After wrapping a seven-year residency in Las Vegas and recovering from extensive hip surgery, Barry Manilow is back! With his record-breaking album "Live in London" and his first original record in 10 years, "15 Minutes," in the bag, we got to chat with the pop legend about recovering from surgery and what it's like to be back on tour. Read on, Fanilows, and don't forget to check out tour dates on his website.
Congrats on the success of the deluxe edition of "Live in London!" Tell us about your experience recording and filming this performance with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
Thank you, I am so proud of this album and the DVD. It was a big surprise that we were actually able to do it because when we got to the O2 [Arena] and we had made an arrangement that I was going to be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which is so thrilling. When we rehearsed, I said to my manager, "We've got to get this on tape." And, we scrambled around to get a truck and cameras and audio, and it was a last-minute thing that we actually recorded that night at the O2. Everybody was scrambling to get cameras, lighting, audio, microphones and 75 musicians. They somehow miraculously set up the whole thing during that afternoon. We taped it that night, audio and video. I've got some great people working for me. They made a beautiful record and a beautiful DVD. I couldn't be prouder.