Bazza at the O2


I was a little under the weather last weekend and was hoping that I would feel well enough to go to the Barry Manilow concert at the O2 on Tuesday, which I had been looking forward to since Christmas. Apparently I am a difficult person to buy gifts for so the kids had clubbed together and bought me two tickets to the concert as a Christmas present. I haven't really listened to his music in years, so I don't know if I can class myself as a 'died in the wool' fan, but he is a big part of my history as his first appearances in the UK were in 1978, the year I met my partner Chris.

I'm so glad that I managed to summon up the energy to go as it really was a good show, performed by the consummate 'Show Man'. I suppose I may have been expecting to shed a little tear to some of the ballads but I wasn't expecting the outpouring of emotion to the likes of 'All the Time' and 'Looks Like We Made It'. I just sobbed and can only apologise to the people sat close to me for the rustling of tissues and constant sniffing!

It was a very good show overall but my favourite bit was the encore right at the end. The audience wanted more, so Barry, who confessed he had a pizza waiting, stepped in front of the curtains and performed 'One Voice' completely unaccompanied. Amazing and not something all of the young artists today could do. Thank you family for a very thoughtful Christmas present!

Thanks for all the offers of spare rooms but I may not need them as I think we have found somewhere – more on next week's blog.

Hope you are loving our Get Gorgeous Day on QVC? I'm back later with Tiana B at 5pm, Elemis at 6pm and Butler & Wilson at 8pm… sometimes I just LOVE going to work.

Have a great weekend, 
Love Julia xx 


  1. SJ May 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Concert tickets must be the in gift right now, as I got 2 tickets to see Lady Gaga for my birthday! I cannot wait! I’m sure she could sing unaccompanied also, but probably not as I’m sure with her every single second of her show will be planned far in advance. I really cannot wait!
    I look forward to hearing about your new home. I am glad you love going to work, as I love watching you, especially when it comes to Butler and Wilson shows, who needs the movies when you can have Julia Roberts and Simon Wilson for a whole hour!! Laughs galore!
    Have been so lucky today already, managed to order some Elemis and am looking at some other goodies, what a great day for a birthday, on a day with 3 easy pays!
    Hope you and your family are well.

  2. Eileen Robinson May 18, 2012 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Wasn’t it a great show! Just watching you discussing it with Keeley on the Elemis show! I have been a fan of Barry’s for over 30 years and a fan of Elemis for the past 6…..can not beleive Keeley has never heard any of his songs!

  3. GINNY BOOKER May 19, 2012 at 1:51 am -  Reply

    OMGorgois JULIA!!!! I SURE DOOO MISS U!,,! Hope u got my letter about moving back to the STATES, Vermont!! I have managed to make the big move and I am all settled in!!! Sounds like you had a lovely time at the concert. I would have been in tears as well hearing a lot of the songs especially LOOKS LIKE WE MADE IT!! Hope you all manage to find a nice place to move too!! WOW!! WHAT A YEAR!! Do keep in touch with Me when you have five minutes. I never want to not be able to find you!! YOU made all those years in the UK very happy for me!! HOPE YOU GOT MY LETTER!! IF SOO YOU HAVE ALL MY DETAILS TO reach me. SENT WITH LOADS OF LUV!! XXXXX Ginny

  4. Julie Knight May 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia – have also been an ardent Barry fan for many years, love him and his music and have clocked up quite a few of his concerts, but have taken a lot of stick for being a fan – all I would say is he’s a true star and ultimate showman! I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the O2, and like yourself, find some of his lyrics very poignant. Nothing wrong with that. Hope Barry comes back to the UK next year, and makes full recovery from his recent surgery.
    JK – Kent

  5. Carole cooper May 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear julia I love Barry manilow and I heard you talking bout it on the elimis show, I would have loved to have gone but my hubby not keen, he’s more electric light orchestra and rock bands. My lastest purchases have been bibi Jew I love the range and have now got 4 bracelet. Sorry you not been well Julia you work so hard to.take care Carole Wigan x

  6. Karel May 19, 2012 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia
    Glad you enjoyed the Barry Manilow Concert, I was also there, did look out for you.

  7. Joy padley May 20, 2012 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I’m glad you had such a good time, Barry is one of the best original singers and I’m sure the people next to you were just as moved by his music as you were.
    Chiswick will be a great place for QVC and is about 30 minutes from where I live. Your guests who fly in from abroad will also be nearer the airport. Used to pass Marco Polo house from time to time and always gave QVC a wave.
    Glad you have found somewhere, Bucks and Berkshire have lovely countryside and a mere hop to chiswick if you fancied a move from Surrey.
    I’ve just come back from a very much needed break to Greece. I have friends who live who on
    the island of Kythira which is near Crete. The island is very quiet and not spoilt by tourism. They are renovating an old greek house which is nearly finished and it looks amazing, mod cons but keeping the style and character just as it should be. Although we had done iffy days with the weather am nice and glowing thanks to my favourite Gatineau product the pre tan, even my legs which never tan.
    Hope you add the house move to your book!
    Sorry you have been feeling under the weather and hope you feel better.
    And wow what about Chelsea!! I saw your tweets thank you for your support. What a strange season we had.
    Now we look forward to the European games lets hope England can do better under Roy still would have preffered Harry R.
    Love from Joy x

  8. Linda Thorpe May 21, 2012 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    pleased you managed to get to see Bazza, as we have just returned from seeing him in Manchester on Saturday and the encore was spine tingling… hope its not to long before he is back… he always delivers a spectacular show and me and my sister are die hard “Manilow Fanilows ” :) xxx

  9. qvc May 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia-just wondering how Sophie is getting on in her new job and flat? How are you coping with the empty-nest syndrome? Or are you too busy moving house and QVC building? Good luck in both your new homes-all change!!!!- and we find change harder as get older don’t you think??? Take care. K.XXX

  10. julia roberts May 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi SJ
    Hope you really enjoyed your birthday as well as all the QVC shopping?? I bet the Lady Gaga concert will be amazing, a bit different from Barry Manilow! The last concert I went to see at the O2 was Pink – also very different from Bazza!
    I don’t always enjoy going into work as much as last Friday, but it was pretty much the perfect day!
    Julia x

  11. julia roberts May 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Eileen
    It really was a great show – Keeley made me laugh that she actually didn’t know any Manilow songs ………….. I thought everyone did! I hope you are still a fan of Elemis???
    Julia x

  12. julia roberts May 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ginny
    I am sooooo sorry I haven’t written back to you yet – it has been the most unbelievable time which I will tell you about at some point. I have got all your contact details so don’t worry I will be in touch soon I promise.
    It is a bit crazy with both moves going on but funny enough I’m not actually too stressed about it at the moment – still time I guess!
    Looks Like We Made It is one of my all time faves from Bazza, but I also love a track called Song For Linda off the Even Now album and love love love Weekend in New England. It was a very weepy evening …… poor Chris!
    Julia x

  13. julia roberts May 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie
    I don’t think we should ever be afraid to own up to who we admire. I have a really diverse love of music, from classical to current chart stuff – I just like what I like. With Barry a lot of it is to do with the lyrics. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed the concert too, and I thought he moved pretty freely considering his op.
    Julia x

  14. julia roberts May 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Carole
    My Chris is not that keen on Barry Manilow really but he came along cos he knew I wanted him too. Good job he was there as I didn’t have any tissues of my own!!!!
    I’m feeling a bit better thanks
    Julia x

  15. julia roberts May 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Karel
    I replied to you on my previous blog. There were a lot of people at the concert – not surprising we didn’t run into each other really!
    Julia x

  16. julia roberts May 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello Joy
    You would be surprised how many of our International guests are not so keen on the idea of Chiswick because it is further out of town. We all keep telling them how nice it is and the new studios are very smart compared to the ‘over the hill’ Marco Polo set-up.
    I’m sure I will finally drag myself away from Surrey with the next move, but the timing is not quite right at the moment. The house move won’t be going in the book as it is already stuffed full, and I have had to make one extra chapter already. It’s almost finished ….. I promise!
    How funny you should mention Kythira. A good friend of mine and his wife used to holiday there every year – unfortunately his wife died so I don’t think he goes any more.
    I really wanted Chelsea to win and probably a fitting send off for Drogba to score the winning penalty. You must be well chuffed.
    I think Roy Hodgson will be a good England Manager – he has a lot of respect within the game which he has earned. Hope he plays Any Carroll as I think he could be our hero this summer.
    Julia x

  17. julia roberts May 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda
    Is that what I am then???? A Fanilow??? The encore was stunning wasn’t it – I am so pleased I managed to go, and glad you enjoyed the show too.
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts May 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello K
    Actually I am OK with change – so long as it has forward momentum!
    Sophie is enjoying living with Gilly and I think derives satisfaction from buying little nick nacks to create her first ‘home’ of her own ( I don’t think Uni Houses count! ) She is working very hard in her new job but, like her mother, she is rising to the challenge.
    I’m not freaking out about either move at the moment although I think the work move will be tougher as I haven’t started to pack for that one yet …… oops!
    Julia x

  19. Annette Roberts May 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    So glad that you got to see Bazza and really enjoyed it to the point of crying…some songs really do get to you when you least expect it, don’t they?! I’ve always enjoyed the fact that he sounds exactly the same live…well, when I’ve seen his concerts on TV that is.
    I’ve had my 2nd blood test results and the count was lower, so no worries there and the neck X-Ray showed some little spikes inbetween, which is down to wear and tear for my age (you know you’re old when they say that lol!), so the Dr thinks that maybe some physio will help. Pins and needles have got worse in both hands, so being referred for tests for carpal tunnel!
    The head pain is still there and she has taken me off the tablets because they haven’t really helped much and have their own side effects long term and because everything else has shown to be OK, she doesn’t know what the cause may be and I have to go back to over the counter painkillers…at a loss really!
    At least the sunshine has arrived at long last…happy faces everywhere!
    Annette x

  20. Gill Odam May 24, 2012 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, this is Gill from Nottingham.
    I’m sorry that you were under the weather last week,but I hope feeling much better now.
    I, too, am a Barry fan…. (not a Fanilow..ugh!) I was at the O2, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, sadly not Dublin. I met a friend in Glasgow that I haven’t seen for a good few years and she said after the show that Barry is such a tonic that he aught to be available on the NHS! Yes, some of the songs just get to you, don’t they?!
    Keep chilling… the move will happen whether you get het up or not! It’ll all be fine, I’m sure.

  21. julia roberts May 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I do hope they will be able to give you some answers soon – apart from feeling ill I think the worst thing must be not knowing what is causing it. You have had such a rough time over the last couple of years you have been amazing to keep so positive – I think having your Chris on hand has obviously helped you get through. ( They have their uses LOL!!!! )
    The sun has been a real tonic but it could have broken us in a little more gently ….. cold and wet to 28+ degrees – what happened to our mild climate changes? Still the sun certainly lifts our spirits. Will try and email you today from work
    Julia x

  22. julia roberts May 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gill
    Crikey you really are a massive Barry fan to go to all those venues. He really does have the feel good factor I think.
    I still feel very relaxed about this move – maybe the panic will set in on Wednesday but as you say it will happen whether I get stressy or not!
    Give my love to Nottingham, which my Mum tells me has also been basking in glorious sunshine
    Julia x

  23. Sandra Jones June 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    I saw Barry Manilow a few years ago. What a night. Will never forget it.

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