The Day – Barry Manilow headlines Mohegan Sun Tuesday

Barry Manilow once told Rolling Stone that he was haunted by Bob Dylan, a man who is still alive. Turns out a few years ago, Dylan stopped Manilow at a party, gave him a wonderful hug, looked Mainlow in the eye and said, “Keep doing what you’re doing. , guy. We’re all inspired by you.” Was Dylan serious? Or was he subtly mocking Manilow? I guess we’ll never really know, but that’s the case for Manilow, who is fully aware, at all times , that he and his music are often the punchlines of jokes and the butt of petty teasing. to deter loiterers. Supposedly the tactic worked. How’s that for an insult?

What then of Manilow’s music, with its Frank Sinatra-esque glamour, 70s dance beats and mellow rock quality, which is so adored by some and loathed by others?

For Manilow fans, the answer is: whatever. He’s their king of soft rock, well, why not? Manilow has the most contagious smile ever. A look at him, and how not to want to give him a hug? And he really seems like a nice guy, someone who definitely knows how to make the fans all feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Manilow, 74, will perform in concert Tuesday at Mohegan Sun. Fans will hear an array of hits he’s had over the years, from his early disco-inspired days to his more recent songs. Tracks to look forward to include “It’s a Miracle”, “Somewhere in the Night”, “Weekend in New England” and, of course, “Copacabana” and “Mandy”.

Barry Manilow, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Mohegan Sun Arena; $39.50 to $125; 1-800-745-3000.

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