As soon as the advertisements for his concert hit the media several months ago, we called some friends, found some willing companions, and got tickets. Sure, a lot of other friends laughed when we told them our plans. My thought was...it's now or never to see Barry, because I don't think he's coming back! And, TRULY, Barry Manilow was the soundtrack to my youth. I listened to Barry with my first boyfriend, Barry comforted me when we broke up, Barry sang at my prom...you get the picture!
He's 68 years old, according to his publicity, but who knows? Honestly, he looked a lot different from the Barry I knew in the 70s, but I look a lot different than I did in the 70s...you betcha! Only his plastic surgeon knows for sure. And, he just resumed touring after some hip surgery, so he was good to boogie!
I tried to zoom in with my camera, and this was the closest I could get. For a man with a big voice, he barely opens his mouth. Come to think of it, he barely moves his face....hmmmmm.
But, we had a BLAST! The average audience age was about 60 - believe it! And my friend who works at the arena said they had an unprecedented number of wheelchair attendees. Also easy to believe! I believe there was a joke going around the mature crowd...if anyone throw panties on the stage tonight, they will be Depends! The colorful pic above shows Barry belting out the famous Copacabana number - a real audience pleaser.
The whole concert was so FUN and relaxed...one mega hit after another...sort of an adult sing-along. We knew all the words, and sometimes he encouraged us to take the lead. When we entered the arena, everyone was given a red glowstick and we put those things to work, waving them in rhythm and lighting up the night. Isn't there a Barry song about that? You can see the red lights in the pic below. That's real Barry in the middle stage, flanked by big Barrys on the 2 side screens.
The concert ended early at 9:15. We were shocked when suddenly we realized it was the big closing number. As the audience clapped wildly, we expected Barry to return for an encore, and maybe a second encore. But alas, Barry had left the building! The curtain came down, and Barry was headed to bed early!
Linda's Ode to Barry Manilow - "This one's for you!"
"You came and you gave without taking",
yes, "Yesterday's a dream, I face the morning" without you.
"We started a story who's end must now wait..."
But alas, "We'll just go on burning bright, somewhere in the night!"