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

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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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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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."


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