Saturday, October 3, 2009

Singin' The Manilow Blues Part 2

Well, the fur is still flying in Manilowland.

Here is the text of the Hotline sent September 28th:

Hi everyone,

Boy oh boy, this is a very busy and productive time in Manilow-land! I thought I’d bring you all up to date on what I’m working on since there is so much happening.

Manilow TV is a very exciting project and it’s just about ready to go. The videos that I’m about to share with all of you were never meant to be shown publicly. They were meant for me to study and for archival purposes, but I thought that some of you would find them interesting and entertaining, so I’ve decided to share them with you. It’s taken a huge amount of technical work to put them online. Many people have worked long and hard to put this project together, but I’m so grateful to all of you for sticking with me for all these years, I decided to let them out. I sincerely hope you enjoy them and that they bring back great memories for all of you and surprises for those of you who never got to see those performances.

The Hollywood Bowl concert is fast approaching and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I’ve never performed an evening there and it should be thrilling for all of us. We’ve got the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra backing us up. Hearing all of these gorgeous arrangements and orchestrations finally being played by a 50 member orchestra should be fantastic. I can’t wait. Hope you can make it.

Now about the next few CD releases.

My “Fifteen Minutes” CD isn’t ready to release yet. As I’ve told you, it’s more guitar driven and rock oriented than I’ve ever done Since I’m in uncharted waters, it’s taking me longer to create this one than I expected. I’m very proud of the 17 songs that Enoch Anderson and I have written. They’re emotional and edgy and they all tell a story. I think you’ll like it. However, it won’t be done until next summer.

In the meantime Clive Davis has asked that I record a CD called “Barry Manilow Sings The Greatest Love Songs Of All Time”. I know I said that I was done with recording cover albums, but getting to sing and arrange songs written by Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Burt Bacharach was a very difficult thing to turn down. We’re nearly done with this CD and I must tell you it’s turning out to be one of the most beautiful albums I’ve ever made. It’s an honor to sing and arrange songs written by the greatest composers of all time. Releasing three albums of music in 18 months is amazing. Lots of work, but very satisfying
and creative.

Between all of albums, Manilow TV and a brand-new live show in Vegas, I hope you don’t get sick of me!

I’ve been getting comments about how thin I look these days. That’s me. Skinny guy. But I’m healthy and filled with energy and thank goodness, I still have my hair! So please don’t be concerned about me. As long as I have my music and all of you, I’m fine.

Thanks everyone for everything.



Here is the text of the email that was sent to a handful of people on September 29th:

With so many great projects underway…..we need to juggle some of the upcoming concert dates.

The San Diego and Sacramento concerts dates are going to move to the Spring. We’ll release the exact dates as soon as we have them.

And unfortunately…..we need to cancel two weekends in Las Vegas…..October 29-31 and November 12-14. Refunds for the two canceled weekends will be available at the source of your ticket purchase. Tickets purchased through the BMIFC will automatically be credited to your credit card.

We’re sorry we had to make these adjustments.

San Diego is still selling tickets to, and advertising, the concert. I don't know if Sacramento has gotten the word yet. Every day there are fans coming online who have just found out their shows are cancelled. Tales of people who bought tickets for themselves and their children, stories of people who were planning their anniversary or birthday celebrations with the concerts, some people saving for years just so they could see Barry. And still no official announcement on the cancelations.

Meanwhile Barry is in the studio recording the Greatest Love Songs cd. He started recording again on September 30th. I'm not sure if he's even aware of what is happening in the rest of Manilowland.

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