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KTIV's Al Joens' extended interview with Barry Manilow

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KTIV's Al Joens interviews Barry Manilow.

"What keeps you motivated after all of these years?" Al Joens, KTIV anchor said.

"You know, I'm just one of the lucky guys, who just has energy and ideas. The next idea, the next album, the next one. I'm just one of those lucky guys who just don't stop. I don't feel any different than I did when I was in my 30s. This number 70, is the most confusing number that I've ever gone through in my life. Because I look at myself and I look at my life and nothing seems to have changed. It's very confusing. But I am very proud and I am very happy that I am still here and that I have an audience out there who is still interested in what I have to say," Barry Manilow, Entertainer said.

"How's it feel to be coming back to Sioux City? I know you have performed here before." Joens said.

"These days I am just doing weekends. I don't think I've been to Sioux City in a long time, so that will be fun," Manilow said.

"What led you to become a performer? Or who inspired you?" Joens said.

"I backed into it. I backed into this gorgeous career. I was going to be a musician and that was it. I never really thought about singing or getting up on a stage and performing. When I was starting out, it never dawned on me, that would be where I would wind up. I thought, well if I were lucky, I would be a composer or an arranger or a musician. That was it. But during those years in the 70's when singers/songwriters were becoming popular, I was making my demo's of songs that I wrote and out of the blue, I got an offer to make an album with me singing my stuff. Because that's what was going on singer/songwriters. And I did and I went on the road and I put together a show. Which I was terrible at, oh my God, I was terrible to be honest. But the audiences seemed to be okay with me bumbling around and learning on the job. And little by little, I got it, I got the hang of it. And the records started to become successful, the concerts started to become successful, and out of the blue, I wound up on a stage performing, making records. It was the biggest surprise, a beautiful surprise to me," Manilow said.

"What advice would you give to people who are interested in or curious about music? Whether, it be kids or adults, whoever? Joens said.

"For young people, I would say learn to read music. You might not wind up to be John Fogerty or Mariah Carey but if you learn to read music and you are interested in music, you'll always work. Because you can always work in a recording studios, doing background singing or you could always work in a band because everyone is looking for musicians and singers who read. If you are lucky and have a lot of talent, well that's even better. But if you really want to go into music, learn to read music and then you'll always work," Manilow said.

"How big of a group do you have? Do have a lot of back up singers?" Joens said.

"Every year, it changes. I always have the basic core. My band, my six guys and a few singers and every few years, I change it around. A couple of years ago, I went out with a symphony orchestra and a couple of years before that I went out with 14 people, and a couple of years before that it was 20 some people. This year, it's a small band and we sound great. And what's great about this year, is my small band knows every in my catalogue and I can just call out any song and we can do it and we've been doing that on this show and it's really a lot of fun," Manilow said.

Tickets are still available for Manilow's performance Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Orpheum in Sioux City.

Or if you have any gently-used musical instruments to donate to the Sioux City Schools, you'll receive two tickets to Manilow's concert.

You can donate musical instruments at the Tyson Events Center box office.

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