I can now die a happy woman because on Valentine’s Day I got to hear “Copacabana” sung live and in person by none other than Barry Manilow himself!! My boss had Valentine’s Day tickets to Barry’s “An Evening of Music and Passion” at the Staples Center in Downtown LA, but his wife ended up getting sick so he gave the tickets to me. I was absolutely floored as my dad is a huge Barry fan and I grew up listening to the man who “writes the songs that make the whole world sing.” What I didn’t realize was that my boss had luxury BOX seats for the show and my boyfriend and I were treated like VIP’s all night! It was the perfect way to spend Valentine’s Day!
I have lived in Los Angeles for almost 8 years now, but this was actually my very first trip to the Staples Center. And what a way to get introduced to it!! Having box seats, we didn’t have to wait in the massive lines at the main entrance; instead we were whisked through a separate VIP entrance. We had separate elevators, separate bathrooms, and even a VIP bar complete with an actual carving station serving up every kind of meat you could ever want. In the middle of the show, they even brought around an enormous Valentine dessert tray to all of the boxes.
To top it off, our seats were incredible!!!! The box was huge and luxurious, with leather seats and a huge plasma TV and we were practically sitting right on top of the stage. Barry was, as always, the perfect showman and the concert was spectacular! He sung all of his greatest hits, including “I Write the Songs”, “Mandy” -which was made complete with a sparkling white grand piano that was raised up onto the stage – and, my personal favorite, a 10 minute encore of “Copacabana.” It was one of those occasions that made me wish I knew how to whistle! I cannot think of a better way to have spent Valentine’s Day.
Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂
Stalk It:You can see Barry Manilow live and in person at the Las Vegas Hilton where he is headlining with his show “Manilow: Music and Passion.” Tickets can be purchased here. The Las Vegas Hilton is located at 3000 Paradise Road, just off The Strip. Staples Center is located at 1111 S. Figueroa Street in Downtown LA. If you have the means, I definitely recommend getting box seats – it’s the only way to concert! 🙂