SuperBreak’s Jacquie tells us all about her London weekend to see the legendary Barry Manilow live on stage in her latest event review…
My best friend asked me to go and see Barry Manilow with her, and although I can’t say it was at the top of my list of things to do, seeing him at The O2 meant that we also got a day shopping in London – she’d twisted my arm.
I think the tradition for Barry fans is to hold up a lighter or light a candle when he is singing his ballads, but obviously that would be a bit of a fire hazard now, so on entering the arena everyone was given a glow stick. Looking around the arena at the 20,000 glow sticks was a spectacle in itself.
When Barry came on stage to ‘Its a Miracle’ the crowd went wild, and by the second song, even I was up dancing and singing along – you forget how many great hits Barry has had and how many songs he has written for other people, or have been covered by recent artists. And he definitely has lots of charisma too – honestly!
He belted out all the classics – ‘Mandy’, ‘Could it be Magic’, ‘Ready to take a Chance again?’, ‘Can’t Smile Without You’, and he had the whole crowd dancing as if they really were at Copacabana.
He covered a few Stevie Wonder songs whilst dancing on top of the piano – I’d like to think I’ll be dancing on pianos when I’m 71 too!
The only disappointing thing for the crowd was that he didn’t do an encore, but he’d spent too long chatting and singing, and the arena needed to make sure everyone could get home.
I’ve been to The O2 before and would usually stay at hotels near the Excel or Docklands, which are a couple of stops away on the underground and DLR, but this time we stayed at The Cavendish, which was only 15mins (8 stops) on the Jubilee line, so it was just as convenient, and for a Mayfair hotel it was great value for money – the breakfast was amazing! Plus, it was ideally placed for our shopping trip the next day, just a short walk from Regent Street and really handy to leave our bags, as its not too far from Kings Cross Station for our return journey home.
All in all we had a great weekend – music, dancing, great hotel and most importantly shopping and food. I might have even downloaded a few Barry songs on my iPod too!
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