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Barry Manilow bids farewell (for now) at Staples Center

Barry Manilow bids farewell (for now) at Staples Center

“You all know this song,” Barry Manilow said Tuesday night at Staples Center as his band struck up one of his soft-pop standards. In many cases, the performer making such a statement will allow the music to demonstrate that he’s right. Not Manilow.

“It’s ‘Can’t Smile Without You’!” he added, and sure enough he launched into crooning that schmaltzy late-’70s hit. Behind him, an enormous video screen flashed the song’s lyrics, just in case anyone in the near-capacity crowd was somehow still in the dark.

Delivered not long into Tuesday’s concert, part of what the 71-year-old singer is referring to as his final large-scale tour, the bit turned out to be a kind of warning:...

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