LIVE: Barry Manilow @ SPAC, 8/25/11

August 31st, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg
Barry Manilow @ SPAC

Now that Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Perry Como and Sammy Davis Jr. are long gone, but not forgotten, the musical mantle of the male troubadour-crooner specializing in Broadway show tunes, pop songs and vocal jazz standards is almost vacant.

Yes, the magnificent Tony Bennett is still out there, but, regrettably, he’s slowing down, and his live performances have become fewer and farther between.

With the exception of numerous younger imitators of the old masters (Harry Connick, Jr., John Pizzarelli) and hundreds of tribute artists (tonight only: so-and-so’s tribute to Sinatra), who’s left out there that’s still an original?

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Barry Manilow, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

August 23rd, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow

“I know I bought albums before the Beatles, but they didn’t really have any impact on me.

The one that had the most impact on me early on was ‘Rubber Soul.’ It wasn’t the first one that I bought, but it was the first album that really remember having a really major impact on me. The rest of them were just wallpaper, but ‘Rubber Soul’ really stopped me dead in my tracks.

They were really good songs – not ’40s songs from my parents’ generation. And they weren’t this ’50s cheese – like Patti Page and that stuff that was on the radio then – that I never really connected with. But suddenly in the ’60s, I found my own music that really spoke to me, and ‘Rubber Soul’ led the way.”

Accompanied by the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, veteran popmeister Barry Manilow steps into the spotlight at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs at 7:30pm on Thursday (August 25). Tix are $29.50, $39.50, $59.50, $79.50, $99.50; lawn $20. Kids 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn when accompanied by a paying adult.

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