Barry Briefs - Archive 38

  • Calling all Barry Manilow fans - Submit a question to the superstar - We want to hear from you! Are you Barry Manilow's biggest fan? Want to ask the superstar a question? Tell us why you love Barry and submit your question HERE. (TODAY Show, 9/16/2021)

  • Barry Manilow reacts to being interrupted mid-song at 'We Love NYC' due to weather - Barry Manilow's performance at the "We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert" in New York City's Central Park was cut short due to inclement weather in the area. He called in to CNN to talk to Anderson Cooper about the interruption and sings the song he wasn't able to perform. (CNN, 8/22/2021)

  • Watch the Moment Barry Manilow Was Cut Off Mid-Song When NYC Concert Was Evacuated - New Yorkers were met with disappointment on Saturday night when, amid the ongoing Hurricane Henri in the northeast, the city’s We Love NYC homecoming concert at Central Park was canceled. It was unfortunately canceled smack dab during the live stage performance from Barry Manilow. Right as he was singing the 1978 hit “Can’t Smile Without You,” concertgoers were told over the loudspeakers to “proceed to your vehicles and protected areas outside of the event center.” Watch the moment below.

    The halt to the Manilow performance occurred around 7:30 p.m., and saw 60,000 fans in attendance, including those in the VIP area, exit immediately. At the time of the evacuation, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio expressed optimism that the show would still go on. “We need everyone for a brief period of time to move to some place safe because of thunder and lightning, and then we will bring the concert back,” he said, as reported by the New York Post...As Variety reported, “For nearly three hours afterward, as some of the performers who yet to play waited things out in their trailers, Clive Davis and other organizers talked with city officials with the idea that the show might resume without an audience and wrap up as a pure broadcast event. But the hope of a crowd-free resumption proved to be in vain, with host network CNN announcing just before 10:30 -- with rain and lightning still in the area -- that there was no possibility of even an impromptu, informal finale.”

    Springsteen, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, The Killers, and Colombian pop star Maluma all had performances that were called off by the storm. Still, portions of the show still went on. Among the performers who got the chance to play onstage were Andrea Bocelli, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as Santana and Rob Thomas. The Central Park concert was programmed by Clive Davis. (IndieWire, 8/22/2021)

  • Henri cuts short Manilow set at NYC virus recovery concert - This time, Barry Manilow didn’t make it through the rain. Unlike the Grammy-winning recording artist's 1980 hit, "I Made It Through Rain," the superstar-laden "Homecoming Concert" in New York City's Central Park was canceled because of dangerous weather as Hurricane Henri approached the Northeast on Saturday. Manilow began performing “Can’t Smile Without You,” as part of a medley of his hits when the announcement interrupted his performance, ordering concert goers to immediately leave the park and seek shelter. The singer continued on, not realizing at first what was happening. Organizers repeated over public address for concertgoers to “calmly move to the nearest exits and proceed to areas outside of the park.” The five-hour concert, intended to celebrate New York City’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, was about halfway through when the weather became an issue. Heavy rain and lightning filled the sky. As the crowd -- estimated at more than 60,000 -- began leaving the concert area, there was a moment of optimism that the show might resume once the weather cleared. But a few minutes later, another announcement said it was canceled as the downpour intensified... (MarketWatch, 8/22/2021)

  • NYC Central Park Concert - New York officials have announced a star-studded lineup for the We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert on the Great Lawn at Central Park – but don’t bother getting tickets if you haven’t been vaccinated. LL Cool J, Elvis Costello, Andrea Bocelli, The Killers, Barry Manilow and other luminaries have been announced as part of the bill alongside previously revealed performances from Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and Jennifer Hudson, with more to come.

    But in a shift from initial plans that reportedly included sections some availability for socially distanced attendance for those without proof of vaccination, the August 21 show is now limited to vaccinated attendance only. “We want this to be a concert for the people,” says Mayor Bill de Blasio. “But I also want to be clear: It has to be a safe concert. It has to be a concert that helps us keep moving forward our recovery. So, if you want to go to this concert, you need to show proof of vaccination.”

    Some accomodation will be made for those who cannot be vaccinated due to health reasons, according to a release issued by the city. But for most, the concert will only be available to the vaccinated. Most tickets to the event will be available free to the public through the city, though VIP passes will also be available for purchase. Naturally, held-back tickets will form the core of the VIP offerings, with Citi cardholders able to purchase through an exclusive presale beginning on Thursday, July 29. Remaining VIP passes as well as the free passes to the main sections of the grounds will be released in batches over the week beginning Monday, August 2.

    Curated by industry legend and Brooklyn native Clive Davis, the event at Central Park has the following artists confirmed to date (in alphabetical order): Jon Batiste, Andrea Bocelli, Kane Brown, LL Cool J, Elvis Costello, Lucky Daye, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Cynthia Erivo, Jimmy Fallon Jennifer Hudson, Wyclef Jean, Journey, The Killers, Gayle King, Don Lemon, Barry Manilow, The New York Philharmonic, Polo G, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Rob Thomas. “There is absolutely no place more special than Central Park to celebrate the reopening of New York City,” said Clive Davis. “I consider the Mayor’s request a true honor; and, with Live Nation, we are curating an unforgettable show befitting of this historic occasion.”

    “Live music has the unique ability to bring us together,” said Geoff Gordon, Regional President, Live Nation. “We are excited to join Mayor de Blasio, Clive Davis, and Danny Meyer in producing this special night of live music as we reconnect fans with some of their favorite artists in Central Park for the WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert.” (TicketNews, 7/28/2021)

  • LL Cool J, Santana, Barry Manilow join - Carlos Santana, Brooklyn's Barry Manilow and Bay Shore native LL Cool J are among the performers who will join previously announced headliners Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Jennifer Hudson at next month's Central Park concert to celebrate New York City's recovery from COVID-19, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. The Aug. 21 concert will be broadcast worldwide on CNN and will also include performances by Elvis Costello, Andrea Bocelli, Wyclef Jean and Cynthia Erivo, the mayor said. Patti Smith will duet with Springsteen. "This is going to be an historic, monumental moment for all New Yorkers and all Americans," de Blasio said. "I’ll put it plainly: You’re going to want to be here." City officials said 80% of the tickets for the concert will be free. Free and for-purchase tickets will be released to the public in batches starting on Aug. 2 at Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for entry, de Blasio said. (Newsday, 7/27/2021)

  • Bruce Springsteen, Babyface, Barry Manilow To Perform At We Love NYC Concert - The much-hyped Clive Davis-produced concert taking place on New York’s Great Lawn has just been officially announced. Live Nation wrote on their Instagram, “New York City… we’re BACK! It’s time to celebrate with a once in a lifetime concert event! We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert brings an all-star lineup of performers to the Great Lawn in Central Park on Saturday, August 21. Tickets available Monday, August 2 at 10am.” Taking place from August 14-22, NYC Homecoming Week featuring live concerts, free movie screenings, cultural activities, public art and more. This five-borough week of events will drive support for the mom-and-pop businesses.

    The confirmed full lineup is as follows: Jon Batiste, Andrea Bocelli, Barry Manilow, Earth, Wind & Fire, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Journey, Carlos Santana, Paul Simon, Lucky Dave, Cynthia Erivo, Kane Brown, Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Hudson, Wyclef Jean, LL Cool J, The Killers, Gayle King, Don Lemon, The New York Philharmonic, Patti Smith, Rob Thomas, Polo G

    As a celebration of New York City’s comeback, the concert will promote health, safety, and equity. Eighty percent of We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert tickets will be available for free. For ticketholders, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for entry. Given the outdoor setting and vaccination requirement, masks will be optional. “This is going to be a historic, monumental moment for all New Yorkers and all Americans. I’ll put it plainly: You’re going to want to be here. This is truly once in a lifetime and we thank Clive Davis, Live Nation and Danny Meyer for all their efforts to help make this possible,” said Mayor de Blasio. “This is a celebration of our city, of every working family who faced incredible challenges last year and overcame. This is a celebration for you.”

    “Live music has the unique ability to bring us together,” said Geoff Gordon, Regional President, Live Nation. For more information head over to NYC.GOV/HOMECOMINGWEEK (WROR, 7/27/2021)

  • Lucille Ball's Lost Radio Show to Broadcast Exclusively on New SiriusXM Comedy Channel - NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- SiriusXM today announced a new channel dedicated to one of the funniest women in the history of comedy: Lucille Ball. "Let's Talk to Lucy," named after her 1960s CBS Radio show, will be available on channel 104 starting on August 5. The special programming will also be available on the SXM App, Pandora, and Stitcher ... In-between starring in four television series and more than 70 films, Lucy would frequently jump from set to set, tape recorder in hand, and talk about all aspects of life with some of the biggest names in Hollywood history, including Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Carol Burnett, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, and dozens more. These recordings eventually made it onto air when CBS Radio broadcast them as "Let's Talk to Lucy" from 1964-1965. However, for the last 50-plus years they've never been heard publicly again -- until now.

    On the new, limited-run SiriusXM channel Let's Talk to Lucy, listeners will finally get to experience these amazing conversations in their entirety. In addition to hearing from classic Hollywood icons, modern day stars will also join the channel to pay tribute to the five-time Emmy Award winner. Amy Poehler, Rosie O'Donnell, Tiffany Haddish, Ron Howard, Carol Burnett, Debra Messing, Joy Behar, Robert Klein, Barry Manilow, Sean Astin, Kathie Lee Gifford, Seth Rudetsky, Danny Burnstein, Randy Rainbow, among many others, will answer some of the original questions asked by Lucy, herself, in the day... (Olean Times Herald, 8/3/2021)

  • DJ Claptone teams up with Barry Manilow - The mysterious DJ and producer Claptone has announced his forthcoming third album called Closer. The 14 track album is set for release on the 12th of November via Different Recordings /PIAS, and it will feature a string of collaborators and pop icons including Barry Manilow, Seal and Ireland's own James Vincent McMorrow ... The album has been three years in the making and shows off a natural development in sound for Claptone. Closer was co-produced by Stuart Price, the three-time Grammy-winning electronic musician, DJ, songwriter, and record producer who has collaborated with artists such as Madonna, The Killers, Dua Lipa and Pet Shop Boys ... Claptone also enlists the help of some fresh and exciting names such as Mayer Hawthorne, Mansionair, APRE, Dizzy, SPELLES, Lau.Ra, Two Another and long-time Claptone collaborator, Nathan Nicholson, ex-singer of The Boxer Rebellion. The most intriguing and surprising name to pop up on the album though has to be American Pop icon and showman Barry Manilow. It came about when Claptone heard Manilow speaking on a chatshow stating that his "favourite act was some guy named Claptone." Claptone soon got in contact and asked the music legend to collaborate and before long, the pair collaborated on a track that Manilow wanted - which was that “he was looking for a Dusty Springfield/Pet Shop Boys moment”. That moment has now arrived, with Barry Manilow featuring on standout album track, "Nobody." (, 08 July 2021)

  • Concerts worth catching in Las Vegas - When we think of Las Vegas, gambling is usually the first thing that springs to mind. However, while the strip is home to an array of impressive casinos, some of the world’s greatest musicians descend on Sin City to play shows. If you’re heading to Las Vegas in the coming months and want to see a spectacle, here are some of the best concerts worth catching ... BARRY MANILOW: Las Vegas really does welcome some of the planet’s most recognizable music stars like Barry Manilow. Taking residency at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, Manilow has a string of shows in Sin City, commencing on September 16th through to December 4th. Manilow’s career has spanned over 50 years, with some of his biggest hits including “Mandy,” “Could It Be Magic,” and “Can’t Smile Without You.” To date, Manilow has sold over 85 million records worldwide, cementing his place as one of the planet’s biggest-selling artists... (The Music Universe, 7/8/2021)

  • Can you hear that? It’s live music, scheduled to return to Las Vegas this year - This year just keeps getting better and better. Las Vegas is hosting larger crowds every week, and come June 1 the city is expected to reopen 100%. That means all the venues, restaurants and experiences you’ve come to know and love as part of the Vegas experience are likely to return as well, and that includes live music, one of the last holdouts of the pandemic shutdown. We don’t know about any of you, but live music is one of the things we miss the most - there’s just no substitute for being in a huge gathering and enjoying one of your favorite musical artists play your favorite songs ... Barry Manilow (Westgate Las Vegas) His residency was one of the funnest tickets in town, and will likely remain so when he resumes performing on Sept. 16. It’s not just his ridiculous number of unforgettable, singable hits like “Mandy” and “Can’t Smile Without You.” It’s the energy, charm and good humor he brings to every performance. (Las Vegas Magazine, 5/17/2021)

  • Memorable Moments From Clive Davis’ Grammy Museum Benefit - During part two of his virtual Pre-Grammy Gala Saturday night (May 15), host Clive Davis revealed something he said he’d never publicly shared before: his favorite song. It’s a question the Sony Music chief creative officer says he gets frequently asked and always dodged -- until now. Turns out he has two: Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” The timing of his reveal was fortuitous, given that Paul Simon was one of the many superstars joining Davis for an interview early in the six-hour marathon event ... The first edition, benefitting MusiCares, was held Jan. 30, which would have been the night before the Grammys, but the Grammys got postponed to March 14. Then, the second edition, benefitting the Grammy Museum, was slated to take place on March 13 -- the night before the rescheduled Grammys -- but Davis contracted Bell’s palsy and postponed the event until May 15.

    A-list music industry execs were also in attendance, including Republic Records CEO Monte Lipman, Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta, Sony Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr., Universal Music Publishing Group CEO Jody Gerson and managers Coran Capshaw and Arnold Stiefel. Davis added he didn’t know how he would top the first edition, which featured Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Chance The Rapper, Barry Gibb, and Sean Combs, among others, but the wattage shone even brighter the second time around. In addition to [Paul] Simon, Davis interviewed Elton John, Joni Mitchell, DaBaby, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, Dave Grohl, H.E.R., Dionne Warwick, Barry Manilow, Chris Stapleton, Slash, Santana and Rob Thomas, John Mellencamp and Donovan, among others.

    Highlights from the evening [included] Dave Grohl is a Fanilow ... The Foo Fighters' “Times Like These” “seems to reflect on the things that are important to you, you have hope, you learn to live again.” In addition to admitting that Davis once “kicked my ass so hard” during a game of ping pong, Grohl confessed that he was quite the Barry Manilow fan, especially after seeing him perform at one of Davis’s pre-Grammy galas. “I’d never seen him play before and he did [a] medley of 12 of his biggest hits, and I was crying, I was in tears. He blew my mind,” Grohl said. (Billboard, 5/16/2021)

  • Clive Davis Conducts Historic 6 Hour Zoom Session with Superstars - Last night, to raise funds for the Grammy Museum and Musicares, [Clive] Davis conducted a six hour Zoom gala in which he interviewed superstars who are publicity shy and featured rare video and live performances by A listers. The show began at 7pm and ended at 1am. At the end, [Davis] conducted a short after party on line for those still awake, including everyone on the west coast. On his interview list: Elton John, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, Dionne Warwick, Berry Gordy, Chris Stapleton, Oprah Winfrey, Donovan, Barry Manilow, Dave Grohl, and Rob Thomas and Carlos Santana, whose hit “Smooth” was a Davis production. Rock stars like John Fogerty, Carly Simon, songwriters Valerie Simpson and Carole Bayer Sager, and many more remained plugged in for the six hours. Motown chief Berry Gordy, who’s 91, told Davis, 89, that he once considered himself Davis’s rival and is now thrilled to be his friend. (ShowBiz 411, 5/16/2021)

  • Curtain Up: Barry Manilow Vegas showbiz news - There were almost too many concert and event announcements this week ... Barry Manilow pushed the return of his Vegas residency show to the Westgate International Theater to September 16 and now has 18 dates stretching into December. Justin Bieber rescheduled his tour to 2022 ... Grown-up pop stars Debbie Gibson and Joey McIntyre added a fourth show at the Sands Showroom at the Venetian and are now on the docket for August 26-29 ... Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons will help restart the Smith Center’s programming with a show on October 8 in Reynolds Hall... (Las Vegas Sun, 5/14/2021)

  • Clive Davis Sets Date for Second Virtual Grammy Event - Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Clive Davis announced in January that he would be dividing his iconic pre-Grammy Awards bash into two separate virtual productions, one scheduled for Jan. 30 and the other for March 13 on the eve of the telecast. The first event hosted more than 2,000 guests including Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Sean Combs, Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and John Legend while raising money for MusiCares. The March benefit got postponed in February when Davis revealed that he had been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, a condition characterized by muscle weakness that often causes one side of the face to droop. Now that he's made progress on the road to a full recovery, Davis has revealed that he'll pick back up where he left off with a second installment of the star-packed virtual event. It is back on the calendar for May 15 and will benefit the Grammy Museum. Expected to appear are Elton John, Paul Simon, Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor, Joni Mitchell, John Mellencamp, Carlos Santana, Rob Thomas, Berry Gordy, Dionne Warwick, Barry Manilow, Earth Wind & Fire, Slash, Dave Grohl, Oprah Winfrey, H.E.R. and DaBaby. Similar to the January event, the virtual gathering is designed to celebrate "the greatest live performances of all time" as curated by the music mogul. “Part I was truly memorable...a special lifetime night," Davis said in a statement. "You just won’t believe what we have in store for PART II. I am deeply privileged to be joined by some of the greatest artists ever while paying tribute to several of the most electrifying live performances in music history.” (The Hollywood Reporter, 4/20/2021)

  • The Polyphonic Spree cover Barry Manilow - The Polyphonic Spree have released a trippy new video for “She’s A Rainbow” by The Rolling Stones, featured on their new covers album 'Afflatus,' [the] one-night live recording session, just before the 2020 lockdown. "We knew it was probably going to be the last time we saw each other for a long time,” reminisces frontman Tim DeLaughter, “and the next day, everything started to close" ... Featuring a range of material from a diverse group of artists that all hold a special significance to the band, 'Afflatus' includes interpretations of classic hits by INXS, Daniel Johnston, Rush, Barry Manilow, ABBA, and more. In addition to staples like The Rolling Stones, the set also features tracks that fans have never heard before, like "Could It Be Magic" by Barry Manilow, which holds a special significance to DeLaughter. "A lot of the music I’m attracted to, melodically speaking, can be traced back to my younger years," he explains. "I was running my dad’s business on the weekends as a kid, and there was this cassette of Barry Manilow songs that I played over and over. I loved the grandiose, high-reaching production for essentially a pop song." (Grateful Web, 4/22/2021)

  • Return of celebrity Strip headliners - The bright lights are back on! Las Vegas continues to make a comeback from COVID-19. Not only are our tourism numbers on the rise, but shows are starting to come back as well. After all, we know Las Vegas wouldn't be the entertainment capital of the world without celebrity star power to put on a show. Justin Bieber kicks things off on June 4 ... Barry Manilow re-starts his residency at the Westgate on June 10. After his shows were delayed several times, Manilow is scheduled to perform 18 times in Las Vegas between June and October. In July, comedians Dave Chappelle (MGM Grand Garden Arena) and Bill Burr (The Chelsea) will take the stage in Las Vegas. Multi-Grammy award-winning superstar Bruno Mars makes his return to Las Vegas over 4th of July weekend ... Garth Brooks gets the party started at Allegiant Stadium with a concert scheduled for July 10 ... The following Friday, Usher kicks off his highly-anticipated residency at Caesars Palace ... Carlos Santana is coming back to House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay for two dozen shows between August and December... (KTNV-13 ABC, 4/26/2021)

  • Songwriter and producer Jim Steinman - Jim Steinman, the best known for his epic and over-the-top work on Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II, [has] died. The legendary Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, record producer, and playwright was 73. Steinman, whose brand of bombastic, theatrical, Wagnerian rock ‘n’ roll earned him the nickname “Lord of Excess” was born Nov. 1, 1947 in New York City ... Steinman put his indelible stamp on two massive, operatic songs from Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 album Faster Than the Speed of Night: the title track and “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” the latter hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 100 while another song he wrote and produced, Air Supply’s “Making Love Out of Nothing at All,” simultaneously held strong at No. 2. That same year, a song Steinman wrote for Barry Manilow, “Read ‘Em and Weep,” occupied the top spot on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart for eight straight weeks. A year later, Steinman produced and cowrote Tyler’s hit “Holding Out for a Hero” for the teen dance movie Footloose ... In 1989, Steinman formed Pandora’s Box with Ellen Foley, Elaine Caswell, Gina Taylor, and Deliria Wilde, and while that band’s one album was not even released in North America, a song from it, “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now,” was a massive international hit for Celine Dion in 1996, cracking or topping the top 10 charts in 22 countries... (Yahoo! Entertainment, 4/20/2021)

  • The 5 Best Live Music Shows in Las Vegas - Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, and with so many different stage shows to experience after you have had your fill of the casino floor, choosing just one can be tricky. To narrow down your options, here is a look at just five of the top live music extravaganzas on the Strip, hopefully catering to as many tastes as possible.

    1. Barry Manilow @ The Westgate Resort: You don’t get to survive in the entertainment industry for as long as Barry Manilow has without being able to put on consistently impressive performances, and even as he nears the end of his eight decade, he can still wow audiences night after night. His show at the Westgate has earned rave reviews from attendees, and it’s definitely a glitzy affair that will give you your money’s worth, with a 90 minute extravaganza covering his gargantuan career and packing in plenty of hits and sing-along moments. A performer of Manilow’s pedigree also attracts world class musicians, as you would expect, so the backing band alone is full of so much talent that seeing them would be worth the ticket price with or without Barry at the helm. The Westgate itself is worth visiting in the run-up to the show, as it has plenty of in-house attractions and amenities for guests and passersby alike...

    2. All Shook Up @ Planet Hollywood... 3. Usher @ Caesars Palace... 4. House of Blues... 5. Cirque Du Soleil – The Beatles LOVE @ The Mirage... (Contact Music, 3/2/2021)

  • Reminisce With Clive Davis at Virtual Pre-Grammy Gala - Clive Davis... talk show host? Well, not exactly. But this year’s version of his annual exclusive pre-Grammy party -- taking place virtually and in two parts, the first of which was Saturday night -- did have, as one change among several, not just performances, but extended conversations that had the legendary music mogul chatting up a dozen guests (Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, Barry Gibb, Carole King, John Legend [and more]) ... Also spotted [were] Nile Rodgers, Barry Manilow, George Benson, the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Cameron Crowe, Tyra Banks, Herbie Hancock, Dan + Shay, Keith Urban, Gayle King, Rob Thomas, Tony Orlando, Quincy Jones, Diane Warren, Taylor Dayne [and many more] ... Since the mid-’70s, Davis’ pre-Grammy gala has traditionally been the biggest and most exclusive music industry party, but it was hard to imagine what a virtual version might look like ... With the Grammys being moved from Jan. 31 to March 14 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Davis decided to double down and hold two parties -- one on the original date Saturday night, and another on what will turn out to be the real Grammy Eve March 13, with the first a benefit for MusiCares, the Grammy’s charitable wing, and the second for the Grammy Museum. (Variety, 1/30/2021)

  • Barry Manilow returning to Las Vegas in June - Barry Manilow has reset his return to International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas to June 10. The superstar and the hotel made the formal announcement Friday. The new dates following speculation about whether “The Hits Come Home” would possibly perform in February, March and May. “I can’t wait to get back onstage at my Las Vegas home at Westgate’s International Theater in 2021, and bring the magic back to my amazing fans,” Manilow said in a statement. According to the hotel, ticket-holders for the postponed shows will be contacted with rescheduling options.

    Manilow’s run resumes June 10-12. Then he’s back June 17-[19], Sept. 16-18, Sept. 23-25, Oct. 14-16 and Oct. 21-23. The recording superstar has logged more than 500 shows overall at International Theater, where he first headlined from 2005-2010, when the property was the Las Vegas Hilton. He played another two years at Paris Theater... (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 1/8/2021)

  • Barry Manilow postpones Las Vegas concerts - Westgate Las Vegas resident headliner Barry Manilow has postponed February, March and May scheduled performances for later in the year, the resort announced today. The singer and songwriter’s “The Hits Come Home” shows in the International Theater at Westgate are now set to resume on June 10. (Las Vegas Sun, 1/8/2021)

  • You Make The Sun Shine | Gary Barlow - You Make The Sun Shine featuring Barry Manilow, from Gary Barlow's new album "Music Played By Humans" is now available on your favorite streaming sites. Listen now:

    • Released on: 2020-11-27
    • Producer, Associated Performer, Vocals, Keyboards: Gary Barlow
    • Producer, Studio Personnel, Engineer, Mixer, Associated Performer, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, Bass: Ryan Carline
    • Associated Performer, Piano: Barry Manilow
    • Associated Performer, Keyboards: James Wiltshire
    • Associated Performer, Drum Programmer: James Wiltshire
    • Associated Performer, String Arranger: Malcolm Edmonstone
    • Associated Performer, Orchestra Contractor: Amy Stewart
    • Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer: Andrew Cook
    • Studio Personnel, Mastering Engineer: Randy Merrill
    • Composer, Lyricist: Gary Barlow
    (Music Services, 27 November 2020)

  • Gary Barlow’s Night at the Museum - Gary Barlow is ending what he calls a “tumultuous” year with a televised one-off concert, Gary Barlow’s Night at the Museum, that he hopes will give a lift to fans across the country. The Take That singer-songwriter and former judge on The X Factor has a new album coming out in late November, Music Played By Humans, and the concert will be broadcast on ITV, filmed among the fossils and dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.

    As well songs from his new album, Barlow will be performing some of his classic hits accompanied by an orchestra. Barlow said: “I am so excited to host this music special. During a tumultuous time for the whole country, it feels amazing to be able to put on a proper night of entertainment at one of the most exciting locations in London and featuring some amazing guests and musicians.”

    Night at the Museum will feature a selection of guest stars, including Canadian crooner Michael Bublé. ITV has not confirmed a date for Gary Barlow’s Night at the Museum, but it will be in December or early in the New Year, part of ITV’s festive line-up. The one-off ITV special was included in its festive line-up announcement last week and the event, the setting and guests like Michael Bublé all shout “Christmas special”.

    Barlow releases his new album, Music Played By Humans, on Friday 27th November, a day on which he’ll also perform on BBC One chat show The Graham Norton Show. Barlow will be playing new songs from Music Played By Humans and the ITV special will feature other selected guests, the only one of whom has been announced so far is Canadian superstar Michael Bublé, a regular visitor to the UK and a massive drawcard. Michael sang on Gary’s new single, Elita, and the pair are old friends. Guest stars on Music Played By Humans include James Corden, Michael Bublé, Sebastián Yatra, Barry Manilow, Chilly Gonzales, Alesha Dixon, Beverley Knight, Ibrahim Maalouf and Avishai Cohen and it’s likely that some of these guests will perform in the ITV concert. (Radio Times, 16 November 2020)

  • Dame Shirley Bassey ‘I Owe It All to You’ - Dame Shirley Bassey has released a new album dubbed her ‘Grand Finale’. The album was released on the 6th November. Fans have already been expressing how much they love the album. One fan on Twitter, described Bassey’s vocals as “top notch”, on her rendition of Lara Fabian’s, ‘Adagio’ ... The first track is ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’ by Queen. Freddie Mercury is absolutely sensational, with his strong rock based vocals. Bassey’s cover sounded amazing. Along with some Queen on the album, we hear covers of songs from the likes of Barry Manilow to Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga to Charlie Chaplin. Bassey’s remake of ‘Smile’ sounds absolutely phenomenal ... Bassey also made a rendition of 'Always On My Mind' by Elvis Presley ... The only new song on this album is the title track, ‘I Owe It All to You’, written by Don Black, who also wrote one the Bond theme Bassey sung, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’. ‘I Owe It All To You’ is a wonderful title track, that certainly makes the album complete. (Celeb Mix, 11/13/2020)

  • Too Early for Christmas Music on the Radio? - Want an indication of the national mood? Take a look at how early Americans start wanting to hear Christmas music after a presidential election. In 2016, L.A. stations jumped the start of their all-holiday programming up earlier than ever before–in one case explicitly mentioning doing so in an attempt to soothe post-campaign nerves–and, this year, they’ve broken their own records. KOST 103.5, the most popular station for holiday music in L.A., switched over to festive tunes on November 5, less than 48 hours after polls closed. (L.A. Magazine, 11/10/2020)

  • Signed memorabilia part of upcoming City of Hope celebrity charity auction - Courtesy of City of Hope, collectible items signed by The Monkees' Micky Dolenz, Barry Manilow, Diana Ross and many other celebrities will go up for bid as part of an upcoming auction benefitting the City of Hope medical research and treatment center focused on cancer and other serious diseases. The virtual sale, dubbed the "Celebrity Sale4Hope," will kick off on November 17 at 6:30 p.m. PT with a ticketed VIP preview event hosted by Will & Grace star Eric McCormack and featuring appearances by veteran actor Craig Bierko, Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider and others. Tickets are available at The auction then will continue on November 18 and 19 with a public sale.

    Among the items being auctioned are a drum head signed by Dolenz and personalized with Monkees lyrics chosen by the winning bidder, an autographed tour program from Manilow and a limited-edition Ross poster autographed by the former Supremes singer. Other memorabilia set to go the block include an autographed CD copy of Barbra Streisand's Ghosts album and a vintage Who poster signed by band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. Check out the full list of items at

    Most of the proceeds raised by the sale will benefit the City of Hope, while a smaller portion will go toward two other organizations: Greenlight Women and the Cancer Support Community LA Junior Board. Greenlight Women is an alliance of female entertainment industry professionals focusing on the needs and goals women over age 40. The Cancer Support Community LA Junior Board aids Los Angeles-area cancer patients and their families. (WXHC X-101, 11/10/2020)

  • Shirley Bassey: goodbye to the Grande Dame of Pop? - At 83, Shirley Bassey is as glamorous as ever. Before the release of her new album, the singer had her photograph taken in gold for the fashion magazine “Vogue”. The British pop diva even wore a gold mask, which became world famous in the 1960s with the James Bond title song “Goldfinger” and has been able to call herself “Dame Shirley” for about 20 years. Even the cover photo of her new studio album, the first in five years, shines with a golden light. The record company calls “I Owe It All To You” a “grand finale” ... In “I Owe It All To You” [she] presents a lavishly orchestrated blend of covers and new songs ... The 83-year-old dramatically sings “Who Wants To Live Forever” by Queen. Bassey sings the classic “Always On My Mind”, with which Elvis Presley and the Pet Shop Boys have had great success, with an almost contagious melancholy. In between is also a number of big bands that randomly swing like “Look But Don’t Touch” ... Barry Manilow’s uplifting and powerful ballad, “I Made It Through The Rain”, is adopted by Bassey as if there was never another version ... With its positive message, the song is updated again. “It’s so important to know that everything will be fine and we will make it,” Bassey says confidently. “The songs I chose all seem very personal and have a connection with my life,” emphasizes the singer. If “I Owe It All To You” were to actually be her latest work, Dame Shirley Bassey was able to say goodbye tailored. (Illadel Graff Supply, 09 November 2020)

  • Gary Barlow announces new album Music Played By Humans out November 27 - Gary Barlow has announced details of his first solo album in seven years. Music Played By Humans will be released on Friday November 27 and is available to pre-order now on CD, CD boxset, CD with hardbook book, download, limited edition red vinyl and cassette formats. Gary's fifth studio album is trailed by the lead single Elita featuring Canadian crooner Michael Buble and Colombian singer Sebastian Yatra, out now. The orchestral collection features original songs that provide a contemporary take on big band music that captured Gary's imagination growing up. In addition to being accompanied by an 80-piece orchestra for the album, Music Played By Humans features additional collaborations with Beverley Knight, Alesha Dixon, James Corden, Chilly Gonzales, Ibrahim Maalouf and Avishai Cohen. The standard album contains 14 tracks, with a duet with Barry Manilow ("You Make The Sun Shine") and four further songs on the deluxe edition... (Official Charts, 30 September 2020)

  • Star-Studded Carousel Of Hope To Celebrate Major Milestones - DENVER (CBS4) – The Children’s Diabetes Foundation hosts the Carousel of Hope as a fundraiser, in addition to that, this year it will be a virtual celebration. Normally, the Carousel of Hope Ball travels between Denver and Los Angeles every year. This year, it’s in California, but because it’s virtual everyone can participate. “This year it’s normally in California, and it’s a very exclusive invite only. But it’s virtual, so we are inviting everyone. And anybody can register. It’s free at,” said Dana Davis, Executive Director of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation.

    The Los Angeles event is always a star-studded event, with big name performances. Davis said that this year will be no different. “Even as we started it, we had more and more people asking to join. People like Oprah Winfrey, Maria Shriver, and Tom Hanks, that are going to be giving messages. We have people like Sam Smith, and Adam Lambert, Barry Manilow, Rod [Stewart] performing, and then we have David Copperfield doing a magic trick, and Judge Judy doing a special little something. So it’s really grown into this super cool show, and we’re excited,” Davis explained. This is a big year for the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. The Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes is celebrating 40-years of top-quality Type 1 diabetes care. And Barbara Davis, herself, is celebrating her 90th birthday.

    While registration for the event is free, there will be a silent auction and donations are encouraged. Carousel of Hope is a fundraiser, providing much needed funding to the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. “What’s really important this year is COVID has affected our patients a lot, so we have a higher percentage of patients living at or below the poverty level. As well as, patients, families who have lost insurance so we care for patients no matter their ability to pay. And we have more and more patients that are required to have free care. This money will go directly to the clinics and to care of patients at this point,” Davis told CBS4. The virtual 34th Annual Carousel of Hope is Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. MST. The event is free, and will stream exclusively on (CBS4 Denver, 10/7/2020)

  • More Added to Carousel of Hope Ball - The night of the Carousel of Hope Ball just got a little more starry! Event chair and host Barbara Davis and co-chair Dana Davis announced Monday that Sir Michael Caine, David Copperfield, John Elway, Kenny G, Tom Hanks, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Richie, Maria Shriver, Sam Smith, Sir Rod Stewart, Pia Toscano, and Usher will join the incredible line-up of talent for the virtual 2020 Carousel of Hope Ball on Saturday, Oct. 10.

    The biennial event, which is dedicated to raising funds for clinical care and diabetes research for the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes and Children's Diabetes Foundation, will stream exclusively on PEOPLE. You can catch the livestream above on Oct. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT. You can also stream the event on PeopleTV, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

    This marks the first time in the event's history that the Carousel of Hope Ball will be available for public viewing. This year's event -- which is in partnership with PEOPLE -- will celebrate two very significant occasions: Davis' 90th birthday and the 40th Anniversary of the Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes.

    This year's event will feature Jay Leno as master of ceremonies and David Foster as music director, George Schlatter as honorary producer, and Clive Davis and Quincy Jones as music chairmen. As previously announced, the evening will be filled with performances and special appearances from stars like Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Tony Bennett, Andrea Bocelli, George Clooney, Dame Joan Collins, Clive Davis, Robert De Niro, Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds, Cynthia Erivo, Jane Fonda, David Geffen, Josh Groban, Samuel L. Jackson, Gladys Knight, Adam Lambert, Jay Leno, Rob Lowe, Nigel Lythgoe, Barry Manilow, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Diane Warren, Dionne Warwick, Oprah Winfrey, Henry Winkler, and many more!

    To Donate to the Children's Diabetes Foundation click here. For more information regarding the Children's Diabetes Foundation and the Carousel of Hope Ball, visit or (, 10/6/2020)

  • Las Vegas is Open! Win Barry Manilow Tickets & Getaway - FM100.3 is excited about Las Vegas coming back to life and reopening. To assist in spreading the word, our friends at Mixed Media Entertainment would love to give you a chance to win a weekend getaway to Las Vegas that includes: a two-night stay at the Westgate Hotel and Casino, dinner for two at the Edge Steakhouse and two great seats to see “Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home.” (FM100.3, 7/2/2020)

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  • CNN to host star-studded July 4th musical special - CNN will host a Fourth of July primetime musical special honoring the US military, frontline workers battling the coronavirus pandemic and citizens across the country demanding equality, the network announced Tuesday. CNN's "The Fourth in America" will air from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. ET and will be hosted by CNN's Don Lemon in New York and CNN's Dana Bash in Washington, DC.

    The event will feature musical performances from Jewel, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Andy Grammer, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana, CeCe Winans, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, The O'Jays, Don McLean, Jesse Colin Young and Little Kids Rock, Burt Bacharach & Musicians from the Berklee College of Music, Harlem Gospel Choir, the original Broadway cast of Girl From the North Country, inspired by the legendary songs of Bob Dylan and the cast of Ain't Too Proud -- The Life and Times of the Temptations.

    The special will also showcase orchestral performances from "The President's Own" United States Marine Band, the US Navy Band and the US Army Field Band. The New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco, Colorado, Houston, Chicago and New York Youth symphonies will all perform as well. "This is a Fourth of July like no other, occurring during the battle against a global pandemic and the fight for equality to assure everyone may realize the promise of America," the network said in a news release. "With most Fourth of July events canceled across the country, CNN will honor our fellow Americans," with a night of performances.

    Firework shows in New York, Washington, Jacksonville, Houston and Nashville will also be highlighted throughout the night. It will stream live for subscribers on's homepage and across mobile devices via CNN's apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo (at on your desktop, smartphone, and iPad, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, SamsungSmart TV, Chromecast and Android TV). (, 6/30/2020)

  • Don McLean, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Cindy and Carlos Santana, Jewel, CeCe Winans And More Set For CNN’s 'The Fourth In America' - CNN’s “The Fourth In America” will be like no other. CNN is marking America’s independence and celebrating the rich diversity of the people who helped build the United States, all while facing the battle against a global pandemic and the continued fight for racial justice. During a July 4th primetime special, CNN will honor our fellow Americans who defend our freedoms, demand equality for all, and are working on the front lines to protect us from the spread of the coronavirus. With many traditional Fourth of July events canceled across the country, CNN’S “The Fourth In America” will showcase musical performances from U.S. military bands, iconic singers, Broadway performers, and feature firework shows in multiple U.S. cities.

    The special will feature musical performances by: Andy Grammar, Barry Manilow, Burt Bacharach & Musicians from the Berklee College of Music, Carlos and Cindy Santana, CeCe Winans, Don McLean, Harlem Gospel Choir, Jesse Colin Young and Little Kids Rock, Jewel, Kenny Loggins, Martina McBride, The O’Jays, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo as well as The Original Broadway Cast of Girl From the North Country, inspired by the legendary songs of Bob Dylan and the Cast of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations. And orchestral performances by: United States Army Field Band, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, United States Navy Band, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony. In addition to New York and DC, the special will highlight firework shows in Jacksonville, Florida; Houston, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee.

    CNN’s “The Fourth in America” will stream live for subscribers on’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo (at on your desktop, smartphone, and iPad, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, SamsungSmart TV, Chromecast and Android TV). (, 6/30/2020)

  • Don McLean, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride & More Set for CNN's 'The Fourth in America' - CNN is celebrating America's independence and its diverse population on July 4 with The Fourth in America, a primetime special which hopes to honor Americans, demand equality and pay tribute to those on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Andy Grammar, Barry Manilow, Burt Bacharach & Musicians from the Berklee College of Music, Carlos and Cindy Santana, CeCe Winans, Don McLean, Harlem Gospel Choir, Jesse Colin Young and Little Kids Rock, Jewel, Kenny Loggins, Martina McBride, The O’Jays, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo as well as The Original Broadway Cast of Girl From the North Country are all scheduled to perform at the star-studded event.

    United States Army Field Band, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, United States Navy Band, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Philharmonic, New York Youth Symphony and San Francisco Symphony will also provide orchestral performances. The special will also feature firework shows in New York, Washington DC, Jacksonville, Florida; Houston, Texas; and Nashville, Tennessee.

    CNN's The Fourth in America will stream live for subscribers on’s homepage and via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo. (Billboard, 6/30/2020)

  • Andy Cohen To Celebrate Pride With Limited-Edition Music Channel - Out celebrity Andy Cohen will celebrate Pride this weekend by turning his radio show into a Pride music channel. On what would have been New York's Pride weekend, Cohen is launching Pride Radio, a limited-edition music channel taking over Radio Andy on SiriusXM (channel 102). “We're giving you a delicious soundtrack for Pride weekend, courtesy of an incredible, eclectic group of performers,” Cohen said. “I can't wait to hear what's on everybody's playlist.” Andy Cohen's Pride Radio will launch on Friday, June 26 at 5 PM ET and run through Sunday, June 28. Andy Cohen and a number of celebrity guest DJs will play their favorite songs and offer commentary throughout the weekend. Taking over with their Pride anthems will be Jim Parsons, Olivia Newton-John, Barry Manilow, Matt Bomer, Paris Hilton, Erika Jayne, Adam Rippon, Kelly Osbourne, Margaret Cho, Jake Shears, Charlie Carver, Jonathan Bennett, and Kristin Chenoweth. Pride Radio will also be commercial-free. (On Top Magazine, 6/25/2020)

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