She is a Brooklyn born and raised starlet who - after receiving her big break some nearly five decades ago - has yet to return in a professional capacity. Millions of fans from the New York borough have had to trek over the bridge to Manhattan to see her sing live. Well, in honor of the opening of the Barclays Center and the arrival of a professional basketball franchise, she is providing Barbra Streisand tickets for a back-to-back performance on October 12th and 13th, 2012.
This is not all. She expanded this concert schedule with six additional performances, making this her first tour in five years. Barbra will play four shows in the United States, playing in Philadelphia and Chicago too, and four in Canada, playing in Montreal Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver. Streisand has also announced the intention to draw from her rich collection of master recordings to release 11 songs re-mastered from the source material on the compilation album, Release Me. This album is a retrospective of her career, from 1963 until the present.
Really, a mere 11 songs is not enough to encapsulate her greatness. This is a woman who has released 33 studio albums, 7 live albums, and 8 compilations. This is a woman who has won 15 Grammy Awards and has been nominated for 57. Barbra Streisand has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame four times! This means that the most acclaimed music organization in the world has felt it necessary to honor three of her recordings as historically significant – “People”, “Funny Girl”, the Barbra Streisand Album, and “The Way We Were”.
While neither the concert series nor the new album may be enough for diehard fans, who are always wanting more, they will be glad to have a chance to purchase Barbra tickets for a chance to see sing and captivate a live audience once more. They will also relish the opportunity to add one more album to their collection. Perhaps, this will be the beginning of grand return. After she turned down $100 million to play Vegas a resident a couple of years ago the cult of Streisand was not sure she would ever return to the live stage. This latest news only encourages them to hope.