Barry Manilow Sings for Local Charities

Manilow Holiday Concert Tickets On-Sale

Tamara Damante, KESQ News Channel 3 News Reporter, tdamante@kesq.com
POSTED: 05:39 PM PST Nov 15, 2012    UPDATED: 06:53 AM PST Nov 15, 2012 
Barry Manilow
PALM DESERT, Calif. -

Barry Manilow's "Gift of Love" concerts are becoming a bit of a holiday tradition, in the desert. The musician says this is the perfect time to give back to the community he holds close to his heart. That's right, Christmas is just around the corner! In fact, it's just 40 days away! Manilow says, "I drag out all of my albums. I've done 3 of them. For a Jewish guy, doing 3 Christmas albums, that's a lot and I love doing it!"

Right now, tickets are on sale for the five-night event, kicking off December 11th, at the Mccallum Theater. Manilow says he's looking forward to creating an emotional experience, that will benefit 27 local charities. He says, "That's what I like to do. I like to make people feel something and with a show like this it's all about giving to charity and I'm the guy to do it!"

When he's not giving back to the community he calls home, he's looking forward to his favorite holiday tradition. Manilow says, "A Christmas tree! I like putting it up. I think one year I kept it up 'til April! Isn't that stupid? I didn't want to take it down."

And as he belts out Christmas classics on a decked-out stage, he hopes to inspire young talent to take music seriously.  He says, "My advice st to learn how to read music first, then after that, become Whitney Houston!"