Whether or not he pulls a Motley Crue – a reference to how many times he comes around on the farewell tour, not how much makeup he might wear – Barry Manilow is at least giving Twin Cities fans one chance to see him on his so-called “One Last Time!” tour.
Xcel Energy Center just announced an April 7 date with the Brooklyn-reared singer/songwriter of “Mandy” and “Copacabana” fame. Tickets go on sale right away Wednesday at 10 a.m. via the arena box office or Ticketmaster and range widely from $19.75 (the year "Mandy" hit) on up to $169.75. Jazz man Dave Koz will open the show.
Manilow, 72, isn’t declaring all-out retirement from the stage, but this will likely be the last chance to see him outside of Las Vegas, where most of his performances over the past decade have taken place.
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***After visiting St. Paul during frigid temperatures two weeks ago to perform on “A Prairie Home Companion,” Paul Simon apparently decided it’d be nice to come back in summer.
The twice-inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has booked a June 14 concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, which falls at the tail end of a 31-date May-June tour with a full band. Tickets go on sale Saturday at noon via Ticketmaster or the State Theatre box office for $64.50-$144.50. Simon’s last time in town besides the “Prairie Home” gig was a 2014 date at Xcel Energy Center on a co-headlining tour with Sting.
***Meanwhile, the Steve Miller Band – which is just now getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year – has also booked a June date in Minneapolis, this one June 29 at Northrop Auditorium. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon for $65-$100 via the Northrop box office, U of M’s online ticket system or 612-624-2345.