Monday, July 21, 2008

You have entered the Manilow Zone ...

What if you woke up one day and saw the headline saying that you were dying? Accompanying the headline is a picture taken of you when you just ran to the store to pick up an item or two. Then, the article has quotes from people you thought loved and adored you.

No, it isn’t an episode from the Twilight Zone - it is the Manilow Zone.

The recent Globe magazine has this blaring headline saying “Barry Manilow Dying - He’s wasting away and down to 100 lbs.”

“It looked like he was in pain,” says the source “He was very shaky and slow getting to where he was going.”

Even fans are expressing their alarm over his health on Internet postings.

The friend also notes that Manilow's having trouble walking.

I saw these posts on the board, the reporters eat this stuff up and quoted it as real. Why not? Barry calls us his friends. His “friends” were concerned. His “friends” were talking about his appearance, and their thoughts of what might be wrong.

Barry is fine; I wish I had half of the energy he has and he is more than 20 years older than me. Anyone seeing him perform on stage, or stand face to face with him knows nothing is wrong. He gives warm bear hugs - definitely not the sign of a weakling that is wasting away.

Things like this always happen when Barry goes on vacation, or is away from Vegas for a while. The group get restless and innuendos get to flying. Thankfully, a hotline message was released today, and most of the subjects have changed to platinums and planning for the sale of them.

Next week, there will be something else and the cycle will continue until B hits the stage at the end of August.