Friday, January 21, 2011

Las Vegas star Barry Manilow at Amway

Heartfelt singing, over-the-top, glitzy Las Vegas-style, Manilo wooed the star-struck crowd Thursday night at the Amway Center.

Dressed in the usually flashy black leather jacket, Manilow belted out crowd-pleasers with a vengence.

On his tour that covers Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami, Manilo, at 67 still knows how to roused his fans with favorites including "Could It Be Magic", "Looks Like We Made It", and "This One's For You."

Manilo, who tours less these days, came out energetically pulling all the stops as he was backed up by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

Las Vegas at it's best, selling more than 80 million records worldwide, perhaps the best pop artist, writer, conductor and performer of his time, Manilow continues to build a crescendo with amazing energy druing 80 minute sets for the big finale.

Nominated for both a Grammy award for Best Traditional Pop Album "The Greatest Love Songs of All Time", and two Emmys won for "Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program", Manilow performs his classic Copacabana with dancing girls, neon lights, colorful floods, backdropped by a huge light show of rotating bananas and fruit.

At one point he exists the stage while the broadway-style dancers show their stuff only to return onstage with a white jacket and black shirt.

Even Bob Dylan in 1988, during a special moment, was inspired by Manilow when he stopped him at a party, and said, "Don't stop what you're doing, man. We're all inspired by you."

But Manilow's finale created a lasting memory when he said "You didn't think we'd let you go home without doing this one" just before he launched into his most famous hit, "Copacabana".

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