“I blame it on 30 years of [singing)] ‘Copacabana,’ jigging around the stage,” Manilow said of the deterioration of his hip during a May interview with the Daily Telegraph of London.
But it’s not his health that’s keeping him away from cities and venues that were once regular stops on his concert tours. It’s the actual touring process — packing up and moving from one city and one venue to another every night — that’s keeping him off the road.
His Revel gig is one of six shows he’s scheduled for September, mostly all in the East. Then, unless he picks up a one-off show, his next performance is a one-nighter in December in California.
In addition to downsizing his concert schedule, Manilow has also streamlined his band, which so many artists have done in recent years as a cost-saving measure. In Manilow’s case, he’s drastically cut back his 20-piece orchestra and four backup singers.
This is a major move on the part of an artist whose last album, Live In London, was recorded with a slightly larger band — a live recording he did of a show he performed in 2011 with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
“There’s only six of us onstage [now]. It’s more intimate,” he told the Daily Telegraph of London in June. “This is as close to a one-man show as I’ve ever gotten. It’s beautiful.”
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"I've been doing that for years, way before everybody got together and decided to do standards," Manilow says. "After the first 10 years of No. 1 singles, I just knew I had to stop and play around with other facets, or I was just going to become bored, and the music that I made would suffer."
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