A fit Barry Manilow returns to San Antonio
A fit Barry Manilow returns to San Antonio

A fit Barry Manilow returns to San Antonio

After postponing his May concert due to bronchitis, a fit Barry Manilow returned to San Antonio’s AT&T Center on June 29, 2013.  With summer vacation plans already in place for many fans who had purchased tickets, staff confirmed that many ticket holders unfortunately requested and received refunds from the cancelled May concert.  Nevertheless, Manilow performed to a  near sold-out audience who were grateful for both his return to health, and return to the city of San Antonio.

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For many, hearing a Barry Manilow song is like seeing an old friend you’ve really missed.  With no opening set and backed by a stellar 9-piece band that included a percussionist and two background vocalists, Manilow still holds his own at seventy years old.  He looked fit and was in great spirits.  His set list (below) included all those familiar numbers that fans welcomed into their lives so many years ago.

Being the consummate professional, each song was introduced by a story.  ‘Brooklyn Blues‘ was his homage to home, ‘This One’s For You‘ was his tribute to grandpa, and ‘I Am Your Child‘ his was his ode to self-discovery and perseverance.  His vocals sounded terrific and he seamlessly traveled from electric piano to baby grand to center stage with arms spread wide and moves to go with it.  He laughingly told the crowd ‘I was the Justin Bieber of the 70’s.  It’s true, just ask your mother’!  Manilow is still the same old-school entertainer that shot to stardom in 1974 with ‘Mandy.’

The response from Manilow‘s fans at the AT&T Center confirmed that he still has that inherent  ability to connect with a venue full of admirers.  He is more than just a musician playing for his supporters.  Manilow draws you in and he was quite on target when he laughingly joked ‘I still got it’!

AT&T Center San Antonio Set List
It’s a Miracle
Could It Be Magic
Somewhere in the Night
Looks Like We Made It
Can’t Smile Without You
Bandstand Boogie
Old Songs
Stay
Even Now
Brooklyn Blues
I Am Your Child
This One’s For You
New York City Rhythm
Weekend in New England
Let’s Hang On
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
(Frankie Valli cover)
Every Single Day (from the musical Harmony)a
Tryin’ to Get the Feeling Again
I Made It Through the Rain
Mandy / Could It Be Magic
Copacabana
I Write the Songs

Encore:
It’s a Miracle (Reprise)

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