So this show came from the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester and started around 7:45. The concert ended around 9:10, maybe a few minutes before. More on that later. Barry seems to be rotating two different shows. The show he did the night before and probably the next night in Atlantic City he sings at least one song from 15 Minutes. His Adult Contemporary single " Everything Is Going To Be All Right". He also sings Trying To Get The Feeling in show 1. We got neither of those songs tonight. However, in our show we did get to hear a few different songs which Barry normally does not sing. He did perform the entire song Stay which he usually just performs in England. We did get ,I Wanna Be Somebody's Baby,( 1st time I have ever heard that song live ) except on the Revised Live CD from 1977. There are some other differences as well.
I estimate the crowd of around 8,000. Barry had 7,000 3 years ago at the same arena. My wife and i were sitting in the 2nd row. The crowd was as energetic as I have seen from a Barry crowd in this city since the late 80's. I felt like it 25 years ago. Maybe that is why Barry keeps coming back to Rochester. My wife is a music teacher and said Barry's voice was strong. He really seemed to be enjoying this concert. He was really in a very good upbeat mood the entire night. Barry was hopping and dancing around stage way more than he did 3 years ago. I guess his 2nd hip operation was a huge success.
Barry opened with It's a Miracle then went into the upbeat version of Could It Be Magic. He sang the full version of Somewhere In The Night. That was a pleasure to hear because he usually does that one in a medley. Of course he then sang the last chorus to Looks Like We Made it which is how he usually ends Somewhere In The Night. Ironically, in the promo commercial on TV which was played a hundred times leading up to his concert , Barry is singing Looks Like We Made It. I was hoping for the full version tonight but was happy with what we got.
Barry then performed the 1st and final verse from The Old Songs. Have not heard that live in over 20 years. Was happy to hear it but again was disappointed he did not sing David Pomeranz other big Barry hit Trying To Get The Feeling.
We did get Brooklyn Blues, I am Your Child, and the full version of This Ones For You. To be honest, I don't think I have ever heard the full version of this song before except on the 77 Live LP. Barry added a song from the 60's CD Can't Take My Eyes Off You, my personal favorite from that CD.
Before you knew it, Barry was singing Copa and you the show was ending. Barry ended of course with I write The Songs. He did no real encore and the entire concert was about 83 minutes.
During I Made It Through The Rain, Barry developed the hiccups. It was funny but he made it through the song.
Again getting songs like Stay, Can't Take My Eyes Off You were just fantastic.
Finally, I need to talk about his 83 minute show. Most of the crowd was disappointed as Barry left the crowd wanting more. We need to realize that Barry is 69 years old. He has had 2 major hip operations. The 2nd one this past December was a 7 hour operation that left Barry in a wheel chair for 2 months. After postponing the 1st two months of his tour, I was concerned Barry was finished. We don't know, maybe Barry's doctors have instructed him to only be on stage for just under 90 minutes. Maybe Barry gets sore after 80-85 minutes. We really don't know. At least I would have expected Barry to do one encore . He could have performed Everything Is Going To Be All Right as an encore. It is his latest single and the song is only 3 minutes so Barry could still have been off stage in 90 minutes.
It does not really matter to me. 80 minutes of Barry is better than 0 minutes of Barry. He is simply that good. He is an entertainer for the ages. No one is quite like Barry Manilow and no one will ever be like him in the future.