By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

Barry Manilow has added arena concerts for January and February 2008 to his previously announced December shows. He plans to retain his residency at the Las Vegas Hilton which winds down Dec. 30, and picks up again on March 4. The arena tour is named “Manilow: An Evening of Music and Passion” while the Vegas production is “Manilow: Music and Passion.”

Manilow’s residency shows are often among the Top 10 shows in Las Vegas, according to TicketNews’ exclusive weekly ranking, so tickets to his tour will likely sell be among the better sellers during the winter.

Manilow’s latest album, “The Greatest, Songs of the Seventies,” includes chestnuts like The Beatles’ “The Long and Winding Road,” Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word,” Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” The Hollies’ “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother,” Albert Hammond’s “It Never Rains in Southern California” and The Carpenters’ “(They Long to Be) Close to You.” He also covered himself with revivifications of some of his original hits, including “Mandy,” “Copacabana (At the Copa),” “I Write the Songs” and “Looks Like We Made It,” performed acoustically.

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Manilow: An Evening of Music and Passion tour dates:

9 – Uniondale, NY – Veterans Memorial Coliseum
10 – East Rutherford, NJ – Continental Airlines Arena
14 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
15 – Auburn Hills, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills

11 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Arena
12 – Chicago, IL – United Center
20 – Raleigh, NC – RBC Center

8 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
9 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
14 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
15 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion
19 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Arena
23 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Bank Atlantic Center
24 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena

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