Sunday, June 17, 2012

He's Still Got It

At the age of 71, Neil Diamond is back and as entertaining as ever. The iconic singer and songwriter has made music since the 1960s, penning and recording more than one hundred songs. Scan a list of Neil Diamond songs and you may be surprised to find that you've been a fan of his for years without knowing it - he's written for artists as diverse as Barbra Streisand, The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, UB40, Smash Mouth and Lulu. A music legend who has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Diamond continues to receive recognition for his life-long work, most recently in a tribute as part of the “Kennedy Center Honors” series.

Close on the heels of his third marriage to co-manager Katie McNeil this April, Neil Diamond Concert Tickets went on sale and people began clamoring to get in on his comeback tour. Diamond will hit 29 cities in the United States and Canada, finishing up on September 1 in Las Vegas. The tour will include an August stop at the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angeles in celebration and recognition of the 40thanniversary of his album, Hot Summer Night. His Tampa concert has already drawn rave reviews, invigorating a crowd of 12,000 fans.

Although he has four children and seven grandchildren, Diamond seems almost ageless. Both the young and old have memories in which songs of his play a part. From the angst of the Solitary Man to the patriotism of America or the sing-along fun of Sweet Caroline, Diamond's songs help us laugh and cry to this day. Even now, who can forget the stunned applause when the Grammy Awards show came back from a commercial to an unannounced performance by Diamond and Barbara Streisand singing You Don’t Bring Me Flowers in duet?

What can fans with Neil Diamond tickets for the summer tour expect? Hit after hit, of course, from Diamond and his well-polished band. They pack over forty years of memories into one emotion-driven show. With a stage that extends right out into the audience, Diamond reaches out and pulls the crowd in. It is sure to be a crowd-pleasing night.

With over 115 million records sold worldwide and eight number one singles, Diamond still has fans of all ages and from every background. It is hard to believe that a man who once studied medicine on a fencing scholarship at New York University would eventually become one of the most successful contemporary artists in Billboard chart history.

How has the music of Neil Diamond touched your life? Share a comment below or pass this article on to your friends and ask them which Neil Diamond song they would like to hear live in concert.

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