Barry Manilow - Barry Manilow Axes New York Concerts

Barry Manilow has been forced to axe a series of New York City shows after failing to make a full recovery from his hip surgery last year (11).
The veteran crooner underwent an operation to treat inflammatory condition bursitis and repair torn muscles in his legs in December (11) and he is currently undergoing intensive physical therapy sessions - but his recovery isn't going as well as he'd hoped.
Manilow has postponed four gigs at Radio City Music Hall, which were scheduled to begin on Friday (10Feb12), after realising he won't be back in top condition in time.
Apologising to his fans, the Copacabana hitmaker tells BroadwayWorld.com, "All of us are greatly disappointed and feel terrible that we are disappointing so many others.
"We have all worked very hard on creating the new show and at the same time spent hours with physical therapists to get back in shape. We are all very sorry. The pain of having to postpone our shows at Radio City is more than the pain I’ve been going through from the hip surgery."
Manilow now hopes to hit the road again later this month (Feb12).


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'Frozen' Soundtrack Maintains Vice-Like Grip on Billboard 200 4137795 News

The soundtrack for Disney's smash-hit movie Frozen has continued its strong run at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 161,000 copies last week to bring its total to 1.8 million, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Frozen'Frozen' Is The Biggest Grossing Animated Movie of all Time

Billboard said 1.5 million of the soundtrack sales were from 2014, making it this year's biggest selling album so far - by an absolute mile. Beyonce's self-titled album that she released in December is in second with 604,000.

Frozen - about two Nordic princess sisters who have to save their kingdom from a relentless winter - is now the top-grossing animated movie in box-office history after topping $1 billion in worldwide sales. It's soundtrack has been boosted by the phenomenal success of Idina Menzel's 'Let It Go' which won the Oscar for Best Song in March. 

The soundtrack is only the 20th album to spend eight weeks at No.1, though it still languishes behind Adele's Grammy-winning record 21 that clocked 24 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard 200. Whitney Houston's soundtrack for the 1993 movie The Bodyguard noticed 20 weeks at No.1.

FrozenThe 'Frozen' Soundtrack Has Spent 8 Weeks At No.1

Elsewhere in the chart, Shakira debuted at No.1 with her self-titled record, selling 84,000 copies. Johnny Cash's newly discovered album Out Among The Stars entered at No.3, while rockers Memphis May Fire came in at No.5.

Veteran Barry Manilow had to settle for No.8 with his latest album Night Songs, while My Chemical Romance - who split last year - released greatest hits compilation May Death Never Stop You, which entered at No.9

Overall, Billboard said album sales were down 28 per cent for the comparative week last year. 

More: does 'Frozen' promote homosexuality and bestiality?

More: The long, cold, story behind Disney's 'Frozen'.

Watch the 'Frozen' featurette:

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The soundtrack for Disney's smash-hit movie Frozen has continued its strong run at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, selling 161,000 copies last week to bring its total to 1.8 million, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Frozen'Frozen' Is The Biggest Grossing Animated Movie of all Time

Billboard said 1.5 million of the soundtrack sales were from 2014, making it this year's biggest selling album so far - by an absolute mile. Beyonce's self-titled album that she released in December is in second with 604,000.

Frozen - about two Nordic princess sisters who have to save their kingdom from a relentless winter - is now the top-grossing animated movie in box-office history after topping $1 billion in worldwide sales. It's soundtrack has been boosted by the phenomenal success of Idina Menzel's 'Let It Go' which won the Oscar for Best Song in March. 

The soundtrack is only the 20th album to spend eight weeks at No.1, though it still languishes behind Adele's Grammy-winning record 21 that clocked 24 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard 200. Whitney Houston's soundtrack for the 1993 movie The Bodyguard noticed 20 weeks at No.1.

FrozenThe 'Frozen' Soundtrack Has Spent 8 Weeks At No.1

Elsewhere in the chart, Shakira debuted at No.1 with her self-titled record, selling 84,000 copies. Johnny Cash's newly discovered album Out Among The Stars entered at No.3, while rockers Memphis May Fire came in at No.5.

Veteran Barry Manilow had to settle for No.8 with his latest album Night Songs, while My Chemical Romance - who split last year - released greatest hits compilation May Death Never Stop You, which entered at No.9

Overall, Billboard said album sales were down 28 per cent for the comparative week last year. 

More: does 'Frozen' promote homosexuality and bestiality?

More: The long, cold, story behind Disney's 'Frozen'.

Watch the 'Frozen' featurette:

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Barry Manilow Uk Tour Dates! See Him Live In Concert In 2014 3883119 Press Releases

See multi-million album selling artist, Barry Manilow, when he returns to perform for his UK fans in May 2014.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million and more than 50 Top 40 hits including Mandy, Can't Smile Without You and Copacabana (At the Copa), Manilow will bring his high-energy, hit-packed concert to cities across the UK from London's Wembley Arena and the 02 to Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, Southampton and Ipswich. 

Manilow says "I have had a love affair with this country since my very first trip here in the 70s. Some of my most memorable concerts have been in Britain, including Blenheim Palace and my first ever O2 show with the glorious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The British fans are some of the most loyal in the world and the welcome I get here is truly extraordinary."

A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has produced, arranged, and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career.  He has also written and produced songs for Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, and many more. Throughout his career, Manilow has been honored with a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award, an Oscar nomination, and a top selling autobiography.

Tickets go on-sale Friday 27th September from:
 
May 13th & 14th - Wembley Arena: 0844 815 0815
May 16th - Ipswich Town Football Club: 0844 249 1000
May 18th - Manchester Phones 4 U Arena: 0844 847 8000
May 19th - Glasgow SSE Hydro: 0844 395 4000
May 22nd - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena: 02920 224 488
May 24th - Southampton Ageas Bowl: 0844 249 1000
May 26th - London O2 Arena: 0844 856 0202

See multi-million album selling artist, Barry Manilow, when he returns to perform for his UK fans in May 2014.

With worldwide record sales exceeding 80 million and more than 50 Top 40 hits including Mandy, Can't Smile Without You and Copacabana (At the Copa), Manilow will bring his high-energy, hit-packed concert to cities across the UK from London's Wembley Arena and the 02 to Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, Southampton and Ipswich. 

Manilow says "I have had a love affair with this country since my very first trip here in the 70s. Some of my most memorable concerts have been in Britain, including Blenheim Palace and my first ever O2 show with the glorious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The British fans are some of the most loyal in the world and the welcome I get here is truly extraordinary."

A Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, Manilow has produced, arranged, and released more than 40 albums during the course of his career.  He has also written and produced songs for Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Dionne Warwick, and many more. Throughout his career, Manilow has been honored with a Grammy, two Emmys, a Tony Award, an Oscar nomination, and a top selling autobiography.

Tickets go on-sale Friday 27th September from:
 
May 13th & 14th - Wembley Arena: 0844 815 0815
May 16th - Ipswich Town Football Club: 0844 249 1000
May 18th - Manchester Phones 4 U Arena: 0844 847 8000
May 19th - Glasgow SSE Hydro: 0844 395 4000
May 22nd - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena: 02920 224 488
May 24th - Southampton Ageas Bowl: 0844 249 1000
May 26th - London O2 Arena: 0844 856 0202

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Barry Manilow & Neil Diamond Win Hearts In A Glittering July Fourth DC Performance 3747336 News

In a display of unrivalled patriotism, timeless icons Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond graced Washington DC's National Mall to help celebrate Independence Day, performing in front of thousands of fans and TV viewers.

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Singer Barry Manilow Gives A Sideways Look.

The audience were also treated to acclaimed composer John Williams conducting scores from Steven Spielberg's Lincoln movie, with a special video introduction from the director himself and the National Symphony Orchestra lending their unique talents, according to Billboard.

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Barry Manilow & Neil Diamond Gave This Year's July Fourth Celebrations A Touch Of Unique Class.

<However, the unequivocal jewel in the crown of the festivities was Diamond's performance of 'Sweet Caroline,' dedicated to the victims and survivors of the 15th April Boston marathon bombing which gave the onlookers chance to reflect on the horrors of that fateful day amongst the unbridled joy and optimism of July fourth. Manilow provided the evening's final song with 'Let Freedom Ring' and whilst his final warbling notes hung in the air, fireworks lit up the sky as the bright eyes of a thousand Americans looked towards the heavens in marvel. The 17 minute spectacle was played out as the scaffolded Washington Monument - damaged in the earthquake two years ago - stood silhouetted as a reminder of America's unshakeable pride.

Neil Diamond
Singer Neil Diamond Gives A Sideways Look.

Manilow, who has recently turned 70, spoke to the Denver Postabout his experience of getting older: "You know, I don't feel any different. I've got energy and ideas. I expected the moment I hit this age my hair would turn silver and I'd start to drool and limp with a cane, and none of that has happened. I feel the same. I think I look decent. I've still got my own hair. I'm just waiting for this old guy to appear!" Yet the septuagenarian admitted that a musician life with its constant touring schedule was "a young man's job," stating, "I just miss home. I started so many years ago and when you do that, you don't have a life. Your life is hotel rooms and waiting for airplanes and bad room service."

In a display of unrivalled patriotism, timeless icons Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond graced Washington DC's National Mall to help celebrate Independence Day, performing in front of thousands of fans and TV viewers.

Barry Manilow
Singer Barry Manilow Gives A Sideways Look.

The audience were also treated to acclaimed composer John Williams conducting scores from Steven Spielberg's Lincoln movie, with a special video introduction from the director himself and the National Symphony Orchestra lending their unique talents, according to Billboard.

Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow & Neil Diamond Gave This Year's July Fourth Celebrations A Touch Of Unique Class.

<However, the unequivocal jewel in the crown of the festivities was Diamond's performance of 'Sweet Caroline,' dedicated to the victims and survivors of the 15th April Boston marathon bombing which gave the onlookers chance to reflect on the horrors of that fateful day amongst the unbridled joy and optimism of July fourth. Manilow provided the evening's final song with 'Let Freedom Ring' and whilst his final warbling notes hung in the air, fireworks lit up the sky as the bright eyes of a thousand Americans looked towards the heavens in marvel. The 17 minute spectacle was played out as the scaffolded Washington Monument - damaged in the earthquake two years ago - stood silhouetted as a reminder of America's unshakeable pride.

Neil Diamond
Singer Neil Diamond Gives A Sideways Look.

Manilow, who has recently turned 70, spoke to the Denver Postabout his experience of getting older: "You know, I don't feel any different. I've got energy and ideas. I expected the moment I hit this age my hair would turn silver and I'd start to drool and limp with a cane, and none of that has happened. I feel the same. I think I look decent. I've still got my own hair. I'm just waiting for this old guy to appear!" Yet the septuagenarian admitted that a musician life with its constant touring schedule was "a young man's job," stating, "I just miss home. I started so many years ago and when you do that, you don't have a life. Your life is hotel rooms and waiting for airplanes and bad room service."

5th July 2013 3475102
Aimee Mann Re-Writes Barry Manilow's 'Mandy' as 'Sandy' 3356435 News

Aimee Mann has recorded a benefit song for the victims of the devastating Hurricane Sandy, re-imagining Barry Manilow's love ballad 'Mandy' as an ode to the storm victims as 'Sandy'.

The song reflects Mann's own experiences of the storm, during which she sought sanctuary in a Brooklyn hotel. 'Sandy' is sung to the tune of Barry Manilow's song, but with the lyrics replaced with a light hearted recollection of the storm. Mann performed the song to a weather-battered audience in New York's Westchester County on Thursday (1 Nov.) night, after the venue opened its doors for the needy New Yorkers.

The song, as well as referencing the storm itself, made light of how the country has responded to the crisis, noting New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie's appraisal of President Barack Obama and his handling of the crisis. She sings: "Oh Sandy, now we hate you as much as Osama, after Con Ed exploded. Oh Sandy, and Chris Christie is calling Obama, glad I already voted."

Mann herself is a California resident and was only in New York to perform a string of concerts, the last two of which were rescheduled due to the storm.

Aimee Mann has recorded a benefit song for the victims of the devastating Hurricane Sandy, re-imagining Barry Manilow's love ballad 'Mandy' as an ode to the storm victims as 'Sandy'.

The song reflects Mann's own experiences of the storm, during which she sought sanctuary in a Brooklyn hotel. 'Sandy' is sung to the tune of Barry Manilow's song, but with the lyrics replaced with a light hearted recollection of the storm. Mann performed the song to a weather-battered audience in New York's Westchester County on Thursday (1 Nov.) night, after the venue opened its doors for the needy New Yorkers.

The song, as well as referencing the storm itself, made light of how the country has responded to the crisis, noting New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie's appraisal of President Barack Obama and his handling of the crisis. She sings: "Oh Sandy, now we hate you as much as Osama, after Con Ed exploded. Oh Sandy, and Chris Christie is calling Obama, glad I already voted."

Mann herself is a California resident and was only in New York to perform a string of concerts, the last two of which were rescheduled due to the storm.

4th November 2012 3032655
Barry Manilow Started Smoking At Nine 3025113 News

Barry Manilow started smoking at the age of nine.

The 'Copacabana' singer gave up the habit 20 years ago after beginning at an early age in the tough New York neighbourhood he grew up in.

Despite quitting, Barry recently started inhaling from electronic cigarettes after smoking a real cigarette in Las Vegas.

He said: ''Well I smoked for 30 years. I started when I was nine years old. I grew up in Brooklyn.

''Then I stopped about 15, 20 years ago. Then I just started in Las Vegas and the band and I went down to a little club and somebody offered me a cigarette. And I was back. Within a week I was back. Not on a pack a day, cause when I was really smoking I was on three packs a day - non filters. Oh yeah. I was a great smoker.''

Discussing his electronic smoking, he admits it is not for everyone but works for him.

He said: ''Do they work? They do for me, my band and my crew, all of us who hated smoking but couldn't stop.''

Barry, 68, is well-known for leading a bachelor lifestyle, and he has no regrets about not having children as he enjoys ''raising'' his dogs.

He said: ''It was impossible. This insane world that I have and trying to be a father - I think I would have had to choose one or the other. But, the choice never really happened anyway. Hey, look, the closest I get is raising dogs. Whenever I get one of those little puppies, I stop everything I do. I give them a good eight or nine weeks just with me and I train them.''

Barry Manilow started smoking at the age of nine.

The 'Copacabana' singer gave up the habit 20 years ago after beginning at an early age in the tough New York neighbourhood he grew up in.

Despite quitting, Barry recently started inhaling from electronic cigarettes after smoking a real cigarette in Las Vegas.

He said: ''Well I smoked for 30 years. I started when I was nine years old. I grew up in Brooklyn.

''Then I stopped about 15, 20 years ago. Then I just started in Las Vegas and the band and I went down to a little club and somebody offered me a cigarette. And I was back. Within a week I was back. Not on a pack a day, cause when I was really smoking I was on three packs a day - non filters. Oh yeah. I was a great smoker.''

Discussing his electronic smoking, he admits it is not for everyone but works for him.

He said: ''Do they work? They do for me, my band and my crew, all of us who hated smoking but couldn't stop.''

Barry, 68, is well-known for leading a bachelor lifestyle, and he has no regrets about not having children as he enjoys ''raising'' his dogs.

He said: ''It was impossible. This insane world that I have and trying to be a father - I think I would have had to choose one or the other. But, the choice never really happened anyway. Hey, look, the closest I get is raising dogs. Whenever I get one of those little puppies, I stop everything I do. I give them a good eight or nine weeks just with me and I train them.''

16th May 2012 3025112
Barry Manilow Still Using A Wheelchair After Surgery 2917741 News Barry Manilow is struggling to get back on his feet as he prepares for his concert tour following hip surgery, revealing handlers have to transport him to and from the stage in a wheelchair.
The Mandy hitmaker underwent a major operation in December (11) to treat inflammatory condition bursitis and repair torn muscles in his legs, and has been in and out of rehabilitation trying to regain his strength ever since.
Manilow was forced to axe a string of gigs in New York City in February (12) after failing to recuperate in time, but he was able to muster enough strength to return to the stage in Illinois earlier this month (Mar12).
However, the 69 year old admits the concerts were a real struggle.
He tells Rolling Stone, "I was able to get through six shows. As soon as I'd finish, the curtain would close and I'd fall back into a wheelchair and they'd wheel me back into a dressing room. I'm not ready to do this yet, but I did it. I got through it and I'm better than I was three weeks ago."
But the veteran crooner reveals he powered through it for the sake of his fans.
He adds, "I don't know how I got through those six (shows), but I just couldn't cancel it. These people were out there. They were so excited, I just had to go through this. They say when the spotlight hits you, you don't feel anything. I always thought that was full of s**t, (but) it's true."
And Manilow has set the record straight about exactly what kind of surgery he had done: "Everybody thinks I had some sort of a hip replacement; that wasn't it. I had ripped the muscles off my hip on both sides and they had to pull them back and nail them back into my hips. So that kind of surgery, which was supposed to take two hours, took seven hours. It was major surgery and it's a long recovery period."
Barry Manilow is struggling to get back on his feet as he prepares for his concert tour following hip surgery, revealing handlers have to transport him to and from the stage in a wheelchair.
The Mandy hitmaker underwent a major operation in December (11) to treat inflammatory condition bursitis and repair torn muscles in his legs, and has been in and out of rehabilitation trying to regain his strength ever since.
Manilow was forced to axe a string of gigs in New York City in February (12) after failing to recuperate in time, but he was able to muster enough strength to return to the stage in Illinois earlier this month (Mar12).
However, the 69 year old admits the concerts were a real struggle.
He tells Rolling Stone, "I was able to get through six shows. As soon as I'd finish, the curtain would close and I'd fall back into a wheelchair and they'd wheel me back into a dressing room. I'm not ready to do this yet, but I did it. I got through it and I'm better than I was three weeks ago."
But the veteran crooner reveals he powered through it for the sake of his fans.
He adds, "I don't know how I got through those six (shows), but I just couldn't cancel it. These people were out there. They were so excited, I just had to go through this. They say when the spotlight hits you, you don't feel anything. I always thought that was full of s**t, (but) it's true."
And Manilow has set the record straight about exactly what kind of surgery he had done: "Everybody thinks I had some sort of a hip replacement; that wasn't it. I had ripped the muscles off my hip on both sides and they had to pull them back and nail them back into my hips. So that kind of surgery, which was supposed to take two hours, took seven hours. It was major surgery and it's a long recovery period."
22nd March 2012 2580101
Barry Manilow Undergoes Hip And Leg Surgery 2525410 News Barry Manilow has undergone surgery on his hips after performing his 1,000th show in Las Vegas.
The crooner completed a seven-year run in Sin City recently and now he's looking to bounce back from inflammation condition bursitis.
The operation will also repair torn leg muscles.
Optimistic about his recovery, the Mandy singer says, "That's what you get when you jump around to Copacabana for 30 years! Wish me luck!"
Manilow hopes to return to the stage at the beginning of February (12) and has a show booked at The Chicago Theater in Illinois. He'll then perform a four-night stint at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Barry Manilow has undergone surgery on his hips after performing his 1,000th show in Las Vegas.
The crooner completed a seven-year run in Sin City recently and now he's looking to bounce back from inflammation condition bursitis.
The operation will also repair torn leg muscles.
Optimistic about his recovery, the Mandy singer says, "That's what you get when you jump around to Copacabana for 30 years! Wish me luck!"
Manilow hopes to return to the stage at the beginning of February (12) and has a show booked at The Chicago Theater in Illinois. He'll then perform a four-night stint at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
12th December 2011 2580101
Barry Manilow Battling Heart Disease 1649227 News Legendary crooner Barry Manilow has been battling a serious heart disease for more than 15 years.
The singer has opened up about his health condition for the very first time, revealing he's been secretly suffering from atrial fibrillation, more commonly known as AFib, which causes the heart to beat out of rhythm, sometimes causing permanent damage, stroke or heart failure.
The 68-year-old Grammy winner says, "When I first experienced AFib more than 15 years ago, it was really scary - it felt like a fish flopping around in my chest. I thought I knew about all the risks, but it turns out I didn't, so I was really lucky I had such great doctors helping me manage it from the start."
Now the Copacabana hitmaker has signed up to launch an educational campaign called Get Back In Rhythm, which urges Americans to learn about the symptoms and health risks of the disease.
He adds, "At first, I kept my AFib private because I didn't want to acknowledge there was something wrong with my heart. But now I realise a lot of my fans and so many others could be affected, so I want to do all I can to help them take it seriously, understand all the risks of AFib and seek the best care.
"The bottom line is AFib needs more awareness. Patients need more education. No one should settle for a life out of rhythm."
Legendary crooner Barry Manilow has been battling a serious heart disease for more than 15 years.
The singer has opened up about his health condition for the very first time, revealing he's been secretly suffering from atrial fibrillation, more commonly known as AFib, which causes the heart to beat out of rhythm, sometimes causing permanent damage, stroke or heart failure.
The 68-year-old Grammy winner says, "When I first experienced AFib more than 15 years ago, it was really scary - it felt like a fish flopping around in my chest. I thought I knew about all the risks, but it turns out I didn't, so I was really lucky I had such great doctors helping me manage it from the start."
Now the Copacabana hitmaker has signed up to launch an educational campaign called Get Back In Rhythm, which urges Americans to learn about the symptoms and health risks of the disease.
He adds, "At first, I kept my AFib private because I didn't want to acknowledge there was something wrong with my heart. But now I realise a lot of my fans and so many others could be affected, so I want to do all I can to help them take it seriously, understand all the risks of AFib and seek the best care.
"The bottom line is AFib needs more awareness. Patients need more education. No one should settle for a life out of rhythm."
13th September 2011 2580101
Stars Pay Tribute To Person Of The Year Streisand 1668377 News FAITH HILL, GLEE's LEA MICHELE and BARRY MANILOW were among the stars paying tribute to BARBRA STREISAND at the MusiCares Person of The Year gala on Friday night (11Feb11).
The veteran singer was the guest of honour at the annual pre-Grammy Awards gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the stars took on Streisand's greatest hits.
Her longtime friend Manilow belted out Memory, while Tony Bennett sang Smile and Seal impressed with his version of Guilty.
Michele wowed the crowd with her cover of My Man, while her Glee co-star Matthew Morrison duetted with Kristin Chenoweth on One Less Bell to Answer.
Faith Hill took on Send in the Clowns, while Jeff Beck, BeBe Winans and LeAnn Rimes teamed up to perform Come Rain or Come Shine.
But the highlight of the night came when Prince introduced Streisand herself, who took the stage to launch into a medley, which included The Way We Were and I Finally Found Someone.
FAITH HILL, GLEE's LEA MICHELE and BARRY MANILOW were among the stars paying tribute to BARBRA STREISAND at the MusiCares Person of The Year gala on Friday night (11Feb11).
The veteran singer was the guest of honour at the annual pre-Grammy Awards gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the stars took on Streisand's greatest hits.
Her longtime friend Manilow belted out Memory, while Tony Bennett sang Smile and Seal impressed with his version of Guilty.
Michele wowed the crowd with her cover of My Man, while her Glee co-star Matthew Morrison duetted with Kristin Chenoweth on One Less Bell to Answer.
Faith Hill took on Send in the Clowns, while Jeff Beck, BeBe Winans and LeAnn Rimes teamed up to perform Come Rain or Come Shine.
But the highlight of the night came when Prince introduced Streisand herself, who took the stage to launch into a medley, which included The Way We Were and I Finally Found Someone.
13th February 2011 1234882
Sonny Bono's Son Celebrates A Year Sober 1730364 News Late singer SONNY BONO's 20-year-old son has been hired as an assistant to BARRY MANILOW's tour manager after kicking his addictions to painkillers and heroin. Chesare Bono turned to drugs at the age of 14, five years after his father was killed in a freak skiing accident.
It took him five years, three stints in rehab and the help of Lindsay Lohan to get clean.
Bono Jr. tells People magazine, "I was in seventh grade the first time I tried alcohol. By the end of the eight grade I went out into the desert with a bunch of older buddies to smoke pot. One day when I couldn't get any pot, my friend offered me Oxycontin. It soon became the perfect drug for me.
"By senior year, I'd become a fiend. I started stealing from my mom, sister and friends. I pawned all my videogames, guitars, even my father's ring.
"At the most I was spending $120 a day on drugs."
After one unsuccessful stint at America's Betty Ford Clinic, Bono was kicked out of his mother Mary Bono MACk's home. He returned to the rehab only to be ejected for using heroin.
Chesare finally found peace in 2007, during a stay at Utah's Cirque Lodge, where Lohan was a fellow patient.
He adds, "That turned out to be a pretty cool place where I learned all the things you can do to have fun without drugs. Lindsay and I were in treatment together, and we got pretty close. That's where it hit me that I can never use again.
"My life is pretty good now. I'm back at school and I also work as Barry Manilow's tour manager's assistant. I've come along way."
Late singer SONNY BONO's 20-year-old son has been hired as an assistant to BARRY MANILOW's tour manager after kicking his addictions to painkillers and heroin. Chesare Bono turned to drugs at the age of 14, five years after his father was killed in a freak skiing accident.
It took him five years, three stints in rehab and the help of Lindsay Lohan to get clean.
Bono Jr. tells People magazine, "I was in seventh grade the first time I tried alcohol. By the end of the eight grade I went out into the desert with a bunch of older buddies to smoke pot. One day when I couldn't get any pot, my friend offered me Oxycontin. It soon became the perfect drug for me.
"By senior year, I'd become a fiend. I started stealing from my mom, sister and friends. I pawned all my videogames, guitars, even my father's ring.
"At the most I was spending $120 a day on drugs."
After one unsuccessful stint at America's Betty Ford Clinic, Bono was kicked out of his mother Mary Bono MACk's home. He returned to the rehab only to be ejected for using heroin.
Chesare finally found peace in 2007, during a stay at Utah's Cirque Lodge, where Lohan was a fellow patient.
He adds, "That turned out to be a pretty cool place where I learned all the things you can do to have fun without drugs. Lindsay and I were in treatment together, and we got pretty close. That's where it hit me that I can never use again.
"My life is pretty good now. I'm back at school and I also work as Barry Manilow's tour manager's assistant. I've come along way."
5th February 2009
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