|March 27, 2012 ||The Desert Sun||"Manilow funds music scholarship for College of the Desert students" by Michelle Mitchell|
|Entertainer Barry Manilow has established a scholarship for music majors at College of the Desert. The Palm Springs resident and music mogul donated $50,000 to the College of the Desert Foundation to create the ongoing scholarship. "I wasn't a particularly good student in school," Manilow said in a news release. "But once I stepped into my first music class, I felt like I was on solid ground. That's a feeling I want others to share, especially in my hometown."|
Details about how much will be given out per year and to how many students are still being worked out, said Peter Sturgeon, who works in institutional advancement for the College of the Desert Foundation. "We're just trying to see where the need is with music majors ... so students get the biggest bang for the buck with those dollars, Sturgeon said. The first scholarship may be available as early as this fall. "We're very honored and excited to have Barry's help with our music students," Sturgeon said.
Manilow has long supported music programs in the Coachella Valley and has donated instruments and other materials to public school music programs through The Manilow Music Project.
|March 22, |
|Rolling Stone||"Barry Manilow Talks Touring While Recovering from 'Major' Surgery: 'It kind of excites me and scares me,' says singer" by Steve Baltin|
|Barry Manilow kicked off a series of concert dates recently in Moline, Illinois, but he isn't calling it a tour. After years of grinding it out on the road, the singer doesn't believe that performing two weekends out of the month qualifies as touring. But his current jaunt will take him to cities he hasn't played in a long time, since he's spent the last few years performing residencies in Las Vegas. Along with the challenge of creating a whole new show, the 69-year-old is recovering from a "major" operation to re-attach the muscles to his hip. In his first post-surgery interview, Manilow spoke to Rolling Stone about his health, his upcoming performances and his admiration for Bruno Mars.|
Rolling Stone: How is your hip feeling these days?
Barry Manilow: It's coming back slowly – too slowly for me. But I was able to get through six shows. As soon as I'd finish, the curtain would close and I'd fall back into a wheelchair and they'd wheel me back into a dressing room. I'm not ready to do this yet, but I did it. I got through it and I'm better than I was three weeks ago. Everybody thinks I had some sort of a hip replacement; that wasn't it. I had ripped the muscles off my hip on both sides and they had to pull them back and nail them back into my hips. So that kind of surgery, which was supposed to take two hours, took seven hours. It was major surgery and it's a long recovery period. I don't know how I got through those six (shows), but I just couldn't cancel it. These people were out there. They were so excited, I just had to go through this. They say when the spotlight hits you, you don't feel anything. I always thought that was full of shit, (but) it's true.
RS: Tell us about the current production.
BM: The Paris show was so produced. It was so big, I couldn't get any bigger. This show I'm traveling with is the smallest show I've ever done. I just needed to shake it up. I could have played it safe and done that same big show, and the audiences probably would've had a good time. But I just don't like playing it safe. So I went the other way, which is kind of scary. It's a small band and just me at a little teeny piano, which is at the very end of the stage. It's as close to a one-man show as I've ever done. It kind of excites me and scares me, and I need to do that. If I am gonna continue to work I can't phone it in.
RS: Does this allow you to mix up the set list and bring in songs you haven't done in a while?
BM: That was another reason I chose to go the more intimate way, because when we went out with the big orchestra, I was again stuck with a set list that I couldn't change easily. I had 75 guys there, and it was chaos if we hadn't rehearsed it. Same thing with the Paris shows. I was stuck with one set for two years there. Just during these last six shows, I've done more changes than I have in five years. One night it was "Fools Get Lucky," the other night I did "If I Should Love Again," which I've always wanted to do. I've got changes galore. I did "Tryin' to Get the Feeling," and I can't remember the last time we did that one. So that's part of the fun for me and my band, because my band knows every part of my catalogue.
RS: Are there songs you're particularly excited to do?
BM: "Tryin' to Get the Feeling" has been a revelation. I'd forgotten how powerful that was. I'd forgotten how deep I can crawl into that one, and maybe because I'm older it means even more. "If I Should Love Again" – I was just so impressed with myself writing something like that. It wasn't a single and people didn't really know about it, but it's a beautiful song and that's part of what I'm loving.
RS: Did the response to you last album, 15 Minutes, encourage you to take your music in a new direction?
BM: I believe in my writing. I don't believe in my writing as a hitmaker; I've had really good luck, and because Clive (Davis) was always my commercial ear, I had a great guide. But I'm going to do original songs from now on. That's who I am. I'm a songwriter, and just like all the other people in the commercial world, we have to fight to get our stuff out there. Elton (John) and Sting, these geniuses, they've been fortunate enough to just stick to their own stuff. I haven't been that fortunate, but from now on it's original material.
RS: Does that mean we'll hear new material soon?
BM: Yeah, I think I'm gonna tackle a Volume 2 of 2:00 A.M. Paradise Café. That was another original album that was very a important experience for me, and it was very well received. I don't know whether I'll match that first Paradise Café album – that's heavy competition. But I'm gonna tackle it and if I make it, that's going to be a very rewarding project.
RS: Is there anyone you'd like to perform a double bill with, in the vein Elton John and Billy Joel?
BM: There have only been a handful that make sense, like Elton and Billy Joel make sense. I am in a little world of my own. My style of music is the great American songbook meets the pop world of the Seventies and Eighties. The only two artists I could think of would be Neil Diamond or Bette (Midler). Other than that, I've never been able to come up with another name.
RS: Are there younger artists that come to mind?
BM: Bruno Mars is so great; that would be fun. I think we would have a good time together.
|March 22, |
|Source Newspapers||"Local Barry Manilow fan club marks 35 years" by Debra Kaszubski|
|It looks like they've made it. After 35 years together, the Beagle-Bagels, the oldest [official local] Barry Manilow fan club, is still going strong. Sterling Heights resident Rosie Cowan serves as the club's co-vice president.|
The club, named after Manilow's pet beagle, was started in 1977 by Stephanie Hill-Ross in her grandparent's home. Shortly after a radio interview, Hill-Ross met Cowan and co-vice president Regina Moore. The club has continued to grow since. With hundreds of members from all over the world, including England, Japan and South Africa, the Beagle-Bagels keep kicking. Their love of all things Manilow, and for each other, is what has kept the group strong, members say.
"First and foremost, Barry has kept us going. But more so than that, our faith in ourselves and relationship as 'sisters' has helped us persevere throughout the years," said Moore. "We became more that just a club that celebrated Barry's music. We are a family that appreciates and gets together to celebrate Barry as a musician, performer and philanthropist. We are also empathic individuals that are proud of the charitable contributions made to those in need."
To celebrate their March 7 anniversary, a handful of Beagle-Bagels gathered to enjoy Manilow's concerts at the Fox Theater earlier this month. While taking in both shows, they held hands and sang along with Manilow. Moore traveled all the way from Kansas City to enjoy the shows.
A Manilow show is certainly nothing new for the Beagle-Bagels. They rarely - if ever - miss a local Manilow concert and have traveled with him on tour in the past. Beagle-Bagels have met the performer many times and feel as if they're friends. In the past, they were even granted permission to decorate his dressing room. Hill-Ross had the chance to sing a duet of "Can't Smile Without You" several years ago.
To keep track of Manilow and the club's activities, Cowan has 30 scrapbooks, filled with photos, song lyrics, letters, poetry, stories and more. She's even coined the phrase "Mani-hi" in place of "hello." To sign off on a letter, she may write "Mani-love." Cowan was thrilled to see her words and news of the Beagle-Bagel's 35th anniversary on Manilow's official website recently.
The Beagle-Bagels also profess their love for Manilow by keeping active in the community. They've donated to several charities in the past, and within the past year have taken on Forgotten Harvest. Cowan says it's natural for Beagle-Bagels to do so much in the community, because Manilow does so much to help others through his music and his own charitable contributions.
Cowan is leading a grassroots letter-writing campaign to have the singer recognized with the Kennedy Center Honor, awarded annually for exemplary lifetime achievement in the performing arts. She believes that since Neil Diamond recently received the honor, it's now Manilow's turn. "His talent, his philanthropy ... there are so many reasons to recognize Barry," she said. "It's my hope that everyone who reads this takes the time to write the Kennedy Center Honors and let them know how much Barry means to them."
Whether there's a Kennedy Center Honor in Manilow's future remains to be seen. What is certain, however, is the enduring legacy of the Beagle-Bagels. "If I had to write a biography about what the Beagle-Bagels have meant to me, I'd say love, life, laughter and Barry," Hill-Ross said. "The Beagle Bagels are and will always be my family. It's my child that has now grown into adulthood and I am the parent that's beaming with pride of a job well done."
|March 11, 2012 ||The Oakland Press||"Concert Review: Barry Manilow shows he's still got it at Fox Theatre show" by Ronelle Grier|
|Barry Manilow stopped in the middle of "[Weekend In New England]" on Saturday night, March 10, acknowledging the screams from the (mostly) female members of the crowd. "Yep," he said with a smile, "I’ve Still Got It."|
The oft-lampooned and critically lambasted singer-songwriter certainly does. After more than 40 years of recording and winning all manner of Grammy, Emmy and Tony Awards, his hit repertoire and charisma still make the young (and older) girls cry. And scream.
The second show of a two-night stand at the Fox comes after Manilow pushed the original date back to recover from hip surgery, but there were no signs of lingering difficulties as he spoke to his fans about the procedure and convalescence. The 68-year-old sang and danced and moved around the stage with the energy and agility of a much younger man, while he [filled] the 90-minute show with old favorites such as "Could It be Magic," "Daybreak," "Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It," "It's a Miracle" and "Somewhere in the Night" ... His overall performance was solid and powerful, especially his rendition of "Even Now," where he held the final high note without wavering.
A large screen across the top of the stage projected images throughout the show to represent various stages of the singer's career. Most notable was a 1975 clip of Manilow, clad in a powder blue sequined shirt, singing "Mandy" on the syndicated late-night musical variety series "The Midnight Special." After the first verse, Manilow walked onstage and began singing along, performing a virtual "duet" with himself.
The show took a poignant turn when Manilow talked about his Brooklyn roots and the grandfather who encouraged him to develop his musical muscles at a neighborhood spot where customers could make their own records for 25 cents. While the overhead screen displayed images of old New York, the audience was treated to a scratchy recording of Manilow's grandfather encouraging his reluctant young protégée to sing "Happy Birthday." Manilow dedicated the song "This One's for You" to his grandfather, while the screen showed old black-and-white photos of Manilow with his earliest supporter.
Onstage, Manilow was backed by two singers, whose harmonious voices sounded more like a group. The talented band consisted of three keyboardists, two percussionists, and two guitarists, who worked together seamlessly and seemed to be enjoying themselves in the process.
One thing that makes Manilow such a treat to watch, aside from his talent and universally appealing songs, is that he clearly loves his fans as much as they love him. He is the kind of superstar who still remembers where he came from and realizes that a performer cannot rely on talent alone; he also has to sell albums and concert tickets. Manilow performs without a trace of arrogance; he makes it clear that he is grateful for his talent and for the fans that allow him to keep displaying it.
For those who missed Manilow at the Fox, he will be back in Michigan on April 26, at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, as part of a world tour that includes stops in New York, California, England and Ireland.
|March 9, 2012 ||The Wichita Eagle||"Barry Manilow to perform in Wichita, fan website says" by Denise Neil|
|Singer Barry Manilow is scheduled to perform in Wichita this summer, according to several fan sites. The show will be on June 7, the site said, though it did not indicate which venue would get the show.|
Concert dates that already have been announced have Manilow playing at the 17,000-seat Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, on April 12 and at the 11,000-seat Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., on June 14. Intrust Bank Arena has a 15,000 capacity.
The fan sites also say Manilow will perform on June 8 in Tulsa, on June 9 in Oklahoma City and on June 16 in Kansas City, Kan. Intrust Bank Arena spokeswoman Sarah Haertl said she could "neither confirm nor deny" that the show would be at the venue.
Manilow, 68, is best known for songs such as "Mandy” and “Copacabana." An adult contemporary star, he’s released more than 40 albums during his career.
|March 8, 2012 ||Quad-City Times||"Slowed-down Manilow still pleases his fans" by David Burke|
|The voice is still there. So is the self-deprecating humor... But the Barry Manilow who appeared on stage Thursday night at the i wireless Center [was] still in the midst of recuperating from hip surgery nearly three months ago.|
When the stage’s red curtains parted - after about a minute of techno music and lights, followed by the "I Write the Songs" fanfare - Manilow was standing still on center stage. An occasional hip thrust pleased the females in the 3,800-person audience, and during the brief time he discussed his injury -- which he blamed on "30 years of 'Copacabana'" -- he admonished the crowd to take good care of their health, before launching into "I Made it Through the Rain."
Manilow glided through 20 of his hits, plus a cover of the Bee Gees' "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" from his "Greatest Songs of the ’70s" album. With the exception of an adrenaline-pumped "Could It Be Magic," the songs stayed within the confines of their original recordings.
After whipping through several songs at the beginning, Manilow was more retrospective with several others, with a particularly touching intro to "This One’s For You," where he recalls traveling weekly to New York City’s Times Square with his grandfather so young Barry could sing in a "make a record for a quarter" booth. He also played a scratchy version of the very first song -- where his grandfather insists he sing "Happy Birthday" to a cousin and young Barry refuses.
The Fanilows were in full force. During his hit "Weekend in New England," when he got to the lyric "When can I touch you?" a strong chorus of women answered with an emphatic "NOW!" "I still got it!" he responded.
A seven-piece band, including three other keyboard players, kept a solid foundation to the night, and two backup singers helped make up for the motion that Manilow was missing. The occasional videos of the show, including clips from "American Bandstand" and "Midnight Special," were effective. With the latter, Manilow entered the stage after the video’s first verse, making for a virtual duet.
While age and successive surgeries have slowed Manilow down through the years, his inherent desire to be a showman and to please an audience still shines brightly. He plugged the need for music education in public schools, urged audience members to contact schools if they have unused instruments at home, and plugged the work of his foundation, which sent three truckloads of equipment to Joplin, Mo., after last year’s tornado.
|March 6, 2012 ||Business Wire||Entertainer Lends His Voice to Raise Awareness of Atrial Fibrillation|
|For award-winning singer, songwriter and performer Barry Manilow, it’s always obvious when a song is out of rhythm. But when his heart went out of rhythm 15 years ago, Manilow realized he still had something to learn about rhythm. Manilow is one of the more than 2.5 million Americans living with atrial fibrillation (AFib).|
AFib is a serious heart disease that causes your heart to race and beat out of rhythm. While some people with AFib may not feel symptoms, others may feel palpitations, shortness of breath, weakness and anxiety. People are often not aware that AFib can have serious consequences, including permanent heart damage, heart attack, heart failure, stroke and death.
In fact, they might not truly understand AFib. Manilow admits that he had never heard of the disease before he was diagnosed. "The first time I felt AFib, I was at a point in my life when I was busy and pushing myself very hard," he recalls. "So, when I first started feeling a strange sensation in my chest, I tried to ignore it. At first, it just felt like my heart was skipping a series of beats every so often."
However, Manilow’s symptoms soon became more intense and prolonged, growing so disruptive over time that he couldn’t focus. "It felt like there was a fish flopping around in my chest," he recalls. That was when Manilow decided that it was time to take action. "I went to the hospital, and I started working closely with my doctor. Learning that something was wrong with my heart definitely motivated me to take the disease seriously."
Manilow spent the next several years in and out of the hospital, struggling to keep his heart in rhythm. He has undergone three surgical procedures and has been cardioverted several times—a procedure where the heart is shocked back into normal rhythm. The constant interruptions eventually became a major obstacle for Manilow’s lifestyle and career. He would go into AFib while on tour, during media interviews and even right before a performance.
"Once, I had to be cardioverted on the same day that I was scheduled to do a live concert on national TV for the Fourth of July!" Manilow recalls. "I was literally in the hospital just a few hours before walking on a stage to sing in front of an audience of millions. Talk about bad timing!"
Manilow partnered with Get Back in Rhythm, a national AFib education campaign, to increase awareness of the disease. His participation has been valuable not only for educating the public, but also for making himself a more informed patient. "I honestly had no idea that AFib was so common or that so many people have it. Then, I learned that many patients don’t feel any symptoms at all," Manilow says. "That blew me away, because when I go into AFib, there’s no way to ignore it. My symptoms are sudden and can be very frightening. They definitely impact my quality of life."
In addition to symptoms, there are long-term health risks that accompany AFib when the disease isn’t managed appropriately. "AFib has a lot of health risks," Manilow says. "They can become permanent if you don’t get your heart back in rhythm."
Among these risks, being out of rhythm can permanently change the shape of your heart and cause it to work harder and harder over time. The longer your heart’s in AFib, the more difficult it is to get it back in rhythm and the worse the disease will become.
Although Manilow’s AFib continues to be a challenge, he hopes that his participation in Get Back in Rhythm can improve awareness of the disease, and serve as an example to other patients living with AFib and their caregivers. "I’ve never shared my experience before. After all that I’ve learned about AFib and its risks, I’m excited to be getting the word out," says Manilow. "AFib needs more awareness. Patients need more education. No one should settle for a life out of rhythm."
Visit www.GetBackInRhythm.com to take a survey to learn more about whether you are at risk for AFib. Get Back in Rhythm is a national atrial fibrillation education campaign brought to you by Sanofi US LLC.
|March 2, 2012 ||STLtoday.com||"Manilow in fine voice at the Fox" by Kevin C. Johnson|
|It takes more than hip surgery to keep Barry Manilow from the concert stage. Manilow’s new tour, which had some postponements last month so he could spend more time in physical therapy, came to the Fox Theatre Thursday night for the first of two concerts (The second show is tonight). Manilow was just a little worse for wear, moving across the stage stiffly. He acknowledged it, advised fans to never take their health for granted and then segued into "I Made It Through the Rain."|
Manilow’s 90-minute concert kicked off with the raising of the curtain that revealed the singer with arms fully outstretched as he soaked in all the admiration from the standing fans. His music catalog is stuffed with timeless, sweet tunes, and he started with "[It's A] Miracle," "Could It Be Magic" and "Daybreak." He sounded in fine voice as he continued with "Looks Like We Made It," "Can’t Smile Without You" and "Bandstand Boogie," the theme from "American Bandstand."
He broke from the songs to tell the crowd he has played the Fox Theatre so many times that his fans, known as Fanilows, feel like family. "There’s so much music we may be here all night long," he promised. His 1977 album "Barry Manilow Live" featured "A Very Strange Medley" composed of the many hit jingles he created, and he reprised them during a fun segment that included a rejected jingle for a cold product.
"Brooklyn Blues" took him back to his upbringing, as did "This One’s for You," dedicated to his late grandfather, the person he says was the first to recognize he could sing. He played audio of himself as a child with his grandfather trying to make a recording. "Mandy" began with a ’70s clip of Manilow singing before the real-life Manilow took over. But what made it special was when the video Manilow resumed, and it was performed as a virtual duet.
Manilow sent fans home with smiles on their faces as he gave them "I Write the Songs," which inspired arm-waving from the crowd and yet another standing ovation. A burst of long-streaming confetti covered the audience at show’s end. Manilow also plugged the Manilow on Music Project, which raises money to buy instruments for students without them. He said some Joplin students were among the recipients.
Barry Manilow. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday. Where: Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard. How much: $29.99-$149.99. MetroTix.
|March 1, 2012 ||Omaha.com||"Manilow thrills fanilows with favorites" by Kevin Coffey|
|They gathered in groups of three and four, towed along husbands, wore T-shirts that said "I Barry" and waved signs that read, "Pick me," hoping to get asked onstage. They were the Fanilows - rabid fans of Barry Manilow - and more than 6,000 of them hooted, sang, hollered and screamed as Manilow performed for 95 minutes Wednesday at the CenturyLink Center Omaha.|
The king of cabaret singers, who jokingly described himself as a "superstar mega sex god," has a rabid following of fans, many of them female baby boomers, who hang on every move he makes and every note he sings. Most of them gathered in small groups on a girls night out. When the curtains parted to reveal a feather-haired, spotlit Manilow dressed in a dark, floral brocade jacket, they screamed and cheered. He burst into "It's a Miracle" and followed with "Could It Be Magic." "Hello, Omaha! How great," Manilow said. "I'm so happy to be here. You know it's been 20 years since I've been in Omaha?"
Wednesday's concert was also the star's first since having hip surgery months ago. It took him until near the end of the show before he addressed it, but he seems to have recovered well. He bopped and danced around the stage and rarely sat down unless he was at a keyboard. "Maybe some of you heard. I had some nasty hip surgery. I blame it on playing 'Copacabana' for 30 years," Manilow, 68, said with a laugh. "I'm doing fine now, you can see, but I was laying in bed watching TV for two months. I know more about Snooki than I had ever wanted to know."
Manilow said he got through the recovery with lots of Vicodin - a joke - and lots of emails, letters and Facebook posts from his fans. He tore through a greatest hits set that included none of the songs from his 2011 album "15 Minutes." But all the Fanilows' favorites were there, including "Weekend in New England," "The Old Songs" and "Can't Smile Without You."
His voice seemed to get stronger as the night went on, until he crushed the final note of "I Write the Songs." Most of the show involved Manilow singing a few songs and then sharing an aside with the crowd: tales of growing up, his music-in-schools charity, his grandfather and other stories. Fanilows cheered the finale wildly as Manilow soared through three of his biggest hits: "Mandy," "Copacabana (At the Copa)" and "I Write the Songs."
|March 1, 2012 ||Quad Cities Online||"Manilow ready to take chance again in Moline" by Jonathan Turner |
|Barry Manilow never has been "hip" to most pop music critics, but true "Fanilows" will keep their eyes on the hips of the sentimental crooner March 8 as he returns to Moline for the first time in 12 years. The i wireless Center concert is just the third city on a new, postponed tour for Mr. Manilow, 68, who has spent more than two months recovering from hip repair surgery in December. He rescheduled previously set February dates in Chicago and New York, opening the new tour Wednesday in Omaha, Neb.|
"The doctors had told us that I'd be able to go back to work in six weeks, but the surgery was much more complicated and extensive than they anticipated," Mr. Manilow wrote on his website last month about the seven-hour procedure. "We've got a beautiful, brand new show ready to go. We rehearsed for three weeks -- me on my walker and in my wheelchair and my wonderful band, crew, lights, sound and nurses. It's a more intimate show than I've ever done," he wrote. "After all, how much bigger can we get than 75-piece orchestras and the spectacular Paris show? We're ready to do songs that I haven't done in years. 'If I Should Love Again,' 'One Of These Days,' 'You're Leavin' Too Soon' and more."
The top adult contemporary chart artist of all time -- with more than 80 million albums sold -- put off going under the knife until December, when Mr. Manilow finished a seven-year run of 1,000 shows in Las Vegas. He previously denied he would go on a national tour this year. "No more touring! Don't even say the word!" he told Facebook fans. "But a few one-nighters now and then sounds like fun. So here we come again!"
Best known for power ballads like "Mandy," "Could It Be Magic," "I Write the Songs," "Can't Smile Without you," "Tryin' To Get the Feeling Again," "This One's For You," "Weekend in New England," "Looks Like We Made It" and the Grammy-winning dance hit "Copacabana," Mr. Manilow is touring the U.S. and Europe through this summer.
After a decade cashing in on covering the hits of others (with many "Greatest Hits" of individual decades and the "Greatest Love Songs"), the singer/songwriter returned last summer with an original disc, "15 Minutes," which garnered mixed reviews ... A June 2011 interview with USA Today showed he's taken the critical lumps in stride. "For decades, his name has been synonymous with a kind of mild yet florid pop held in contempt by many rock pundits," the article said. "I read a quote from Ethel Merman where she said, 'The hell with critics - I know when I'm good,' Manilow says. 'I agree. I know when I'm good. And this album is good. I hope they like it, I really do, but I wouldn't change a note.'"
Amy Klutho, of Bettendorf, a proud Fanilow and violinist with the Quad City Symphony, loves him no matter what, and will be in the fourth row on the i wireless floor next week. "He has that special quality of his sound that is so relaxing, it just draws you in," she said. "He gets teased for being a little goofy. He's really an entertainer. He's self-deprecating." A member of his international fan club, Ms. Klutho has seen Mr. Manilow many times, including Vegas in 2005 and '06 with family and friends to see him in the front row.
Ms. Klutho's older sister has seen Mr. Manilow more than 20 times, and the Bettendorf woman last traveled to see him in concert in Tampa, Fla., in January 2011. "I just appreciate his voice. He is an entertainer, not just a performer," Ms. Klutho said. "He makes the show fun, a really good time. I think he really does understand his fans," she said. "He's got hard-core fans; he realizes he has a broad base of his fans, and if he tours a little bit from time to time, he gets a good response from that."
If you go... Who: Barry Manilow. When: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Where: i wireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline. Tickets: $19.99 to $129.99, available at the i wireless box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, or (800)745-3000.