Barry Manilow was more than an hour late on stage at Hampshire's Ageas Bowl as fans got soaked

Daily Echo: Barry Manilow on stage at the Ageas Bowl last night. Barry Manilow on stage at the Ageas Bowl last night.

Crooner Barry Manilow kept his fans waiting for more than an hour last night before finally making it through the rain to take to the stage.

Entertainments editor Lorelei Reddin was in the crowd - here is her review:

Barry Manilow wasn't keen on making an appearance during the downpours and left his soggy fans waiting for his arrival at the home of Hampshire cricket.

Some booed as they were told to take shelter to await the legendary singer songwriter's arrival, an hour and a half after the departure of his supposed warm up act.

And when he finally burst onto stage, an hour later than originally planned at just after 9pm, he couldn't resist a cheeky performance of his aptly titled 1980 hit I Made It Through The Rain as the concert's opening number.

What had at first threatened to be somewhat of a washout soon picked up as the torrential rain eased and the crooner performed classics including Could It Be Magic and Looks Like We Made It.

Daily Echo: Fans brave the rain at the Ageas Bowl.

Stewards handed out glow sticks and many rushed onto the pitch for a better view as the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats.

Manilow was sporting a truly dazzling jacket, but his voice has lost some of its sparkle. He still knows how to get a crowd going though and they were happy to help him out with a joyous singalong version of Can't Smile Without You.

His obsession with the British weather continued throughout the show, which was just short of an hour and a half, as he complained of the cold, swopped his sparkly attire for a coat, scarf and gloves and launched into Santa Claus is Coming To Town, because it felt like December.

The audience enjoyed a great range of numbers from ballads to upbeat tracks and a host of covers, many of them from his own pen.

Highlights included Manilow throwing one of his backing singers around to Boogie Wonderland and Hot Stuff, dancing on the piano to Signed Sealed Delivered and the crowd-pleaser I Love You Baby, as well as his biggest hits Mandy and Copacabana to end the show.

Organisers will be frustrated at the poor turnout of well under 10,000 - and many of them on a cut price Groupon deal - but Barry Manilow's decades spanning repertoire meant few went away disappointed, even if they were a little wet.

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2:16pm Sun 25 May 14

Joyce Coriell says...

I can't believe you would write something like this!! Did you expect Barry to do his show while it was pouring down rain?? There is electrical equipment on the stage, why would he risk the well-being of his band, backups ,crew and HIMSELF. He did the show, in adverse conditions and I'm sure everyone there, (with the exception of you) left with a smile on their faces, and are still raving about it this morning...
I can't believe you would write something like this!! Did you expect Barry to do his show while it was pouring down rain?? There is electrical equipment on the stage, why would he risk the well-being of his band, backups ,crew and HIMSELF. He did the show, in adverse conditions and I'm sure everyone there, (with the exception of you) left with a smile on their faces, and are still raving about it this morning... Joyce Coriell
  • Score: -10

2:17pm Sun 25 May 14

Joyce Coriell says...

I can't believe you would write something like this!! Did you expect Barry to do his show while it was pouring down rain?? There is electrical equipment on the stage, why would he risk the well-being of his band, backups ,crew and HIMSELF. He did the show, in adverse conditions and I'm sure everyone there, (with the exception of you) left with a smile on their faces, and are raving about it this morning...
I can't believe you would write something like this!! Did you expect Barry to do his show while it was pouring down rain?? There is electrical equipment on the stage, why would he risk the well-being of his band, backups ,crew and HIMSELF. He did the show, in adverse conditions and I'm sure everyone there, (with the exception of you) left with a smile on their faces, and are raving about it this morning... Joyce Coriell
  • Score: -35

2:38pm Sun 25 May 14

The Man who says Hmmm says says...

Joyce Coriell wrote:
I can't believe you would write something like this!! Did you expect Barry to do his show while it was pouring down rain?? There is electrical equipment on the stage, why would he risk the well-being of his band, backups ,crew and HIMSELF. He did the show, in adverse conditions and I'm sure everyone there, (with the exception of you) left with a smile on their faces, and are raving about it this morning...
Hmmm.
[quote][p][bold]Joyce Coriell[/bold] wrote: I can't believe you would write something like this!! Did you expect Barry to do his show while it was pouring down rain?? There is electrical equipment on the stage, why would he risk the well-being of his band, backups ,crew and HIMSELF. He did the show, in adverse conditions and I'm sure everyone there, (with the exception of you) left with a smile on their faces, and are raving about it this morning...[/p][/quote]Hmmm. The Man who says Hmmm says
  • Score: 21

3:19pm Sun 25 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

A TOTAL DRIP ANYWAY
A TOTAL DRIP ANYWAY SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 6

3:29pm Sun 25 May 14

repcosy says...

Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it!
Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it! repcosy
  • Score: 1

3:57pm Sun 25 May 14

magman says...

Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch.

Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!!

If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??
Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch. Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!! If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this?? magman
  • Score: 30

4:04pm Sun 25 May 14

THEKILLER says...

You could get tickets via Groupon I had a email for days offering half price tickets (did not take up the offer!!!) So anyone who paid full price should ask for some of their money back as they were conned!!!
You could get tickets via Groupon I had a email for days offering half price tickets (did not take up the offer!!!) So anyone who paid full price should ask for some of their money back as they were conned!!! THEKILLER
  • Score: 5

4:44pm Sun 25 May 14

News Fanatic says...

THEKILLER wrote:
You could get tickets via Groupon I had a email for days offering half price tickets (did not take up the offer!!!) So anyone who paid full price should ask for some of their money back as they were conned!!!
I, too, recived an offer of a £45 ticket for half price from Groupon. Neither did I take up the offer.
[quote][p][bold]THEKILLER[/bold] wrote: You could get tickets via Groupon I had a email for days offering half price tickets (did not take up the offer!!!) So anyone who paid full price should ask for some of their money back as they were conned!!![/p][/quote]I, too, recived an offer of a £45 ticket for half price from Groupon. Neither did I take up the offer. News Fanatic
  • Score: -2

4:45pm Sun 25 May 14

Barry Fan says...

I was there. I heard no booing and I was in the third row. Yes it rained but so what. Dave Kos came on at 7, which was unexpected because he has usually started at 8pm. Timing wise Barry was only 15 minutes behind schedule and the concert was brilliant. We had a jam packed hour and a half and a billion memories to take home. To the moaners out there, if you don't like it, don't go...and let us genuine fans enjoy.
I was there. I heard no booing and I was in the third row. Yes it rained but so what. Dave Kos came on at 7, which was unexpected because he has usually started at 8pm. Timing wise Barry was only 15 minutes behind schedule and the concert was brilliant. We had a jam packed hour and a half and a billion memories to take home. To the moaners out there, if you don't like it, don't go...and let us genuine fans enjoy. Barry Fan
  • Score: 24

5:08pm Sun 25 May 14

bobbass says...

repcosy wrote:
Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it!
Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him!
[quote][p][bold]repcosy[/bold] wrote: Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it![/p][/quote]Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him! bobbass
  • Score: 17

5:21pm Sun 25 May 14

Lord Swood says...

He did start late, but performed all of his best stuff and it was a great and fun performance, regardless of the weather.
On the down side, I thought the concert was very badly organised and heard many others saying likewise. Ticketing was a mess and the layout and logistics were very unprofessional. I've been to two such events and there's no doubt the cricket ground is a magnificent stadium, but imho only for cricket; it's not a good venue for music.
Nevertheless, I'm glad I went and enjoyed it.
He did start late, but performed all of his best stuff and it was a great and fun performance, regardless of the weather. On the down side, I thought the concert was very badly organised and heard many others saying likewise. Ticketing was a mess and the layout and logistics were very unprofessional. I've been to two such events and there's no doubt the cricket ground is a magnificent stadium, but imho only for cricket; it's not a good venue for music. Nevertheless, I'm glad I went and enjoyed it. Lord Swood
  • Score: 18

5:34pm Sun 25 May 14

Saint Barry says...

Its a pity your reporter did not check her facts before engaging her brain. The reason Barry did not appear until 9pm was that it took that long for everybody who had duplicate tickets to be reallocated seating.On the subject of the sun going down to Memories from Cats, The sun had not been out anyway so how it could go down.She could possibly point herself in the direction of investigating the reason why ticketing had been so badly mishandled.Me i just like listening to Barry performing.
Its a pity your reporter did not check her facts before engaging her brain. The reason Barry did not appear until 9pm was that it took that long for everybody who had duplicate tickets to be reallocated seating.On the subject of the sun going down to Memories from Cats, The sun had not been out anyway so how it could go down.She could possibly point herself in the direction of investigating the reason why ticketing had been so badly mishandled.Me i just like listening to Barry performing. Saint Barry
  • Score: 18

5:47pm Sun 25 May 14

georgeshair says...

This article is so inaccurate, it's embarrassing. Barry was due on at 8:15, but it was bucketing down and the show was delayed for the comfort of the audience, who were getting drenched. He arrived on stage at 9, so was hardly 'over an hour late'. When the delay was announced, no-one booed - we all just ran for cover, as we were getting Everyone I saw was very good humoured.

He said it was like November weather, not December, but then did a Christmas number as a joke.

It was a great show, with lots of dancing. But, again, I didn't see anyone rush towards the stage. People either sat in their seats or stood in front of them.

Were you actually at the same show?
This article is so inaccurate, it's embarrassing. Barry was due on at 8:15, but it was bucketing down and the show was delayed for the comfort of the audience, who were getting drenched. He arrived on stage at 9, so was hardly 'over an hour late'. When the delay was announced, no-one booed - we all just ran for cover, as we were getting Everyone I saw was very good humoured. He said it was like November weather, not December, but then did a Christmas number as a joke. It was a great show, with lots of dancing. But, again, I didn't see anyone rush towards the stage. People either sat in their seats or stood in front of them. Were you actually at the same show? georgeshair
  • Score: 15

6:01pm Sun 25 May 14

Fanilow says...

Typical lazy journalism. "Memories" is actually called "Memory" and "I Love You Baby" is an old song called "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"!!

I Made It Through The Rain is on the set list each night in full but due to the conditions he sang it when he first came on stage as a joke!

Stewards did nothing to stop people from the stands heading to the pitch area. Very badly organised and it should never have taken place at the venue.
Typical lazy journalism. "Memories" is actually called "Memory" and "I Love You Baby" is an old song called "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"!! I Made It Through The Rain is on the set list each night in full but due to the conditions he sang it when he first came on stage as a joke! Stewards did nothing to stop people from the stands heading to the pitch area. Very badly organised and it should never have taken place at the venue. Fanilow
  • Score: 14

6:10pm Sun 25 May 14

repcosy says...

bobbass wrote:
repcosy wrote:
Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it!
Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him!
Clearly people up North have no taste. And did you just google that?
[quote][p][bold]bobbass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]repcosy[/bold] wrote: Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it![/p][/quote]Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him![/p][/quote]Clearly people up North have no taste. And did you just google that? repcosy
  • Score: -8

6:29pm Sun 25 May 14

stuartjebbitt says...

UTTER RUBBISH!!! I was there and I didn't hear one person moan - The delayed start was a good call, and everyone was able to get out of the rain and inside for a drink/food - once out of the rain the atmosphere was pretty jovial - As soon as the rain passed the show started and lived up to expectations. I am not a Barry fan but went out of curiosity as it was a showbiz legend on my doorstep. I have to say he was a consummate entertainer.
They made right decision about the weather. I sincerely hope the RoseBowl carry on with these music events.
UTTER RUBBISH!!! I was there and I didn't hear one person moan - The delayed start was a good call, and everyone was able to get out of the rain and inside for a drink/food - once out of the rain the atmosphere was pretty jovial - As soon as the rain passed the show started and lived up to expectations. I am not a Barry fan but went out of curiosity as it was a showbiz legend on my doorstep. I have to say he was a consummate entertainer. They made right decision about the weather. I sincerely hope the RoseBowl carry on with these music events. stuartjebbitt
  • Score: 15

6:37pm Sun 25 May 14

bobbass says...

repcosy wrote:
bobbass wrote:
repcosy wrote:
Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it!
Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him!
Clearly people up North have no taste. And did you just google that?
No, I was one of the many thousands who attended the concerts.
[quote][p][bold]repcosy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobbass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]repcosy[/bold] wrote: Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it![/p][/quote]Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him![/p][/quote]Clearly people up North have no taste. And did you just google that?[/p][/quote]No, I was one of the many thousands who attended the concerts. bobbass
  • Score: 10

6:58pm Sun 25 May 14

footballcrazy says...

Barry Fan wrote:
I was there. I heard no booing and I was in the third row. Yes it rained but so what. Dave Kos came on at 7, which was unexpected because he has usually started at 8pm. Timing wise Barry was only 15 minutes behind schedule and the concert was brilliant. We had a jam packed hour and a half and a billion memories to take home. To the moaners out there, if you don't like it, don't go...and let us genuine fans enjoy.
this is true it was a fiasco with ticketing. I thought this was why it was delayed!
my tickets purchased in September via fan club I was told I had to change it due to the barcodes ..i waited 1 and a half hours in ticket office queue to change to be told this was not so so went to seats quickly to make sure they were empty. lots of people being given new tickets to find someone sat there with ticket for same allocation. my seats were there empty but not in centre as ordered. I suspect a lower price position. the ageas bowl staff were totally unhelpfull.
it was a brilliant show although obviously cut short and because of queuing in torrential rain I might add missed seeing dave box the saxophonist. strangely I NEVER HEARD booing either
[quote][p][bold]Barry Fan[/bold] wrote: I was there. I heard no booing and I was in the third row. Yes it rained but so what. Dave Kos came on at 7, which was unexpected because he has usually started at 8pm. Timing wise Barry was only 15 minutes behind schedule and the concert was brilliant. We had a jam packed hour and a half and a billion memories to take home. To the moaners out there, if you don't like it, don't go...and let us genuine fans enjoy.[/p][/quote]this is true it was a fiasco with ticketing. I thought this was why it was delayed! my tickets purchased in September via fan club I was told I had to change it due to the barcodes ..i waited 1 and a half hours in ticket office queue to change to be told this was not so so went to seats quickly to make sure they were empty. lots of people being given new tickets to find someone sat there with ticket for same allocation. my seats were there empty but not in centre as ordered. I suspect a lower price position. the ageas bowl staff were totally unhelpfull. it was a brilliant show although obviously cut short and because of queuing in torrential rain I might add missed seeing dave box the saxophonist. strangely I NEVER HEARD booing either footballcrazy
  • Score: 8

7:01pm Sun 25 May 14

footballcrazy says...

bobbass wrote:
repcosy wrote:
Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it!
Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him!
perhaps the ageas bowl was the real problem and people preferred the other venues!
[quote][p][bold]bobbass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]repcosy[/bold] wrote: Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it![/p][/quote]Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him![/p][/quote]perhaps the ageas bowl was the real problem and people preferred the other venues! footballcrazy
  • Score: 9

7:09pm Sun 25 May 14

Block 42 says...

just saying but a proper band like avenged sevenfold would of smashed out a set in the rain..anyways manilow is from new york right?its hardly california he should be used to crap weather
just saying but a proper band like avenged sevenfold would of smashed out a set in the rain..anyways manilow is from new york right?its hardly california he should be used to crap weather Block 42
  • Score: -9

7:14pm Sun 25 May 14

footballcrazy says...

magman wrote:
Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch.

Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats.this is true it was a fiasco with ticketing. I thought this was why it was delayed!
my tickets purchased in September via fan club I was told I had to change it due to the barcodes ..i waited 1 and a half hours in ticket office queue to change to be told this was not so so went to seats quickly to make sure they were empty. lots of people being given new tickets to find someone sat there with ticket for same allocation. my seats were there empty but not in centre as ordered. I suspect a lower price position. the ageas bowl staff were totally unhelpfull.
it was a brilliant show although obviously cut short and because of queuing in torrential rain I might add missed seeing dave box the saxophonist I did not hear any booing. also how come the only problems on his tour have been at the ageas bowl. the ageas bowl should be refunding us all plus the 15 pound parking for which they mislead us all to paying when free on site. passholders apparently means ticket holder parking!
[quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch. Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats.this is true it was a fiasco with ticketing. I thought this was why it was delayed! my tickets purchased in September via fan club I was told I had to change it due to the barcodes ..i waited 1 and a half hours in ticket office queue to change to be told this was not so so went to seats quickly to make sure they were empty. lots of people being given new tickets to find someone sat there with ticket for same allocation. my seats were there empty but not in centre as ordered. I suspect a lower price position. the ageas bowl staff were totally unhelpfull. it was a brilliant show although obviously cut short and because of queuing in torrential rain I might add missed seeing dave box the saxophonist I did not hear any booing. also how come the only problems on his tour have been at the ageas bowl. the ageas bowl should be refunding us all plus the 15 pound parking for which they mislead us all to paying when free on site. passholders apparently means ticket holder parking! footballcrazy
  • Score: 7

7:46pm Sun 25 May 14

Lynda Brazier says...

I was a few rows back when I heard the announcement and I didn't hear any boos - fans would not boo! I am positive that the reason for putting the concert behind was that the weather was due to clear and that first and foremost they had the fans comfort in mind. There was lots of undercover places available and surely enough, when the rain stopped, the announcement was made for everyone to take their seats.

As far as your comments about Barry's voice not being as it was, I suggest you read other reviews where he has appeared. It has never been stronger. If you were familiar with his voice and his songs previously, you would know that the song you call "I Love You Baby" is, in fact, called "Can't Take My Eyes Off You".
I was a few rows back when I heard the announcement and I didn't hear any boos - fans would not boo! I am positive that the reason for putting the concert behind was that the weather was due to clear and that first and foremost they had the fans comfort in mind. There was lots of undercover places available and surely enough, when the rain stopped, the announcement was made for everyone to take their seats. As far as your comments about Barry's voice not being as it was, I suggest you read other reviews where he has appeared. It has never been stronger. If you were familiar with his voice and his songs previously, you would know that the song you call "I Love You Baby" is, in fact, called "Can't Take My Eyes Off You". Lynda Brazier
  • Score: 8

7:52pm Sun 25 May 14

Lynda Brazier says...

repcosy wrote:
Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it!
Out of the way venue ask how many seats he has filled at Wembley, Manchester, and O2.
[quote][p][bold]repcosy[/bold] wrote: Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it![/p][/quote]Out of the way venue ask how many seats he has filled at Wembley, Manchester, and O2. Lynda Brazier
  • Score: 4

7:56pm Sun 25 May 14

Lynda Brazier says...

georgeshair wrote:
This article is so inaccurate, it's embarrassing. Barry was due on at 8:15, but it was bucketing down and the show was delayed for the comfort of the audience, who were getting drenched. He arrived on stage at 9, so was hardly 'over an hour late'. When the delay was announced, no-one booed - we all just ran for cover, as we were getting Everyone I saw was very good humoured.

He said it was like November weather, not December, but then did a Christmas number as a joke.

It was a great show, with lots of dancing. But, again, I didn't see anyone rush towards the stage. People either sat in their seats or stood in front of them.

Were you actually at the same show?
He did say December but you are right about the rest.
[quote][p][bold]georgeshair[/bold] wrote: This article is so inaccurate, it's embarrassing. Barry was due on at 8:15, but it was bucketing down and the show was delayed for the comfort of the audience, who were getting drenched. He arrived on stage at 9, so was hardly 'over an hour late'. When the delay was announced, no-one booed - we all just ran for cover, as we were getting Everyone I saw was very good humoured. He said it was like November weather, not December, but then did a Christmas number as a joke. It was a great show, with lots of dancing. But, again, I didn't see anyone rush towards the stage. People either sat in their seats or stood in front of them. Were you actually at the same show?[/p][/quote]He did say December but you are right about the rest. Lynda Brazier
  • Score: 8

8:09pm Sun 25 May 14

JayMayBee says...

I was there last night and really enjoyed the show and so did everybody else around me. Barry still is a great entertainer. Obviously not everybody's cup of tea but each to their own! He has thousands of followers in the UK which is why he still tours here. Luckily we didn't have problems with our seats/tickets. Yes, he was a bit late arriving but it didn't spoil the evening and I also disagree with the headline 'Fans boo.....' I wasn't aware of this. It was great to see so many people having a jolly good time.
I was there last night and really enjoyed the show and so did everybody else around me. Barry still is a great entertainer. Obviously not everybody's cup of tea but each to their own! He has thousands of followers in the UK which is why he still tours here. Luckily we didn't have problems with our seats/tickets. Yes, he was a bit late arriving but it didn't spoil the evening and I also disagree with the headline 'Fans boo.....' I wasn't aware of this. It was great to see so many people having a jolly good time. JayMayBee
  • Score: 8

8:14pm Sun 25 May 14

repcosy says...

footballcrazy wrote:
bobbass wrote:
repcosy wrote:
Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it!
Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him!
perhaps the ageas bowl was the real problem and people preferred the other venues!
If someone good was playing I would defiantly attend at the ageas bowl... Personally not my taste... And judging by a lot of the comments on here not there's either.

Still in order to quote every venues capacity and tickets status either your a groupy, googling or even worse booking him!
[quote][p][bold]footballcrazy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobbass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]repcosy[/bold] wrote: Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it![/p][/quote]Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him![/p][/quote]perhaps the ageas bowl was the real problem and people preferred the other venues![/p][/quote]If someone good was playing I would defiantly attend at the ageas bowl... Personally not my taste... And judging by a lot of the comments on here not there's either. Still in order to quote every venues capacity and tickets status either your a groupy, googling or even worse booking him! repcosy
  • Score: -2

8:25pm Sun 25 May 14

BeyondImagination says...

I'm glad I didn't know this was on and wouldn't have gone if I had.
I'm glad I didn't know this was on and wouldn't have gone if I had. BeyondImagination
  • Score: -8

8:30pm Sun 25 May 14

magman says...

So looking at these comments, the above story really should be taken down and edited. Barry wasn't over an hour late and there was not mass booing of the decision to delay the concert.

What is clear is that the organisers of the concert didn't do their job correctly when it came to the ticketing of the concert. Surely the Echo should be contacting them and asking what went wrong, that's the real story coming out of this concert.
So looking at these comments, the above story really should be taken down and edited. Barry wasn't over an hour late and there was not mass booing of the decision to delay the concert. What is clear is that the organisers of the concert didn't do their job correctly when it came to the ticketing of the concert. Surely the Echo should be contacting them and asking what went wrong, that's the real story coming out of this concert. magman
  • Score: 11

9:33pm Sun 25 May 14

*ay*carumba* says...

I was there, I'm not a fan but thought the show was a great bit of entertainment with Barry Manilow engaging with the bedraggled audience.

There was a great atmosphere with the crowd entertaining themselves whilst waiting for the delayed start. Ok, so Barry Manilow might not be everyone's cup of tea but shouldn't we be pleased these big stars are giving Southampton a go?
I was there, I'm not a fan but thought the show was a great bit of entertainment with Barry Manilow engaging with the bedraggled audience. There was a great atmosphere with the crowd entertaining themselves whilst waiting for the delayed start. Ok, so Barry Manilow might not be everyone's cup of tea but shouldn't we be pleased these big stars are giving Southampton a go? *ay*carumba*
  • Score: 11

11:09pm Sun 25 May 14

deepheat says...

I didn't believe my wife when she said she wanted to go and see The Monkees in concert in Switzerland, and then I saw her face. Now I'm in Geneva.
I didn't believe my wife when she said she wanted to go and see The Monkees in concert in Switzerland, and then I saw her face. Now I'm in Geneva. deepheat
  • Score: 4

11:24pm Sun 25 May 14

bobbass says...

repcosy wrote:
footballcrazy wrote:
bobbass wrote:
repcosy wrote:
Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it!
Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him!
perhaps the ageas bowl was the real problem and people preferred the other venues!
If someone good was playing I would defiantly attend at the ageas bowl... Personally not my taste... And judging by a lot of the comments on here not there's either.

Still in order to quote every venues capacity and tickets status either your a groupy, googling or even worse booking him!
Yes I paid for it, and have done over 2500 miles over the last couple of weeks driving to all the shows and has been worth every penny, but like you say he will never be to everyone's liking, but each to there own.
[quote][p][bold]repcosy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]footballcrazy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobbass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]repcosy[/bold] wrote: Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it![/p][/quote]Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him![/p][/quote]perhaps the ageas bowl was the real problem and people preferred the other venues![/p][/quote]If someone good was playing I would defiantly attend at the ageas bowl... Personally not my taste... And judging by a lot of the comments on here not there's either. Still in order to quote every venues capacity and tickets status either your a groupy, googling or even worse booking him![/p][/quote]Yes I paid for it, and have done over 2500 miles over the last couple of weeks driving to all the shows and has been worth every penny, but like you say he will never be to everyone's liking, but each to there own. bobbass
  • Score: 3

11:30pm Sun 25 May 14

Julianopavarotti says...

Concert delay due to ticketing issues NOT because Barry doesn't like the rain for heavens sake! He's a consummate professional and would not disappoint his fans unless there was good reason. The finger of blame should be firmly pointed at the promoter who allowed duplicate tickets to be issued. They could not let the concert begin due to a large number of people being without valid tickets through no fault of their own, I was one of those queuing for more than an hour and a half for replacement tickets, only to be told the tickets were ok and then refused access to the pitch by stewards who clearly didn't know what they were doing. They refused to take us to our seats stating that the row and seat number probably didn't exist anyway. Finally a representative of the promoter came and sorted it but I was just one of many with the same issue. As a result everyone was short changed with regard to the length of the concert. Barry Manilow was as excellent in the face of adversity. I was freezing cold, why wouldn't he be too? Again, the fault of the
Promoter the the very poor choice of venue. On a separate note, I've yet to receive my deeds for the car parking sized piece of land I purchased for the princely sum of FIFTEEN POUNDS. AND I thought Dick Turpin was dead.
Concert delay due to ticketing issues NOT because Barry doesn't like the rain for heavens sake! He's a consummate professional and would not disappoint his fans unless there was good reason. The finger of blame should be firmly pointed at the promoter who allowed duplicate tickets to be issued. They could not let the concert begin due to a large number of people being without valid tickets through no fault of their own, I was one of those queuing for more than an hour and a half for replacement tickets, only to be told the tickets were ok and then refused access to the pitch by stewards who clearly didn't know what they were doing. They refused to take us to our seats stating that the row and seat number probably didn't exist anyway. Finally a representative of the promoter came and sorted it but I was just one of many with the same issue. As a result everyone was short changed with regard to the length of the concert. Barry Manilow was as excellent in the face of adversity. I was freezing cold, why wouldn't he be too? Again, the fault of the Promoter the the very poor choice of venue. On a separate note, I've yet to receive my deeds for the car parking sized piece of land I purchased for the princely sum of FIFTEEN POUNDS. AND I thought Dick Turpin was dead. Julianopavarotti
  • Score: 13

12:31am Mon 26 May 14

janey3 says...

magman wrote:
Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch.

Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!!

If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??
this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off.
[quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch. Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!! If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??[/p][/quote]this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off. janey3
  • Score: -1

12:33am Mon 26 May 14

janey3 says...

Joyce Coriell wrote:
I can't believe you would write something like this!! Did you expect Barry to do his show while it was pouring down rain?? There is electrical equipment on the stage, why would he risk the well-being of his band, backups ,crew and HIMSELF. He did the show, in adverse conditions and I'm sure everyone there, (with the exception of you) left with a smile on their faces, and are still raving about it this morning...
so what would he have done if it poured all night?? not performed at all?? bands are well used to performing in adverse weather.
[quote][p][bold]Joyce Coriell[/bold] wrote: I can't believe you would write something like this!! Did you expect Barry to do his show while it was pouring down rain?? There is electrical equipment on the stage, why would he risk the well-being of his band, backups ,crew and HIMSELF. He did the show, in adverse conditions and I'm sure everyone there, (with the exception of you) left with a smile on their faces, and are still raving about it this morning...[/p][/quote]so what would he have done if it poured all night?? not performed at all?? bands are well used to performing in adverse weather. janey3
  • Score: 1

12:42am Mon 26 May 14

janey3 says...

georgeshair wrote:
This article is so inaccurate, it's embarrassing. Barry was due on at 8:15, but it was bucketing down and the show was delayed for the comfort of the audience, who were getting drenched. He arrived on stage at 9, so was hardly 'over an hour late'. When the delay was announced, no-one booed - we all just ran for cover, as we were getting Everyone I saw was very good humoured.

He said it was like November weather, not December, but then did a Christmas number as a joke.

It was a great show, with lots of dancing. But, again, I didn't see anyone rush towards the stage. People either sat in their seats or stood in front of them.

Were you actually at the same show?
he was due at 8 and off at 10. came on at just after 9 = over an hour late. and 45 mins short with nowhere for fans to even wait in comfort. I saw dozens of people move to the stage - about 10 rows in front of me were all empty because they all got up and went down. this wasn't stopped so there was continuous movement. the volume was also amazingly low. total shambles.
[quote][p][bold]georgeshair[/bold] wrote: This article is so inaccurate, it's embarrassing. Barry was due on at 8:15, but it was bucketing down and the show was delayed for the comfort of the audience, who were getting drenched. He arrived on stage at 9, so was hardly 'over an hour late'. When the delay was announced, no-one booed - we all just ran for cover, as we were getting Everyone I saw was very good humoured. He said it was like November weather, not December, but then did a Christmas number as a joke. It was a great show, with lots of dancing. But, again, I didn't see anyone rush towards the stage. People either sat in their seats or stood in front of them. Were you actually at the same show?[/p][/quote]he was due at 8 and off at 10. came on at just after 9 = over an hour late. and 45 mins short with nowhere for fans to even wait in comfort. I saw dozens of people move to the stage - about 10 rows in front of me were all empty because they all got up and went down. this wasn't stopped so there was continuous movement. the volume was also amazingly low. total shambles. janey3
  • Score: -2

12:50am Mon 26 May 14

magman says...

janey3 wrote:
georgeshair wrote:
This article is so inaccurate, it's embarrassing. Barry was due on at 8:15, but it was bucketing down and the show was delayed for the comfort of the audience, who were getting drenched. He arrived on stage at 9, so was hardly 'over an hour late'. When the delay was announced, no-one booed - we all just ran for cover, as we were getting Everyone I saw was very good humoured.

He said it was like November weather, not December, but then did a Christmas number as a joke.

It was a great show, with lots of dancing. But, again, I didn't see anyone rush towards the stage. People either sat in their seats or stood in front of them.

Were you actually at the same show?
he was due at 8 and off at 10. came on at just after 9 = over an hour late. and 45 mins short with nowhere for fans to even wait in comfort. I saw dozens of people move to the stage - about 10 rows in front of me were all empty because they all got up and went down. this wasn't stopped so there was continuous movement. the volume was also amazingly low. total shambles.
The concert was not due to start at 8pm, this is the itinerary shown on the Hampshire CC website.
Itinerary
17:00 - Car Park, Gates & Hospitality Suites Open
19:15 - Support Act
20:15 - Concert Begins
22:00 - Final Curtains
[quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]georgeshair[/bold] wrote: This article is so inaccurate, it's embarrassing. Barry was due on at 8:15, but it was bucketing down and the show was delayed for the comfort of the audience, who were getting drenched. He arrived on stage at 9, so was hardly 'over an hour late'. When the delay was announced, no-one booed - we all just ran for cover, as we were getting Everyone I saw was very good humoured. He said it was like November weather, not December, but then did a Christmas number as a joke. It was a great show, with lots of dancing. But, again, I didn't see anyone rush towards the stage. People either sat in their seats or stood in front of them. Were you actually at the same show?[/p][/quote]he was due at 8 and off at 10. came on at just after 9 = over an hour late. and 45 mins short with nowhere for fans to even wait in comfort. I saw dozens of people move to the stage - about 10 rows in front of me were all empty because they all got up and went down. this wasn't stopped so there was continuous movement. the volume was also amazingly low. total shambles.[/p][/quote]The concert was not due to start at 8pm, this is the itinerary shown on the Hampshire CC website. Itinerary 17:00 - Car Park, Gates & Hospitality Suites Open 19:15 - Support Act 20:15 - Concert Begins 22:00 - Final Curtains magman
  • Score: 2

12:52am Mon 26 May 14

magman says...

janey3 wrote:
magman wrote:
Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch.

Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!!

If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??
this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off.
There was an encore, he came back to perform 'I Write the Songs', though heaven knows what song title the Echo reporter would have given it.
[quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch. Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!! If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??[/p][/quote]this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off.[/p][/quote]There was an encore, he came back to perform 'I Write the Songs', though heaven knows what song title the Echo reporter would have given it. magman
  • Score: 2

7:25am Mon 26 May 14

Lockssmart says...

I thought the noise was Concorde going over. I suppose the noses are similar?
I thought the noise was Concorde going over. I suppose the noses are similar? Lockssmart
  • Score: -8

10:05am Mon 26 May 14

MisterTom says...

FAB show Bazz!! Wonderful evening!!
Only disappointment- "One Voice" was not preformed and Ageas Bowl didnt have any BIG SCREENS. We sat in the middle of front row and had difficulty seeing Barry.
FAB show Bazz!! Wonderful evening!! Only disappointment- "One Voice" was not preformed and Ageas Bowl didnt have any BIG SCREENS. We sat in the middle of front row and had difficulty seeing Barry. MisterTom
  • Score: 5

10:20am Mon 26 May 14

janey3 says...

magman wrote:
janey3 wrote:
georgeshair wrote:
This article is so inaccurate, it's embarrassing. Barry was due on at 8:15, but it was bucketing down and the show was delayed for the comfort of the audience, who were getting drenched. He arrived on stage at 9, so was hardly 'over an hour late'. When the delay was announced, no-one booed - we all just ran for cover, as we were getting Everyone I saw was very good humoured.

He said it was like November weather, not December, but then did a Christmas number as a joke.

It was a great show, with lots of dancing. But, again, I didn't see anyone rush towards the stage. People either sat in their seats or stood in front of them.

Were you actually at the same show?
he was due at 8 and off at 10. came on at just after 9 = over an hour late. and 45 mins short with nowhere for fans to even wait in comfort. I saw dozens of people move to the stage - about 10 rows in front of me were all empty because they all got up and went down. this wasn't stopped so there was continuous movement. the volume was also amazingly low. total shambles.
The concert was not due to start at 8pm, this is the itinerary shown on the Hampshire CC website.
Itinerary
17:00 - Car Park, Gates & Hospitality Suites Open
19:15 - Support Act
20:15 - Concert Begins
22:00 - Final Curtains
this indicates what an unorganised load of rubbish this was then. this is what I got in email from the event organisers.
Gates 5pm
Support artist 7pm
Comfort break 7.30pm
Barry Manilow 8pm
Close 10pm
[quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]georgeshair[/bold] wrote: This article is so inaccurate, it's embarrassing. Barry was due on at 8:15, but it was bucketing down and the show was delayed for the comfort of the audience, who were getting drenched. He arrived on stage at 9, so was hardly 'over an hour late'. When the delay was announced, no-one booed - we all just ran for cover, as we were getting Everyone I saw was very good humoured. He said it was like November weather, not December, but then did a Christmas number as a joke. It was a great show, with lots of dancing. But, again, I didn't see anyone rush towards the stage. People either sat in their seats or stood in front of them. Were you actually at the same show?[/p][/quote]he was due at 8 and off at 10. came on at just after 9 = over an hour late. and 45 mins short with nowhere for fans to even wait in comfort. I saw dozens of people move to the stage - about 10 rows in front of me were all empty because they all got up and went down. this wasn't stopped so there was continuous movement. the volume was also amazingly low. total shambles.[/p][/quote]The concert was not due to start at 8pm, this is the itinerary shown on the Hampshire CC website. Itinerary 17:00 - Car Park, Gates & Hospitality Suites Open 19:15 - Support Act 20:15 - Concert Begins 22:00 - Final Curtains[/p][/quote]this indicates what an unorganised load of rubbish this was then. this is what I got in email from the event organisers. Gates 5pm Support artist 7pm Comfort break 7.30pm Barry Manilow 8pm Close 10pm janey3
  • Score: 3

10:22am Mon 26 May 14

janey3 says...

magman wrote:
janey3 wrote:
magman wrote:
Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch.

Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!!

If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??
this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off.
There was an encore, he came back to perform 'I Write the Songs', though heaven knows what song title the Echo reporter would have given it.
"came back" ???? how long was he gone for? 10 milliseconds? you may be a huge fan but get real.
[quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch. Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!! If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??[/p][/quote]this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off.[/p][/quote]There was an encore, he came back to perform 'I Write the Songs', though heaven knows what song title the Echo reporter would have given it.[/p][/quote]"came back" ???? how long was he gone for? 10 milliseconds? you may be a huge fan but get real. janey3
  • Score: -6

11:40am Mon 26 May 14

andysaints007 says...

janey3 wrote:
magman wrote:
janey3 wrote:
magman wrote:
Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch.

Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!!

If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??
this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off.
There was an encore, he came back to perform 'I Write the Songs', though heaven knows what song title the Echo reporter would have given it.
"came back" ???? how long was he gone for? 10 milliseconds? you may be a huge fan but get real.
Blimey janey3 - u seem a bit over the top with your dislike for Barry Manilow. What's up?
[quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch. Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!! If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??[/p][/quote]this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off.[/p][/quote]There was an encore, he came back to perform 'I Write the Songs', though heaven knows what song title the Echo reporter would have given it.[/p][/quote]"came back" ???? how long was he gone for? 10 milliseconds? you may be a huge fan but get real.[/p][/quote]Blimey janey3 - u seem a bit over the top with your dislike for Barry Manilow. What's up? andysaints007
  • Score: 4

5:08pm Mon 26 May 14

Lord Swood says...

If he had taken to the stage on time, I think there would have been an interval, but because he started late, he went straight through the full act to finish on time. I'm sure the cricket ground had some form of agreement on 'noise' with a cut-off at 10pm.

Performance was wonderful, Barry was in fine form, as were his musicians and his backing singers. We loved it.

The organisation of the event was poor however and the finger of blame should be pointed at the promoter. It was nothing to do with Barry (and was probably not the cricket grounds fault either).
If he had taken to the stage on time, I think there would have been an interval, but because he started late, he went straight through the full act to finish on time. I'm sure the cricket ground had some form of agreement on 'noise' with a cut-off at 10pm. Performance was wonderful, Barry was in fine form, as were his musicians and his backing singers. We loved it. The organisation of the event was poor however and the finger of blame should be pointed at the promoter. It was nothing to do with Barry (and was probably not the cricket grounds fault either). Lord Swood
  • Score: 8

7:14pm Mon 26 May 14

Eve543 says...

I thought Barry was brilliant but the overall experience was poor. I have been to other concerts at the Ageas Bowl that have been brilliant. The promoters are at fault. The fans were not given any information about delays and at one stage the stewards were discusing that the concert was being cancelled. The seat fiasco was ridiculous, how can you be allocated a row A seat arrive at the stadium find out you are now in a terrace row H and then find someone else is in that seat and would not move. Paid for a premium ticket and did not even have a seat.... Barry was a dot in the distance no matter how good he was the concert was spoilt for me due to the poor organisation not the rain. He would not have performed if the rain had not stopped. I saw Boyzone and Westlife in the rain they were both brilliant kept acknowledging how lucky they were with their fans and appreciated us all being there and gave a complete performance. Barry just went on gave a performance and finished as quickly as he could. Love the song one voice usually done as an encore to finish.... Not on this occasion.
I thought Barry was brilliant but the overall experience was poor. I have been to other concerts at the Ageas Bowl that have been brilliant. The promoters are at fault. The fans were not given any information about delays and at one stage the stewards were discusing that the concert was being cancelled. The seat fiasco was ridiculous, how can you be allocated a row A seat arrive at the stadium find out you are now in a terrace row H and then find someone else is in that seat and would not move. Paid for a premium ticket and did not even have a seat.... Barry was a dot in the distance no matter how good he was the concert was spoilt for me due to the poor organisation not the rain. He would not have performed if the rain had not stopped. I saw Boyzone and Westlife in the rain they were both brilliant kept acknowledging how lucky they were with their fans and appreciated us all being there and gave a complete performance. Barry just went on gave a performance and finished as quickly as he could. Love the song one voice usually done as an encore to finish.... Not on this occasion. Eve543
  • Score: 2

8:42pm Mon 26 May 14

fraugretel says...

I have often wondered if Lorelei Reddin was at the same performance as me but this outrageously inaccurate reporting takes the biscuit ! I heard no Boos or complaints re the delay WHATSOVER - to vilify him like this in your headline is almost slanderous ! Barry was due to go on stage at 8.15..because of the extreme weather ( and the mix up with tickets !) the decision was taken to allow the crowd to go for shelter for a while to see if the rain would stop - and it did lessen slightly! Dave Koz actually came on early so the gap between him and Barry seemed longer. Despite there being two heaters on stage Barry did not have the benefit of being wrapped up like the rest of us and changed into his coat and scarf - reminding us that he was "Just a person ! " . It is correct that people ran down to the front - one steward did try to rectify the situation but the steward that was at the front of the stage did nothing to stop it - this was annoying to those of us that had seats near the front of the stage. There were some major problems with the ticketing and this obviously was causing some delays as many turned up ready for Barry at 8.15 - it would seem that the problem was possibly with tickets booked through the Fanclub as many front row seats were double booked - there were several people sitting around us in row F that had to separated as they were double booked. That said, Barry gave a fantastic performance ( and let's not forget he is 70 years old !) I was a bit frustrated that he talked his way through some of the songs, but the way he belted out the rest more than made up for it ! Barry and the promoters would also have been mindful of people having to travel home on the last train. Even though I was freezing and wet I did not see anyone that was not thoroughly entertained and thrilled to be there !
I have often wondered if Lorelei Reddin was at the same performance as me but this outrageously inaccurate reporting takes the biscuit ! I heard no Boos or complaints re the delay WHATSOVER - to vilify him like this in your headline is almost slanderous ! Barry was due to go on stage at 8.15..because of the extreme weather ( and the mix up with tickets !) the decision was taken to allow the crowd to go for shelter for a while to see if the rain would stop - and it did lessen slightly! Dave Koz actually came on early so the gap between him and Barry seemed longer. Despite there being two heaters on stage Barry did not have the benefit of being wrapped up like the rest of us and changed into his coat and scarf - reminding us that he was "Just a person ! " . It is correct that people ran down to the front - one steward did try to rectify the situation but the steward that was at the front of the stage did nothing to stop it - this was annoying to those of us that had seats near the front of the stage. There were some major problems with the ticketing and this obviously was causing some delays as many turned up ready for Barry at 8.15 - it would seem that the problem was possibly with tickets booked through the Fanclub as many front row seats were double booked - there were several people sitting around us in row F that had to separated as they were double booked. That said, Barry gave a fantastic performance ( and let's not forget he is 70 years old !) I was a bit frustrated that he talked his way through some of the songs, but the way he belted out the rest more than made up for it ! Barry and the promoters would also have been mindful of people having to travel home on the last train. Even though I was freezing and wet I did not see anyone that was not thoroughly entertained and thrilled to be there ! fraugretel
  • Score: 9

10:08pm Mon 26 May 14

amelia75 says...

There were no boo's as i was there the fact it poured down also didnt have anything to do with it either. It was **** up of the companies who sold the tickets and there were duplicated ones and at 8pm people were still trying to enter the ageas bowl how do i know this cos i was there :) There were no boo's at all because of the **** up with tickets he had to come on late and so to not let the people already deated get soaking wet waiting for the tickets to rectified he asked for all us to go into to the dry, Which i would say was pretty decent of him.Was a very good performance and enjoyed. Why people have write such crap and lies is beyond me ?????
There were no boo's as i was there the fact it poured down also didnt have anything to do with it either. It was **** up of the companies who sold the tickets and there were duplicated ones and at 8pm people were still trying to enter the ageas bowl how do i know this cos i was there :) There were no boo's at all because of the **** up with tickets he had to come on late and so to not let the people already deated get soaking wet waiting for the tickets to rectified he asked for all us to go into to the dry, Which i would say was pretty decent of him.Was a very good performance and enjoyed. Why people have write such crap and lies is beyond me ????? amelia75
  • Score: 5

10:45pm Mon 26 May 14

magman says...

I'm amazed this story hasn't been edited. Surely it's clear to the paper that the delay was caused by a mixture of poor weather and appalling management of the tickets sold for the event. Yet the headline still makes it sound as if it was Barry himself who decided to delay the concert because of the weather.

The fact incorrectly named song titles still exist in the article isn't exactly impressive either.

If I had one complaint about the concert it was that Barry didn't even mention his new album let alone perform any songs from it.
I'm amazed this story hasn't been edited. Surely it's clear to the paper that the delay was caused by a mixture of poor weather and appalling management of the tickets sold for the event. Yet the headline still makes it sound as if it was Barry himself who decided to delay the concert because of the weather. The fact incorrectly named song titles still exist in the article isn't exactly impressive either. If I had one complaint about the concert it was that Barry didn't even mention his new album let alone perform any songs from it. magman
  • Score: 3

11:45pm Mon 26 May 14

janey3 says...

andysaints007 wrote:
janey3 wrote:
magman wrote:
janey3 wrote:
magman wrote:
Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch.

Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!!

If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??
this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off.
There was an encore, he came back to perform 'I Write the Songs', though heaven knows what song title the Echo reporter would have given it.
"came back" ???? how long was he gone for? 10 milliseconds? you may be a huge fan but get real.
Blimey janey3 - u seem a bit over the top with your dislike for Barry Manilow. What's up?
don't dislike him at all, I dislike the bm evangelists distorting the facts to make it wonderful. it was the concert that was a shambles not him
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch. Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!! If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??[/p][/quote]this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off.[/p][/quote]There was an encore, he came back to perform 'I Write the Songs', though heaven knows what song title the Echo reporter would have given it.[/p][/quote]"came back" ???? how long was he gone for? 10 milliseconds? you may be a huge fan but get real.[/p][/quote]Blimey janey3 - u seem a bit over the top with your dislike for Barry Manilow. What's up?[/p][/quote]don't dislike him at all, I dislike the bm evangelists distorting the facts to make it wonderful. it was the concert that was a shambles not him janey3
  • Score: 2

1:03am Tue 27 May 14

andysaints007 says...

janey3 wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
janey3 wrote:
magman wrote:
janey3 wrote:
magman wrote:
Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch.

Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!!

If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??
this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off.
There was an encore, he came back to perform 'I Write the Songs', though heaven knows what song title the Echo reporter would have given it.
"came back" ???? how long was he gone for? 10 milliseconds? you may be a huge fan but get real.
Blimey janey3 - u seem a bit over the top with your dislike for Barry Manilow. What's up?
don't dislike him at all, I dislike the bm evangelists distorting the facts to make it wonderful. it was the concert that was a shambles not him
Were you there then?
[quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch. Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!! If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??[/p][/quote]this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off.[/p][/quote]There was an encore, he came back to perform 'I Write the Songs', though heaven knows what song title the Echo reporter would have given it.[/p][/quote]"came back" ???? how long was he gone for? 10 milliseconds? you may be a huge fan but get real.[/p][/quote]Blimey janey3 - u seem a bit over the top with your dislike for Barry Manilow. What's up?[/p][/quote]don't dislike him at all, I dislike the bm evangelists distorting the facts to make it wonderful. it was the concert that was a shambles not him[/p][/quote]Were you there then? andysaints007
  • Score: -1

10:50am Tue 27 May 14

Pigeon Street says...

Got to laugh at some of the comments from the manilow fan club on here, I was there with a friend and have to agree with the review, the gap between thesupport act and barry was rridiculously long and as for not playing because of the rain , what would he have done if it kept raining? Just not bothered? There were a lot of annoyed people around me when they announced it was being delayed.
Got to laugh at some of the comments from the manilow fan club on here, I was there with a friend and have to agree with the review, the gap between thesupport act and barry was rridiculously long and as for not playing because of the rain , what would he have done if it kept raining? Just not bothered? There were a lot of annoyed people around me when they announced it was being delayed. Pigeon Street
  • Score: -2

5:02pm Tue 27 May 14

footballcrazy says...

amelia75 wrote:
There were no boo's as i was there the fact it poured down also didnt have anything to do with it either. It was **** up of the companies who sold the tickets and there were duplicated ones and at 8pm people were still trying to enter the ageas bowl how do i know this cos i was there :) There were no boo's at all because of the **** up with tickets he had to come on late and so to not let the people already deated get soaking wet waiting for the tickets to rectified he asked for all us to go into to the dry, Which i would say was pretty decent of him.Was a very good performance and enjoyed. Why people have write such crap and lies is beyond me ?????
agree with you totally. I picked my tickets and purchased in September. when I arrived I could not go through turnstile it turned out no longer valid. so was told I had to go to ticket office, where there was only one person there and a queue so long after an hour and a half I was midway. my son and another fan discovered one outside was open with no queue and four people there hence no queue! so went and climbed up the grass bank went through a gate that had been left open(which a steward shut after seeing them go through). any he got told our tickets did not need changing. so we dashed down to make sure there was no one already there with same tickets.. however although labelled a1 were not in centre block on the right hand side of the row it had moved to the left and seat on left of row so view not great
[quote][p][bold]amelia75[/bold] wrote: There were no boo's as i was there the fact it poured down also didnt have anything to do with it either. It was **** up of the companies who sold the tickets and there were duplicated ones and at 8pm people were still trying to enter the ageas bowl how do i know this cos i was there :) There were no boo's at all because of the **** up with tickets he had to come on late and so to not let the people already deated get soaking wet waiting for the tickets to rectified he asked for all us to go into to the dry, Which i would say was pretty decent of him.Was a very good performance and enjoyed. Why people have write such crap and lies is beyond me ?????[/p][/quote]agree with you totally. I picked my tickets and purchased in September. when I arrived I could not go through turnstile it turned out no longer valid. so was told I had to go to ticket office, where there was only one person there and a queue so long after an hour and a half I was midway. my son and another fan discovered one outside was open with no queue and four people there hence no queue! so went and climbed up the grass bank went through a gate that had been left open(which a steward shut after seeing them go through). any he got told our tickets did not need changing. so we dashed down to make sure there was no one already there with same tickets.. however although labelled a1 were not in centre block on the right hand side of the row it had moved to the left and seat on left of row so view not great footballcrazy
  • Score: 2

5:06pm Tue 27 May 14

magman says...

Pigeon Street wrote:
Got to laugh at some of the comments from the manilow fan club on here, I was there with a friend and have to agree with the review, the gap between thesupport act and barry was rridiculously long and as for not playing because of the rain , what would he have done if it kept raining? Just not bothered? There were a lot of annoyed people around me when they announced it was being delayed.
The report claims that Barry wasn't keen on playing in the rain but fails to supply a single quote to back this statement up. The article should be edited because of the facts about the poor administration of the event that have since surfaced. If the concert had gone ahead earlier there would have been many incidents during the performance where people turned up and found people already sitting in tneir seats. Hardly something anyone wants to see during a show.
[quote][p][bold]Pigeon Street[/bold] wrote: Got to laugh at some of the comments from the manilow fan club on here, I was there with a friend and have to agree with the review, the gap between thesupport act and barry was rridiculously long and as for not playing because of the rain , what would he have done if it kept raining? Just not bothered? There were a lot of annoyed people around me when they announced it was being delayed.[/p][/quote]The report claims that Barry wasn't keen on playing in the rain but fails to supply a single quote to back this statement up. The article should be edited because of the facts about the poor administration of the event that have since surfaced. If the concert had gone ahead earlier there would have been many incidents during the performance where people turned up and found people already sitting in tneir seats. Hardly something anyone wants to see during a show. magman
  • Score: 0

7:37pm Tue 27 May 14

janey3 says...

andysaints007 wrote:
janey3 wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
janey3 wrote:
magman wrote:
janey3 wrote:
magman wrote:
Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch.

Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!!

If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??
this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off.
There was an encore, he came back to perform 'I Write the Songs', though heaven knows what song title the Echo reporter would have given it.
"came back" ???? how long was he gone for? 10 milliseconds? you may be a huge fan but get real.
Blimey janey3 - u seem a bit over the top with your dislike for Barry Manilow. What's up?
don't dislike him at all, I dislike the bm evangelists distorting the facts to make it wonderful. it was the concert that was a shambles not him
Were you there then?
yes
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]janey3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]magman[/bold] wrote: Appalling reporting by the Echo. The details for the concert were that it would begin at 8.15pm, the concert started around the 9pm mark so in no way was Barry Manilow over an hour late on stage. I suggest the writer buys herself a new watch. Another bizarre comment is that "the sun went down over the Ageas Bowl to the sounds of Memories from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats." Barry performed this song at around half past nine, the sun had gone down well before then believe me!! If there is to be any criticism it should be reserved for the organisers of the concert. I purchased a £45 ticket but had this upgraded to a £75 ticket in the pitch seating. When I went to my seat I found it already occupied and was told that there had been a lot of duplicate tickets sold. Perhaps the Echo should be investigating this??[/p][/quote]this is accurate reporting. I was told personally by the organiser that he would perform from 8 - 10pm. it was however even shorter than stated, as it finished at 10.15 without so much as an encore. total rip off.[/p][/quote]There was an encore, he came back to perform 'I Write the Songs', though heaven knows what song title the Echo reporter would have given it.[/p][/quote]"came back" ???? how long was he gone for? 10 milliseconds? you may be a huge fan but get real.[/p][/quote]Blimey janey3 - u seem a bit over the top with your dislike for Barry Manilow. What's up?[/p][/quote]don't dislike him at all, I dislike the bm evangelists distorting the facts to make it wonderful. it was the concert that was a shambles not him[/p][/quote]Were you there then?[/p][/quote]yes janey3
  • Score: -1

11:12pm Tue 27 May 14

Flowerless says...

If it wasn't for the thumbnail photo I'd think this article could be excused as an exercise for a local school work placement pupil. It is so full of inaccuracies spanning chronological, artist insight and, generally, facts – although earning, admittedly, maximum marks for compliance with the GCSE Handbook's 'Theatrical critical review template' - that I am struggling to relate it to the event I witnessed.

One particular gem I love, which I haven't spotted anyone else point out, is the sentence:

"The audience enjoyed a great range of numbers from ballads to upbeat tracks and a host of covers, many of them from his own pen".

Think about it, Entertainments Editor.
If it wasn't for the thumbnail photo I'd think this article could be excused as an exercise for a local school work placement pupil. It is so full of inaccuracies spanning chronological, artist insight and, generally, facts – although earning, admittedly, maximum marks for compliance with the GCSE Handbook's 'Theatrical critical review template' - that I am struggling to relate it to the event I witnessed. One particular gem I love, which I haven't spotted anyone else point out, is the sentence: "The audience enjoyed a great range of numbers from ballads to upbeat tracks and a host of covers, many of them from his own pen". Think about it, Entertainments Editor. Flowerless
  • Score: 5

11:22pm Tue 27 May 14

Dave Of The South says...

Why not sue for breach of contract? Booking based upon free parking & reserved seating = contract. If you got neither than a contract was broken. Also, why the hell would anyone want to go to an outdoor concert anyway? Outdoors = may rain. Go to a proper venue like Guildhall/O2 etc. Obviously it was Barry trying to get max $ & £ from one concert instead of a few nights at one venue. And "the electrical equipment might get wet" & "safety" etc line does not wash as organizers knew that it could rain & so should have known what to do with their equipment to make it safe.
Why not sue for breach of contract? Booking based upon free parking & reserved seating = contract. If you got neither than a contract was broken. Also, why the hell would anyone want to go to an outdoor concert anyway? Outdoors = may rain. Go to a proper venue like Guildhall/O2 etc. Obviously it was Barry trying to get max $ & £ from one concert instead of a few nights at one venue. And "the electrical equipment might get wet" & "safety" etc line does not wash as organizers knew that it could rain & so should have known what to do with their equipment to make it safe. Dave Of The South
  • Score: -3

6:59pm Thu 29 May 14

beachut says...

Block 42 wrote:
just saying but a proper band like avenged sevenfold would of smashed out a set in the rain..anyways manilow is from new york right?its hardly california he should be used to crap weather
Barry is from California, in the Nappa Valley actually.
[quote][p][bold]Block 42[/bold] wrote: just saying but a proper band like avenged sevenfold would of smashed out a set in the rain..anyways manilow is from new york right?its hardly california he should be used to crap weather[/p][/quote]Barry is from California, in the Nappa Valley actually. beachut
  • Score: 0

7:32pm Thu 29 May 14

beachut says...

bobbass wrote:
repcosy wrote:
bobbass wrote:
repcosy wrote:
Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it!
Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him!
Clearly people up North have no taste. And did you just google that?
No, I was one of the many thousands who attended the concerts.
In the current climate of journalist being taken to court for all sorts of things, I would have thought that Lovelei Reddin should have know better. Reporting lies is libel. So she should be very careful what she writes about any performer/person.. Perhaps her bosses need to send her on a refresher course.There was no booing,only cheering an clapping. Everyone was just enjoying the show. The whole show was worked around the rain. Dave Koz, the saxophonist came on early for his half hour. Almost as soon as he had finished the heavens opened, and it didnt look like it was going to stop. Because of this an announcement was made that they would delay and would announce 10 minutes before they were due to start again. As soon as the weather cleared, (and they were probably watching the weather mapping on the website). Barry came on exactly as the weather cleared up. This was done purely for the reason of the audience being able to enjoy Barry without being soaked. It was a very considerate way to schedule this, and I for one was pleased it was done this way. Lots of Barry Manilow fans are of his generation, and we appreciated it. His show was extraordinary, as always. He is the ultimate performer, and it is a pity that Lovelei Reddin doesnt know more about music/performers, post her gereration. I just wonder does she think it is clever to tell lies, or is she just not a very nice person with a chip on her shoulder. One thing, she will never be, and that is a millionaire living in California with millions of 'friends/fan' around the world, which has all been achieved through hard work,and a love of what you do. But most of all being a very nice kind person, who is loved by so many around the world. Do you know what Lovelei, he would forgive you in a hearbeat, because he has such a lovely kind nature. But do you what Lovelie, WE NEVER WILL .
[quote][p][bold]bobbass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]repcosy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobbass[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]repcosy[/bold] wrote: Did they really think Barry manilow would fill 10,000 seats! Honestly pick someone current who is actually liked and they will have a good chance of filling it![/p][/quote]Well he sold out at the 20,000 seater arena in Manchester last Sunday, had 20'000 over 2 nights at Wembley arena, 10,000 at Ipswich, 10,000 at Glasgow, 5,000 at Cardiff and another 20'000 at the 02 tomorrow night so someone must like him![/p][/quote]Clearly people up North have no taste. And did you just google that?[/p][/quote]No, I was one of the many thousands who attended the concerts.[/p][/quote]In the current climate of journalist being taken to court for all sorts of things, I would have thought that Lovelei Reddin should have know better. Reporting lies is libel. So she should be very careful what she writes about any performer/person.. Perhaps her bosses need to send her on a refresher course.There was no booing,only cheering an clapping. Everyone was just enjoying the show. The whole show was worked around the rain. Dave Koz, the saxophonist came on early for his half hour. Almost as soon as he had finished the heavens opened, and it didnt look like it was going to stop. Because of this an announcement was made that they would delay and would announce 10 minutes before they were due to start again. As soon as the weather cleared, (and they were probably watching the weather mapping on the website). Barry came on exactly as the weather cleared up. This was done purely for the reason of the audience being able to enjoy Barry without being soaked. It was a very considerate way to schedule this, and I for one was pleased it was done this way. Lots of Barry Manilow fans are of his generation, and we appreciated it. His show was extraordinary, as always. He is the ultimate performer, and it is a pity that Lovelei Reddin doesnt know more about music/performers, post her gereration. I just wonder does she think it is clever to tell lies, or is she just not a very nice person with a chip on her shoulder. One thing, she will never be, and that is a millionaire living in California with millions of 'friends/fan' around the world, which has all been achieved through hard work,and a love of what you do. But most of all being a very nice kind person, who is loved by so many around the world. Do you know what Lovelei, he would forgive you in a hearbeat, because he has such a lovely kind nature. But do you what Lovelie, WE NEVER WILL . beachut
  • Score: 2

9:37pm Thu 29 May 14

*ay*carumba* says...

I'm so fed up that this article hasn't been amended that I have put in a complaint with the Press Complaints Commision.

Here's the link if anyone else feels the Echo shouldn't get away with misleading the public http://www.pcc.org.u
k

I don't know if it will do any good but it makes me feel better!
I'm so fed up that this article hasn't been amended that I have put in a complaint with the Press Complaints Commision. Here's the link if anyone else feels the Echo shouldn't get away with misleading the public http://www.pcc.org.u k I don't know if it will do any good but it makes me feel better! *ay*carumba*
  • Score: 1

10:20pm Thu 29 May 14

beachut says...

*ay*carumba* wrote:
I'm so fed up that this article hasn't been amended that I have put in a complaint with the Press Complaints Commision.

Here's the link if anyone else feels the Echo shouldn't get away with misleading the public http://www.pcc.org.u

k

I don't know if it will do any good but it makes me feel better!
Well done. I will follow suit.
[quote][p][bold]*ay*carumba*[/bold] wrote: I'm so fed up that this article hasn't been amended that I have put in a complaint with the Press Complaints Commision. Here's the link if anyone else feels the Echo shouldn't get away with misleading the public http://www.pcc.org.u k I don't know if it will do any good but it makes me feel better![/p][/quote]Well done. I will follow suit. beachut
  • Score: 2

7:25pm Sat 31 May 14

MrFarrell14 says...

The only thing worse than this article is the fact that the journalist is
now kicking up a fuss because people don't like it. I'm a journalist myself,
and would love to live in a world in which my work cannot be questioned or commented on. Sadly, this will never happen.

There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that the journalist here is lazy. The
songs titles are incorrect (inexcusable, with Google and Wikipedia at your
fingertips), and timing accusations have also proven to be wrong.

There's no "cyber bulling" here - it's merely a mediocre writer being corrected after providing a sloppy review.

Generally, if readers are not satisfied, the publication should try to amend
the issue as quickly and as quietly as possible. This journalist, however,
has decided to throw her toys out of the pram and start accusing those very readers for having the audacity not to agree with everything she said.

Don't want complaints? Do a better job.
The only thing worse than this article is the fact that the journalist is now kicking up a fuss because people don't like it. I'm a journalist myself, and would love to live in a world in which my work cannot be questioned or commented on. Sadly, this will never happen. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that the journalist here is lazy. The songs titles are incorrect (inexcusable, with Google and Wikipedia at your fingertips), and timing accusations have also proven to be wrong. There's no "cyber bulling" here - it's merely a mediocre writer being corrected after providing a sloppy review. Generally, if readers are not satisfied, the publication should try to amend the issue as quickly and as quietly as possible. This journalist, however, has decided to throw her toys out of the pram and start accusing those very readers for having the audacity not to agree with everything she said. Don't want complaints? Do a better job. MrFarrell14
  • Score: 0

8:09pm Sat 31 May 14

magman says...

Just to ensure Barry Manilow's point of view is put across on this website. Here's his statement about what happened in Southampton. The comments have been sent to the paper so hopefully they will publish them as a right to reply in the paper itself.

Commenting on Facebook Barry Manilow said:

"The weather held up for us in every city except Southampton. Southampton was filled with drama! The venue was outdoors which is very risky for that area. And, we worked with a new promoter. I’m sure you’ve read about the ticket fiasco, but it got worse as the night went on.

After the brilliant Dave Koz finished his opening set, we were all ready to hit the stage, when we were told that it was pouring and that it was too dangerous to go on stage. There was an announcement telling the audience to find shelter until the rain stopped. So we all waited. All of us in our stage costumes, waiting for the enormous downpour to end.

When it finally did end, the audience members were told to go back to their seats. Afterwards we heard that there were duplicate tickets and that people were told to sit anywhere. It was chaos. Finally, after what seemed to be years, they allowed us to take the stage. It was still incredibly windy, wet and freezing cold. But what knocked me out, is that nobody left. Even in that terrible weather, nearly the entire audience stayed. What kind of people would do something like that for another person? I was speechless.
Just to ensure Barry Manilow's point of view is put across on this website. Here's his statement about what happened in Southampton. The comments have been sent to the paper so hopefully they will publish them as a right to reply in the paper itself. Commenting on Facebook Barry Manilow said: "The weather held up for us in every city except Southampton. Southampton was filled with drama! The venue was outdoors which is very risky for that area. And, we worked with a new promoter. I’m sure you’ve read about the ticket fiasco, but it got worse as the night went on. After the brilliant Dave Koz finished his opening set, we were all ready to hit the stage, when we were told that it was pouring and that it was too dangerous to go on stage. There was an announcement telling the audience to find shelter until the rain stopped. So we all waited. All of us in our stage costumes, waiting for the enormous downpour to end. When it finally did end, the audience members were told to go back to their seats. Afterwards we heard that there were duplicate tickets and that people were told to sit anywhere. It was chaos. Finally, after what seemed to be years, they allowed us to take the stage. It was still incredibly windy, wet and freezing cold. But what knocked me out, is that nobody left. Even in that terrible weather, nearly the entire audience stayed. What kind of people would do something like that for another person? I was speechless. magman
  • Score: 2

9:34pm Sat 31 May 14

magman says...

MrFarrell14 wrote:
The only thing worse than this article is the fact that the journalist is
now kicking up a fuss because people don't like it. I'm a journalist myself,
and would love to live in a world in which my work cannot be questioned or commented on. Sadly, this will never happen.

There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that the journalist here is lazy. The
songs titles are incorrect (inexcusable, with Google and Wikipedia at your
fingertips), and timing accusations have also proven to be wrong.

There's no "cyber bulling" here - it's merely a mediocre writer being corrected after providing a sloppy review.

Generally, if readers are not satisfied, the publication should try to amend
the issue as quickly and as quietly as possible. This journalist, however,
has decided to throw her toys out of the pram and start accusing those very readers for having the audacity not to agree with everything she said.

Don't want complaints? Do a better job.
It was indeed lazy journalism. When I was on my NCTJ course I reviewed several concerts. I always knew that if I got details such as song titles wrong the work would not be marked.

Reddin admits in today's article that she had contact on the night with the organizer's press office. So why didn't she ask them exactly why the concert was being delayed. Barry Manilow's statement reveals it was because he was told it was too dangerous, why couldn't the reporter find that out?

Also if there were so many emails and letters criticizing the article why were only two negative comments put in todays' feature with more emphasis put on a letter supporting the writer?
[quote][p][bold]MrFarrell14[/bold] wrote: The only thing worse than this article is the fact that the journalist is now kicking up a fuss because people don't like it. I'm a journalist myself, and would love to live in a world in which my work cannot be questioned or commented on. Sadly, this will never happen. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that the journalist here is lazy. The songs titles are incorrect (inexcusable, with Google and Wikipedia at your fingertips), and timing accusations have also proven to be wrong. There's no "cyber bulling" here - it's merely a mediocre writer being corrected after providing a sloppy review. Generally, if readers are not satisfied, the publication should try to amend the issue as quickly and as quietly as possible. This journalist, however, has decided to throw her toys out of the pram and start accusing those very readers for having the audacity not to agree with everything she said. Don't want complaints? Do a better job.[/p][/quote]It was indeed lazy journalism. When I was on my NCTJ course I reviewed several concerts. I always knew that if I got details such as song titles wrong the work would not be marked. Reddin admits in today's article that she had contact on the night with the organizer's press office. So why didn't she ask them exactly why the concert was being delayed. Barry Manilow's statement reveals it was because he was told it was too dangerous, why couldn't the reporter find that out? Also if there were so many emails and letters criticizing the article why were only two negative comments put in todays' feature with more emphasis put on a letter supporting the writer? magman
  • Score: 0

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