|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:
ON HIS RECENT HIP SURGERY
"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."
ON HIS RECOVERY PROCESS
"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."
ON STRIPPING DOWN FROM HIS VEGAS SHOWS
"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."
ON THE ADVANTAGES OF A SMALLER PRODUCTION
"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."
ON "15 MINUTES," HIS NEW ALBUM ABOUT FAME
"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."
ON HIS ADVICE FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS ON THE VERGE OF FAME
"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."
ON PERFORMING THE NEW "15 MINUTES" SONGS
"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."
ON THE SNAPSHOT OF MANILOW, MARILYN MANSON AND LANA DEL REY THAT RECENTLY WENT VIRAL
"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."
ON MAKING A NEW FRIEND IN THE PROCESS
"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 Eagle||Barry 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 www.selectaseat.com 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 tulsaworld.com/bok, Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center, all Tickets.com 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 You||Barry 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 www.bokcenter.com, the Arby's Box Office, all Tickets.com outlets or by calling 1-866-7-BOKCTR.
|April 9, 2012 ||KAKE Wichita||Barry 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 chesapeakearena.com, or call (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets.
|April 9, 2012 ||KSN.com||Barry 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 www.selectaseat.com, 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 www.bokcenter.com or call their box office at 1-866-7-BOKCTR.
|April 6, 2012 ||Peoria Journal Star||Manilow 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 Ticketmaster.com. 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 Pollstar.com, 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-Dispatch||Tickets 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 www.ticketmaster.com, 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 www.ticketmaster.com.