Only two live reviews on the Record Collector website today, the other being the big Bazza. It's a sign, I'm telling you.
London Greenwich O2 Arena
Bazza celebrated his 75th with his mainly female fans, hanging on his every word while partying and waving fluorescent sticks in a colourful spectacle. It’s A Miracle proclaimed Manilow in glittery suit, before he turned the arena into a mass karaoke, with lyrics displayed for the cheerful singalong, Can’t Smile Without You.
The album ballads proved prime yacht rock, and he sent himself up on-screen, dressed as Superman for This Is My Town. A duet with his younger self on Mandy was followed by the grandiose I Write The Songs, while Copacabana (At The Copa) was full of glitz and glamour. Magical. Mark Taylor
Standout collectable: calendar, £15.
Dan Baird & The Homemade Sin
London Shepherd’s Bush Bush Hall
After his leukaemia scare, it was great to see Baird back at his plucking best with sidekicks, Warner E Hodges, and ex-Georgia Satellites drum bud, Mauro Magellan, doing what they do best – straight-talking, good-humoured rock’n’roll. Their improvised two-hour set was full of solo gems and Satellites chestnuts, Baird and Hodges a fine double act, in tune with each other as their guitars entwined on a jangly Two For Tuesday.
The frantic Mister & Ma’am got going second time round, while All Over But The Cryin’ was textbook Tom Petty. Keep Your Hands To Yourself and Dan’s first solo hit, I Love You Period, provided perfect singalongs, while Julie + Lucky was a jerky line-dancing delight. Mark Taylor