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Barry Manilow hits the road

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By Tim O'Brien
Posted Jan 25, 2012 in Entertainment
For fans of Barry Manilow near Chicago, Groundhog Day cannot come fast enough.
Manilow will start a three-day concert stint of the legendary Chicago Theatre on Feb. 2 and with that, some fans may want to see if over and over again, not unlike the movie "Groundhog Day."
Well, one thing is for sure, they could see it two more times as Manilow will play Feb. 3-4, too.
The concert coincides with the release of his latest effort, "15 Minutes,"coined after the famous Andy Warhol line suggesting "everyone will be famous for 15 minutes."
"15 Minutes" is Manilow's first original album in 10 years, but that doesn't mean he wasn't recording and singing. On this journey to his latest CD, Manilow recorded works from some of the greatest songwriters of all-time, including George Gershwin. Now, he suggests, was time to get back to what he loves best - - songwriter. The result is "15 Minutes." On the CD are 16 original songs penned by Manilow and lyricist Enoch Anderson.
As he goes on tour, Manilow brings with him a long, rich history of songs people know by heart. After all, "I Write the Songs" is one of them, but ironically, that was not written by him, but rather Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys.
The Chicago Theatre is located at 175 N. State Street in Chicago. For tickets, call 312-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com. For fans closer to the Quad Cities, he will be at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois, on Feb. 8.

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