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April 30, 2012 Broadway WorldBarry Manilow Opens First of Rescheduled Radio City Music Hall Concerts Tonight, 4/30
Singer Barry Manilow, previously forced to re-schedule due to health concerns his concerts originally planned for February 10, 11,12 and 14 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, will open the first of the rescheduled performances tonight, April 30. Two of the other dates were rescheduled for May 1 and 2.

Tickets purchased for the Friday, February 10th performance will be honored for tonight's April 30th performance. Tickets purchased for the Saturday, February 11th performance will be honored for the Tuesday, May 1st performance. Tickets purchased for the Sunday, February 12th performance will be honored for the Wednesday, May 2nd performance.

Unfortunately, there are no immediate dates available to reschedule the February 14th performance. Tickets ordered for the February 14, 2012 performance through Ticketmaster Phones or Ticketmaster Online will be automatically credited to the original purchaser’s credit card account. Tickets purchased through Ticketmaster Outlets or through The Radio City Music Hall Box Office must be returned to the original point of purchase for a refund. If you have any further questions please contact Ticketmaster at 866-858-0008, visit or

While in rehearsal for his new tour, Manilow had been undergoing intense physical therapy in an effort to recover from extensive muscular surgery in his hips.

April 27, 2012 New York TimesBarry Manilow (Monday through Wednesday)
Mr. Manilow, one of the most successful, complaisant adult-contemporary artists of the 1970s, takes a stab at Andy Warhol, one of the decade’s iconoclasts, with his new conceptual album, “15 Minutes” (Stiletto). Is there a diptych of Mandy that we haven’t seen yet? At 8 p.m., Radio City Music Hall, (866) 858-0008,; $50 to $300.
April 26, 2012 Long Island PressBarry Manilow at Radio City Music Hall
Making up this string of dates that were originally supposed to be played in February, Barry Manilow is the quintessential guilty pleasure. He’s not only the kind of innocuous talent who’s a favorite of Jewish grandmothers anywhere, but a mainstay of morning talk shows. With his 2-year residency at Las Vegas’ Paris Hotel ending this past December, Manilow is back out on the road. Diehards trumpet the man’s obvious talents as a showman and while much of what he traffics in qualifies as schmaltz, there’s no denying this native Brooklyn-ite knows his way around a hook and a harmony and will be playing to a house full of diehards out pledging their collective love to the Manilow-meister. Monday, 4.30. Through 5.2.
April 23, 2012 The Courier-JournalBarry Manilow coming to Louisville Palace July 27
Barry Manilow is bringing some of his 47 Top 40 hits to the Louisville Palace for a July 27 performance. Considered the industry’s leading adult contemporary artist, Manilow has sold more than 80 million records. Manilow is touring behind a new live album and DVD called "Live in London," recorded in London’s O2 Arena with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. He began his career in the 1960s and his popularity exploded in the 1970s with the release of singles such as "Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It" and "Even Now." Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for $49.99, $74.99, $124.99 and $199.99, available at the Louisville Palace box office, online at and by phone, (800) 745-3000.
April 22, 2012 The Columbus Dispatch"'Fanilows' agree balladeer has 'still got it'" by Gary Budzak
Happiness is when thousands of "fanilows" stand together, swaying, waving glow sticks and singing the chorus of "Can’t Smile without You" along with Barry Manilow as a giant yellow smiley face looked on. That was the scene Saturday night in Value City Arena as Manilow, the king of adult contemporary music, put on an entertaining performance that the mostly female audience loved: They gave him repeated standing ovations.

During "Weekend in New England," there were prolonged female screams after Manilow sang, "When can I touch you?" He paused and said, "I still got it."

One sign in the crowd summed up the adoration: "3 Generations of Barry fans." There was an interesting trip down memory lane when an episode of the televised music show Midnight Special from 1975 was shown on a video screen. A much-younger Manilow sang the first verse of "Mandy" on television, and then the live Manilow sat at his piano and did the rest of the song, culminating in a multigenerational duet of "Could it Be Magic."

Following a seven-year stint in Las Vegas, Manilow the showman is back on the road, trotting out songs from his catalog that have made him the master of sweeping, romantic songs. Although he’s 68, his singing sounded as good as ever, and he can still hold an extended note on "Even Now." Half the time, he stood and sang, and half the time he played at two different pianos. He had a keyboard-dominated backing band and two background vocalists.

Manilow made fun of himself as some of his album covers were projected. Of his long-haired photo on his self-titled first album, Manilow said, "I look like the Mona Lisa." "Even Now" had his head next to the Manhattan skyline, and he said, "My nose looks like one of the buildings." And of his portrait on "If I Should Love Again," he said, "I look like the Jewish Fabio."

Although featuring many of his hits, perhaps the best parts of the show were some of Manilow’s lesser-known songs, such as "New York City Rhythm," "Brooklyn Blues" and "I Am Your Child."

He dedicated "Bandstand Boogie" to the memory of the late Dick Clark.

April 21, 2012"Review: Barry Manilow delights fans at Bank of Kentucky show" by Chris Varias
Maybe a Justin Bieber concert in the year 2050 will resemble this. Barry Manilow is still a hit with the girls, just like back in 1974, when he broke through with "Mandy." His 90-minute concert at the Bank of Kentucky Center Friday night was punctuated with the same type of rapturous outbursts that might be heard from a crowd at a Bieber show. "I feel like Justin Bieber up here," he said after getting a long round of applause for "Brooklyn Blues." "You know, I was the Justin Bieber of the ‘70s."

He played the most fanatical portion of the crowd like he played the black baby grand and electric keyboards on either side of the stage. During the intro to "If I Should Love Again," he made a double-entendre when referencing his microphone. During the song "Weekend in New England," the crowd roared after he sang the line "When can I touch you?" He stopped the tune on the spot to acknowledge the moment. "I still got it," he said.

In truth, the love that the average Fanilow has for Barry is probably more respectful than it is lusty. The show was loosely constructed as a trip through Manilow’s career, and the crowd ooh'ed and aah'ed each time an image from Manilow's past flickered on a video screen or each time he and his band busted out a hit from the '70s.

Manilow talked about the death of his longtime showbiz pal Dick Clark. He said his first-ever network appearance was on "American Bandstand," and he proceeded to sing the theme song to the show, as the show’s iconic AB logo appeared on the screen behind the band. "There are some people you think will never die," Manilow said. "He was eternally young."

The video screen showed a few different Manilow album covers over the course of the show. When the cover for 1978’s "Even Now" appeared, Manilow’s competitive side was revealed. "I love this album. It reminds me of the Grammy I lost. If anyone’s gonna beat my ass I’m glad it was the Bee Gees and 'Saturday Night Fever,'" he said. "I look like a Jewish Fabio," was his response when the cover of "If I Should Love Again" appeared on the screen.

In addition to those cheeky comments and several others, the crowd was treated to all of the Manilow favorites, sometimes played in snippets, other times in their full glory. He saved his trademark material for last, closing the show with "I Made It Through the Rain," "Mandy," "Copacabana" and "I Write the Songs." The curtains closed following the set closer "Everything’s Gonna Be All Right" as streamers shot into the audience.

Then, after many fans headed out the arena, Manilow reappeared in front of the curtain and sang an a cappella version of "One Voice."

April 19, 2012 The Columbus Dispatch"Sacrifices aside, singer revels in entertaining" by Kevin Joy
Barry Manilow, the indefatigable master of charm, seemingly inhabits a timeless, sentimental universe of yearning and romance -- from the red-hot Copacabana to the rocky shores of New England. Lush arrangements and imagery have long made the former jingle writer from New York an international star. Looks like he made it. Decades of fame, the legend acknowledged, have come with a personal toll -- a sacrifice that the 68-year-old addresses on his latest album, 15 Minutes.

"I know I could have had friendships with a lot of very great people," Manilow lamented during an otherwise-lively conversation. "I didn’t, because the image that precedes me into the room is so huge that people freeze. These people who are smart and funny and great -- I lose them because they just panic. I regret missing out."

What he perhaps lacked in private connections, he has more than surpassed with legions of listeners (such as the devotees known as "Fanilows") via cherished recordings and live performances -- including one on Saturday in Value City Arena. And, despite almost 40 years in the spotlight, the showman still rises to the occasion of delivering his signature hits, even when the prospect has threatened his health.

Manilow talked recently about such motivation and his enduring music:

Columbus Dispatch: What inspired the title and content of your new record?
Barry Manilow: I took it from a quote by Andy Warhol. He said, "In the future, everybody will be famous for 15 minutes." These days, with all of the reality shows, I think he may have a point there. I was considering writing an album about fame. I had done American Idol three times, and I saw it -- these young people, all of them talented in one way or another. They all became household names overnight. I thought, "Wow, how would they handle that?" When Mandy hit big all those years ago, I was already 29. I already had a career writing jingles, accompanying singers and arranging. It knocked me over. I was not prepared for that kind of success. There’s no school to go to. It changes your life.

CD: The album, you’ve said, involves a fictitious musician who finds fame and loses it. Did you weave any personal experiences into the idea?
BM: I was not writing about me; I was writing about a young guy who played the guitar. But as I began to sing these songs, I realized I had been through every song. I hadn’t gone down as far as we take this character, but I had been down. I was able to sing these songs with as much truth and authenticity as I could give because I lived it. I lived all of them. Written in Stone was the one that got me. I tried to bring my girlfriend and my friends on the road as I was becoming more and more successful. It just never worked. It was like trying to bring your wife to your office.

CD: Speaking of fast fame, a backstage photo of you with Marilyn Manson and Lana Del Rey — a much-harangued indie songwriter — was widely circulated online last month. Given her status as a newcomer, what do you make of her fervent detractors?
BM: All I knew about Lana Del Rey was that terrible, terrible thing they wrote about her after she did Saturday Night Live. I watched it. It wasn’t my favorite performance, but, you know, she’s got a style all her own, and the public is crazy about her. I did the Echo Awards in Germany; that’s their version of the Grammys. She sang that very, very intimate, simple, stylized song (Video Games), and I ... got it. In my day, it was a gal named Julie London. Back in the ’50s, ... she was very popular with the public, and the critics used to kill her. She did what Lana Del Rey does: She stood there and sang very softly — a whisper, these bluesy songs. Julie London eventually became very, very famous. I think that’s what’s going to happen to Lana Del Rey.

CD: Beyond those of Adele, where have the ballads gone on modern pop radio?
BM: You know, it’s always been like that. Every generation has got their pop music. Frankly, when I broke through with Mandy and all the ballads, I had to break through all the dance records even back then. Ballads full of melody and lyric - they just don’t work on the radio. They did for me, thank goodness, but that’s not the norm. The norm is dance records and three minutes of great, joyful stuff; the DJs can yell and talk over it. I was just lucky. I always thought my kind of music went to the country world. Whenever I bump into a country song, it always feels like what I used to do when I started making records.

CD: As someone who has schooled generations in romantic music, what do you consider your go-to love song for inspiration?
BM: Peter Gabriel’s Don’t Give Up. It’s a great song.

CD: You began your latest tour in the wake of hip surgery. How did the procedure affect your perspective?
BM: I did six shows (after the December operation), and it was too soon to do them. The doctors knew it, and the therapists knew it, but I couldn’t cancel; I just couldn’t. It was sold out, and these people were so excited to be there. I just had to give it a try. I paid the price every morning. They say, when the spotlight hits, you can’t feel anything. I always thought that was baloney, but it’s true. I just did it, like those people lifting cars, not knowing they had that strength. Somehow, your body and your mind let you work through the discomfort. I think I’m better than I was ... It was a rough, rough recovery.

CD: Did the "'Fanilows" help you get well?
BM: You can’t believe what happened: on Facebook alone, hundreds and hundreds of posts praying for me and thinking of me. These strangers -- I was absolutely overwhelmed with the kindness. I will never take my health for granted, and neither should anybody. I’m coming back; there’s a lot of people who don’t come back. I am a very grateful guy.

CD: Last year, you ended a lengthy Las Vegas tenure that boasted 1,000 shows. Did the repetition ever concern you?
BM: I thought that would be the case. I was waiting to be bored, but I really wasn’t. It was because the audiences were so great. I thought: "What am I going to get? People drunk, conventions and tourists and stuff?" If they were out there, I didn’t notice them. If there were nights I didn’t want to do the show or if I was sick or bored, when the curtain opened, all of that stuff went away. I cannot remember one night in seven years when I did not have a great time.

CD: What do you envision as the Barry Manilow legacy?
BM: I’m so old (chuckling). I would like them to remember that I made them feel. That’s what I do. It’s not just about pretty melodies or clever lyrics or a guy up there who looks very nice. I want the people to feel the emotions that I’m singing about. I want them to walk away feeling better after having seen what I do.

Barry Manilow. VALUE CITY ARENA, W. LANE AVENUE AND OLENTANGY RIVER ROAD (1-800-745-3000, WWW.TICKETMASTER.COM). SHOWTIME 8 p.m. Saturday. TICKETS $6.99 to $126.99.

April 14, 2012 The Charleston Gazette"Concert preview: '15 Minutes' with Barry Manilow" by Bill Lynch
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Few songwriters have enjoyed the kind of career Barry Manilow has. Love him or hate him, his songs are unforgettable. Tunes like "Mandy," "Can't Smile Without You" and "I Made It Through the Rain" helped define part of the softer sound of the 1970s. Through that decade, the singer, songwriter and producer who performs Thursday night at Big Sandy Superstore Arena was an undeniable hit maker. Manilow sold millions of records, won a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy. He earned a legion of devoted fans, while casually deflecting scorn heaped on him by some critics who hated everything about him, including his wardrobe.

Fame was very good to Barry Manilow, but it wasn't always kind. Manilow said, plainly, "I never intended to be famous. I was always happy being in the background. My first eight years in show business, I was a conductor, an arranger and a composer."

And that was fine by him, but Manilow wanted people to hear his music. So he did what a lot of songwriters do. He made demos of his songs and sent them to artists, producers and record executives -- people who might buy songs. "I got a record deal," he said. "Big surprise."

Fame, real fame, came after "Mandy" broke into the charts, and his life, Manilow said, changed overnight. "I went from bouncing checks at the grocery store one day, to the next day riding in a limousine."

Nobody is prepared for that kind of change, he explained. At least, he wasn't. "My records took off, and I found myself a public figure," he said. "I fought against it for three or four years, but then I realized this wasn't going to go away. Happily," he added.

Manilow survived, he said, by grounding himself and by embracing his brand-new life. Not everybody in similar shoes has been able to do the same. It was through observing the celebrity news cycle that Manilow first became interested in making an album devoted to telling a story about fame. Calling it "15 Minutes," the album tells the story of a young guitar player who gets his break, becomes famous, then crashes spectacularly before trying to pick himself up again.

If the story sounds familiar, it should. Some variation of the story plays out almost every week. "I was seeing reality shows like 'American Idol,' which I've done three times," he said. "What I was looking at were these young people who had no experience. They didn't work in the bars. They didn't do shows. They'd paid no dues, and they were becoming household names overnight."

It seemed like a lot for anyone to take. Manilow wondered how these kids were coping, and the answer to him seemed obvious. A lot of them weren't. It was too much, too fast, with everyone watching, and people posting videos on YouTube. "You could just count down the days until they wound up on TMZ doing something stupid."

The breaking point for all of this, he thought, might have been watching Britney Spears, mobbed by paparazzi, trying to go to Starbucks. She could barely move for the mob of cameramen and reporters badgering her with questions. "She couldn't have a life," Manilow explained.

So, Manilow contacted his writing partner, Nick Anderson, and the two of them set out to write an album that's a less-varnished look at the effect of fame. The record is meant to entertain, but it's also a kind of advisory of what to expect if you get your big break.

Fame is something Manilow knows, and it's something he's thought a lot about. The world, he pointed out, has always been interested in famous and successful people, but, thanks to the miracle of the Internet, the ability to provide fresh water-cooler chatter and gossip about public figures has been ratcheted up. It's not that the demand is so much greater, it's that the means to disseminate is so much greater. Likewise, it seems easier to become famous. Reality television, viral videos and blogs are just a few new ways to attract attention, to become in some way a star.

Manilow doesn't think fame for fame's sake is all that great. "I hear all these kids," he said. "You ask them what they want to be when they grow up. And they say, 'famous,' and my heart just sinks. You can be famous if you jump off the roof. The answer should be, you want to be a great singer, a great composer, a great actor. But, wow, just to want to be famous? That's asking for trouble."

As far as his own fame, Manilow is pretty comfortable with it. His focus is the work, his music and the here and now. After "15 Minutes" and the current tour, Manilow isn't sure what he'll be doing next. He might revisit his old jazz project "2:00 AM Paradise Cafe," come up with a second volume, but he might do a dozen other things. Right now, he's sticking with the show he's doing. "The crowds are pretty great," he said. "I expect the whole thing to go away every year, but they're still there."

He said he was hoping to find a crowd in Huntington. It's been a while since he played West Virginia. He was last here in 1994; before that, Manilow played Charleston in November 1985, right after the terrible floods that killed dozens and displaced thousands. At the time, Manilow said he couldn't take money for his show and ended up donating $25,000 for flood relief. He said he remembered that show. "It was a great audience," he said. "Great reviews, which was surprising. I was getting bad reviews then, but the people were just great. I hope they're still around."

Want to go? WHAT: Barry Manilow in concert. WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Thursday. WHERE: Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington. TICKETS: $34.99, $54.99, $74.99 and $124.99. INFO: 800-745-3000 or

April 8, 2012 Herald-Dispatch"Award-winning music legend Barry Manilow to bring his well known tunes to Huntington" by Derek Halsey
Barry Manilow is a pop music legend who recorded a string of hits in the 1970s and '80s that led to him selling 80 million records worldwide and garnering many awards. Songs like "Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It," "Could It Be Magic," "I Write The Songs" and "Copacabana" along with his well-received live shows boosted his popularity to great heights.

Now in 2012, after a seven-year stint in Las Vegas, Manilow is hitting the road again. He is touring the big and small towns of America performing his hit songs as well as cuts from his latest album of original music called "15 Minutes -- Fame, Can You Take It?"

On Thursday, April 19, Manilow will perform in Huntington for the first time at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. "So, (I hear) Huntington is a beautiful river town, so that's good," said Manilow, in a telephone interview with The Herald- Dispatch. "You know, I never get to see any place but the dressing rooms and the towns from the air as I fly in. After all of these years, I never really get to see the towns that we're playing in. It's good to hear that you have a beautiful town there."

Before Manilow's own music became popular all over the world, he was a behind-the-scenes musician who backed up other artists such as Bette Midler. When his first single "Mandy" blew up and climbed the charts, it brought him nearly instant fame and fortune. Yet, surprisingly, Manilow never had a desire to be in the limelight. "I never wanted to be a performer," said Manilow. "I never wanted to be a singer. It never entered my mind when I was starting out to be the leader of a band. I was very happy in the background and that is where I thought my career was going. If I was lucky, I would be an arranger, an accompanist, a piano player, a composer, a producer, everything in the background. And, I used to be in the background for a load of singers that did the performing. For me, I was never interested. Never. So, when 'Mandy' hit, I had to learn what to do onstage as a performer. And frankly, I didn't like it. I didn't like having to put makeup on. I didn't like having to stand up there and look cute and be funny and sing all night long and go from town to town. I didn't like it but I couldn't stop it. It was like a train without brakes that just kept on going. Every year I would say, 'Well, it's got to stop now.' I finally had to say, 'OK. This doesn't seem like it is going to go away. I have to embrace this. I have to figure out how to make friends with this new life as a performer and as a celebrity and someone in the public eye.' I had to figure out how to do it so I decided that I would do the best I could. And from then on in, I was a performer and I'm still doing the best job I can."

Many people might wonder why someone would lament being rich and famous. But, we have seen in show business in recent years that the trappings of success can literally kill you, with singers Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston being two recent examples. That is the theme of "15 Minutes -- Fame, Can You Take It," Manilow's concept album about the temptations and pitfalls that can appear when the world focuses on you suddenly. He got the idea after being a mentor on the popular television show "American Idol" and watching what instant fame did to some of those kids. And, he experienced it in his own career as well.

"I saw these young kids become famous overnight without having any experience, without paying any dues, without singing in the bars, without learning their craft," said Manilow. "Bam, they become overnight sensations. We just all wait a couple of weeks until they do something silly and wind up on TMZ because they don't know how to handle fame and success. And, it happened to me. When 'Mandy' came out all those years ago, I was an adult then. I was 29 and already had a career writing jingles and conducting and arranging for singers. But when 'Mandy' hit, it knocked me over like a hurricane. I was out of control. I didn't know where I was. There is no school to go to; there is no book to read on how to handle it. You better be grounded or it is going to knock you over. Still, even though I was grounded, it knocked me over. One day I was bouncing checks at the grocery and the next day I was in a limousine being driven to a concert for 10,000 people. What I did was I got back in touch with my family and my old friends because they know who you really are. The new people around you only know the new image."

During his Las Vegas run, Manilow played with a large orchestra behind him. Now, on this tour, he is performing with a seven-piece band that is putting an edge back into his music after years of sonic excess. "I am carrying a smaller band than I ever have before," said Manilow. "It is kind of scary for me, but during our last six shows, the audiences were pretty wild. I figured, when I put this tour together, I can't get any bigger than I did in Vegas. It was a big show. Then, when I toured during that time outside of Vegas, I went out with a 75-piece orchestra. It was great, but it was huge. So I thought, 'I can't get any bigger than that. What am I going to do, a hundred piece orchestra?' So I decided to go the other way and downsize and see if I can do it. It's as close to a one-man show as I've ever done. And it's scary and exciting at the same time and I love that. I love being a little nervous when I walk on. This is a new experience for me. You know, I just don't like playing it safe. This is a scary experience for me, and I like it."

April 18, 2012 Cincinnati.comManilow: He writes the songs
Barry Manilow, the Madison Avenue jingle writer/performer ("I Am Stuck on Bandaid..." and "Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is there...", to name a couple) and Bette Midler accompanist who became a hitmaker with the likes of "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Can¹t Smile Without You," will appear at the Bank of Kentucky Center Friday evening (April 20). Could it be magic? Details: 7:30 p.m., 500 Nunn Drive, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights. $10 to $125. Parking $10 charged at the lot, cash only. 800-745-3000,
April 16, 2012 CantonRep (Canton, Ohio)Barry Manilow to perform at Blossom in August
Barry Manilow, who has scored 47 Top 40 hits and sold more than 80 million records worldwide, will appear in concert Aug. 2 at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls. Tickets, which go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ticketmaster, are $39.50 to $14.59 pavilion and $20 lawn. This weekend only, lawn tickets will be $$9.99.

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April 13, 2012 Twin Cities Pioneer Press"Pop icon Barry Manilow chats about his health, music and fame" by Ross Raihala
After spending the past seven years playing Las Vegas, Barry Manilow decided it was time for a change. "I couldn't get any bigger," the 68-year-old Brooklyn native said during a recent phone interview. "So I decided to go the other way. I would go more intimate than I've ever been."

When Manilow arrives Friday, April 13, at Xcel Energy Center, he'll be backed by a small but nimble band that's able to play everything from a career that stretches nearly four decades. Here's what else Manilow had to share about his health, his music and his fame:

"It wasn't hip replacement. And I wish it were, because this was much more complicated. A two-hour surgery turned into seven hours. I seem to have ripped the muscles off of my hips and they had to pull them back, like you would a window shade, and nail them back to my hips on both sides. I blame the whole thing on 30 years of singing and jumping around to 'Copacabana.' That's all I can think of. All of us people who are in the pop music business are athletes, believe it or not. I know I am. It's been like that for all of my career. I've been jumping around and running around on that stage for many, many, many years, and I guess that was the thing that got me and got to my hips."

"None of us, including my surgeon, knew that it was that bad until they got in there. So the recovery has been horrible for about three months. But I am getting back to walking and performing. I did six shows a couple of weekends ago, and I lived through it. As the days go by, I get better and better."

"The first five years at the Hilton was a beautiful show, but it wasn't as complicated as the two years at the Paris. I really produced a 'Las Vegas Show.' (I thought), 'As long as they're giving me another shot in another hotel on the Strip, I would really produce it, with lights and sets and a big orchestra.' I needed to shake it up for myself. I think the audiences would have had a good time with the big show, and I was hoping they'll have a good time with this more intimate show. And they are. I couldn't ask for a better reception."

"Because I've only got six, seven, eight musicians onstage, I'm able to do whatever I want. My band knows every song in my catalog, and I can call out whatever I want. I wasn't able to do that with 75 musicians on stage. I'm considering asking the audience to call out a song they'd like to hear because we can do anything."

"I've been watching 'American Idol,' like everyone else, and to see these young people who have no experience being thrown into the spotlight and becoming household names overnight...every time I saw that happen, I would say a little prayer for them. Because when fame hits you, even if you think you have worked and prepared for it, you are not prepared for the hurricane that hits you. In my own case, I had about eight years before 'Mandy,' where I was a conductor, arranger, songwriter. I played piano for every singer in the world, including Bette Midler. When (fame) hit me, it nearly knocked me down. It's crazy. Your life changes in one day. In one afternoon, you have a different life than you did the day before."

"This helped me, so I can tell you that it's the truth: 'Keep your family and your old friends around you.' That's the thing that brought me back down to Earth. They know who you really are. They'll talk to you the way they knew you before all this craziness happened. There's no school to go to, there's no book to read about fame. That doesn't only go for show business. How do you behave when you go from having a small shop on the corner to running a big building full of people? Are you a creep or are you kind? Do you turn out to be a horrible boss or do you turn out to be somebody who cares about people? It goes for anybody who finds success."

"You know, asking an audience to sit through brand-new material is always very dicey. The joke is when you say, 'I'd like to do a couple of songs from my new album,' you see people running up the aisles for orange juice. I did a few songs from '15 Minutes' before we started this road show, and they worked just great. So I think I'm going to do that for the next couple of weekends. Hey, maybe even in St. Paul."

"I was in Berlin to do their Grammy Awards, which are called the Echo Awards. I presented an award to one of the best vocalists there. (I was backstage) when Marilyn came up and tapped me on the shoulder. I'd never met him, but we had a great conversation. And then Lana joined us, and they got a picture. Before that, Katy Perry was there, too."

"You know, people are people. We're all in the business and we all kind of know our way around. It doesn't matter what music (you play) or what you look like, we are friends immediately. You know, I am crazy about Marilyn. We exchanged email addresses. I didn't know his music, so I went on YouTube and watched a handful of his videos. He's sensational, just sensational. The guy really is such a performer and he does such theater, true theater. I even enjoyed the music, and I didn't know I would connect with it. No wonder he's as big as he is. I've turned into a huge fan."

Who: Barry Manilow. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 13. Where: Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul. Tickets: $129.99-$19.99. Call: 800-745-3000.

April 12, 2012 Des Moines Register"Barry Manilow in Des Moines tonight: Wells Fargo show will include old, new material" by Joe Lawler
"15 Minutes" isn’t just Barry Manilow’s first album of original music in a decade, it’s his look at how sudden fame can change a person’s life. While making the album, Manilow appeared on "American Idol" three times, watching performers as young as 16 become household names overnight. The album also was partly inspired by Britney Spears’ well-documented meltdown in 2007. "It happens to all of us. When that big moment of success happens, you’re not ready for it," Manilow said during a phone interview. "There’s no school for it, no book to read on how to handle fame. It just knocks you over."

These days, Manilow is scaling things back a bit. He recently completed a seven-year run of shows in Las Vegas, regularly performing with a 75-piece orchestra. Coming off shows that big, Manilow wondered what he could do next. Trying to go bigger seemed impossible, so the 68-year-old singer decided to downsize.

Of course, when you’re Barry Manilow you can downsize and still be playing an arena show. Thursday’s show will be a far cry from his days playing the Continental Baths as Bette Midler’s pianist. "I need to scare myself when I do these things. I’m still at the point where I have to be excited about what I do," Manilow said. "This is a smaller band, a smaller show and there’s more on my shoulders. It’s as close to a one-man show as I’ve ever done. So far it’s a lot of fun. The audience seems excited and I’m maybe getting to know them a little more than the big orchestra shows. I talk more in this show than I ever have. It’s exciting to me to do something like this at this point in my career and still be scared."

The show will feature a few songs from "15 Minutes," but Manilow said he’s very aware that fans come out to hear "Mandy," "Copacabana" and "Can’t Smile Without You," not his newer material.

Over the years, Manilow’s name also has been an easy punch line. "Barry Manilow" has become shorthand for wimpy, lame and boring music in comedy and for music writers. On the show "Murphy Brown," the titular character had a vocal disdain for Manilow’s music that carried on for years, and on "Family Guy" Peter Griffin and his friends mocked his music.

In both cases, Manilow ended up making appearances on the shows, proving that he’s in on the joke and getting the last laugh when characters ended up being fans. Manilow said that once upon a time he would go into self-pity mode when the attacks started, but he’s learned to brush things off. "I’ve got pretty broad shoulders, it never really got me down," Manilow said. "I’ve got a great support system, and every time I thought it might have a bad impact, I discovered I had so many family, friends and fans to support me."

April 9, 2012 KWCH 12 Eyewitness News"Barry Manilow to perform in Wichita" by John Boyd
Barry Manilow is coming to Wichita. INTRUST Bank Arena announced Monday that the singer will perform on Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m. and start at $9.99 (additional fees may apply). You can get tickets through Select-A-Seat online, by phone or through the arena's box office.

More information on Barry Manilow: With worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, Barry Manilow’s success is a benchmark in popular music. He is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R and Billboard Magazines. Rolling Stone crowned him "a giant among entertainers... the showman of our generation," and Frank Sinatra summed up Manilow best when Ol’ Blue Eyes told the British press, "He’s next." Manilow’s track record includes 47 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

April 9, 2012 The Wichita EagleBarry Manilow to perform at Intrust Bank Arena on June 7
Barry Manilow will perform June 7 at Intrust Bank Arena, arena officials announced this morning. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the arena’s box office, by phone at 316-755-SEAT and at and Select-A-Seat offices. Tickets are $129.99, $89.99, $69.99, $39.99, $19.99 and $9.99.

Manilow has recorded 47 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. He has sold more than 80 million records worldwide.

April 9, 2012 KTUL (Tulsa)"Barry Manilow Playing at BOK Center This Summer" by Homa Quazilbash
Legendary singer Barry Manilow will bring his magical voice to Tulsa's BOK Center this summer. The arena just announced the June 8th concert date and tickets start at just $9.99 plus fees. The adult contemporary artist has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, with hit songs like "Mandy" and "Could It Be Magic." Manilow will play at the BOK on June 8th and tickets go on sale later this week on Friday, April 13th. Tickets start at $9.99 and go up to $129.99 for the performance.
April 9, 2012 Tulsa World"Barry Manilow coming to the BOK Center" by Jennifer Chancellor
Multi-platinum-selling adult contemporary pop musician Barry Manilow will perform 7:30 p.m. June 8 at the BOK Center. Tickets start at $9.99, plus fees, and will go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at, Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center, all outlets or by calling 866-7-BOKCTR. The show is all ages.

His most popular songs include "Copacabana (At the Copa)," "Can't Smile Without You," "Mandy," "Can't Smile Without You," "I Write the Songs," "Could it be Magic," and others. In 2010, he released the album "The Greatest Love Songs of All Time," which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Album. Last year, he released the studio album "15 Minutes," which is reported to be inspired by the tale of the pitfalls of fame. It debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard album chart.

April 9, 2012 KJRH 2 Works for YouBarry Manilow headed to the BOK this summer
TULSA - Legendary chart-topper Barry Manilow is coming to the BOK Center this summer. Having sold more than 80 million records, Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R and Billboard Magazines.

Tickets for the June 8 show go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Prices range from $9.99 to $129.99. Tickets can be purchased at, the Arby's Box Office, all outlets or by calling 1-866-7-BOKCTR.

April 9, 2012 KAKE WichitaBarry Manilow Coming To Wichita
An award-winning, legendary pop star is bringing his classic tunes to Wichita. Barry Manilow is scheduled to take the stage at INTRUST Bank Arena June 7 at 7:30 p.m.

With worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, Barry Manilow’s success is a benchmark in popular music. He is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R and Billboard Magazines. Songs like "Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It," "Could It Be Magic," "I Write The Songs" and "Copacabana" along with his well-received live shows boosted his popularity to great heights.

Tickets for Barry Manilow will go on sale Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. and are available by phone at 316-755-SEAT, at the INTRUST Bank Arena box office and all Select-A-Seat outlets. Tickets start at $9.99 for this performance. You can win tickets before they go on sale. Good Morning Kansas will give away premium tickets this week, beginning Tuesday. Watch for your chance to win. The ticket giveaway will be in the final hour, beginning at 6:00 a.m.

April 9, 2012 Oklahoma City's Own News 9"Barry Manilow To Perform In OKC" by LaShauna Sewell
OKLAHOMA CITY - Legendary singer, songwriter and producer Barry Manilow has announced he'll perform at Chesapeake Energy Arena in June. Manilow's concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Friday, April 13, at noon. Ticket prices start at $9.99, plus fees.

The 68-year-old singer has sold more than 80 million records during his 40-year career. He is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time. To buy tickets for Manilow's concert, visit the, or call (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets.

April 9, 2012 KSN.comBarry Manilow coming to Intrust for the first time
WICHITA, Kansas -- Barry Manilow will play INTRUST Bank Arena for the first time ever. The concert is scheduled for Thursday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. Manilow's track record includes 47 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.

Tickets for Barry Manilow will go on sale Friday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m. and are available online at, by phone at 316-755-SEAT, at the INTRUST Bank Arena box office and all Select-A-Seat outlets. Tickets start at $9.99 for this performance (additional fees may apply).

April 9, 2012 News On 6"Barry Manilow To Perform In Tulsa In June" by Jeromee Scot
TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa's BOK Center has just announced a tour stop by one of the top selling artists in the world. Barry Manilow has worldwide sale of more than 80 million records. He's ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time.

Manilow will perform Friday, June 8, 2012. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10 a.m. For more information, you can visit or call their box office at 1-866-7-BOKCTR.

April 6, 2012 Peoria Journal StarManilow tickets available for $9.99
BLOOMINGTON - Barry Manilow's April 11 show in Bloomington now has a $9.99 price level. Tickets for the show, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 11 at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, are available at the box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000, or online at Seats are also available for $119.99, $99.99, $79.99, $59.99, $39.99 and $19.99.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R (Radio & Records); with 47 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Manilow has worked on more than 40 albums over the course of his career as a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer.

April 6, 2012 Star Tribune"Barry Manilow Xcel concert tickets for $16.29" by John Ewoldt
Can't smile without seeing Barry Manilow in concert next week at Xcel? If money's tight, Travelzoo just made it a lot easier. Manilow, with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, performs at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to see him perform start at $7.99 ($16.29 with fees) courtesy of a Travelzoo Local Deal.

Hear hit songs during this one-night-only glitz-o-rama, including "Mandy," "Can't Smile Without You" and "Copacabana." Tickets to some of Manilow's other concerts can start at $50, so seeing him for just $16.29 is a rare treat, according to Travelzoo. Other seating levels are also available for this performance, with prices ranging from $17.99-$127.99.

Ticket availability is limited for the $7.99 tickets, so act fast said Jora Bart, a representative at Xcel Center. Only Travelzoo members were notified of the deal, but there's no fee to be a member. You don't need to sign up to get the deal. Just click "buy now" after going to the link above, which takes you to Ticketmaster's site.

April 5, 2012 Pantagraph"Bloomington-Normal has been good to Manilow, who's going strong at 68" by Dan Craft
Like a good neighbor, Barry Manilow doesn’t forget you when you’ve done him a good turn - even if it was 37 years ago.

In November 1975, Manilow was at the dawn of his solo-superstar career; his first single, "Mandy," had hit No. 1 that winter. And the 6-foot New Yorker with the feathered hair was rocketed into an unlikely pop sensation.

Suddenly, Elton John -- the era’s reigning male pop star -- had some stiff competition from a fellow piano man. His rival’s sold-out concert at Illinois State University that fall was a night to remember - even now (to cite a key Manilow anthem). "Normal was the first big arena show I played, or at least one of the first colleges I’d ever played," he recalls via a flashback that might have happened just yesterday. "I remember that, because my band and my singers and I had to run out the back way down a little grassy knoll to a waiting limousine - because the crowd was so wild."

We’re like that here, of course. And we don’t give up easily. "They kept following us," he continues. "I’ll never forget that. It was the first time that anything like that had ever happened." A star was born, and made to grow up fast. Not that he minded: "It was great!" The Pantagraph’s reviewer enthused that he came off that night as "versatile ... very entertaining ... witty ... and extremely talented."

Like that good neighbor, Manilow was back at ISU just a year later (1976) for a two-show encore, the record-breaking success of which remains on Braden Auditorium’s "Top 10 concerts of all time" list.

Interestingly, Manilow, who returns Wednesday for his first B-N show in 24 years, this time at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, had already forged a direct bond with us. Prior to his solo success with "Mandy," he’d made ends meet as the author of catchy commercial jingles, like McDonald’s "you deserve a break today" and Band-Aid’s "stuck on me." Longest-lived of all, however, was the theme song he penned, but did not sing, for Bloomington-based State Farm Insurance Cos.: "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there..."

"I got $500 for it," he remembers, almost as vividly as he does being chased down the grassy knoll after that ISU gig. Though $500 might seem a pittance for a melody that has endured for 35 years and serves as the theme song for a corporate giant, Manilow has no regrets. "They buy you out when you’re the writer of the jingle," he notes. "So they gave me the $500 bucks, which was great for me in those days. I was, you know, a starving musician - and who knew that this little melody was going to last for 35 years? At the time it really seemed like a wonderful deal. I was just grateful to be paid."

He is certain of one thing: "The girl who sang on it is probably on her third Rolls Royce now. She gets residuals." Of course "the one thing I DID sing on, they don’t use anymore," he observes. "But I’m just happy to have my melodies out there." Manilow’s melodies have been "out there" in too many ways to process since those Madison Avenue days of yore.

Born Barry Alan Pincus 69 years ago this June, the future pop sensation studied classically at the New College of Music and Juilliard. He wound up shortly thereafter plugging the piano for nightclub singers, performing production/arranging chores at CBS and whetting our appetites for juicy Quarter Pounders via even juicier melodies.

However, it was his four-year association as Bette Midler’s pianist-producer that allowed Manilow the wide-open avenue to personal success. The association began in the early ’70s at New York’s Continental Baths, the city’s most infamous gay bathhouse. "The experience at the Baths was over very quick," he recalled in an earlier Pantagraph interview advancing his September 1988 show in ISU’s Braden Auditorium (his last show here prior to Wednesday’s Coliseum concert). "I remember those weeks as a blur, with a lot of people in towels. When I think of my experience with Bette, they certainly aren’t at the Continental Baths; they’re on the road, in recording studios, at apartments. It was a fantastic learning experience that I would never trade away one day of."

Once Manilow emerged from Midler’s shadow with "Mandy," "no one was more surprised than I was -- but I took the opportunity and ran with it -- went for the brass ring." To say the least. Several dozen Top 40 hits, 10,000 concerts and millions of record sales later, the man who writes the songs that make the whole world sing shows no signs of backing off.

There are, however, well-earned signs of wear-and-tear. Following a seven-year, 1,000-concert stand at the Las Vegas Hilton, the singer submitted to extensive hip surgery (not replacement) in December. "It was supposed to be a two-hour surgery, and it turned out to be seven hours," he notes. "What they found when they went in was that I’d ripped the muscles off my hip on both sides. So they had to pull them back like you would a window shade and nailed them back to my hips on both sides."

Ouch? Ouch. "That was a big surprise and the recovery has taken, oh God, going on three months now. They said 'you’ll be back on your feet in six weeks -- pleeease, I couldn’t even get out of bed after six weeks. We had all these dates booked and I was walking around, wobbling back and forth, running for the walker every 10 minutes."

Fortunately, that was then, and this is now, and, to paraphrase another monster Manilow melody: looks like he made it. He’s got a new studio album out, "15 Minutes," in which he meditates on the price of fame over 16 highly personal tracks.

And he’s back on track with what he proudly bills as "the most intimate show I’ve ever done" - the perfect antidote, he insists, for those seven years of Vegas gigantism.

"By the time I get to you, I’ll be in great shape. I wouldn’t say all the way back to normal..." (After all, the concert IS in Bloomington, not Normal, for the first time in his Twin Cities history.) "...but yeah, it’s coming back ... I’m walking around, and I’ll be able to do it."

Please, though: No chasing him up and down grassy knolls after the show!

At a glance... What: Barry Manilow concert. When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Where: U.S. Cellular Coliseum, 101 S. Madison St., Bloomington. Tickets: $19.99 to $119.99. Box office: 800-745-3000.

April 4, 2012 PJ Star"Crooner Barry Manilow embraces who he is and what his audiences want to hear" by Danielle Hatch
Barry Manilow has a couple dozen upcoming concerts listed on, including a Wednesday show at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. But he objects to labeling these engagements a "tour." "When you say 'tour,' I think of those years when I was away from home for months at a time," the superstar said recently. "I'm not touring. I'm doing these little one-nighters, and I can handle that."

Manilow, 68, underwent a hip muscle repair surgery in December, the same month he ended his concert run at the Paris Las Vegas. After several weeks of recovery, the showman returned to the stage March 8 in Moline. He says the earliest shows were a challenge. "There were so many people out there who were so excited, I just had to do the shows," he said. "The doctors and the physical therapists thought I'd be ready to go but I wasn't, I know I wasn't. I found myself in a really rough situation, and I don't think it hurt the shows, and I don't think the audience was uncomfortable. But as soon as the curtain closed, I'd pay the price."

Manilow says he expects to be "in real good shape" by the time he takes the stage in Bloomington.

Manilow in June released "15 Minutes," a concept album that focuses on a fictitious character who hits it big, lives in the spotlight then experiences a fall. Manilow says when it came time to lay down the vocals, he had a bit of an epiphany. "I thought we were talking about another guy, but I had experienced every one of those songs," he said. "I hadn't gone down as far as we take this guy, but I've been down. I was able to sing these songs with as much truth and authenticity as I could possibly find, because I really had experienced all of it."

Manilow said he enjoyed creating the album because he likes writing about situations and characters - more than sitting down to write a love song. Ironic, since smooth ballads like "Mandy," "Looks Like We Made It" and "Can't Smile Without You" solidified his place in music history. It is estimated that he has sold more than 75 million records during his career.

"Writing a love song that could make it on the radio has always been the hardest thing for me to do," he said. "You've always heard about the blank page, well that's about as blank as you can get: 'Hey, write a love song that will make it on the radio.' ... For me, it is torture to write a love song about nothing that has a melody that people will walk away humming. If I have a situation or a character to write for, I can do that really great. So I came up with this idea about somebody who wanted fame, gets it, blows it and tries to do it all over again."

Fan's aren't likely to hear many of the "15 Minutes" songs at his Bloomington show, however. Manilow is all but required to perform his cornerstone hits, as audiences expect to sing along to tunes such as "Copacabana" and "I Write the Songs." "I know what that audience wants," he said. "They want to hear these songs they grew up with, that they still love. Now and again I will throw in an album cut, or one or two songs from '15 Minutes,' but the basis of these shows are the (songs) that they know."

Manilow tries to keep his fans happy. After all, they've stuck by him for decades, even as the critics took their shots. "I should get the purple heart for surviving all of those terrible jokes," said Manilow, who admits he was unsettled by the level of fame he reached early on, when the song "Mandy" reached the top of the charts in 1974.

"I didn't want it," he said. "I wasn't interested in being a performer or giving interviews like we're doing now, or putting makeup on. I fought it for the first three or four years. I realized about four years into it, that this wasn't going away, it was going to be my life. I had to make friends with this thing, and I had to embrace this new life that had come out of the blue or I was going to be a very unhappy guy."

He finally gave in and began to enjoy the spotlight. "Would I like to walk down the street without people staring? Yeah," he says. "But that's my life and the rest of it is so great that I do not regret a moment of it."

April 3, 2012 Huntington News"Additional Barry Manilow Tickets on Sale" by Tony Rutherford
The Big Sandy Superstore Arena (Huntington, West Virginia) has made additional tickets for the April 19 Barry Manilow concert available. You can go see the Emmy and Grammy Award winning performer who "writes the songs," for as little as $9.99 or $19.99. That's not a typographical error, either! Seats in the upper levels of the arena have been released from production holds.

Aside from world wide sell-out concerts and repeated best selling albums, Manilow reigns as one of soft rocks few lyricists that romanticize your thoughts as you visualize his elaborately detailed ballads sometimes referred to as 'story songs.'

In 1978 he had five best selling albums simultaneously on the best selling charts. The feat has only been equaled by such superstars as Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, and Johnny Mathis.

He has a strong fan following. In fact, his most ardent supporters are called "Fanilows."

Manilow's hit parade ranges from "Could It Be Magic," "Mandy" and "I Can't Smile Without You" to "I Made It Through the Rain" and "Ready to Take a Chance Again," which was the theme song for the Goldie Hawn/Chevy Chase screwball comedy, "Foul Play."

Giving back in gratitude for his musical gifts, Manilow and friends formed the Manilow Music Project as part of the nonprofit Manilow Health and Hope Fund. Responding to the needs of local public schools and their severely depleted music programs, the mission statement of the Manilow Music Project highlights the importance of music programs in our schools and donates instruments and materials to school music programs.

April 3, 2012 The Herald-DispatchTickets on sale for April 19 Manilow concert
HUNTINGTON, WV -- Grammy, Tony and Emmy-Award-winning recording artist Barry Manilow is coming to Big Sandy Superstore Arena on April 19 with new price levels starting at just $9.99. Production holds have been released in select sections with two new price levels available: $9.99 and $19.99.

The newly released sections will have tickets available now on, the arena's box office, any Ticketmaster outlet/location, or 1-800-745-3000.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million, Barry Manilow is ranked as the top Adult Contemporary chart artist of all time, according to R&R (Radio & Records); with no less than 25 consecutive top 40 hits to his credit between 1975 and 1983, on the Billboard Hot 100. Manilow has worked on more than 40 albums during the course of his career as a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer.

Tickets are on sale now and are available for purchase at the arena box office, 1-800-745-3000, or on

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