vegas! Barry was full of energy! After just returning from the UK, he was also a little more racy, a side of him which I've never seen before (but I liked it!). "Who's Been Sleeping..." with the microphone thing he had going... OOH LA LA! Barry, you are like fine wine -- you get BETTER with age!! Thanks to the BMIFC for GREAT seats, and thanks to Barry for a GREAT SHOW!! - Kelly Travis (Gary, IN) (6/11/2002)

June 8 (late show): The black jeans and cowboy boots were a hit! I've never seen Barry perform in public looking "casual" so it was a nice change from his elegant suits. But seeing Barry perform "Talk to Me" was the hightlight of all Four shows at Mandalay Bay. He sat down at the back of the piano and you could see him compose himself and prepare for the song. He doesn't just sing it, he performs it. You could see the anguish on his face and hear the pain in his voice when he sang "Oh baby talk to me..." The song came so alive, you could actually picture this woman standing in front of him. When the song ended, the theatre was quiet for a split second then the place erupted in applause. - Robin Delaney (Las Vegas, NV) (6/12/2002)

June 8 (late show): This weekend was the greatest show of shows. Hope to see Barry many more times! - Dee Ann Bolt (Kensington, MD) (6/14/2002)

First and Favorite Shows (June 6, June 8): The best part of this concert was I was sitting next to some people and explaining to them that I was a new "fan" February 2002. I was explaining to them how I saw Barry on a DVD I bought of Arista's 25 years of hits. I remembered the songs and wanted more. I told them how I went crazy buying his DVD first cause I didn't think I'd listen to Barry in my car, my friends would mock me... Well, long story short, I bought 14 CDs, both DVDs and a couple of VHS tapes before deciding to travel from Upstate NY to Las Vegas to see him twice! Since I got back I got my ticket for Finger Lakes in July, and bought seven more CDs and a VHS tape. The whole "Harmony" song he did was amazing. I was 4-5 when Barry first became popular. Now, to me he's even better! His talent is incredible. - Robin Goodwin (Rochester, NY) (6/19/2002)

Favorite Show (June 8): It was an experience I will remember forever! - Pamela Hoppmann (Lakewood, WA) (2/14/2003)

Favorite Show: Barry is definitely like a fine wine getting better with age. He is just the most giving performer. You can tell he likes the smaller venue and wants to connect with the audience. He sure connected with me. I was seated on the aisle the first night and stood/danced most of the night since I wasn't blocking anyone's view. As a bonus I met some wonderful people from all parts of the country (and world!) that are as crazy about this man as I am. Thanks for all the memories! - Sally (of Milwaukee, WI) (2/14/2003)

[What I liked about this concert was] Barry's Beautiful Music, Beautiful Voice, and Beautiful Self! - Joan George (St. Louis, MO) (4/9/2003)

June 6: The show was great and being the first time I had seen Barry it made it even more special. I attended all the shows that week at Mandalay Bay at the Storm Theatre. - Lorraine McMurray (Escondido, CA) (6/6/2008)

June 7, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Mandalay Bay)
June 8, 2002
(Sat, 7:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Mandalay Bay)
June 8, 2002
(Sat, 10:00 PM)
Nevada/Las Vegas
(Mandalay Bay)
June 14, 2002
(Fri, 7:30 PM)
Colorado/Denver
(CityLights Pavilion)
This was my first Manilow concert. Actually, it was my first concert! I am in my late 30's and I am so glad Barry was my "first." He is an awesome performer! Thank you Barry! - Elizabeth Black (Littleton, CO) (6/24/2002)

Just two weeks ago my husband surprised me with a trip to Denver just to see Barry in concert for my 40th birthday. Turning 40 wasn't easy, but Barry made it a whole lot better! - Connie B. (of Madison, WI) (7/6/2002)

For this concert, I give Barry ten thousand kudos! Barry was the first performer at this outdoor concert arena. He was magnificent! The music from "Here at the Mayflower" and "Harmony" were so beautiful!! Curtis Stigers was so good, as was the Can't Smile girl. Suzanne Somers was great with Barry. There were environmental challenges: the wind was so stong, blowing the curtains and backdrops around; Cirque du Soleil was across the parking lot; Elitch's Amusement Park was behind; the Light Rail Train track was behind. Only once, when the train whistle blew and the rollercoaster went by at the same time, did Barry say, "Where are we, anyway?" He was such a good sport, so professional, and so wonderful! KUDOS to YOU, Barry!! - Linda Kloeppner (Denver, CO) (11/18/2007)

Barry, my favorite memory was when you performed outdoors in the parking lot of the Pepsi Center (at City Lights) in Denver, Colorado. During your performance a train went by and sounded it's horn. It was between songs and you went into "Is that the Chattanooga Choo Choo?" Great timing! - Carmen Beall (Denver, Colorado) (9/26/2012)

First Show - Bev Pendleton (of Columbine Valley, Colorado & Indian Wells, California) (10/4/2012)

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June 16, 2002
(Sunday, 7:30 PM)
Missouri/Kansas City
(Starlight Theatre)
Wow!! Another outstanding performance by a gifted musician and songwriter. My mom and I had second row seats (first time ever). The venue was Starlight Theater and we saw many stars that night including Curtis Stigers... and of course the "birthday man" himself. The audience sang and wished Barry a "Happy Birthday". He certainly gave the audience what they asked for and that of course is... the Ultimate Manilow. Can't wait to see you again! - Kelly Heinen (Kansas City, MO) (6/16/2002)

I liked listening to Barry's earlier songs, but I LOVE "Here at the Mayflower"!! I am hoping it becomes a broadway show. In the music, you can almost visualize it. I could not believe Barry performed for two solid hours. He is AWESOME! THANK YOU FOR GREAT MUSIC!! - Tracy Keene (Kansas City, MO) (7/4/2002)

Loved the songs that Barry sang. They made me feel so good. I loved his facial expressions; he is so neat! He is number one in my book. God bless you, Barry. - Martha Eggeman (Lee's Summit, MO) (7/6/2002, 8/5/2002)

I had second row seating which just made you feel like you were right up there with him on the stage and could really get into the feel of his music. He has a marvelous singing voice and is a great entertainer and really plays to the audience. You can bet that as a member of his fan club, if there is any opportunity for me to attend his concerts in the future I will be there. Thanks, Barry, for your great music. - Shirley Small (Higginsville, MO) (7/11/2002)

This concert was very special to me because I had planned to wish Barry a Happy Birthday and got my chance when Barry heard me from third row and asked me to sing "Happy Birthday" to him. My seat was directly across from Barry and he was looking right at me. I was so glad my dream came [true]. I simply can't thank him enough for all the years of Beautiful Music he has given us. When Barry performs "Weekend in New England" I always get chills down my spine ... Barry's music is truly one of a kind. [It] always takes me back to the same beautiful places. Thanks, Barry, for another memorable evening. - Mary Catherine Berent (Chicago, IL) (7/12/2002)

My son and his girl came to the concert with me. Neither of them had ever been to see Barry before or had [bought] any of his [albums]. They do now! The entire Live2002! Tour has been wonderful. Barry is so much more relaxed this time around and isn't just putting on his best performance... he's having Fun! It's great to see him really enjoy performing. - Frances Lake (St. Charles, MO) (7/17/2002)

It was an outside performance, so the sound quality was better I think. I had the best time of my life, because I went to my favorite performer (with VERY good seats), and took my bride to be... We had an awesome weekend, and I'll never forget it! There is no better songwriter/performer than Barry Manilow. - Dan Barnes (Plymouth, IA) (10/7/2002)

This concert had to be among my top favorites. The finale, "Let Freedom Ring," was awesome. I've been a Barry fan since I first saw him on TV and I was totally hooked when I saw him at that piano singing "Mandy" - I've been a fan club member 20-plus years. Barry is the best singer ever and I will always be a fan! Thanks, Barry, for all the memories of the past 30 years and those yet to come. - Millie Briand (Olathe, KS) (11/2/2002)

This was one of my favorite concerts. I had great seats (2nd row center) and Barry was wonderful. I had good friends with me. Barry was hot, the band was hot. It was all great! I really thought it would be MY night to get picked for Can't Smile especially when Barry looked at my sign and started laughing. I was jumping up and down like crazy. He looked at me again and pointed right at me, but then went to the other side and picked Sue from Denver. Oh well... I'll keep trying! It was a great show. Starlight is a gorgeous venue. The weather was perfect... the stars and the moon and Barry... - Karen Keady (Kansas City) (12/29/2002)

My semi-reluctant 17 year old son attended with me. He enjoyed Barry's concert, and enjoyed seeing ME happy and having so much fun! As we left the theater after a wonderful show, my son put his arm around me and said, "thanks Mom for bringing me, I really enjoyed it - it was nothing like I thought it would be." He said he was surprised at how funny Barry is, how he connects with the audience, and how much Barry clearly enjoys performing. Thanks, Barry, for the wonderful memories from 2002. - Martha Butitta (St. Robert, MO) (3/29/2003)

This was my favorite because I took my 14-year-old daughter, Kendra Bari. She'd grown up listening to Barry's music and this was my chance to share the Magic of a Barry concert with her. Barry was my first concert (Oklahoma City, 1981) and now he is hers too! - Dana Ray-Benton (Stroud, OK) (4/11/2003)

Saw Barry with my daughter. We had second row seats and Barry was as wonderful as ever. He always throws a little humor in, along with a lot of music and talent. Looking forward to getting to see him again sometime soon. - Debbie Globoke (Belton, MO) (1/29/2011)

How can one have just ONE favorite concert? However, since I must choose, I'd say the one up in Kansas City at the Starlight Theater because my then 16-year-old son came with me, and even though he "pretended" not to enjoy it - he did! Even HE talks about that concert to this day! He not only enjoyed the music, but helped hold a young child up who was seated next to him so Barry would see the banner asking Barry to choose his mom to come up on stage to sing (unfortunately Barry chose someone else, but hey...). My son was pleasantly surprised at how much fun he had and what a wonderful showman Barry is - even though I'd been telling him how great Barry is all during the 4-hour drive up to Kansas City! And my son enjoyed watching his mom jump, clap, and scream like a teenager! Thank you, Barry, for all you've done for me with my fear of crowds, and for some of the most awesome memories a person can have! Hope you'll come to Arizona soon - I'll be sure to be in the crowd if you do! - Martha Nearns (of Arizona) (4/11/2012)

Another Favorite Show - Edward Moreland (St. Peters, Missouri) (12/3/2012)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

June 21, 2002
(Fri, 7:30 PM)
California/Del Mar
(San Diego County Fair)
I couldn't believe Barry was performing at our County Fair! I honestly had doubts because I have always seen him perform inside and the fair was an outside stage. It was, hands down, the best performance I have seen from him! It shows he can perform anywhere under any conditions and still rate #1!! - Tamera (of San Diego, CA) (11/10/2002)
June 22, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Arizona/Tucson
(Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater)
I was emotionally touched by the passion and love I felt coming from Barry's music. He seemed to sincerely appreciate and enjoy every moment as much as we (the audience) did. Thanks, Barry, for one of the best concerts of my life! - Linda A. Hall (Tucson, AZ) (6/27/2002)

This concert was the best I've ever been to. Barry is like a fine wine - he just gets better with age! The man still has it and knows how to use it. - Cheryl Cannon (Tucson, AZ) (7/3/2002)

I've been with Barry since the very beginning! But I was soooooo excited when we were able to get tickets to see him in Tucson that I could hardly contain myself! He was, well, they haven't come up with a word to describe him yet... he just keeps getting better and better!! I love his songs from Harmony and can't wait for it to get to Broadway. Now he has to release a new album with all of the Harmony songs on it, in his OWN voice! Everytime he does something new he always manages to come up with something better. He truly is a gift, to all of us, from God, and I know I speak for a lot of people when I say he definitely, definitely is the ULTIMATE!! - C.J. Nelson (Tucson, AZ) (7/27/2002)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

June 23, 2002
(Sunday, 8:00 PM)
California/Irvine
(Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
I loved how Barry was so into the songs. He really did a fantastic job. He was pleased to see the amount of people. I love Here At The Mayflower and Ultimate Manilow. I really had a great time at the show. Hope he comes back soon. - Kim Johnson (Orange, CA) (6/24/2002)

Favorite Show - Jennifer Adelman (La Crescenta, CA) (6/25/2002)

This was the most powerful performance I've ever seen! I can't count the number of times I've seen Barry perform before, and I've seen 10 shows on this tour, but he outdid himself in Irvine. As he left the stage, my friend and I turned to each other, and we both just said, "Wow!" - Dana Holland (Frost, TX) (6/25/2002)

Irvine [was] wild from the start! The concert was great, Barry was fun with the audience, and the seats were incredible! Del Mar (two days earlier) was a lot more mellow and this show was a nice contrast. We appreciate that he changes his act around so that we can have a fresh outlook on each performance. - Sheryl Wylie (Cleveland, OH) (7/24/2002)

Barry was as amazing as ever. He was as sexy as ever too. His music moves you to heights and feelings you have never felt before. This concert will NOT be the last I go to! My favorite thing he does is when he moves his hips to the music. YES! He is still a Sex God! - Julie Vanderwater (Riverside, CA) (8/3/2002)

It was my first time to see Barry in concert. It was unbelievable. He is teriffic! When he sang "Even Now," I cried. He sings it with such feeling... you can see it in his face. After seeing his concert, I booked tickets and flew with my daughter to see him perform in hot and humid Portsmouth, VA! My friends think I'm nuts, but I'm hooked on Barry!! - Lou-Ann W. (of Lake Forest, CA) (9/8/2002)

After many concerts and a brief sabbatical from Barry-fandom, I came back to my "first love" at Irvine Meadows in 2002. It was like visiting an old, dear friend that I had not seen in ages. That concert, by far, was the BEST I've ever seen Barry perform. The show, his voice, his candor with the audience, and the final emotional all-American rendition of "Let Freedom Ring" at the end, had me in tears of joy because I was so glad to see Barry again; and tears of sadness because of all I had missed during my "sabbatical". Mr. Manilow will always have my heart. - Kathy Burdick (Corona, CA) (1/14/2003)

I got to go up to the stage and hold Barry's hand for a few seconds! - Linda King (Corona, CA) (2/16/2011)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

June 27, 2002
(Thurs, 7:30 PM)
Utah/Salt Lake City
(Delta Center)
Barry was absolutely spectacular! This concert was so very special for me. This was my first concert that I ever had first row center and the first concert that I ever got the chance to take hold of Barry's hand near the stage! Believe me after the concert, I found myself crying tears of happiness after having been close to him. He did a terrific job as always. He never ceases to amaze me. I [loved] "Even Now," "Weekend in New England" and the fabulous "Do You Know Who's Livin' Next Door," "Come Monday" and "They Dance!" Barry, if Tomorrow Never Comes I hope you know how very much I love you! Just keep being you and doing what your doing! No matter what anyone says, you're the best! I will never forget this concert!! - Mary Catherine Berent (Chicago, IL) (6/28/2002)

This was my first time seeing Barry in concert. I love his music, and had the best time of my life. I can't believe I haven't been to one of his concerts sooner! I'm listening to "Ultimate Manilow" right now. Hope to see him in concert again here in Salt Lake City. Thanks for a great show, Barry!! - Kim (of Salt Lake City, UT) (7/1/2002)

I met some wonderful women just across from the Delta Center at a book store. They didnt even know Barry was playing, but saw my buttons. They thanked me after the show (Turns out last minute they decided to go!). I loved meeting new people [as well as] some old friends. I must have met 20 people that remembered me from previous shows. Barry is an amazing catalyst that brings us all together! This show was so amazing from front center. See you next tour, Barry! Thanks a million!! - Robin Beth Sereghy (Las Vegas, NV) (8/10/2002)

[What I liked about this show was] Everything: Barry's talking to the audience; his awesome music and incredible voice; his smile when he sings; his blue suit and tie with his black shirt and pants (& shoes)! He sings with passion. It's great! We have his Manilow Live! DVD, and my children and I watch it all the time. Thank you, Barry, for sharing your talent! I'm hooked!! - Jamie B. Fox (Salt Lake City/Kaysville, UT) (9/4/2002)

I had very good seats and Barry was absolutely fabulous (as always). It was his tour with the Mayflower CD and since I had gotten his CD before he came to Salt Lake City I knew almost all the songs he was singing that night except the ones from Harmony. It was a fabulous night and Barry was in true form. Every song went right into the next one. I would have to say "Freddie Said" and "They Danced" were my favorite from Here At The Mayflower, but I like anything Barry does anyway. I even bought his DVD so I can see Barry in concert anytime I want! My roommate loves Barry's music too; no wonder we get along so well. Barry, you are the Best - "better than all the rest" - and the Best entertainer I have ever seen! Keep bringing out your great music and concerts because the fans love you!! - Mary L. McGovern (Salt Lake City, UT) (2/11/2004)

This was a fantastic concert where Barry sang a song for the family of Elizabeth Smart. "I Am Your Child" was always a favorite of mine, and he did a beautiful job (of course!) with this little known song. While we were all weepy-eyed from hearing this beautiful and touching song, he sang "Weekend in New England." I swear there was not a dry eye in the house, including Barry's! We were in the second row, and I've never been so emotional at a concert in my life! - Barbara Meyer (Salt Lake City, UT) (4/9/2010)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

June 29, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Arizona/Phoenix
(Dodge Theatre)
June 30: It was very obvious the technical sound difficulties bothered Barry, but he's never failed to give us a great show. Keep up the great tour, Barry. Keep on singing your greatest hits! - Sheila Easter (Phoenix, AZ) (7/4/2002)

June 30: Curtis Stigers gave a great opening performance, which totally turned me into a fan. Barry was amazing. He gave a great performance, was funny, joked around with the crowd, and I got to hear a couple Sinatra songs and my favorite tracks from Here At The Mayflower. What a first great concert, and I still have the same reaction of how the concert was since the end of it until now... Oh My God!! - Meghan Meissner (Phoenix, AZ) (7/8/2002)

I cannot remember all the times I have seen Barry, but this night was special because of the great seats: Fifth row center! Being so close was a totally different experience. As usual Barry did not disappoint. I rememeber sitting there thinking... how can he come up with such new and great shows? And then wondering during "Weekend In New England" if his head was going to explode as he sang the last few words, "When will I see youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu...". After the the concert, my wife and I just looked at each other and said, "Wow!" There has never been a more talented, dedicated, passionate and under-rated performer. - George Conley (Payson, AZ) (2/28/2003)

Well, the "Dodge" still has some sound issues, but I particularly enjoyed the fact that Curtis Stigers opened for Barry... this branch-out to Concord Records experience has been particularly enjoyable for those of us who are 20+ year fans of Mr. Manilow. - Ken Carter (Mesa, AZ) (12/12/2003)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

June 30, 2002
(Sunday, 7:30 PM)
Arizona/Phoenix
(Dodge Theatre)
July 4, 2002
(Thursday)
Massachusetts/Boston
(by Charles River)
"Fourth of July Celebration"

[What I liked about this special concert was Barry's] energy and smile, and having my sons (11 and 6 years old) sing and dance to his songs. They love you, Barry. We LOVE your song "Let Freedom Ring." God Bless you and God Bless America! - Rosemarie E. Wood and family (of California) (7/4/2002)

July 5, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Texas/Dallas
(Smirnoff Music Centre)
It was SUPERB! Barry puts all his heart and soul into his performance. I have been a fan for years and finally got to attend his concert! - Cathy Elton (Arlington, TX) (7/11/2002)

Barry was absolutely great! He sings with such feeling and heart that you can't help but feel the emotion. Fans of all ages were singing along. Getting front row tickets was like winning the lottery, but dancing with Barry from the stage for ten seconds seems like a dream. It was an incredible experience that I will always remember. Thank you, Barry, for sharing your special gift of music and spirit with all of us. - Donna Dismore (Dallas, TX) (7/27/2002)

It was the first time I'd ever gotten to see Barry in concert and I was so pumped up. The first thing we did after getting past the gates was head straight for the booth to buy a teeshirt and a program. Then we sat and waited ...and waited ...and waited ...through the Curtis Stigers set... Jazz is ok but... I came to see Da Man! When Barry burst onto the stage in his gray suit with the off-white shirt and sparkly gray tie, I thought I was going to just faint. It was one of the most amazing concerts I've ever been to in my entire life. His face is so expressive and he's got such a wonderful sense of humor, even making a joke about the 'lawn people' who disappeared into the darkness when the night fell. Getting to see Barry in concert was one of the most amazing things I've ever done and I know from now on, I will not hide in shame when people laugh at me for liking Barry Manilow. I'll wear my Ultimate Manilow t-shirt with pride because there ain't NOBODY like Da Man! - Gail Gerard (Dallas, TX) (7/8/2002)

For the first time in my life I was seated the middle of the second row. It was amazing being this close-up to the wonderful talented Barry. Blew me away! I had previously thought seeing the live taping of the CBS special at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood was the best, but I was wrong!! - Elizabeth Druery (Dallas, TX) (8/12/2002)

My mother had just been diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer and had her first chemotherapy on Tuesday before the concert. She was so weak that she couldn't walk. But, she wanted to see Barry, so I took her in a wheelchair. She sang along with Barry and wouldn't leave till the show was over even though she was becoming exhausted. Later, she said it was the best concert she had ever been to. It was the last time she went out in public. Mom died about four months later. Thanks, Mr. Manilow, for making her happy that night. - Kenny Navarro (Fort Worth, TX) (1/24/2003)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

July 6, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Texas/Selma
(Verizon Wireless Amphitheater)
San Antonio area
This concert seemed to be the best. I have admired Barry for the past 27 years and I thoroughly enjoy his music. He is as great today as he was at the first concert I attended in 1978! - Diane Jones (Austin, TX) (7/7/2002)

Barry gave a superb performance and proved to be a real 'trooper'. It was very humid that evening but it did not stop him from doing an outstanding show! His vocals are better and stronger than ever. His new music is simply exciting and I wish him the best with his Broadway show!! - Laura Ann Sanchez (San Antonio, TX) (7/8/2002)

First Show: I was 19 when I first saw Barry! The concert was amazing! Barry Manilow definitely let his passion flow deep and strong throughout the whole two hours! The last song he sang was "Can't Smile Without You" and EVERYONE sang along -- a perfect end to a concert that no one wanted to see end! - Mari Flores (Corpus Christi, Texas) (7/8/2002, 12/20/2012)

It's like this... when I was out of high school and first on my own with my boyfriend (now ex-husband) we had to decide to pay rent or go see Barry in concert. So we paid our rent. Then we went to the sea-wall and sat there and enjoyed when people were coming and going from the concert and we could see mere glimpses of Barry in his best form. Eventually we divorced. I was listening to the radio recently and told my husband of five years, Don, the story that I just told you. Well he surprised me with tickets to the Barry Manilow concert in San Antonio! It was so emotional for me as I finally got to see Barry Manilow in concert. We were in nearly the nosebleed section but we were there (Next time I am vying for FRONT & CENTER tickets!). Anyhow, I cried. I just have to tell you that it was really uplifting to hear all those Old Songs that I used to listen with my mom every Saturday morning growing up. Thanks for the best time and fondest of memories, Mr. Manilow. - Penny Mikeman (Corpus Christi, TX) (7/28/2002)

I have listened to Barry's music since I was a little girl. I am now 31 and I still love his music. I always use to say I was going to marry him when I grew up. I think he has a wonderful voice and a charming twinkle in his eye when he sings. When I listen to him sing I do not want to be bothered; I just feel so mesmerized by his voice. I am sure that a lot of women feel that way. Barry if you ever read this, I still love you, 30 years later! - Bobbie (of San Antonio, TX) (4/25/2003)

This is the only concert I've ever been to of Barry's and I've been listening to him since I was a young girl full of dreams and romance. When he left the stage, I cried like I was losing my best friend. It just shows that his music still moves me after all this time. I would gladly go to every concert if I could. Barry has a great stage presence and he even sang a song to us for 'making it through the rain' that summer. He was, of course, fantastic. That concert was a birthday present to me and there is probably nothing in the world that will ever top that birthday. Thank you Barry! Please don't ever stop singing!! - Kris Solis (San Antonio, TX) (1/24/2004)

Favorite Show: I can listen to Barry all day. No matter what kind of mood I am in, Barry always makes me feel better. I am still trying to get picked to sing on stage with him. All of the concerts I have been to have been wonderful. But then again, how can you not be entertained by such a good looking man playing a piano and dancing. You can tell he loves what he does and he is very good at it. - Michelle L. Byrge (San Antonio, TX) (2/3/2004)

First Show - Suzanne Shaffer (Corpus Christi, TX) (9/10/2006)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

July 7, 2002
(Sunday, 7:30 PM)
Texas/The Woodlands
(Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion)
Houston area
I saw Barry for the 3rd time last night. I knew all the words to every song but his new one "Harmony," but I loved it as much as all the others! I've had most of his albums since I was a child. My Barry high point was singing "When October Goes" as a Senior in High School to the entire student body. Yes, Barry, it has been tough at times being a fan - but I am not ashamed! - Chris Jobe (LaPorte, TX) (7/8/2002)

[What I liked about this concert was] everything! Barry completely gives his ALL to the audience. I was six rows from him and could almost smell his cologne! He danced with a couple of people in the audiance (well, kinda) but he made everybody (including the "Lawn People") feel included! After waiting 20 years to see him, I feel completely satisfied (for the moment) and cant wait to see him again! - Diana Wine (Houston, TX) (7/8/2002)

I've waited since 1975 to be able to see Barry in concert. Words cannot describe how wonderful it was to finally experience him in person. It truly was one of the most awesome experiences of my life! I love all of his music. He never ceases to amaze me with his magical gift that he shares so wonderfully with the whole world. I will treasure the experience forever in my heart. - Cathy S. Ferguson (Conroe, TX) (7/11/2002)

Barry was awesome! I enjoyed every minute. We had great tickets and were very close [to the stage]. It was so hot. I was worried about my Barry, that he was going to have heat stroke or something. But I guess he survived. He said the next time he comes to Houston it should be in a place that has AC! He was simply terrific. - Marsha Petruzzo (Katy, TX) (7/23/2002)

The concert was outside and the weather was over a hundred degrees in the shade, everyone's clothes were so wet. But once Barry came out, everything was well worth it. He sang "Let Freedom Ring." It was so great that we stood for the whole song. I was so proud to be an American. Barry is SO amazing, even with the heat and humidity of Texas. What a wonderful night! - Pamela Erickson (Katy, TX) (6/29/2009)

We had great seats and could almost touch Barry, it was that close! He sat down on the stage floor to sing a song. He was wearing a vest that had yellow in it and he looked so handsome. Barry always gets personal with his audience, but this particular show it was even more personal as I remember. - Connie Peirson (Kingwood, Texas) (9/1/2012)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

July 11, 2002
(Thurs, 7:30 PM)
Indiana/Noblesville
(Verizon Wireless Music Center)
Indianapolis area
OH MY GOD! How wonderful! It was like a dream come true. I drove five hours for the concert but have loved Barry's music since I was in high school (which as a few years back, ha ha!). Barry, you only get better with time!! - Julie Hall (Wheelersburg, OH) (7/22/2002)

I LOVED this concert. Barry was wonderful as usual. About 50 of us met for a 'lite' dinner before the show. Then we went to the venue and handed out tons of glowsticks. You could tell that Barry was blown away by the crowd's reaction and all the blue glowsticks! There were people of all ages there and almost as many men as there were women; teenagers going together to see him too; people in the audience had his first pictures and record jackets... Everyone loved him! The roar of the crowd was incredible, as were all the lights... it made me feel so good to help make him feel so good. We love ya, Barry! - Karen Keady (Kansas City) (12/29/2002)

[What I liked about this concert was] EVERYTHING! It brought me back to my high school days, and that was a great feeling. I can't wait until the June 5th concert (2004) because that is my birthday. What a way to celebrate! - Julie C. (of Crawfordsville, Indiana) (1/16/2004)

First Show - Ann Stefanski (Fort Wayne, Indiana) (8/7/2012)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

July 12, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Tennessee/Nashville
(Gaylord Entertainment Center)
Favorite Show: I was in the second row and could see Barry PERFECTLY. He was amazing, and beautiful as ever. I love you, Barry! - Ashley Wedding (Owensboro, KY) (7/16/2002)

Barry makes you feel like he cares and you are important, more than people in your family are sometimes able to do! He makes you feel good about yourself. My friends thought I was crazy [going] to Nashvilleon an impulse -- being 65 and afraid of flying -- [but] my spirits needed a lift. Since I returned home I haven't missed a day of watching the
Greatest Hits Video or the Ultimate Manilow CBS concert, in addition to listening to all of my Barry tapes and CDs. - Mary Sievert (St. Louis, MO) (7/27/2002)

Although we had been to all of Barry's concerts in Chattanooga over the years, this one was the first my best friend and I saw together. We loved the way Barry talks to the audience and [tells] jokes. And we love all the Old Songs as well as the new. Hope he comes back soon. I have friends of all ages that love Barry too! - Pam Lewis (Chattanooga, TN) (7/31/2002)

Barry is so energetic - his quips are great, and he just seems to be having as much fun as we are. His comment this year about looking just like Britney Spears when he started out was really good, and I liked it when he said if anyone in the audience was too young to remember his first song, that he really hated them! I have been a fan for nearly 30 years now. I love him just as much now as I did then, and have just about every one of his LPs (now CDs). I think I will never get tired of him, ever. - Michelle (of Knoxville, TN) (8/1/2002)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

July 13, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Alabama/Birmingham
(Oak Mountain Amphitheater)
You wouldn't believe the audience when the concert was starting. It was amazing! Everyone was on their feet screaming, cheering, yelling, clapping, etc. It was wonderful, and we hadn't even seen Barry yet. All they had to do was start the music. The curtain hadn't come up yet, but we could see the shadows of the band entering, and then we saw Barry's shadow walking out from the wings, and the audience went crazy! Then the curtain went up, and there was Barry! As always, he was absolutely, completely, and totally AWESOME during the whole concert!! He was in an excellent mood. He was smiling, laughing, making jokes, and pouring his heart and soul into every single note. The man really knows how to put on a show! Barry, you're the absolute greatest!! - Karen (of Easley, SC) (7/22/2002)

Me and three lady friends all traveled from Atlanta, GA, to the Birmingham concert. This was the first Barry Manilow concert any of us had attended. Before attending the concert I had bought the "Ultimate Manilow" CD and was reacquainted to all of his music and the memories of listening to his songs years ago. In addition I had watched the CBS TV special (Ultimate Manilow!) and fell in love with him and his music all over again. When Barry appeared on the stage I thought I would lose it to say the least! He had such energy and put all of himself into his performance. My favorite part of the concert had to be when he first came out and did the medley of songs (along with the hip movements, and those eyes of his)! Since returning home from the concert I have bought the "Mayflower" CD and joined his fan club! I would have to say that I am truly "Barry-tized"! I put Barry up in the leagues of "Frank Sinatra". I am looking forward to seeing him again and again on his next tour. Words can't describe what a wonderful and gifted musician this man is! - Candace Horney (Atlanta, GA) (8/6/2002)

Favorite Concert - Tammy Crum (of Alabama) (10/11/2002)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

July 19, 2002
(Fri, 7:30 PM)
Massachusetts/Mansfield
(Tweeter Center)
Boston area
This was my first Barry Manilow concert -- Barry is the Man! Excellent show!! He is an excellent entertainer and really draws the crowd into his performance. Can't wait to see him again!! - Dawn S. (of Nahant, MA) (7/20/2002)

I have been a Barry fan for close to 30 years. I had tickets for his Harvard Stadium concert in Cambridge, MA, back in 1978, but I couldn't make it because I was very sick. Barry's music holds a very special place in my heart. It seemed to sum up my love life back then, you know, loved and lost..., but I did get someone very special from that relationship, my youngest son Matthew. Matt is 24 years old now. When I found out Barry was going to be in Mansfield, I asked my son if he would go with me and he said Yes. We both had a WONDERFUL time and I'm so glad we got to share this Barry time together! - Sue (of Acton, MA) (7/23/2002)

I am 27 years old and I saw Barry for the first time this past summer ... I will never be the same again! When I listen to his music, I feel like the world wouldn't be as bad as it is if people would just love the way Barry does in his music. He is a fabulous performer. I have seen Madonna, U2, Ricky Martin, etc. And no performance comes close to Barry's concert. - Sabrina Dellorusso (Boston, MA) (8/16/2002)

It was raining that night and Barry made the best out of the weather by doing his favorite "rain" songs. He was so cute and energetic that you feel like he puts so much energy into every show. I made a huge bright neon pink sign with actual lights that lit up. My sign was quite honestly the best one there! I was right in front and although he did wave to me and give me the thumbs up for my fantastic sign, when it came time for "Can't Smile" he did not pick me. I am 25 years old, have seen Barry five times now, and nothing seems to work (Help!!). I have been a fan since I was five and would love to be able to be the one he picks next time! - Jennifer Shea (of Rhode Island) (9/16/2002)

I have loved Barry's music since I first heard "Mandy" on the radio. I have followed his career and loved every minute of it! This concert was very special; it was raining but nobody cared. I had the time of my life. My husband had gotten the tickets as a birthday gift for me (he is the best). I sang every song - so did my husband. This concert was the best I have ever seen, and Curtis Stigers is great! - Becky Cataloni (of Massachusetts) (10/9/2002)

I just loved his concert this summer. When I saw Barry come out on stage and he started singing, I just melted. What a great performance he put on. I loved the song "They Dance." I just love the way he moves when he sings his songs. His finale was "Let Freedom Ring". What a unique way to end such a memorable show. I want to see him again so much. This was the last Barry concert I saw before I moved to California. Barry's concerts are such an inspiration to me personally. I felt in my heart that he was singing to me. Barry is the best in the world. - Mary Franklin (Salton City, CA) (11/26/2002, 4/28/2003, 7/14/2009)

This was my first Barry Manilow concert ever! I was in the "rain" section with my green quilt, though I didn't mind the rain (liquid sunshine). My favorite part was "Weekend in New England." I think Barry looked really happy. The Can't Smile girl was really inspiring. She lost mega-weight and she got a standing ovation. "Let Freedom Ring" was a wonderful song also! - Nancy Libby (Nashua, NH) (12/29/2002)

Barry puts his heart and soul into his performance! Barry is soooo handsome, funny, and sincere. I will not miss future performances in the New England area! I was absolutely blown away by Barry's performance at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA. While I had always enjoyed Barry and his music, I did not become a diehard, "groupie Fanilow", until that first, live performance on July 19, 2002 when I found out that you can never get enough Manilow! Here's to you, Barry, from your Number 1 fan!! - Barbara Sweeney (Lynn, MA) (12/31/2002, 10/11/2004)

Barry was in an exceptionally good mood, felt bad about the rain, and "ad-lib"ed a lot. The "Can't Smile" girl had lost a lot of weight and it was very touching to hear her story about being so heavy that she used to be in a wheelchair. Beautiful night, very moving evening! - Kelly McCoy-Hebert (Bedford, NH) (1/18/2003)

Seeing Barry at the Tweeter Center was my 4th time seeing Barry in concert. The reason why it was probably the best is that I brought along my 61-year-old mother, who had never been to any kind of live concert in her life, and who also happens to be a big Manilow fan, like myself. The excitement and electricity between my mother and I was awesome. It was a miserable night with the weather, pouring rain, and my mother and I had tickets for seats outside of the covered stage and forward seating area. All of us sitting outside in the rain wore plastic trash bags and ponchos to protect us from the rain, and during the concert, Barry made a very funny comment about those of us sitting in the rain in our "Gucci raincoats." - Nancy Stebbins (Westfield, MA) (2/3/2004)

He sang one of the "new" songs from Harmony to see if we would like it. Also, there was a woman he had come up and sing with him who had lost about 300 lbs. (she was in a wheelchair prior to losing all her weight when she had seen him at an earlier concert). That was the nicest thing I had ever seen a performer do for his fan (although I had wished with all my heart that it was me!). Barry's music is mesmerizing, wonderful and gives me goosebumps -- it will live through all time!! - Karen B. (of Weymouth, MA) (9/29/2004)

Favorite Show: Barry put on a spectacular show. My husband was even impressed. I hope to see Barry perform in Vegas! Thanks for the memories!! - Lisa (of Boston, MA) (6/17/2005)

Barry's motivation and energy creates an incredible journey for his audiences. During the year 2002, I was fortunate to see four of his shows while he toured New England. Whether the walls are vibrating wildly from the instruments or [the audience is] listening to lovely keynotes on a single piano, Barry's love for music and friendship are what captures life that people crave. He brings angelic notes in song, lyric and music. And lest we not forget his unbeatable sense of humor. He's an incredible person who has perfected his art. I'm happy to be one of many who recognizes his hard work. - Kathy Carlson-Penley (of New Hampshire) (1/14/2011)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

July 20, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
New York/Canandaigua
(Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center)
Barry just gets better everytime I see him! What was really cool is I won two free tickets to the show from WARM 101.3 a local radio station. I already had a ticket to the show, but I got to bring two friends with me. They [weren't expecting much] at first but when Barry started singing, they were really impressed. Curtis Stigers came in during a few of Barry's new songs and he wailed! Barry has to be by far the Best ENTERTAINER and SINGER!! Also his band is great, very talented, and they are people who care about what they do ... Hats off to Barry and the entire crew. Barry makes seeing a concert well worth any amount. Once again, GREAT JOB! - Robin Goodwin (Rochester, NY) (7/22/2002)

Barry was great! He was so wonderful with the audience. He had a cold and said that he took four Sudafeds, but he was a real "trooper" and sang for us for 1 hour and 40 minutes. I enjoyed everything about the concert, the old and the new songs. Thank you, Barry! I have been a fan for 25 years. Please keep singing and making great songs!! - Deborah McWilliams (Canandaigua, NY) (7/22/2002)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

July 21, 2002
(Sunday, 7:30 PM)
New York/Saratoga Springs
(Saratoga Performing Arts Center)
I have been a fan of Barry Manilow from the beginning! My husband surprised me with tickets to this concert. It was awesome! What a singer, showman, professional... Barry is so genuine and down to earth! I have never been to a concert like this before. The next time Barry comes to SPAC my husband said we would be sitting A LOT closer than this past time. But I had the time of my life! - Teresa Ann Tessitore (Schenectady, NY) (7/31/2002)

I have seen Barry in concert eight times and have loved EVERY one. He is the GREATEST PERFORMER. I say to my kids (28 & 20) that Barry has been around for almost 30 years. Let's see if they can say the same about some of the performers of today. I doubt it! Keep singing, Barry, and the whole world will smile for you. Love Ya! - Paulette (of Beacon, NY) (8/1/2002)

How Barry continued on despite the heat... I love Barry! My parents named me after his first #1 hit! - Mandy Dwojakowski (Rotterdam, NY) (8/17/2002)

When Barry walked onto the stage, my heart stood still! I have always been a huge fan of his since the early 70's, but this was my first concert. I am sad at how many concerts went before me that I was not in attendance for! Well, I am sure Barry still has a long career ahead of him and I will be at every concert from now on. He is the best! I love his voice, his looks, his personality, his dance moves, his songs and above all, the cute expressions he makes with his face. He just "tickles" me when he smiles one of those cute grins that only Barry can make. I Love You Barry... I truly do! Thanks for a lifetime of joy your music has given me. - Patricia Bloom (Poughkeepsie, NY) (1/15/2003)

Barry was awesome! I invited people I met at the pool to go to the concert. They borrowed our lawn chairs and they had better seats than us. Lawn seats are awesome at the SPAC! - Lisa (of Oswego, NY) (4/22/2003)

When Barry came out on stage, my heart was pounding. I have 'been in love' with Barry ever since I was in my teens and I regret that this was only my first time seeing Barry. He puts on SUCH a fabulous show that I can't imagine not being at another one of his concerts! It's amazing to me to think that he's been around for so long, but it just goes to show that his upbeat music and lyrics are popular with so many generations and I'm sure they will be popular with so many more! Keep up the good work, Barry! I'll be seein' ya!! - Terry Beach (Rensselaer, NY) (4/23/2003)

[This] concert was the best. I appreciated his amazing talent and enjoyed the nostalgia. My brother is even a big fan. Wish Barry was touring locally again! I'd love to see him 1 more time!! - Rachel K. (Amsterdam, NY) (12/21/2008)

First Show - Carol Rosenberg (Saratoga, New York) (10/25/2011)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

July 25, 2002
(Thurs, 8:00 PM)
Connecticut/New Haven
(New Haven Coliseum)
First Show: I loved everything about the concert. Barry looked great! As usual Barry sang magnificently and with ease. Loved all the songs. The only problem was that the show was not long enough! I enjoyed the concert so much I did not want the evening to end. - Maria S. Celis (Burlington TWP, NJ) (8/26/2002, 7/5/2006)

Just seeing the greatest showman Live was the highlight of my life. I really like the songs he did from "Here At The Mayflower." To me that is the best work he has ever done. I plan on doing a song-and-dance routine to "They Dance" at my club's next talent show. - Helen Rohne (New Haven, CT) (9/4/2002)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

July 26, 2002
(Fri, 8:00 PM)
Pennsylvania/Philadelphia
(Mann Music Center)
July 27: Barry Manilow had been my childhood dream since I was ten years of age when his career was just beginning to take off. This concert was my very first time ever to see him in concert. It's hard to describe what I liked about this concert because, I really fell in love with the whole experience of finally seeing Barry come out on stage and not really taking my eye off of him for the rest of the evening. When he sang, I sang along with him. When he danced, I danced along with the crowd. I just fell head over heels with the whole experience. I have a handicap so I really can't travel very far-and-wide around the world to see Barry, I've had multiple brain operations along with ups and downs of not being able to see Barry whenever the impulse struck me. So this experience in Philadelphia was one that I'll never forget for the rest of my life. Thank you for making the dream come true for me, Barry Manilow. I love you. - Michelle Baldini (Darby, PA) (7/29/2002)

July 27: This concert was WONDERFUL! I went with a friend who just retired and said that she wanted to see Barry "before she died." We had a great time.  Barry still can rock a house! - Coleen (of New Jersey) (8/3/2002)

July 27: I liked absolutely everything!! Barry's love of what he does is felt from the moment he walks on stage, until he leaves, and [it] lingers. Thank you, Barry, for sharing your gift with the world. I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience your talent and sincerity. Stay Well & God Bless You!! - Pat Loeper (Douglassville, PA) (8/3/2002)

[What I liked about Barry's concert was] the energy of this Fabulous Entertainer. When Barry sang "If Tomorrow Never Comes," I went to pieces. Life is good when you have Barry Manilow's music in it. Thanks for the memories! - Linda Morrin (Washington Crossing, PA) (9/2/2002)

July 27: I have been an "Ultimate" Manilow fan for 28 years now, and Barry was just exceptional at the Mann.  He gave it his all especially when he sang "I'm Your Man." I just about had to be peeled off of the ceiling! He looked my way four times for "Can't Smile Without You." I will never give up my dream to sing or meet the man till the day I die. He is my life 24-7. "Every Single Day"! I love him soooo much!! - Maryanne McIntyre (of New Jersey) (8/3/2003)

The concert in July of 2002 had me hoarse after singing along and screaming cheers to the stage. The man was on fire that night! He tore up the stage with a medley of "Wild Places", "I'm Your Man", and "Could It Be Magic." Including two of my favorites, "Even Now" and "If Tomorrow Never Comes", I melted in my seat. I went alone to this show and I was glad I did, even though I was involved with someone at the time. I needed to go to this show ALONE. I didn't miss having my "other" with me. There was no need. The fans around me were more than company. I was drenched in sweat that hot night, and so was Barry. - Christopher Swantek (Dupont, PA) (4/24/2009)

July 27, 2002
(Sat, 8:00 PM)
Pennsylvania/Philadelphia
(Mann Music Center)
July 28, 2002
(Sunday, 7:30 PM)
Virginia/Portsmouth
(NTELOS Pavilion Harbor Center)
What a magically captivating evening!! The air was filled with the emotion and passion that only Barry can bring. He was so handsome, witty, and charming, with an incredible warmth that seemed to embrace everyone. I have been a fan for over 25 years, and I have always thought Barry was the "BEST", but after last night I seem to have just fallen in love with him all over again!!! - Peggy Pigg (Virginia Beach, VA) (7/29/2002)

Words can not describe how GREAT the concert was. I was sorry to see it end. I have always been a fan and loved everything Barry has ever done. Barry is more than a singer. He is an entertainer. I cannot wait until he comes back again. You can be sure that I will be there! - Vicki (of Hampton, VA) (7/31/2002)

Barry was great to see for the second time this year (from Richmond to Portsmouth, VA). Barry had a great show under the stars, and sitting on the grass made me feel just great! Thanks, Barry, for another great night. - Thomas (of Chesterfield, VA) (8/3/2002)

First Show - Carla Bulson (Bluefield, WV) (8/9/2002)

I have been a fan since as long as I can remember and I have seen Barry in concert four times (not to mention on [countless] TV shows, HBO specials, etc.). I have to say that each concert is better than the previous. Barry is charismatic, charming, lovable, funny, and above all, talented. And it all shows on stage. I took my friend to her first Barry concert at Portsmouth. She has always enjoyed Barry's music, but was amazed by the show. It was great! Please come back to the Portsmouth/Virginia Beach area, Barry! There are lots of us who love you. Thank you for the beautiful, Beautiful Music!! - Maryann Carlton (Virginia Beach, VA) (11/20/2002)

I have been a loyal Barry fan for over 25 years! This was my first actual concert. It was the greatest concert I have ever been to. Barry brought a lot of happiness to all who attended [though next time] he might want to pick a less humid night. I felt sorry for him on that hot stage! Barry, you are truly a great professional who can turn any day into a great one! My husband (Rick) and I will travel many miles to see every concert we can when you tour again! - Joan DeLorey (Chesapeake, VA) (12/17/2002)

I proposed to my now fiance in the 5th row center stage that night. Being a big Barry fan (this was my 10th show) I could not think of a better song to do this with [than] "Can't Smile Without You." We are getting married on October 28th (2003) and hope to attend many more of Barry's concerts in the future. - Ivan Anker (Virginia Beach, VA) (4/19/2003)

I've been a Barry fan since age 12. I attended my first Barry Manilow concert in Portsmouth, VA. I bought the tickets as a birthday present to myself (my birthday is June 17th- the same as Barry's!). I brought my friend Peggy with me. Her son, Paul, was a Barry fan and he used to play Barry's songs on a piano that Peggy worked to purchase him (Paul died of AIDS at age 32 in 1987; he brought his mom to Barry's concerts in the past). We had 7th row seats. EXCELLENT seats! The concert was absolutely fabulous! I will never forget it, and neither will Peggy. She had never been so close-up to Barry. She cried while thanking me when we got home. It was the first time I'd heard "We Live on Borrowed Time" and "Let Freedom Ring." Those two songs brought tears to my eyes. Thank you, Barry. I still have my ticket stubs! - Gloria Marshall (Virginia Beach, VA) (3/19/2007, 6/22/2009)

July 31, 2002
(Wed, 8:00 PM)
New York/Wantagh
(Jones Beach)
August 1: Fantastic show! It was a very warm, muggy night, hardly a breeze, but we had a fabulous time. Barry was incredible and I can't believe the energy he generated [despite it being] hot outside and even hotter under the stage lights! Applause! Applause! - Marcy Lawrence (New City, NY) (8/2/2002)

July 31: I couldn't believe it! Barry is the most talented entertainer! I am 29-years-old and I love Barry. I went with my parents, grandmother, aunt and uncle, and we had an amazing time. There were no generation gaps that night and we all stood up, sang along and danced! He was so down to earth and funny. I loved when he sang with the woman who flew to New York from Dallas just to see him. - Heather Davis (Brooklyn, NY) (8/2/2002)

August 1: This was my second Barry concert. The show opened with a medley "Ready To Take A Chance Again / Daybreak / Somewhere In The Night / This One's For You," and then went onto with other songs like "Can't Smile Without You" with a lady from the audience name Laurie Anne who sang with him. Barry did "Who's Been Sleeping In My Bed," "Mandy," "I Made It Through The Rain (Looks Like We Made It)," a new song from his Broadway (bound) show Harmony, a Sinatra song, "If Tomorrow Never Comes," another medley ("I'm Your Man / Could It Be Magic"). Then he did two songs from his latest album Here At The Mayflower ("Turn The Radio Up" & "They Dance"), "Weekend In New England," "Copacabana (At The Copa)," "I Write The Songs," "Somewhere Down The Road," "Let Freedom Ring / It's A Miracle." It was a great performance! - Gregory Holmstrom (Commack, NY) (8/2/2002)

August 1: He is just a loving, friendly wholesome person who gives his all from start to finish at every show. I have since bought six CDs and play then all day at work, everyday, and never get bored. I could see him every day, and fall in love each time. - Carol Pope (Westbury, Long Island, New York) (8/5/2002)

I loved all the songs Barry sang. I especially liked the way he was very personable with the audience. I thought he was a great showman and a gentlemen. I was very happy to be there. - RoseAnn Laserinko (Long Island, NY) (4/4/2003)

August 1: I got engaged to "Can't Smile Without You" while Barry sang! It's my favorite song. My fiance John got down on one knee and said "I can't smile without you, Jenn, so that's why I want to know if you will marry me?" Our whole section went nuts. It was great! Thanks to John and BARRY!! - Jennifer Farrell (Franklin Square, NY) (5/21/2003)

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!

August 1,
2002

(Thurs, 8:00 PM)
New York/Wantagh
(Jones Beach)

When
Where
Memories
August 3,
2002

(Sat, 8:00 PM)
New Jersey/Holmdel
(PNC Bank Arts Center)
"TWO NIGHTS" LIVE!

August 2/4: Everything about Barry Manilow is excellent. He gave a great concert as usual. He gives us his all everytime. We were flooded out of PNC Arts Center on Friday (August 2). He cared enough to see that it was rescheduled and performed two concerts on August 4. - Janet Ernst (Wharton, NJ) (8/5/2002)

August 3: [What I liked about this show was] Barry! Everything! He put his heart and soul into this concert. Whenever it is, I will be at his next concert in New Jersey. - Sue (of New Jersey) (8/6/2002)

August 4: Barry performed a lot of new songs at this concert from "Here At the Mayflower." He also performed some songs that he recorded awhile back but were unfamiliar to a lot of people, as well as some of his old hits like "Weekend In New England," "New York City Rhythm," "Mandy," and "Copacabana." The show was great - the crowd was wild. What a thrill it was when he announced that it was being taped to make a new live album! I was a bit disappointed that he did not perform "Can't Smile Without You," but the concert was excellent nonetheless. The crowd really responded to everything with great enthusiasm. I have seen Barry now ten times in concert and my goal is to see him twenty times! Whenever Barry is on tour and performs in a nearby location, I plan on being in the audience!! - Kathy Snavely (Cornwall, PA) (8/7/2002)

August 4: Even in the heat and humidity, Barry's performance was phenomenal. From Barry's choice of songs, it was evident that this was a show for the "fans". He gave us songs we hadn't heard all year, "Sweet Heaven," "You're There," "The Best of Me," "That's Life," "Every Single Day," "We Live on Borrowed Time," and of course, the one that brought us all to tears, the last song of the last show, "Forever and a Day." Barry, we love you, and we thank you for all the happiness you have given us through your music. As the Blood, Sweat & Tears' song goes, "You've Made Me So Very Happy, I'm so glad you came into my life..." - Judy Bummer (Pittsburgh, PA) (8/8/2002)

August 4: Barry's voice has only gotten better over the years and he IS the Ultimate Manilow!! - Jan Mau (Upstate New York) (11/10/2002)

Favorite Show: I like Barry, love his singing. He makes me very happy and I just simply love seeing him in person. - Diana M. Holley (Orange, NJ) (11/24/2002)

We'd been rained out (and HOW!) the night before (August 2), and I was there AGAIN the next night. Barry was WONDERFUL as usual. His voice had NEVER sounded better in all the years I've been going to see him in concert. Although the humidity and heat were outrageous, Barry gave his ALL so his fans wouldn't go away disappointed. And they DIDN'T! - Dorothy Ascione (Toms River, NJ) (12/31/2002)

First Show (August 3): I was in the audience the night Barry was recording his new Live CD. I have been a fan for many a year and can say I really enjoyed his music and finding out what new things he is working on. That night Barry had so much joy and power in his performance. It suprised me how he could give us his all every night while out on tour. Barry, please don't stop making Beautiful Music! - Kristen Battaglia (Nutley, NJ) (1/19/2003)

August 4: Getting rained out was a first (on Friday, August 2nd, at the PNC Bank Arts Center) but Barry more than made up for it on this Sunday afternoon! I've followed Barry and seen his shows since 1975 and he only gets better! Love you Barry! Thanks for always coming through for us - through rain, wind, well you know... - Jan Edwards (Tuckerton, NJ) (1/29/2003)

August 4: My then fiance (we got married in November) got me tickets for the Friday show. He really is not a Manilow fan, but we had the worst storm I have ever experienced [and the show was called off]. I was so disappointed. But I was thrilled when I heard he was doing a special show for us on Sunday afternoon. It was great but the best part was when Barry sang a song I had never heard before called "The Best of Me." As he was singing I was thinking this would be a perfect wedding song, but Dan would never go for it. And just as I was thinking that (and I swear this is true!) Dan leaned over and said "this would be a perfect wedding song for us." Up to that point he was being very difficult about choosing a song. It had to be a unique. So if I am ever able to see another Manilow concert this will always be my favorite. Thanks to Barry I had a beautiful wedding song to remember the rest of my life. - Margaret (of New Jersey) (5/30/2003)

The atmosphere at Barry's concerts is electric. You get so involved in his concerts you forget about the people around you. Saturday night, I had to watch my feet so they wouldn't get wet. I had to use a cardboard box, and still bottom of feet got wet, but I had Barry, so it didn't matter. Floor was still wet. I went to the last three concerts, through the thunderstorm Friday night, concert Saturday night, matinee Sunday afternoon, and Sunday night. I heard different songs throughout all concerts. I stood, clapped and waved my hands, screamed (leaving my voice hoarse), and stood during each performance. And I wouldn't do it any different. Thank you, Barry, for everything. - Linda Foster (Flanders, NJ) (4/7/2004)

Favorite Concert: I love every Barry performance. He is great! He put on an amazing show. Barry seemed very warm-hearted. I have seen a few of his concerts and would love to see a lot more! - Lynn Saponara (Howell, NJ) (5/22/2004)

Barry was great. To schedule another concert for Sunday afternoon for those of us that "were rained on too" was just so great. I absolutely adore him. - Rita Baranowski (Brick, NJ) (3/2/2005)

August 4: Barry was awesome! A day after the "floods" of the hurricane, Barry sang songs that I had never heard live before. His voice was amazing in "Who's been Sleeping in My Bed", and "Turn the Radio Up." - Peter Bonacci (of New York) (12/15/2007)

Barry, when you first gave us a "taste" of The Mayflower CD at our 2001 Chicago Convention, there was no question in my mind that was going to be a huge success. The sparkle in your eyes as you watched for our reaction to this new CD was priceless - it was like "boy do I have a treat you guys", and you sure did! All of your concerts are my favorites, however, the last shows of the tour in Holmdale, NJ, and the Sunday afternoon performance with you and the two children singing "Can't Smile Without You" brought tears to my eyes. At that particular point in time I doubt anything else on this planet would have put the smile to your face as those children! - Lynda Garbutt (Chicago, IL) (5/12/2009)

Yes, I survived The Flood!! That wasn't even a concert (August 2), but the two shows in one hot day (August 4) were most memorable! - Judy Scioli (New Milford, NJ) (12/22/2009)

"August 2" - I had the best tickets ever... 8 rows from the stage... center! Had sent my husband to go get me some water while the opening act was performing. Well, he did bring me water... in the form of an instant thunderstorm that caused a flashflood in the theater! The hard core fans stood on their flooded seats for over 90 minutes, while fire and emergency workers were unplugging electical equipment, etc. Finally, Barry emerged from behind the curtain looking confused as to what to do. By then, most of us had moved up to the stage with him. He sang, "I Made it Through the Rain" and announced that he would see us the next evening. - Kristin Dow (Ukiah, California) (3/12/2011)

Note: August 4 (Sun, 3:00 PM) concert was rescheduled from August 2 (Fri, 8:00 PM) due to extreme weather conditions.

BARRY MANILOW with Special Guest CURTIS STIGERS!
(Curtis Stigers performed at evening concerts)

[ August 4, 2002: Manilow.TV Episode #2 aired Nov. 2009 ]

August 4,
2002

(Sunday, 3:00 PM)
New Jersey/Holmdel
(PNC Bank Arts Center)
August 4,
2002

(Sunday, 7:30 PM)
New Jersey/Holmdel
(PNC Bank Arts Center)

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