2012 - Not Over

Even though Barry was no longer doing a Vegas residency, it wasn't the end! We still had plenty of opportunities to see him.

2012 was the beginning of a new chapter in my Manilow journey. These shows were a lot of fun. But I also have to admit that I really missed Las Vegas. It was much, much easier to attend shows in Vegas - and much cheaper. I was comfortable moving around Las Vegas. I felt safe in Las Vegas. I can't say the same for traveling to shows around the country. I was back to having to rent limos and stay in higher cost hotels simply because they were close to the venue.

Still, there were some fantastic shows in 2012.

I loved the Chicago Theatre - so intimate.

Radio City Music Hall was an experience. There were some magical moments during those shows. One in particular, having to do with some sound issues, will always be special to me. I didn't care for the weather. And New York City will never be one of my favorite places to visit. I don't think they like Texans!

Barry's birthday show in Kansas City was also magical. The Starlight Theater is a beautiful, beautiful venue. And it's always so special to get to actually be with Barry on his birthday. I'm sure he has no idea how much that means to us. But, we also feel guilty - because for him to be with us, that means he has to work on his birthday!

The Hollywood Bowl for the Fourth of July celebrations... I loved seeing Barry perform there. He put on a fantastic show. But I'm really not sure I would ever do that again. Very uncomfortable seating. And I was freezing! It was a bit of a hike up a hill to get from the hotel to the venue. The distance wasn't that far - but the uphill climb wasn't fun! And the cold temperature wasn't fun, either.

The Oklahoma/Kansas mini-tour was as close as Barry had been to Dallas in a long time. That called for a road trip! And we got to stay in the Presidential Suite at one of the Oklahoma hotels, complete with a grand piano in the room!

Wolftrap is a fabulous amphitheater. Great seats, great sound, beautiful surroundings. It rained, though. I was under the covered section, but many of the attendees were sitting on the lawn. And they continued to sit there during the show, even though they were being soaked. Seriously, how many shows have I attended over the years where things like that happened? More than one! It's not something you really think would ever happen, but I've been through it several times. Nothing like looking like a drowned rat in front of Barry!

The final two shows of the year had their own issues. I missed the Phoenix show because I got food poisoning two hours before the show started. I managed to get on the plane to Palm Springs the next morning, and was able to attend the Christmas show at the McCallum a day later, but I didn't enjoy the concert as much as I should have.

Still, it was a very good year for seeing Barry. And we had more shows to look forward to in 2013.

Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY
April 30, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA
July 4, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY
May 1, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL
July 12, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Radio City Music Hall - New York, NY
May 2, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL
July 13, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Intrust Bank Arena - Wichita, KS
June 7, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL
July 14, 2012
(photos and show notes)
BOK Center - Tulsa, OK
June 8, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Wolftrap Filene Center - Vienna, VA
August 16, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Chesapeake Energy Center - Oklahoma City, OK
June 9, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Wolftrap Filene Center - Vienna, VA
August 17, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Starlight Theater - Kansas City, MO
June 17, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Turning Stone Events Center - Verona, NY
August 18, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA
July 2, 2012
(photos and show notes)
DCU Center - Worcester, MA
September 14, 2012
(photos and show notes)
Hollywood Bowl - Los Angeles, CA
July 3, 2012
(photos and show notes)
 

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