Neil Diamond News


October 6, 2010

Neil Diamond in South Africa - Neil has announced his first ever South African Concert Tour Dates in 2011, view our tour page for all the details.

 

October 1, 2010

 Neil Diamond nominated for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame!

According to IAIS -

Ballots will be sent to 500 Rock Hall voters who will decide who gets inducted! The 500 Rock Hall members include previous inductees. The nominees who receive the top votes will be announced some time in December. There are usually 5-7 inducted each year. The 26th Annual Induction Ceremony will take place on March 14th at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The following link will give more information on the nominations as well as the voting process. Visit the Rock Hall's website for more information on the Hall, the nominees, and selection process.

As fans we wanted a way to show our support for Neil's nomination. We wanted a very public forum so fans from all over the world could show their support as well as their enthusiasm for Neil's nomination. A fan came up with the idea of setting up a Facebook website titled "Induct Neil Diamond into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame." In today's social media world it's clear that would be the fastest, most efficient and most noticeable way. We know this is a way for thousands of fans to show their approval for Neil's nomination and to show support for Neil Diamond's induction into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

We believe that everyone who has a vote is probably on Facebook. Therefore please join the Induct Neil Diamond into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Facebook Page

September 5, 2010

New CD! Yes folks, after a long wait, new music is coming! Neil Diamond's latest album, Alone Again, will be released on November 2nd. Neil has put together a great bunch of songs as always.  Pre-order your copy today via the Amazon link below!

 

 

September 4, 2010

Neil Diamond to perform on Stand Up to Cancer fundraising television Special - Tune in to the Stand Up To Cancer TV Event, airing on NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS, and more on September 10th, 8PM Eastern Time. In addition to Neil's beautiful performance, there will be appearances by Lady Gaga, Green Day, George Clooney, Renee Zellweger and more, with pre-show event featuring Cat Deeley. Neil Diamond fans will not want to miss this hour.

November 17, 2009

Have yourself a merry little Christmas with Neil's latest Christmas CD, A  Cherry Cherry Christmas.  This soon to be holiday favorite CD includes two new Neil songs, A Cherry Cherry Christmas and Christmas Dream, as well as holiday classics such as White Christmas and Winter Wonderland.  Be sure to pick up your copy today!!!  And purchase a few extra for those on your holiday gift list!!!

***Contest alert*** In celebration of Neil's new holiday CD one lucky winner and their guest will have the opportunity to attend Neil?s annual holiday party in Southern California.  Simply go to http://www.neildiamond.com/pages/news/701 and upload a picture of yourself in a unique holiday sweater for your chance to win!!!!

And be sure to watch Neil?s performance on TNT?s Annual Music Concert CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON.  The show will air on TNT on Sunday, December 20 at 8pm (ET/PT).    

 

August 11, 2009

Neil Diamond's new TV Special and DVD debut this Friday! CBS will air a one hour special Hot August Night / NYC this Friday, August 14 at 8 PM. On the same day, the full DVD (longer length, full concert and extras) will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart. ABC News has an interesting article about the DVD and Neil's future plans, which can be found here.

June 1, 2009

Neil Diamond at Boston Pops Fireworks concert 7/4/2009. You heard it here first (weeks ago).Anyone wanting to see the Boston Pops Concert & Fireworks this July 4th here is a link to info page.

April 29, 2009

Big news expected soon for New England area Neil Diamond fans.  Stay tuned for updates shortly. In the meantime, you may want to check out the exciting and authentic memorabilia on sale below from the Scott Kelly Collection.

 

 

February 6, 2009 - Grammy / MusicCares Weekend

Neil appeared on the CBS Early Show Feb 6th (read article here), opening an exciting weekend with the MusicCares tribute to Neil Friday, and a performance at the Grammys on Sunday.

January 30, 2009 -  Kid Rock & Neil Diamond Sheet Music

Sheet music book for Neil's latest album Home Before Dark now available, click here to get our copy.

Faith Hill and Kid Rock have been added as performers for a musical tribute to Neil Diamond on Feb. 6 in Los Angeles, according to CMT (view article here). Additional performers include Eric Benét, Terence Blanchard, Randy Newman, Urge Overkill, Cassandra Wilson and host Jimmy Kimmel. Previously announced performers include Tim McGraw, Raul Malo, the Jonas Brothers, Adele, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Josh Groban and Jennifer Hudson. Diamond will also perform at the event.

November 2008 -  Neil Diamond Named MusicCares Person of the Year.

Neil Diamond Named 2009 MusiCares Person Of The Year - see the latest article on Grammy.com.

June 30, 2008 -  Neil Diamond at Glastonbury

Click here to view 30 minutes of video from Neil Diamond's appearance at the Glastonbury Festival June 29, 2008.

May 18, 2008 -  Neil Diamond on ITV Audience With TV Show

Neil also taped a show for ITV's An Audience With Neil Diamond (for broadcast in the UK on Saturday May 31st). Review Ian Graham explains the show...

"Neil was asked a variety of questions by celebrities, some of which may never make the final programme as this recording took exactly 2 hours and the show when aired will be 1 hour long including commercial breaks. But some questions were:

 Claire Balding (TV Sports presenter);  “Why do fans send you frogs?”

 

Neil told everyone about I Am.. I said..  and the frogs, and also that he had a section in his studio called “The Frogatarium” He also mentioned Jonathan Livingston Seagull and said he had a number of Seagull related gifts there also. He said as a result of these gifts he was trying to work on a song about a Rolls Royce!

 

Read Ian's full report from the taping here.

 

May 15, 2008 -  Neil Diamond: Guest DJ on Sirius Radio

Neil Diamond is going to choose some of his favorite songs - including some of his compositions interpreted by other artists, and he'll give the inside scoop behind the songs from his new album, Home Before Dark. Catch Neil when he takes over Sirius Radio Channel 3on Friday May 16 at 9 pm ET, Saturday May 17 at 9 am, Noon and 3 pm ET, and Sunday May 18 at 1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm. All times Eastern.
 

May 14, 2008 -  Neil Diamond's Home Before Dark debuts at #1 on the Billboard Album Charts!

Time to have a celebration! Neil Diamond has his first ever #1 Album, as his new Rick Rubin produced disc debuts at number one this week on the Billboard Album charts. Though he has scored 45 previous albums in the Billboard top 200 chart, this is the first to rocket to #1. Congratulations Neil! Check out the full Columbia Records press release here.

A great Billboard Q&A with Neil Diamond (link) confirms the #1 Spot, in which Neil drops this exciting tidbit for us hardcore fans - "In this show, there are quite a number of songs that haven't been done for 20 or 25 years."

 

May 13, 2008 -  A few Neil Diamond Odds & Ends

Billboard profiles Matt Sweeney, guitarist who played on Neil Diamond's new CD and appeared with Neil live on stage at the Bitter End last week. Sweeney has also played with bands such as Zwan featuring Billy Corgan and also Chavez, as well as being a favored session musician for various Rick Rubin projects.

Neil Diamond's historic Thank You Australia concert will be released on video in the USA this July, check out Eagle Rock Entertainment, for further details of this upcoming release.

The Sydney Morning Herald confirms in a recent article that no matter what, the media will never get over picking on Neil Diamond for his glittery shirts!

May 8, 2008 -  Sony's Neil Diamond / Bitter End Show Press Release:

Neil Diamond treated his dedicated fans to a historic show at the West Village's famed music venue The Bitter End last night, May 7, 2008. He performed seven song set mixed with new songs from his latest album, Home Before Dark, and classic material. Diamond captivated the lucky first 200 concert-goers who had queued-up since mid-morning upon learning of the secret show sponsored by MySpace.

Neil Diamond greeted the long line of fans stationed outside The Bitter End on Bleeker Street, saying hello and posing for pictures. Once inside the club, Diamond, backed by a small band consisting of members from both his studio and touring musicians, gave an energized acoustic performance of "Solitary Man", "Don't Go There", "Home Before Dark", "Pretty Amazing Grace", "Kentucky Woman", "Cherry, Cherry" and "Sweet Caroline". The club placed speakers in the windows during the performance allowing the hundreds of fans who couldn't get into the club to sing-along on the street and sidewalk and participate in this once in a lifetime event.

Neil Diamond Bitter End Concert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


photo photo by Ari Michelson


"I sang that song on this very stage 40 years ago," Diamond told the adoring crowd after a raucous performance of his 1967 hit "Kentucky Woman". Performance footage from The Bitter End show will be available on www.myspace.com early next week.

Diamond's 27th studio album, Home Before Dark, was released on Tuesday, May 6. A world tour will begin in Rotterdam, Netherlands on May 24; returning to the US on July 19 (St. Paul, MN) hitting 37 cities stateside. Diamond will return to NYC in August for a 3 night run at Madison Square Garden. Full tour dates can be located at www.neildiamond.com.

May 8, 2008 -  Neil Diamond Bitter End Concert

Neil Diamond Arrives for his concert at the Bitter End 5/7/2008Great show last night - The setlist was comprised of seven songs (see below) and both Neil and the crowd were rocking! 

Neil was introduced by Paul Colby, a former owner of the Bitter End.  For the show Neil wore black slacks, shirt and a brown leather jacket.  Neil played guitar the entire show.  Tonight's band was composed of Alan, Doug, Reine, Smokey Hormel and Matt Sweeny.

Final setlist for the show was as follows:

Solitary Man

Don't Go There

Home Before Dark

Pretty Amazing Grace

Kentucky Woman

Cherry, Cherry

Sweet Caroline

View our Neil Diamond Blog for much more on the Bitter End show!

May 6, 2008 - Review Roundup:  Neil Diamond's New CD Home Before Dark

New CD Release Day Today - May 6, 2008. Neil Diamond's new CD Home Before Dark, is now available in a music store near you. Produced again by Rick Rubin, Home Before Dark is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed Gold selling 12 Songs, which featured Neil in a stripped down, acoustic setting. Highlights include a duet with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, and standout tracks One More Bite of the Apple, Act Like a Man (originally written in 1984, but never released before today), and the title song.

The new CD "remains true to the organic blueprint that casts Diamond's gifts in a fresh, gratifying light", reports the Boston Globe (link here).

Diamond's "band, including a few of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, plays immaculately. Memorable melodies are never in shortage" according to Adam McKibbin at Metromix (link), who's 3 star review also reports the interesting fact that "Diamond earned himself a new nickname—“The Basher”—while recording the album, thanks to his hyper-enthusiastic guitar playing".

The Washington Times (link) glows about the new material, noting the song One More Bite of the Apple as a standout track which "is about the joy Mr. Diamond finds in his return to writing original songs. He sings, 1Free the word from the page/ Free the bird from the cage/ Just go out there and face what you did before/ Did it once you can do it once more.' Look for the spare but powerful guitar-and-piano-driven tune to be the showstopper on his next tour." and they conclude that "Mr. Diamond has never sounded so gritty, so wise, so haunted and so grateful to be still alive as he does on this genuinely moving album".

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune (link) "When he sings with Dixie Chick Natalie Maines on the piano-based ballad Another Day (That Time Forgot), their voices blend beautifully; when he carries an irresistible melody over shimmering guitars on "The Power of Two," it's a refreshing reminder ... and when he turns in the spirited, deeply reflective "One More Bite of the Apple," he seems positively energized".

Martin Bandyke of the Detroit Free Press (link) praises Neil Diamond's "skills as a master craftsman in the art of pop songwriting. In that area, he has few peers" and goes on to relate that "Diamond's previous work with Rubin, 2005's "12 Songs," contained some fine moments, but "Home Before Dark" is far more powerful, from the gripping duet with Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, "Another Day (That Time Forgot)," to the poignant, complex title track. With their intimate tone and mostly acoustic instrumentation, the songs have a warm, feel, with no overproduction or over-emoting in sight."

From the Dallas News (link): "BOTTOM LINE: The exhilarating sound of a mature man truly reconnecting with his younger, hungrier self."

Tripp Laino of Maryland University's Diamondback Online Newspaper (link) opens his article noting how uniquely busy Neil (and us fans) has been over the last exciting week "Neil Diamond has had a hectic week. He played his arguably best-known song, "Sweet Caroline," on the roof of Jimmy Kimmel's show April 29, hopped to American Idol to perform "Pretty Amazing Grace" the next day and saw SIRIUS Satellite Radio launch an all-Neil Diamond channel two days after that" and his consistently positive review later relates the opinion "Despite the quieter feel expected from such an album, Diamond manages to find some upbeat songs in those soft guitar sounds. "No Words" is a love song, but it is not some syrupy-sweet teen love ballad. Instead, it is a profession of love from someone who has been around the block a few times - and it feels different from other songs like it ... Home Before Dark, as a whole piece, is an excellent album."

The Canadian Press (link) is impressed with Neil Diamond's songwriting on the new CD, "...we'll defy any singer-songwriter this year to come up with a run of four stronger songs than the ones that open this album. Bookended by the epic "If I Don't See You Again" and the Natalie Maines duet "Another Day (That Time Forgot)," each song is assured and insightful. Years of crusted bangles and beads prevent many people from taking Diamond seriously as a songwriter".

After his first CD with Rick Rubin, Neil immediately knew he wanted to work with Rubin again, "So after "14 or 15 months" of writing, Diamond hit the studio with Rubin and an improvisational-leaning band featuring guitarists Mike Campbell, Matt Sweeney and Smokey Hormel and keyboardist Benmont Tench. Dixie Chicks vocalist Natalie Maines chipped in on "Another Day (That Time Forgot)," Diamond's first major duet with a female singer since "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" with Barbra Streisand in 1978." Reports Reuters News Here.

There are far more reviews than can be noted on this "news" page - so please click here to go to our Neil Diamond Blog for many more reviews, and more to be added on the blog as they appear!

May 1, 2008 - Neil Diamond Live Concert on the Today Show

Miss Neil Diamond's live performances on the Today Show last week? To re-live the moment, or watch for the first time, click here to watch all the video of Neil's amazing performances. Enjoy!

April 18, 2008 - Neil to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Announcement: Neil Diamond is going to be performing an outdoor mini-concert on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday, April 29th.  Neil Diamond fans can get free tickets at here on the Jimmy Kimmel's Website.

April 15,2008 - 2008 US Tour Dates Announced!

See Tour dates below for reference. For up to date ticket information, on sale dates, arena information, etc - please visit our Tour Date Page.

July 2008

7/19/2008 St Paul, MN - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

7/22/2008 Sioux City, IA - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

7/24/2008 Omaha, NE - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

7/26/2008 Chicago, IL - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

7/29/2008 Indianapolis, IN - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

7/31/2008 Auburn Hills, MI - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

August 2008

8/3/2008 Cleveland, OH - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

8/5/2008 Washington, DC - Tickets on sale April 28th. Link here for ticket info on Ticketmaster.

8/7/2008 Hartford, CT - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

8/9/2008 Philadelphia, PA - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

8/12/2008 New York, NY - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

8/14/2008 New York, NY - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

8/18/2008 Pittsburgh, PA - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

8/20/2008 Albany, NY - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

8/23/2008 Boston, MA - Fenway Park - Tickets on sale April 28

8/25/2008 Columbus, OH - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

8/27/2008 Green Bay, WI - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

8/29/2008 St Louis, MO - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

September 2008

9/14/2008 Winnipeg, MB - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

9/16/2008 Edmonton, AB - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

9/18/2008 Calgary, AB - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

9/20/2008 Vancouver, BC - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

9/22/2008 Portland, OR - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

9/24/2008 Seattle, WA - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

9/26/2008 Sacramento, CA - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

9/28/2008 San Jose, CA - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

October 2008

10/1/2008 Hollywood, CA - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

10/2/2008 Hollywood, CA - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

10/7/2008 San Diego, CA - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

10/10/2008 Glendale, AZ - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

10/12/2008 San Antonio, TX - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

10/14/2008 Houston, TX - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

10/16/2008 Dallas, TX - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

10/19/2008 Oklahoma City, OK - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

10/21/2008 Tulsa, OK - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

10/24/2008 Tampa, FL - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

10/26/2008 Ft Lauderdale, FL - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

10/28/2008 Orlando, FL - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

10/30/2008 Jacksonville, FL - Tickets on sale April 28th / Presale April 21st

 

April 8,2008 - Fenway Park Concert Confirmed!

Fenway Park Concert Confirmed! Neil Diamond will play Boston's Fenway Park on August 23rd, it was announced today. Tickets to go on sale April 28th. See the official announcement here on Neil's website.

Neil sang Sweet Caroline today via satellite at the Red Sox's home opener.  He and his band were decked out in full Red Sox gear - shirts & jackets. Red Sox owner Tom Warner, and Wally the Green Monster (the Sox mascot) also appeared on the screen to sing "backup" with the band.

Diamond has long been a favorite of Boston Red Sox Fans, as his song Sweet Caroline, is played (and sung loudly by the crowd) during every game. In a traditions which started 6 years ago, the song is featured during the 8th inning.

If you are going to the show, you may want to click here to get your Wally the Red Sox Mascot, dancing and singing Sweet Caroline.

New Red Sox Wally the Green Monster Animated Mascot - Sings and dances to Neil's Sweet Caroline! Click here to see it sing, and order online.

 

April 7,2008 - New Video!

Still no tour dates announced today, but with all the rumors, and with summer fast approaching, surely we will hear soon! Will post here as soon as they are released.

Click here to go to Amazon and see Neil's brand new video for Pretty Amazing Grace, the first single from his forth coming CD Home Before Dark.

April 5,2008 - Tour dates to be announced Monday?

An email from FOND strongly indicates that Neil Diamond's 2008 USA Tour dates will be announced Monday. Check back here on Monday, and visit Neil's Myspace Site then as well, for more possible surprises.

April 5,2008 - Neil Diamond to Play Fenway Park?

Neil to play Fenway Park? Rumor from the Boston Globe today.....

We're told the Jersey rocker, who was lined up to play at Fenway this summer, is officially out. So who'll carry on the concert series at the lyric little bandbox? How about James Taylor and Neil Diamond? That's the buzz at the moment, though no one will say it on the record. (To its credit, The Boston Courant has the news on its front page today.) No dates have been announced, but the Sox previously applied to the city for live-music permits on July 19 and 20. A fan favorite because his song "Sweet Caroline" is played at every Sox home game, Diamond is scheduled to tour Europe in May and June, but his website lists no dates in July.

Click here to visit the Globe online, and read the entire article. This is far from confirmed, and I would consider it a rumor only.

March 27,2008 - Neil on Today Show and Boston Red Sox

Neil to perform on the Today Show Concert Series - May 2,2008!

New Red Sox Wally the Green Monster Animated Mascot - Sings and dances to Neil's Sweet Caroline! Click here to see it sing, and order online.

 

March 22,2008

Bob Fosse's Dancin' Returns to Broadway in 2009.  According to Dancer Universe, "Originally produced in 1978, Dancin' was inspired by a diverse songbook that contains everything from classical and jazz standards to quirky pop music by Neil Diamond and Cat Stevens...One of these numbers was "Crunchy Granola Suite" set to the musical stylings of Neil Diamond."  See video from the Tony Award winning production below.

March 15,2008

A bit of additional detail regarding Neil's forthcoming album, Home Before Dark: the CD will feature a duet with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks.

March 5,2008

Breaking news: Neil's new CD will be entitled Home Before Dark, and is tentatively set for release in the USA on April 29th. UPDATE: New release date is May 6th.  Available in deluxe or regular version. Click below to pre-order from Amazon.com and get your CD in the mail on the release date.

                          

 

December 18,2007

Click here to hear Neil's recent UK radio interview. Neil speaks about his upcoming 2008 tour, and much more!

August 23, 2006

Its been a slow summer for Neil news, but Smokey Hormel has recently said he is due to work on a new album with Neil soon. Hopefully, there will be more news about this project in the future.

May 11, 2006

Keeping up with the Steins is being released this week in limited markets. In this great new film, Neil Diamond shows up and sings Hava Nagila at a bar mitzvah. Check here to see where the film is opening in its first week, or view the trailer.

The Canadian Press comments "With its sitcommy dialogue, wacky family antics and good-natured ribbing of religious traditions, Keeping Up With the Steins plays like My Big Fat L.A. Bar Mitzvah. And yet, like the 2002 surprise smash My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the movie is so warmhearted and well-intentioned, it's hard not to be charmed....Besides, Neil Diamond shows up and sings Hava Nagila. What's not to like? (read the full article here).

May 4, 2006

Many people have written to ask why is no song book available for Neil Diamond's latest album. Well, great news - The 12 Songs Song Book is to be released on May 24th. Click the graphic above to pre-order and have it delivered to your home this month.

A New CD of Neil Diamond cover tunes, Forever Neil Diamond, set to be released on May 23rd. According to Rolling Stone: The decade-spanning disc includes recordings (of Diamond tunes) by the MONKEES , URGE OVERKILL, UB40, and BOBBY WOMACK.

Click Here to Pre-Order From Amazon.com

As Amazon.com relates: "Neil Diamond." To many, the name evokes bright lights, stage costumes that would make Elvis jealous, and legions of female fans in the audience. But there’s another Neil Diamond—Neil the songwriter....The new collection Forever Neil Diamond presents 14 of the best and most popular covers of classic Neil Diamond songs, including UB40’s #1 smash recasting of "Red Red Wine," Urge Overkill’s memorable version of "Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon" from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, Deep Purple’s hard-rock take on "Kentucky Woman," and even Elvis Presley himself paying tribute to Neil’s songwriting prowess. The result is a fun and engaging look at the real Neil—Neil the songwriter.

 

April 14, 2006

King Errisson (who works the congas in Neil's band, as if you didn't know) has a great new album out. Check out King Errisson's Website to purchase.

Also, King will be in concert May 12, 13 & 14 at the new King's Pavilion in the Four Queens Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas. Now how about some East Coast dates King?

April 11, 2006

The Neil Diamond Story radio show will air on BBC radio in the UK on April 18th at 20:30. You can listen to the BBC Show Live here at the appropriate time. . Enjoy!

April 5, 2006

Neil's new album 12 Songs is now available in the UK and Europe. Of course, we'd recommend everyone go out and buy a copy. If you go over a friend's for dinner, don't bring a bottle of wine, bring a copy of Neil's latest CD.

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November 1, 2005

Breaking News: Listen to a preview of Neil's new album on the internet at www.myspace.com/neildiamond

 

October 31, 2005

Don't miss Neil's upcoming appearance on ABC's The View - Wednesday Nov 9th. With all the excitement surrounding the release of the new CD, this will be a special appearance not to be missed!

Also appearing on the Today Show, Tuesday Nov 8th and the Tonight Show on Nov 14th.

September 28, 2005

As previously reported, Neil's new album will be released on November 8th. However, it now appears the CD will be called 12 Songs,(containing 13 songs) rather than self-titled.  Here is the track listing for the eagerly awaited collection.

1. Oh Mary
2. Hell Yeah
3. Captain of a Shipwreck
4. Evermore
5. Save Me A Saturday Night
6. Delirious Love
7. I'm On To You
8. What's It Gonna Be
9. Man of God
10. Create Me
11. Face Me
12. We
13. Men Are So Easy

September 27, 2005

 

THE JAZZ SINGER: 25th ANNIVERSARY

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS

MUSIC LEGEND NEIL DIAMOND

TO DVD IN A SPECIAL 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

 

TROY, MI – This October, celebrate the Silver Anniversary of one man, his song and a dream.  Rich with tension and the bittersweet taste of success and separation, 1980’s THE JAZZ SINGER stands as a heart-wrenching journey through personal strife and upheaval.  Music legend Neil Diamond, the incomparable Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz star in the latest re-telling of the first ‘talkie’, originally released in 1927.  Bonus features on the DVD include audio commentary by producer Jerry Leider, the movie’s theatrical trailer and stills as well as biographies on Diamond, Olivier and director Richard Fleischer.   THE JAZZ SINGER will be available for the SRP of $19.98 on October 18, 2005.

 

THE JAZZ SINGER, a triple Golden Globe™ nominee for Best Actor (Diamond), Best Supporting Actress (Arnaz) and Best Original Song (Love on the Rocks), follows Yussel Rabinowitz, a talented cantor with dreams of stardom that eventually distance him from his close-knit family and faith.  Yussel’s father (Olivier) and wife Rivka (Catlin Adams) disapprove of Yussel’s pursuit of a career in music, yet reluctantly let him follow promoter Molly Bell (Arnaz) to Los Angeles.  After some disappointment, Bell is finally able to land a gig for Yussel that will showcase his talent and put him on the brink of realizing his dreams, just as his father and wife follow him out west to plead for his return to New York.  The temptations of fame and Bell play against Yussel’s reclusive upbringing and familial commitment, making for very tense and emotionally challenging moments that test one man’s willingness to risk it all to follow a dream.

 

Multi-platinum recording artist Neil Diamond has his acting debut in this film, alongside screen legend Laurence Olivier (Wuthering Heights, Hamlet, Spartacus) and Lucie Arnaz (daughter of TV legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz).  Of the 120 million worldwide album sales, THE JAZZ SINGER soundtrack is Diamond’s best-selling album and features popular hits such as “Love on the Rocks”, “Hello Again” and “America”.  In 1982, the soundtrack earned a Grammy nomination and in 1991, the song “America” won the ASCAP award for Most Performed Feature Film Standards.  Neil Diamond is currently on his 2005 World Tour, and will debut a new album this November.

 

Anchor Bay Entertainment is an established leader in the field of home entertainment.  The company offers an expansive selection of award-winning, notable theatrical films including “Time Bandits” and “Halloween,” classic television programming such as “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Three’s Company,” “Highlander” and much of the Stephen J. Cannell library, traditional children’s fare featuring the ever-popular Thomas & Friends collection and Mister Rogers Neighborhood, the impressive Manga anime line and chart-topping fitness titles including the "Crunch" and "For Dummies" series.   Anchor Bay Entertainment is aggressively developing a wide range of original programs and concepts in addition to licensing existing brands and films.

 

Anchor Bay Entertainment is a subsidiary of IDT Entertainment.  IDT Entertainment is a vertically integrated entertainment company that develops, produces, and distributes proprietary and licensed entertainment content.  IDT Entertainment is a subsidiary of IDT Corporation (NYSE:IDT, IDT.C), an international telecom, entertainment, and technology company.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

 

Sue Procko/Krista Erickson

Sue Procko Public Relations

949.709.8960

Krista@sueprockopr.com

 

September 16, 2005

Tickets for Neil's December 3rd show in Atlantic City, NJ go on sale this Saturday, Sept 17 at www.ticketmaster.com.

August 19, 2005

Billboard reports that Neil's new album will be entitled simply 'Neil Diamond'.  The long awaited LP produced by Rick Rubin, will be released on November 8th. Click here to read the new article from Billboard.

June 15, 2005

The new album release has been delayed until November.

May 22, 2005

New album to be released July 26th: Neil's long awaited CD (as yet untitled) is being produced by legendary producer Rick Rubin. Click here to read a fascinating article about the album: Neil Diamond, Unplugged and Unsequined, from the New York Times.

May 12, 2005

Neil Diamond is in the GMTV studios live on Friday 13th May to chat about his upcoming UK Tour and to perform for us live. For more info see the GMTV Website.

May 2, 2005

Neil on TV! See Neil on the Today Show Friday May 6th, and on Ellen Degeneres Monday, May 9th.

Don't forget tickets on sale May 9th for Neil's 2005 US Tour - see you there!

April 15, 2005

Tour dates announced for the first leg of Neil's US Tour. Check out our Tour Dates Section for all the details!

April 12, 2005

Billboard Magazine reports that Neil's new CD (produced by Rick Rubin) will be released before his US tour kicks off this July.

March 5, 2005

Neil opened his 2005 world tour last night in Wellington, New Zealand. Visit our Neil Diamond TourBlog 2005 to see the set list, with reviews and (hopefully) photos coming soon. See photo from the New Zealand Herald at left.

March 2, 2005

Send us your photos of Neil from his concert tour this year, and we will post them in a special fan photo gallery to appear soon on our Neil Diamond TourBlog.  This gallery will be the premier place for fans to see photos from the 2005 tour, so check back soon for the opening of the gallery, and please contribute photos when the show comes to your town.

Please keep in mind that the Neil Diamond TourBlog 2005 is your source for up to the minute reviews and information about upcoming shows. This is the section of our site to go to if you want to hear the latest on the tour, see newspaper articles and reviews from the cities Neil is visiting, see the newest concert photos, etc

February 23, 2005

Did anyone notice that Diamondville was updated yesterday? The new PBI contains the winning A2A reviews. The winning one, written by Glenda Atchison, is a hoot to read!

February 17, 2005

Blogging" is the latest rage on the internet, and so we are glad to introduce a brand new feature, the Neil Diamond TourBlog 2005.   This Blog is intended to be a comprehensive central resource for fans to find the latest tour information, newspaper articles, photos, reviews of the shows and more in a city by city format.
Fans can interact back with the blog by using the comments section to post their thoughts and reviews, plan meet ups with other fans, etc. We expect the blog to be constantly updated from now and forward through the entire tour. Questions/Suggestions? Let us know what you think by commenting on the blog itself, or by emailing us at
NDiamondHP@aol.com.

This is a great time of year to plan to get away from the cold weather with a relaxing vacation in the Bahamas. Check out our own King Errisson's Pestel Beach Resort for a unique and beautiful getaway.

February 15, 2005

Tickets for Neil's US Tour will go on sale May 9, 2005. Dates are expected to be announced shortly.  Confirmed European dates include Neil's long awaited return to Woburn, and many more dates. Click here to view our tour dates page  for the latest info.

 

 

Rocktober 20, 2004

Neil to tour the UK May-June 2005! Just announced - presale on now, click here to register and purchase tickets. The announced dates include Neil's long awaited return to Woburn, and more dates are sure to come. Click here to view our tour dates page for the latest info.

Rocktober 15, 2004

Taking America to America is the brand new CD from Tom Hensley (and the rest of Neil's band). As Tom explains it  "Hensley sings a few novelty songs and then lets the better singers in the band (including Linda Press, Doug Rhone and King Errisson) step in to do the serious work.

In its 28 years of existence, the Neil Diamond band had never done an album of its own. It still hasn't, but this is the closest thing to it."

Click here to view Tom's latest PBI and order this great CD!

August 13, 2004

Neil Diamond will bring his brand new, electrifying concert experience to Australian audiences in March 2005. This will be Neil Diamond's first Australian tour in 6 years. Read the press release here, or click here for our Neil Diamond Tour Dates Page.

August 9, 2004

Neil to play New Zealand in early 2005? Newspaper reports out of Wellington, NZ claim that Neil concerts in that country will be announced next week, to take place in February, 2005.  Read the Dominion Post article by clicking here.

August 8, 2004

Purple Records have re-released the label's original 12 track 1973 sampler 'Purple People' on CD, complete with eight bonus tracks and a 16 page booklet detailing the story of the label and its acts.
The tracks include 'Look Out Cleveland' from Carol Hunter's 1973 solo album on Purple Records.  For more info, visit the Purple Records website.

June 25,2004

Associated Press - Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand reunite for the Kerry Victory 2004 Concert fund-raiser at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Thursday night, June 24, 2004. Streisand and Neil Diamond performed their 1978 hit 'You Don't Bring Me Flowers' together for the first time in 24 years. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield, WireImage.com)

Read a great article on the show here (from the New York Times).

June 24,2004

Movie, Music Stars to Raise Millions for Kerry - read the June 24 Reuters article here.

June 9,2004

The fundraiser for John Kerry, originally scheduled for June 7th, has been rescheduled for June 24, 2004.  According to Kerry’s campaign office the list of celebrities originally scheduled to appear at this event will remain the same.

June 7,2004
 

June 7th Fundraiser Postponed

The political fundraiser that Neil was to appear at on June 7th has been cancelled/postponed.  John Kerry decided to cancel this and all his campaign events this week in observance of the passing of former President Ronald Reagan.  According to one news report a new date will be announced when the concert is rescheduled.

June 4,2004

Neil to perform at Kerry Fundraiser on June 7th

Neil is among several celebrities scheduled to perform at a fundraiser for John Kerry on June 7, 2004 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California.   The concert will also feature Barbra Streisand, Willie Nelson and Billy Crystal.  Although it has yet to be confirmed, rumor has it that Neil and Barbra will perform “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” together at this event.  If rumor proves to be true it will be the duos’ first performance together in 24 years. Tickets for the fundraiser are $2,000, $10,000 and $25,000.  The $2,000 tickets include admission to the concert portion of the fundraiser only.  The $10,000 and $25,000 tickets are per couple and, in addition to the concert, include dinner with the candidate which will be held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.   Tickets can be obtained by calling 310-556-9172.   For the Hollywood Reporter article regarding this event click here.

 

Neil Diamond News August, 2003
Coming to stores on September 30th - Neil's new box set Stages - Performaces 1970-2002. This incredible set will include 5 audio cd's of never-before released Diamond live tracks, and one DVD featuring a number of songs from Neil's 2002 Dublin concert, as well as backstage footage, interviews with Neil and the band, and much more.

Here's a list of the track (courtesy of ICE magazine) with a single asterisk (*) after tracks making their
live CD debut and double asterisk (**) after those debuting in any form:
Disc One (Full show, Las Vegas 12/27/02)
* "Overture"
* "America"
* "A Mission of Love" (*)
* "Hello Again"
* "Kentucky Woman"
* "The Boat That I Row" (*)
* "Cherry, Cherry"
* "Red, Red Wine"
* "I'm A Believer"
* "Play Me"
* "Love On the Rocks"
* "Soolaimon"
* "If You Know What I Mean"
* "Beautiful Noise"
* "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"
* "I Haven't Played This Song in Years" (*)
* "You Are the Best Part of Me" (*)
* "Forever in Blue Jeans"
Disc Two (part 2 of Las Vegas show)
* "Starflight" (*)
* "Captain Sunshine"
* " Holly Holy"
* "Sweet Caroline"
* "Sweet Caroline (Reprise)"
* "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"
* "Yes I Will/Lady Magdalene"
* "Shilo"
* "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"
* "I Am, I Said"
* "Cracklin' Rosie"
* "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show"
* "America (Walk Off)"
Disc Three (song titles are followed by location and year of recording)
* "Lordy" (Los Angeles, 1970; the only previously released track in the
box)
* "Brooklyn Roads" (Portland, OR, 1971)
* "Home Is a Wounded Heart" (Las Vegas, 1976)
* "The Last Picasso" (Las Vegas, 1976)
* "The Last Thing on My Mind" (Los Angeles, 1976) (*)
* "You Got to Me" (Woburn Abbey, England, 1977)
* "God Only Knows" (St. Paul, 1977; Brian Wilson original) (*)
* "Lay Lady Lay" (Michigan, 1978; Bob Dylan original) (**)
* "Glory Road" (Michigan, 1978)
* " Rocket Man" (Michigan, 1978; Elton John/Bernie Taupin original) (**)
* "Say Maybe" (Charlotte, NC, 1978)
* " Once in a While" (Atlanta, 1978) (*)
* "Rainy Day Song" (San Francisco, 1981) (*)
* " Guitar Heaven (South Carolina, 1982) (*)
* "Songs of Life" (Arizona, 1983)
* "Fire on the Tracks" (Oakland, CA, 1983) (*)
* "Brooklyn on a Saturday Night" (Calgary, 1985) (*)
* "Primitive" (Calgary, 1985) (*)
* "The Story of My Life" (Los Angeles, 1986)
Disc Four
* " This Time" (Dublin, 1989) (*)
* "The American Popular Song" (Dublin,1989) (*)
* "Teach Me Tonight" (Dublin, 1989; Sammy Cahn original) (**)
* "Dedicated to the One I Love (Dublin, 1989; originally recorded by The
Shirelles) (**)
* "Spanish Harlem" (Dublin, 1989) (*)
* "Beatles Medley: Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End" (Dublin,
1989; from Abbey Road) (**)
* "Sweet L.A. Days" (Los Angeles, 1992) (*)
* "Fortune of the Night" (Sydney, Australia, 1992) (*)
* "Mountains of Love" (Melbourne, Australia,1992)
* "If There Were No Dreams" (Melbourne, Australia, 1992)
* "All I Really Need Is You" (Sydney, Australia, 1992)
* "Yesterday's Songs" (Sydney, Australia, 1992)
* "Can Anybody Hear Me (Sydney, Australia, 1996) (*)
* "Talking Optimist Blues (Sydney, Australia, 1996) (*)
* "Everybody" (Ames, IA, 1996) (*)
* "Marry Me" (Hampton Roads, VA, 1996) (*)
* " In My Lifetime" (Milwaukee, 1996) (*)
* " I Got the Feelin' (Oh No, No)" (Toronto, 1998) (*)
* "Longfellow Serenade" (Keil, Germany, 1999)
* "Unchained Melody" (Bakersfield, 1999; Righteous Brothers original)
(*)
* "I Believe in Happy Endings" (Las Vegas, 2001) (*)
Disc Five
* "Oh Holy Night" (Detroit, 1993) (*)
* "Silent Night" (Chicago, 1993) (*)
* "White Christmas" (Chicago, 1993) (*)
* "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Charlotte, NC, 1978) (*)
* "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" (Los Angeles, 1993) (*)
* "Little Drummer Boy" (Los Angeles, 1993) (*)
* "Morning Has Broken" (Los Angeles, 1993) (*)
* "You Make It Feel Like Christmas" (Buffalo, NY, 1993)
* "The Christmas Song" (Chicago, 1999) (*)
* "Winter Wonderland" (Salt Lake City, 1979) (*)
* " Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (Los Angeles, 1993) (*)
* "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" (Dublin, 1989) (*)
Disc Six - DVD
* " America"
* "Hello Again"
* "Solitary Man"
* "I'm A Believer"
* "September Morn"
* "Beautiful Noise"
* "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"
* "Sweet Caroline"
* "Sweet Caroline (Reprise)"
* "I Am, I Said"
* "Cracklin' Rosie"
* "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show"
* Backstage: Welcome to Diamondville 2001-2002 (A Documentary of Life on the Road.

Neil Diamond News June 11, 2003
The new single from Smash Mouth "You're My Number One," has just been released, and  the tune was co-written by Neil Diamond. The band performed the tune this morning on the CBS Early Show, click here for the video.

Neil Diamond News January 2, 2003
Neil will be taking 2003 off from touring, no concert dates are expected this year.

Neil Diamond News September 24, 2002
Rumors abound that Neil will be touring Australia and New Zealand in the spring of 2003.  A recent article in the Wellington, NZ newspapers reports as follows:
Superstar singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is tipped to play Wellington's WestpacTrust Stadium in April.
Diamond, 61, would be only the second rock act to appear at the stadium since it opened 2-1/2-years ago.
Stadium spokesman Steve Thompson would not confirm the concert but said: "We are in negotiation with a major artist.
"No announcement will be made till a deal has been signed."
Diamond's career spans four decades and features such hit songs as Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon, Cracklin' Rosie, Sweet Caroline and I Am . . . I Said.
One of his first hits was actually sung by manufactured American band The Monkees, who took I'm A Believer up the charts. Diamond last visited New Zealand in 1999, when he played four Christchurch shows.
Of course this is still subject to change, but we have our fingers crossed, and will post any announcement here as soon as it is official.

Neil Diamond News September 16, 2002
Neil's December 2002 tourdates have been confirmed. Look for tickets to go on sale Sept 30th, and don't forget many shows will have a presale prior to this date. Please check our Neil Diamond Schedule Page  to see when Neil will be in your town, the show is fantastic, dont miss it!

Neil Diamond News September 15, 2002
We are still awaiting the final confirmation of Neil's winter tour dates. However, Lubbock Texas on Dec 3 is widely believed to be the opener. Dates are expected to last into January and include such cites as Ames IA, Houston TX, Las Vegas, and more. Neil's current tour will take him to New York and New Jersey this week, followed by a return to New England next weekend, including sold out shows in Portland, ME and Manchester, NH.

Neil Diamond News September 6, 2002
Neil resumed his US tour last night in New Orleans, LA. Songs performed at the show were the same setlist as the last night in London, featuring recent additions such as The Boat That I Row, Septemer Morn, and Hello Again. As the tour continues, check our Neil Diamond Schedule Page  to see when Neil will be in your town (more fall/early winter US dates are expected to be announced soon), the show is fantastic, dont miss it!

Neil Diamond News August 29, 2002

On August 25th, Neil appeared on the 22nd annual L’Chaim-To Life! Telethon, performing America. The telethon raised much needed funds for the continued support of vital community programs. Please visit the Chabad Website for details and photos!


Neil Diamond News May 20, 2002
VCR Alert - Neil has taped a new promotional spot with Rosie O'Donnell, see it on Rosie's show this Wednesday, May 22. Also, new US tour dates have been announced for the fall, check out our Tourdates Page for all the details!

Neil Diamond News May 19, 2002
... by L. Pollard
Satuday May 18th  was Will Ferrell's last night on Saturday Night Live. During the "news" segment, they introduced "Neil Diamond," portrayed by Will. "Neil" spoke a few lines then began to sing Cherry Cherry. As he sang, he introduced a few other characters.....then introduced the REAL Neil!! REAL Neil then joined in the singing of Cherry Cherry. (REAL Neil was dressed in black; Will as Neil was dressed in the outfit he usually wears, portraying Neil as he looked the night he received the American Music Award.) REAL Neil was only on for about 30-45 seconds, but it was great seeing him.

The real Neil also stood next to Will during the closing segment of the show, when they thank the guests. You could see him on camera for a minute, or so, drifting through the crowd, shaking hands with the various SNL players.

Neil Diamond News May 17, 2002

nd1.jpg (11049 bytes)Neil appeared at the NYU graduation ceremonies on May 15, in New York City's Washington Square Park. An Alumni of NYU, Neil wrote a brand new song Forever NYU just for this occasion, and sang it to the crowd of appox 5,000. "I was just writing something fun for the kids to go out with," Diamond said.

 

You can view a video of the commencement complete with Neil's performance (at approx 2 hrs 49 mins into video), online at the NYU Website.

 

Photo courtesy of newsday.com please visit their website!

Neil Diamond News October 31, 2001

Neil's new Essential CD will be released on Dec 4. Its a greatest hits compilation but will include live tracks recorded on the current tour, including Captain Sunshine, He Ain't Heavy, and Yes I Will/Lady Magdelene.

Neil Diamond News October 29, 2001

Breaking News: Neil will be playing the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday December 30th and Monday, New Years Eve. Tickets will be on sale via internet presale starting Tuesday at 5 PM Pacific Time. Please visit Ticketmaster.com for more info, and good luck!

Neil Diamond News July 18, 2001

Additional information on the VH1 Behind the Music Special (airing Sunday July 22nd at 10:30am and 11pm) - our source at VH1 tells us that the special will  'pretty much take on Neil's entire life, from the day he was born up to the present including the new album -- as much as we can fit into an hour. Our interviews include Neil of course, Ellie Greenwich, Paul Shaffer, Bob Gaudio, Richard Bennett, Lucie Arnaz, Reine and Linda Press, Daisy Press, Peter Asher, Jack Black, and SuperDiamond's Surreal Neil.'

Neil Diamond News July 15, 2001

FALL TOUR SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED! Check for a concert in your city by visiting our  Neil Diamond Schedule Page.

Neil Diamond News June 20, 2001

Neil will be appearing on A&E's Live By Request TV Show on July 28th 9-11PM. What song would you like to request Neil to sing on the show? Vote below, and we will email the results of the survey to A&E to let them know the fans most requested songs!

Neil Diamond News June 18, 2001

Neil will be featured on an episode of VH1's Behind the Music, to premiere on Sunday July 22nd. In addition, the track listing for Neil's forthcoming album Three Chord Opera has been released and is as follows:

  • I Haven't Played This Song In Years

  • Don't Look Down

  • I Believe In Happy Endings

  • At The Movies

  • Midnight Dream

  • You Are The Best Part Of Me

  • Baby Let's Drive

  • My Special Someone

  • A Mission Of Love

  • Elijah's Song

  • Leave A Little Room For God

  • Turn Down The Lights

 

Neil Diamond News June 14, 2001

The following is Vince's obituary from the LA Times ( www.latimes.com)

Vince Charles; Steel Drummer for Neil Diamond
 Vince Charles, 55, steel drummer with Neil Diamond for the past 25 years and previously with Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, died June 3 in Los Angeles.
     Born in St. Kitts and reared in the Virgin Islands, Charles performed in the Caribbean Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in 1964-65. Then, after playing at Canada's Montreal Expo '67, he moved to Los Angeles, where he became a studio musician and worked with Alpert.
     His work can be heard on the Beach Boys' hit recording "Kokomo" and on such movie soundtracks as "Cocktail," "The Little Mermaid" and "Trading Places" and sequels to "Ghostbusters" and "Police Academy."
     First asked to work with Diamond on "Reggae Strut" for the 1973 album "Serenade," Charles joined the band in 1977 and had toured with Diamond since. Charles also played Los Angeles clubs with his own group, Vince Charles and Friends, and recorded three albums, "Mixture 44," "Soliloquy" and "Caribbean Christmas."

Neil Diamond News June 4, 2001

We are deeply saddened to have to announce that Vince Charles, Neil's longtime Steel Drum Player, has passed away.
I was just telling another steel drum player last week that Vince was the number one steel drum player of all time, and now he is gone. What a tragic loss this is. Vince always had such a cheerful attitude and was so much fun to be around. It is so hard to imagine a concert or an after concert get together without him. I'm sure that all Neil's fans will miss him very much.
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Vince's family, friends, Neil and the band. Our thoughts are with you during this time of grief.

Neil Diamond News June 3, 2001

According to very reliable sources, we have learned that the CD is tentatively entitled Three Chord Opera. This seeminly odd title may be a humorous reference to Neil's Bang-era reputation of writing songs in three chords. Of course (as is always the case with Neil) this is subject to change until officially announced.

Neil Diamond News May 2001

Neil's new album (as yet untitled) has been completed, and will be released in late July. In addition, Neil will be appearing on numerous television shows to promote the new albums, notably 'The View' on July 30th, and on the Today Show's concert series, July 27th.  Neil is widely rumored to be kicking off a new world tour in fall 2001. However, this has not been officially confirmed, and no dates have yet been announced. As soon as any official word it released, it will appear in this space - stay tuned!

Neil Diamond News Feb 2001

A brand new song from Neil was featured in the film Saving Silverman, which opened February 9th. In addition to Neil's appearance in the film, this hilarious comedy also stars Jack Black and Steve Zahn, Jason Biggs, and Amanda Peet.  The song is entitled “I Believe in Happy Endings”   and is already being met with high praise from the Neil Diamond fan community. For more information on the movie, visit the Saving Silverman website at http://www.spe.sony.com/movies/savingsilverman/.

Neil Diamond News October 2000

Neil recently completed filming for his appearance in the upcoming movie, Saving Silverman, starring Jason Biggs among others. It is also thought that Neil has written two new songs, expect to be on the soundtrack.   The expected release date of the film is February 16, 2001.  For some behind the scenes news of this movie visit http://www.spe.sony.com/movies/savingsilverman/.

Neil Diamond News 6/14/00

Neil will be recieving a Lifetime Achievment Award from the Songwriter's Hall of Fame on Thursday Night, June 15th. Artist Jill Sobule will perform Neil's hit "I'm a Believer" as a tribute to Neil. This year the event is not televised, but the hall is now under the direction of veteran songwriter Hal David, who hopes to have a television contract in future years, and a physical location for the Hall is planned to be built soon, in NYC.

In addition, Neil will be filming scenes this summer for his part in the upcoming film "Saving Silverman", scheduled for 2001 release.

Neil Diamond News 8/1/99

 

Longtime Diamond drummer Ron Tutt, 61, suffered a heart attack on Wednesday, July 28th and was admitted to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, where he underwent double bypass surgery. While reports on his condition are sketchy, the surgery was considered a success. We all wish Ron a speedy recovery and good health in the future.
We have learned that experienced Nashville drummer Paul Leim will be taking over Ron's duties in Neil's band for the foreseeable future, beginning with the next Diamond show in Phoenix on August 2nd. Paul is no stranger to the Neil Diamond world, as he played the drums on a number of tunes from Neil's critically acclaimed Tennessee Moon CD including Shame, A Matter of Love and Talking Optimist Blues, among others.
As for future tour plans past the dates announced, we have no word as of yet, although it is widely expected that December dates will be added. However, this is totally unconfirmed speculation at this time. More info will be posted as it becomes available.

Neil Diamond News 3/5/99

A number of tourdates for Neil's summer tour are now available. The announced dates take Neil thru much of the Western USA and Canada. Check out our Tour Dates Section for the latest info!  Additional tourdates in the Midwest and Eastern USA are expected in late September and October, and will be announced as soon as possible.


Neil Diamond News 3/3/99

Neil continues his world tour this month, visiting Great Britain, The Netherlands, and Germany.  Read all about the shows there on our Concert Reviews Page.  It is expected that Neil will tour throughout the USA this summer and early fall. The announcement of specific tour dates is expected to take place in mid Spring - of course - we will let you know here on the Neil Diamond Homepage the moment details are known. 


Neil Diamond News 11/21/98

If you missed Neil’s half-hour TV special The Making of the Movie Album, it will be rerun on November 21st and 27th at 9:30 PM Eastern time on the AMC (American Movie Classics) channel. (Check your local listings for details in your area). The special is a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the making of Neil Diamond's latest album of classic Hollywood theme songs
Neil’s concert tour is well underway, and the shows have been fantastic! Read what the newspapers think of each show on our 1998-99 Concert Reviews Page, which is constantly being updated. To hear what other fans are saying about the tour and the new album, check out the Letter to the Editor section. And don’t miss the Tour Dates Page to see when Neil will be in your area!

Neil Diamond News 10/27/98

Its been a busy week for Neil Diamond fans! Neil opened his concert tour last Friday in Ft Worth, TX, and today marks the release of his latest CD, The Movie Album - As Time Goes By! In addition, Neil will be appearing on a number of television events this fall. Here is the latest schedule:
--- November 4th - ‘Making of the Movie Album’ Special, AMC Network (7:30 PM EST)
--- End of November - ‘The View’
--- November 25th - ‘Jay Leno’
Please check your local listings for the exact date and time in your area!

Diamond News 9/22/98

Call this number to hear selections from Neil’s new album, As Time Goes By and pre-purchase the album over the phone - 1 (800) 659-0210. This number is reachable 9AM-5PM West-coast time, 12PM-8PM Eastern. Following is the complete track listing for As Time Goes By, The Movie Album: As Time Goes By, Secret Love, Unchained Melody, Can You Feel The Love Tonight, The Way You Look Tonight, Love With The Proper Stranger, Puttin On The Ritz, When You Wish Upon A Star, Windmills Of Your Mind, Ebb Tide, True Love, My Heart Will Go On, The Look Of Love, In The Still Of The Night, Moon River, Ruby, I've Got You Under My Skin/One For My Baby Medley, And I Love Her, Can't Help Falling In Love, As Time Goes By (Reprise). The album will be released on October 27th.
Additionally, a documentary on the making of the album will be premiering on AMC (American Movie Channel) on November 4th, with a video tape and DVD of the show complete with extra footage to be available in early December.

Diamond News 9/4/98

Tickets for the following shows will go on sale Monday, September 14th. Fort Worth (1st show), Moline, Milwaukee, Madison, Grand Rapids, Columbus, State College, Buffalo, Albany, Toronto, and Tampa. Other on-sale dates TBA.

Diamond News 8/20/98

Tickets for Neil’s New Years’ Eve and New Years’ Day shows will go on sale this Saturday, August 22nd.
As we know, Neil’s new album (tentative release date October 27) will feature songs from the movies. Here is a list of the songs that we know so far, which will be on the album:
As Time Goes By
Unchained Melody
Secret Love
When You Wish Upon a Star
Can You Feel The Love Tonight
My Heart Will Go On
Puttin On the Ritz
Can’t Help Falling in Love
Windmills of Your Mind
Love with the Proper Stranger
Lastly, the Hamilton, ONT concert scheduled for November 13 has been cancelled, and Neil will play Albany, NY instead on that night. The Buffalo, NY originally scheduled for Nov 12 will be moved back one day, to the 11th of November.

Diamond News 8/7/98

Diamondville has announced that Neil will NOT be doing the G&P Foundation Benefit on October 12th. The original information that Neil would play the benefit first came to light in an obscure press article from the Houston Chronicle called to my attention last week. I placed a phone call to the G&P Foundation on Tuesday afternoon, and was told that Neil would be performing, and that the original date (October 5th) had been changed to the 12th. After reading the Diamondville article today, I called back G&P (at (212) 486-2575) and they had this statement: ”Unfortunately, Neil is no longer attending”.

Diamond News 8/5/98

BREAKING NEWS – Neil to play benefit concert on October 12th in New York City!! Yes, Neil will be appearing a benefit for the GNP Foundation at the Sheraton on 7th Ave. The event is billed as a tribute to Kirk Douglas and Milton Berle. Performing will be Neil, of course, as well as George Benson, Celine Dion, Placido Domingo, Patti LaBelle, and Mary Tyler Moore, among others. Tickets to this charity event are $1000 per seat, and available by calling the GNP Foundation at (212) 486-2575. It is likely that TV appearances may occur while Neil is in New York, so stay tuned for the latest details!

Diamond News 7/6/98

More information is now becoming available regarding Neil’s forthcoming album. According to the latest Post-Bugle Intelligencer (PBI) from Diamondville, the album will be entitled As Time Goes By. As mentioned here previously, As Time Goes By will be a collection of songs from motion pictures. In addition, we now know that the orchestra will be conducted by the legendary Elmer Berstein. Don’t miss the above mentioned PBI for more details.

Diamond News 6/2/98

Here is the latest breaking news: It has been learned that Neil’s latest studio project appears to center around film music from the movies. Tentative plans include a fall release for the CD, which will be produced by classic Neil producer Bob Gaudio

Diamond News 6/1/98

Dates for Neil’s UK tour have been confirmed as follows:
 
  • 2/20/99 Glasgow

  • 2/23/99 Newcastle

  • 2/27/99 Manchester

  • 3/2/99 Sheffield

  • 3/5-3/6 Birmingham

  • 3/8-3/9 London

More dates in this leg of the tour will follow........The US tour will likely begin the end of October....hopefully, more information will be coming soon, but as of now we can only publish the Las Vegas dates.

Diamond News 5/10/98

Neil to play Las Vegas New Year’s Eve!!!!!! Here is the latest article from The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sunday May 10, 1998:
      The ever-amazing Tom Jones is still exciting crowded houses at the MGM Grand, and the dynamic singer got a deserved thrill of his own a few nights back when James Brown and Neil Diamond dropped by, separately, to check him out.
      Jones greeted {Brown} from the stage with a shout of "I feel good!" and Brown joyfully rasped back, "Do it, do it!" So gentleman Jones and band obliged with an improvised version of "I Got You (I Feel Good)," then had Diamond take a bow; thankfully minus a cover of "I Am I Said."
      Brown and Diamond had never met and did so by handshake in front of a delighted audience. "After the show we got back to the dressing room and had a chat," reported Jones, calling it all "a great compliment."
      The Tom Cat's latest run at the MGM ends Wednesday but he'll be back June 11-24 and Aug. 13-26 for more showroom excitement. Brown's showroom future remains uncertain while Diamond is booked for a pair of shows in the MGM's Grand Garden arena, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
      But forget about those Diamond dates listed here last week. He'll perform on New Year's Eve and again Jan. 1, with ticket sales still many weeks away. So start setting bucks aside as Diamond, who fetched a top ticket of $200 when he packed the place in December 1996, will surely command even higher prices because of the New Year's hook. ...

Diamond News 5/4/98

The 5/3/98 issue of The Las Vegas Review-Journal claims that Neil will return to play Vegas this fall. Word of warning: while this would seem a reliable source, Neil is known to change his plans at the last minute. Please wait for an official announcement from Diamondville before making any firm plans. Here is the article:
 

Neil Diamond set to return for two MGM concerts
By Michael Paskevich
Review-Journal
Add Neil Diamond to the list of big-name headliners who will be taking the stage at the MGM Grand's arena this year.
Having thrilled sellout crowds, if not certain critics, with a grandiose spectacle in December 1996, Diamond will return to the MGM Grand Garden, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 for in-the-round shows in the 13,000-seat arena, a well-placed source said. Prices and the date for ticket sales will be announced soon, so Diamond's legions of fans will have to sit tight for now

Diamond News 5/1/98

It has been announced on Diamondville (5/1/98) that Neil will be touring this fall! While the tour is expected to hit much of the US, no dates have been announced as of yet, and as we have seen in the recent past, Neil’s plans are subject to change. Please check back here and with Diamondville for the latest available information.

Diamond News 4/4/98

Currently, there are NO TOUR DATES announced for 1998. Since planning for a tour takes around five months, this indicates that there will be no Neil Diamond concerts until at least September, 1998. Hopefully, some tour news will be forthcoming shortly. Please check back to The Neil Diamond Home Page often, as news will be posted there the moment it is available.

Diamond News 2/16/98

According to Diamondville, Neil’s back is apparently recovering nicely, as he recently played cards with the band, and appeared to be in no discomfort. However, a tour anytime soon is extremely unlikely.
Two great Neil collectibles have recently come available..........limited edition autographed plates and figurines being produced by Gartlan USAFor details, check their website or call them at: (609) 753-9229. Pre-orders are also being taken on the web by Music Machine, check their website or call (410) 356-4567.
Additionally, Celebrity Cellars has produced two unique wine bottles featuring Neil - one with Neil’s photo etched into the bottle, and another featuring a Neil Diamond label. These wines have proved somewhat tricky to find - try contacting specialty stores in your area...good luck!

Diamond News 10/9/97

Tour Postponed: Here is the text of Neil’s press release of October 9: Neil Diamond’s proposed tour for December has been postponed. While it was publicly announced that a tour was being planned, no dates were advertised and no tickets were put on sale. Mr. Diamond recently sustained a back injury (slipped disc) while helping a friend pick up a fallen motorcycle. He will undergo a course of physical therapy recommended by his physicians, hopefully avoiding surgery. Mr. Diamond regrets any inconvenience caused to his fans and looks forward to touring once his back is better.

Diamond News 10/5/97

The latest news regarding Neil’s upcoming tour remains confusing. Diamondville’s latest update warns of “bogus” information on the internet, but all the tour dates on my page are confirmed by Sony, Neil’s own record label. So, what are we to think? There is no doubt that these tour dates were set up and planned by Neil. Nashville tickets were to have gone on sale this Monday, October 6th, and this information was on the Nashville Arena’s recording. So obviously, contracts were signed for Neil to perform there on November 29th. It appears that there have been some last-minute changes. Whether they are minor or major changes remains to be seen. Please keep checking back here and on Diamondville for the latest news when it becomes available.

Diamond News 7/27/97

----- Here’s the latest: Neil will be out on tour in 16 US cities this winter. The tour will begin on November 28th and run through December. More details will be announced here as soon as they become available!
----- Diamond Drummer Ron Tutt in Memphis Benefit: This ad appeared in the Memphis Commercial-Appeal Friday.
Elvis in Concert 97
Saturday, August 16, 7 PM
Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN
Experience this dynamic entertainment event! A historic live concert spectacular. See Elvis Presley perform via multi-media technology accompanied live by the 55-piece Memphis Symphony Orchestra and the greatest-ever gathering of more than 30 of his original touring concert cast members, including: J.D. Sumner & The Stamps, The Jordanaires, The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, Voice, Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Jerry Scheff, RONNIE TUTT, and many more!
$50, $70, and $80 ($80 sold out) Contact Ticketmaster in Memphis at 901-525-1515 or www.ticketmaster.com A benefit for the Elvis Presley Endowed Scholarship Fund at U. of M.
----- A new 3 CD Set of Neil's is to be released on August 12, 1997. It is called "EARLY YEARS/JAZZ SINGER/BEAUTIFUL NOISE". And will consist of those three Diamond CD’s in one master package. Sony Catalog #7464653712.

Diamond News 7/13/97

The summer of ‘97 finds Neil busy writing music for a brand new album. Recording is scheduled to begin sometime in November. We can only hope the new album will apppear quickly afterward!

Diamond News 4/18/97

Neil will be a presenter on the Country Music Awards show, Wednesday April 23rd on NBC. The program starts at 8:00 PM --- Don’t miss Neil!!!! Editiors note: Sorry!! He wasn't on, I don't know why, but he was listed by NBC as a presenter on their website.

If you are on the East Coast how about coming out to see Mike Livingston's Neil Diamond show Friday August 8th on the beautiful Lake Winnapesauke (sic--ya can’t expect me to know how to spell that, can ya?) in New Hampshire. The show is aboard a ship, the Mt Washington, which cruises the lake. Mike plays tons of Neil, as well as a taste of other 60’s and 70’s tunes (but getting him to play a Beatles song is like pulling teeth!). Call (603) 366-BOAT or email Mike for details. Hope to see ya there.

Diamond News 3/1/97

Readers Digest has released a brand new Neil Diamond 2 CD live set. A number of the songs featured here have never appeared on any Diamond live album, such as Amazed and Confused, Summerlove, Say Maybe, Yesterday’s Songs, and You Baby among others. The set is $ 49.95 and can be ordered from Readers Digest by calling (800) 723-1241.

Diamond News 12/2/96

Just announced: Neil will be appearing on Late Night With David Letterman, Friday, December 13, 1996. Also, Neil has recently changed the opening number of his shows from Crunchy Granola Suite to A Matter of Love. Hope it stays that way!!

Diamond News 10/22/96

Just announced: Neil will be appearing on the Tonight Show on Friday, November 1st!

Diamond News 10/9/96

Following is the entire track listing for In My Lifetime, the forthcoming Diamond Box set, due out October 29th:
DISC ONE
1. In My Lifetime (opening album version) 5:28
2. Hear Them Bells (live) 2:44
Recorded 1992 Minneapolis
Previously unissued
3. Blue Destiny* 2:18
Recorded 1958
Demo
4. A Million Miles Away* 2:46
Recorded 1958
Demo
5. Good Kind Of Lonely* 2:10
Recorded 1958
Demo
6. What Will I Do? (by Neil & Jack)* 1:59
Recorded 1960
From Duel single 508
7. At Night* 2:10
A-side of Columbia single 42809
Recorded 1963
8. Clown Town* 2:27
B-side of Columbia single 42809
Recorded May 1963
9. Flame* 1:36
Recorded 1964
Demo
10. Straw in The Wind* 1:35
Recorded 1964
Demo
11. Solitary Man* 2:31
Recorded 1966
From Bang single 519
12. Cherry, Cherry* 2:41
Recorded 1966
From Bang single 528
13. Cherry, Cherry (alternate version)* 2:54
Recorded 1966
Previously unreleased
14. I Got The Feelin' (Oh No, No)* 2:12
Recorded 1966
A-side of Bang single 536
15. I'm A Believer* 2:42
Recorded 1967
From the album "Just For You" (Bang 217)
16. The Boat That I Row* 2:24
Recorded 1967
B-side of Bang single 536
17. Kentucky Woman* 2:37
Recorded 1967
From Bang single 551
18. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon* 2:54
Recorded 1967 From Bang single 542
19. You Got To Me* 2:47
Recorded 1966
From Bang single 540
20. Thank The Lord For The Night Time* 3:00
Recorded 1967
From Bang single 547
21. Red, Red Wine* 2:39
Recorded 1967
From Bang single 556
22. Shilo* 3:23
Recorded 1967
From Bang single 561
23. Brooklyn Roads 3:37
Recorded 1968
From the album "Velvet Gloves & Spit" (Uni 73030)
24. And The Grass Won't Pay No Mind 3:32
Recorded 1969
From the album "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" (Uni 73047)
25. Sweet Caroline 3:21
Recorded 1969
From the album "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" (Uni 73047)
26. Holly Holy 4:30
Recorded 1969
From the album "Touching You...Touching Me" (Uni 73071)
27. Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show 3:33
Recorded 1969
From the album "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" (Uni 73047)

DISC TWO
1. Cracklin' Rosie 2:58
Recorded 1970
From the album "Tap Root Manuscript" (Uni 73092)
2. Done Too Soon 2:41
Recorded 1970
From the album "Tap Root Manuscript" (Uni 73092)
3. Morningside 4:17
Recorded 1972
From the album Moods (Uni 93136)
4. Soolaimon 4:11
Recorded 1970
From the album "Tap Root Manuscript" (Uni 73092)
5. He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother 4:10
Recorded 1970
From the album "Tap Root Manuscript" (Uni 73092)
6. Crunchy Granola Suite 2:52
Recorded 1971
From the album "Stones" (Uni 93106)
7. Play Me 3:49
Recorded 1972
From the album "Moods" (Uni 93136)
8. I Am...I Said 3:33
Recorded 1971
From the album "Stones" (Uni 93106)
9. Song Sung Blue 3:12
Recorded 1972
From the album "Moods" (Uni 93136)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Suite
10. Prologue 2:03
11. Lonely Looking Sky 1:33
12. Skybird 2:16
13. Dear Father 1:25
14. Be 3:14
Recorded 1973
From the album "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" (Columbia CK 32550)
15. I've Been This Way Before 3:46
Recorded 1974
From the album "Serenade" (Columbia CK 32919)
16. Longfellow Serenade 3:49
Recorded 1974
From the album "Serenade" (Columbia CK 32919)
17. Beautiful Noise (home demo) 1:39
Recorded 1976
Unreleased home cassette
18. Beautiful Noise 3:13
Recorded 1976
From the album "Beautiful Noise" (Columbia CK 33965)
19. If You Know What I Mean 3:40
Recorded 1976
From the album "Beautiful Noise" (Columbia CK 33965)
20. Dry Your Eyes (live) 3:47
Recorded 1976
From the soundtrack to the motion picture "The Last Waltz"
21. Desiree 3:17
Recorded 1977
From the album "I'm Glad You're Here With me Tonight" (Columbia 34990)
22. September Morn 3:51
Recorded 1979
From the album "September Morn" (Columbia CK 36121)
23. Forever In Blue Jeans 3:38
Recorded 1978
From the album "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (Columbia CK 35625)
24. You Don't Bring Me Flowers (duet with Barbra Streisand) 3:15
Recorded 1978
From the album "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" (Columbia CK 35625)

DISC THREE
1. America 4:17
Recorded 1980
From the album "The Jazz Singer" (Columbia CK 67569)
2. Love On The Rocks 3:38
Recorded 1980
From the album "The Jazz Singer" (Columbia CK 67569)
3. Scotch On The Rocks 2:26
Recorded 1979
Demo
4. Hello Again 3:38
Recorded 1980
A-side of Capitol single 4960
5. Yesterday's Songs 2:50
Recorded 1981
From the album "On The Way To The Sky" (Columbia CK 37628)
6. Heaven Can Wait 4:50
Recorded 1982
Previously unissued
7. I'm Alive 3:43
Recorded 1982
From the album "Heartlight" (Columbia CK 38359)
8. Heartlight 4:24
Recorded 1982
From the album "Heartlight" (Columbia CK 38359)
9. Just Need To Love You More 3:51
Recorded 1991
Previously unissued track from "Lovescape" sessions
Produced by Don Was
10. You Make It Feel Like Christmas 3:56
Recorded 1984
From the album "Primitive" (Columbia CK 39199)
11. Falling 2:59
Recorded 1985
Previously unissued
12. Dancing To The Party Next Door 3:29
Recorded 1985
Previously unissued
13. The Story Of My Life 3:39
Recorded 1986
From the album "Headed For The Future" (Columbia CK 40368)
14. I'm Sayin' I'm Sorry 3:42
Recorded 1985
Previously unissued
15. If There Were No Dreams 3:14
Recorded 1991
From the album "Lovescape" (Columbia CK 48610)
16. Headed For The Future 4:05
Recorded 1986
From the album "Headed For The Future" (Columbia CK 40368)
17. Hooked On The Memory Of You 3:50
Recorded 1988
From the album "Best Years Of Our Lives" (Columbia CK 40525)
18. Angel Above My Head 3:50
Recorded 1985
Previously unissued
19. Everybody 3:46
Recorded 1995
From the album "Tennessee Moon" (Columbia CK 67382) 20. In My Lifetime 4:44
Recorded August 1996
 

Diamond News 9/18/96

Here is a short snippet from the October issue of ICE magazine, with some details about the new Diamond song, In My Lifetime: ''In My Lifetime opens with a new song, the box set's title track, which starts off with a collage enlisting various sound bites from Diamond's career, including the voices of Barbara Walters, Johnny Carson, and Walter Cronkite. In My Lifetime also contains snippets of several of Diamond's bigger hits, and opens and closes with a ticking watch, giving the song a definite timeless feel...'' Pick up a copy of ICE at your newstand and check out the rest of this excellent and informative article.

Diamond News 9/16/96

The release date of In My Lifetime the forthcoming Neil Diamond Box Set, has been changed to October 29th. The set will include a number of unreleased Diamond tunes from as far back as 1958. These will include tunes such as Blue Destiny written in April 1962, his first single Clown Town/At Night, and Flame. Hear Them Bells, Neil's first song, will be represented by a live version recorded in 1992. Other gems included will be Scotch on the Rocks, an alternate, reggae-style version of Love on the Rocks and a number of unreleased tunes from the mid-1980's unreleased The Story of My Life LP. All of Neil's hits will also be included. Check this month's Ice Magazine for an article on the box set.

Diamond News 8/19/96

''In My Lifetime'': The Neil Diamond Box Set: Yes, this is the new and final title of Neil's box set. The latest information available is that the set will be released on October 15th across Europe. While there is no confirmed USA release date, most likely it will be released within a day of the European release date, as was the case with ''Tennessee Moon.''

''In My Lifetime'' is also rumored to be the title of a brand new Diamond song which will appear on the set, penned by Neil and his son, Jesse. The set will include all Neil's hits, as well as a number of unreleased songs, and some alternate takes of Neil Diamond classics such as ''Cherry Cherry'' and ''Love on the Rocks.''

Diamond News 8/14/96

Just announced: Neil will be playing Las Vegas, NV on December 27, 28, and 29, 1996! According to Entertainment Wire : ''America's top touring solo artist, Neil Diamond, will make his first Las Vegas concert appearance in more than 20 years at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Dec. 27, 28 and 29.....Tickets go on sale Monday, August 19 at 10:00 AM through any MGM Grand Box office outlet and all TickMaster locations .... Charge by phone, call TicketMaster at (702) 474-4000. Or find out about room/concert ticket packages, by calling the MGM Grand at 1 (800) 929-1111.''

The MGM Grand Hotel's arena seats approximately 16,000 fans. Ticket prices are $50, $100 and $200 Saturday and Sunday, and $50, $75 and $150 for the Friday show.

Diamond News 7/20/96

On Thursday (July 18), Neil performed at an AIDS benefit in Los Angeles. He sang for approximately 30 minutes, performing a number of his hits, including America (the opening number), Sweet Caroline, and Everybody from his new Tennessee Moon album. For the show's climax, Neil performed Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show during which Neil went down into the audience and collected money for AIDS victims. He was assisted in the collection by a number of folks dressed in specially made ''Brother Love's'' shirts, who exhorted the crowd to contribute. Among the other stars in attendence was Tom Hanks, who had the priviledge of introducing Neil.

Diamond News 7/1/96

In a radio broadcast heard last week, Neil confirms that his next project will be a box set, and will be released this holiday season! (Great excitement here!). Neil is also featured in a full page ad in this week's Billboard magazine, saluting him for his sold out performances and double platinum album sales in Australia. Last week Neil played an excellent series of shows in Pittsburgh and Cleveland, in Pittsburgh even pulling out one of his greatest songs ever, Longfellow Serenade for the lucky folks on Monday night. Myself, I considered throwing myself out the window after hearing he had performed it while I was not there - but later declined to go through with it, since I was unsure that a jump from the 2nd floor would gaurantee a quick and painless end. to my luckless existence.

Diamond News 6/23/96

Neil hit the states this week for the first time since December of 1993 for three shows at the Fleet Center in Boston. The biggest suprise was that fiddle player Rob Hajacos has apparantly left the band. While many rumors are flying around, there is no confirmation of any reason for this parting of ways. The shows were, of course, incredible. Neil brings his show to Pittsburgh and Cleveland later this week.

Diamond News 5/25/96

This month (and until June 4th) Neil continues his tour of the UK. I have posted some reviews of Neil's May 18th show at Croke Park. Hope to have more reviews and feedback available soon! Just 25 days 'til the first US date in Boston---hope to see you all there!

Diamond News 4/20/96

Some info from a good friend of the Diamond Home Page, New Zealander Tom Penrose:
My wife and I have recently returned from Australia and attended Neil Diamond's concert on 2 April - a "concert in the round" with a revolving stage for both Diamond and his band. A full house under cover at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. A full 2 hours 35 minutes on stage with no intermission. Good value for money and across from us was a group who had draped a banner "FOND" Friends Of Neil Diamond." Those in attendance were a mixture of young and old and he gave it everything.

I will now transcribe from a copy of the paper Sydney Morning Herald written by Bruce Elder entitled....."Flawless Diamond King of the Singalongs."

Can a concert be summed up in one line? In Neil Diamond's case it can: "Sweet Caroline wwwhhooooaaaa good times never seemed so good."! There you have it. Twelve thousand people, most of them on their feet and with huge participatory grinsbrighteneing their faces, many of the rythmically waving their hands, all singing along at the tops of their voices in one of the most remarkable celebrations of the collective pop consciousness ever to occur at the Entertainment Centre. A celebration of shared memories, of barbeques and parties and an innocent belief that when you sing along with Neil you are indeed remembering that "Good times never seemd so good."

If folk music is "the music of the people" then, on the basis of Diamond's concert, the folk music of Australia in the '90s should include Solitary Man, Cherry Cherry, Song Sung Blue, Holly Holly, Shilo, Cracklin'Rosie, Play Me, I am...I Said and Soolaimon alongside Waltzing Matilda and Click Go The Shears. All these songs seem to be part of the collective consciousness of the nation. They are simply, three'chord, singalong, goodtime songs. Everyone knows them - even if they don't want to. At the slightest prompting and with a couple of beers under the belt, most people in our vast suburban heartlands will burst into a few verses and choruses of Neil Diamond's songs. Diamond knows this, and in a show lasting over two hours, he offers nearly all his hits. There's no messing about. No pretentiousness. Just a pile of hits, all charcterised by artless simplicity, tumbling over themselves and inviting everyone to sing and clap along. This was nearly a flawless performance. Diamond's voice is still strong and distinctive. His 10-piece band is excellent and, regardless of whether they like his material or not, they give the impression that they're all having a great time. The structure of the evening is a careful misture of the old and the new, the up-tempo and the ballad. The actual concet configuration - a kind of Entertainment Centre variation of theatre in the round - is masterful in the way is brings everyone a little closer to the stage and allows the audience, who can watch each other, to share the performance.

The criticisms of the performance are few, but predictable. Familiarity is what breeds contentment and the audience really shows a casual indifference to material from Diamond's new album Tennessee Moon. Sure he can promote it - but did he really have to sing seven songs froma rather undistinguishes album? Equally, was it really necessary, when you have a 10-piece band, to introduce each member and give them a little solo? If Diamond really wants to be daring, and truly win the hearts of his fans, I'd recommend two possible changes. He could break the concert into two parts. In the first half he could perform Hot August Night in its entirety. Then he could return and perform it again. Alternatively, he could just sing every one of his hits twice. "That was cracklin' Rosie. Now, let's hear it again. Come everybody. Let's singalong." That's basically what his fans want. Why not indulge them."............

I think the review was a bit tough. I enjoyed many of his new Tennessee Moon songs and purchased the CD.

While I was in Surfers Paradise, Queensland several days after the Sydney group of concerts, Diamond appeared in Brisbane, Queensland and the "Gold Coast Weekend Bulletin" wrote..........."A new album and world tour has put pop legend Neil Diamond firmly back in the music spotlight. Stunning performances at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre have shown he still has what it takes to remain at the top of the world entertainment tree."..........

I will endeavour to get the Auckland New Zealand review after the 27/28 April concerts
Regards.....Tom Penrose

Diamond News 4/14/96

Heres the set list Neil has been performing in Australia, contributed by Ron Isaac:

From: Ron Isaac
Subject: Melbourne concert songs: April '96

The concerts (one more for me to attend tomorrow night) were the best "feel good experiences" I've had for many a year. Once home I was unable to sleep. I sat up and played T. Moon and other albums. I'm on holidays and was able to sleep in the next day :-)

The order of songs at the Neil Diamond concert Tuesday, April 9th and 11th 1996, at Flinders Park Melbourne Australia. Two hours of N. D. Yeah!

  • Matter of Love

  • Hello Again. (ND commented about first coming to Melbourne 20 years ago for our Moomba Festival.)

  • Can Anybody Hear Me.

  • Solitary Man.

  • Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon.

  • Cherry Cherry.

  • Play me. (Many screams of anticipated joy throughout the song from the "Ladies" in the audience.)

  • Love on the Rocks. [ On Thursday April 11th he included "Beautiful Noise" here. ]

  • Jungletime.

  • Brooklyn Roads.

  • Tennessee Moon.

  • Talking Optimist Blues. (Good Day Today)

  • One Good Love.

  • No Limit.

  • Everybody.

  • Marry Me. (Introduced by Neil with these words: "Song writers are strange people: When we are sad, we write about being happy. When we are happy we write about being sad. When we are married we write about being divorced and when we are divorced - pause - we write about being married.)
    Some woman called out "I'll Marry You Neil." Great laughter from the Band, ND and the audience.
     

  • Forever in Blue Jeans. (Most of audience up and dancing, etc. They kept standing after it finished and ND repeated the last chorus again.)

  • Introduced all Band Members whilst they played a solo each amidst what turned out to be The Last Picasso.

  • Song Sung Blue.

  • Soolaimon.

  • Shilo.

  • You Don't Bring Me Flowers. (Duet with Linda Press. The KISS at the song's conclusion was in fading darkness.) Audience applauded for a LONG time after this gem.

  • Holly Holy.

  • I am ... I said.

  • America. (Showing the Australian flag together with the U.S.of A. flag, both lowered from above the stage for the last chorus of the song.)
    -> Concert conclusion ;-) Standing ovation and bulk applause and chanting of MORE MORE MORE ... brought him back and he finished the unforgetable show with:

  • Sweet Caroline. (Audience up and dancing, waving arms etc for the remainder of the show.)

  • Cracklin' Rosie.

  • Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show.

Keep smilen
Ron Isaac
 

Diamond News 3/28/96

A news item appeared in Wellington , New Zealand newspaper this morning 28 March, from AAP quote......'American singer Neil Diamond presented with a host of gold and platinum records by his record company in Sydney yesterday, said he "felt like an Aussie at the Academy Awards.' More than 24 years since the record-breaking Hot August Night album, Diamond admits to being constantly amazed by his Australian successes. He has proved his penchant for Australia by launching his Tennessee Moon world tour in what is his biggest per capita market in the world. According to tour promoters Paul Dainty, a staggering one-in-three Australian households own a copy of Hot August Night, the singer's most successful record to date. 'I never expected anything like this [success in Australia] anywhere in the world,' Diamond said yesterday. 'Australia's been a lucky place for us.

Australia is often first to push a new Diamond recording to top chart positions. Yesterday, Sony Music officials presented Diamond with 17 gold and platinum recording awards at a news conference. Diamond said he was pleased that yesterday's Oscar successes had put the spotlight firmly on Australia. "The focus of the world is down here as far as films are concerned, music is concerned. There's all kinds of new groups coming out, so don't be surprised if Australia becomes the focus of everybody else in the world.' Diamond drew up to Sydney's Opera House in a black cadillac flanked by 10 Harley Davidson-riding motor cyclists to charm a 60 strong press corps. His fan club was also out in droves on the steps of the Sydney Opera House forecourt to photograph and try to talk to their hero. Diamond said there was still immense pressure to live up to the phenomally successful Hot August Night world tour and album. But he tried not to worry about it 'and beyond that I keep my eye on the exits during the show and hope for the best.'......... --by Tom Penrose Back to Diamond Home Page


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