Early in 2016, Barry Manilow said in an interview that he was ready to get off the road, and a show coming up at Amalie Arena might be his last in the Tampa Bay area. Emphasis on might.
"Come back in two years, and who knows?" he said then.
Two years later, right on schedule, Manilow is coming back.
The pop songwriting legend will return to Tampa Bay on Feb. 16 for a show at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. It'll be the featured performance for the annual Van Wezel Foundation Gala — but tickets for the show alone, surprisingly, are not black-tie expensive, starting at just $56. Not too bad for the ageless pop idol who wrote Mandy and Copacabana. (If you want access to the gala, tickets start at $600 and include premium seating and an after-party.) Click here for all the details.
Here's what we wrote about Manilow's 2016 tour stop at Amalie Arena: "After briefly reminiscing about all his trips to Tampa ('We've been friends for a long time. Thanks for coming tonight. Thanks for all the years.'), he veered into an a cappella intro to I Made It Through The Rain that started out all kinds of shaky. But by the end, once again, the band's massive chords kicked in and rattled around the rafters, and those diehards leaped up once again, proving once again there's no hole a good Barry Manilow song can't get help you escape."
— Jay Cridlin