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  1. New 2018 date

    Neil Diamond To Headline 2018 Mission Estate Concert! Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 8:37 am Press Release: Mission Estate Winery The Mission Estate Concert announces that musical icon, Grammy Award® winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, Neil Diamond, will perform at the 2018 concert on Saturday, 17 March 2018. The Mission Concert is part of Neil Diamond’s world tour celebrating his incomparable 50-year career and hits spanning decades such as Cherry Cherry, Holly Holy, Cracklin’ Rosie, Song Sung Blue, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Solitary Man, Sweet Caroline, Love on the Rocks, Desiree and Shilo. The Exclusive Mission Concert Club Box Office opens at 9am Friday 27 October www.missionconcert.co.nz. If you are not a member or have changed your email address since the last concert, simply go to www.missionconcert.co.nz and update your details. Registration is free and members will be kept posted with all the latest event news. For Concert Club members who will not have direct internet access on Friday morning you will receive, via email, a special code that can be used to purchase tickets at any Ticketek Outlet also from 9am Friday 27 October. All remaining tickets will be available to the general public at 9am on Saturday, 28 October via Ticketek and the Mission Concert website. More: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1710/S00434/neil-diamond-to-headline-2018-mission-estate-concert.htm
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  4. Neil Diamond grosses $1.2M from concert at Philips Arena in Atlanta Thousands of Neil Diamond lovers in Atlanta must have wanted to tell the singer/songwriter "Hello Again" during his most recent show in the Peach State. The Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee performed at Philips Arena in Atlanta April 30 in front of 12,235 fans (13,197 tickets were allotted). The show, which was promoted by Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Live Nation Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: LYV), had $1,207,288 in gross sales, according to data recently compiled by Billboard. More here: http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2017/05/09/neil-diamond-grosses-1-2m-from-concert-at-philips.html
  5. On his golden anniversary tour, Neil Diamond still shines Call it a golden anniversary for a diamond. Neil Diamond, that is, who is celebrating 50 years as a hit recording artist with a world tour that stopped Wednesday at Scottrade Center. Musing on the five decades gone by, Diamond told the crowd, “I was 7 years old when I started.” He was joking, but he wasn’t off by much. Diamond, 76, started writing songs as a teenager and by the mid-‘60s was working in the famed Brill Building, cranking out tunes for various pop stars of the day. “Solitary Man,” his debut single as a recording artist in his own right, was released in 1966. Diamond’s two-hour Scottrade show was packed with hits and was deeply nostalgic for fans and the artist as well. He talked and sang about his Brooklyn beginnings, recalling his home turf’s tough neighborhoods in “Jungletime” and showed old home movies (on a diamond-shaped video screen, no less) during “Brooklyn Roads.” The hits were the concert’s main draw, of course, and Diamond delivered them in bunches, starting off with “Cherry Cherry” and moving quickly into slower, romantic fare including “September Morn” and “Longfellow Serenade.” Introducing “Play Me,” he said: “It’s not easy for a man to come up here and make himself vulnerable. We’re supposed to be tough and able to handle it all — doing everything that’s demanded of a man, except being vulnerable in front of 12,614 people.” If Diamond felt at all exposed — which seems unlikely — the crowd backed him up by singing along with the song’s chorus. There were plenty of other opportunities to sing along, among them “Song Sung Blue,” “I’m a Believer” (initially a hit for the Monkees and revived decades later for the “Shrek” soundtrack) and “Forever in Blue Jeans.” Diamond was backed by two singers and an 11-piece band that was rock-solid and unobtrusive, though the players knew when to shine, such as Larry Klimas’ saxophone solo, which stood in for Barbra Streisand’s vocal on “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.” Diamond moved slowly and somewhat stiffly as he played to all sides of the stage, but his voice was strong — low and gravelly when he spoke/sang some lyrics but soaring when it needed to. The set included a moody, brooding take on “Solitary Man,” an upbeat, rhythm-heavy “Sooliamon,” and a medley from “Jonathan Livingston Seagull.” Diamond closed with a handful of songs he noted had appeared on his epochal live album “Hot August Night”: “Done Too Soon” (its relentless recitation of historical figures’ names an obvious precursor — and better alternative — to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire”), “Holly Holy” and “I Am … I Said.” The four-song encore kept the crowd on its feet with the requisite singalong “Sweet Caroline,” plus “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “America” and a revival-tent-raising “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” which included a plea for everyone — “black and white, rich and poor, gay and straight, great and small/We are God’s children all,” Diamond preached — sending the crowd back into the street with both a message of inclusiveness and no shortage of familiar tunes running through their heads. Set list “Cherry, Cherry” “You Got to Me” “September Morn” “Longfellow Serenade” “Love on the Rocks” “Play Me” “Beautiful Noise” “Jungletime” “If You Know What I Mean” “Song Sung Blue” “Forever in Blue Jeans” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” “Solitary Man” “I’m a Believer” “Brooklyn Roads” “Pretty Amazing Grace” “Be”/“Lonely Looking Sky”/“Skybird” “Jazz Time” “Soolaimon” “Done Too Soon” “Holly Holy” “I Am … I Said” Encore “Sweet Caroline” “Cracklin’ Rosie” “America” “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” Link: http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/music/reviews/on-his-golden-anniversary-tour-neil-diamond-still-shines/article_ad73552d-5bd7-5c1f-a3ba-de9df672c457.html There are great photos at the link as well.
  6. Neil Diamond shows his age on the opening night of 50th anniversary tour – and it’s a great thing If Neil Diamond suffers from anything, it’s a catalog that is far too extensive to fit into a single one-night concert, even one that runs 25 songs and pushes two hours. It’s not that his 50th Anniversary tour kick off (which played to a full, if not quite capacity crowd at Fresno’s Save Mart Center) wasn’t filled with hits. The set opened with “Cherry, Cherry” and “I’m a Believer” and ended with “Cracklin’ Rosie” and “America” and “Brother Love’s Travelling Salvation Show.” He played “Song Sung Blue” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” and an extra-extended sing-along version of “Sweet Caroline” (because, of course). But for those like myself, who grew up on (if not with) Diamond’s music, there was plenty that got left out. “Shilo,” for one, and “Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon,” and “Thank the Lord for the Nighttime,” “Red, Red Wine.” You get the idea. Of course, these are the thoughts you heading back out to the car after the show. While he is on stage, Diamond is captivating, playing both side of the arena with a shuffle step and a smile and a gravely-voice “thank you” after every few songs. His movements are stiffer than they once were and while the voice is still unmistakably Neil Diamond (on the stellar “September Morn” for example), it has changed. The songs have obviously been rearranged to accommodate the fact and the overall tempo of the show is slower than is might have been at Diamond’s 1970s heyday. That was totally obvious of the should-be rocker “Solitary Man.” At 76, Diamond shows his age. Judging from the multitude of voices (both men and women) professing their love for the singer throughout the evening, both the man and his music have aged well. More including the setlist here: http://www.fresnobee.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/fresno-beehive/article143511854.html Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/fresno-beehive/article143511854.html#storylink=cpy More Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/fresno-beehive/article143511854.html#storylink=cpy
  7. Neil Diamond Scores a Gem of an Estate in Magnificent Malibu Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond has purchased a Malibu estate for $7.25 million, says real estate gossip Yolanda of Yolanda's Little Black Book. Diamond bought the house just off Pacific Coast Highway through an LLC in November 2016. It appears Diamond scored a gem of a deal, because the sellers paid $8.15 million for the home in August 2010. Built in 1996, the house is filled with curved walls and sits on a large lot behind a privacy hedge. The five-bedroom, seven-bath home features spectacular ocean views, an open kitchen with granite counters and stainless-steel range, and a great room with vaulted ceiling. Outside there’s a stone patio, spa, and infinity pool. The house is part of Malibu’s Blue Whale Estates neighborhood, an oceanfront, gated community of just five homes. Diamond’s 4,692-square-feet property is the largest of the five. More here: http://www.realtor.com/news/celebrity-real-estate/neil-diamond-buys-malibu-estate/'
  8. It's beautiful. I think Neil needs someone to stay in this beautiful home when he isn't there just to make sure things are okay. I'll volunteer. LOL! I'll be the one to let someone know if a water line breaks. That could cause lots of damage, ya know.
  9. Neil Diamond will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first hit, "Solitary Man," with a career-spanning box set out March 31st. Neil Diamond 50 – The 50th Anniversary Collection will boast 50 tracks over three discs, as well as a booklet featuring new liner notes. Diamond helped pick the track list and oversaw the creation of the collection. Since Diamond released "Solitary Man" in 1966, he's notched an array of hits, including three Number Ones: "Cracklin' Rosie," "Song Sung Blue" and "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," the latter a collaboration with Barbra Streisand. His famed 1980 soundtrack for The Jazz Singer, in which he also starred, boasted three Top 10 tunes – "Love on the Rocks," "Hello Again" and "America" – while other Diamond songs such as "Cherry Cherry," "I Am … I Said" and "Sweet Caroline" have become staples in the American pop songbook. Along with Neil Diamond 50, Diamond will embark on a massive tour this April to celebrate his 50th anniversary. The trek begins April 7th at the SaveMart Center in Fresno, California and wraps with a two-night stand at the Forum in Los Angeles, August 10th and 12th. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Diamond teased the tour, saying, "I want to create a list of songs that I haven't done before. 'If You Go Away' is as definite candidate. 'Suzanne' is a definite candidate. I have a list, but I want to keep some of them surprises. There will be a bunch of additions to the set list. Hopefully they'll be accepted by people. If they are, we'll keep doing them." Diamond began his career as a Brill Building songwriter and penned songs for artists like Jay and the Americans and the Monkees (among his credits are "I'm a Believer" and "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You"). Over the course of his solo career, his music would be covered by numerous musicians including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash and UB40, who famously turned his 1968 song "Red Red Wine" into a Number One in 1983. Link: https://www.yahoo.com/music/neil-diamond-preps-50th-anniversary-151048374.html
  10. Neil Diamond Talks 50th Anniversary Tour, New Christmas LP It's been a weird couple of days for Neil Diamond. Two nights before speaking with Rolling Stone, he teamed up with Jimmy Fallon to take on Natalie Portman and J.J. Abrams in a game of Password, but got completely crushed in a clip already viewed more than a million times. (Diamond didn't help his team much when Fallon's hints of "mamba" and "guacamole" elicited a response of "salad" and not the correct answer of "salsa.") Then the following night he performed a medley of Christmas songs from his new LP Acoustic Christmas in pelting rain during Rockefeller Center's Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. "It was a little pandemonious and slippery," he says. "I had fun once I got onstage and stopped worrying about falling off the stage." Right now, Diamond is warm, dry and ready to eat some lunch in the lobby restaurant of a luxury hotel on the Upper East Side. It's the sort of place that offers a three-course prix-fixe menu for $48, but Diamond can't find a single thing he wants and asks for the bar menu, ultimately just telling his wife/manager Katie McNeil, seated a nearby table, to just pick something she thinks he'll like. She goes with chicken noodle soup and a Caesar salad, but once it comes he notices the salad has anchovies, which he meticulously picks out one-by-one and places on a side plate during our interview. There's a lot to talk about. Not only is Acoustic Christmas the fourth Christmas album for a singer known as the "Jewish Elvis," but the 75-year-old just announced dates for a massive 50th anniversary tour in 2017. Diamond spoke with RS about what fans can expect from the tour, what compels him to spend so much time on the road at this point in his life, and his memories of performing at the Last Waltz, which took place just over 40 years ago. More: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/neil-diamond-talks-50th-anniversary-tour-new-christmas-lp-w453713 I'm only posting the 1st three paragraphs. I'd love to know what some of you think of the some of the possible set list songs. One song in particular thrills me, and would be worth the price of admission to see him sing it.
  11. I received an email from Linda's cousin saying that she passed away Thursday, November 24. Her cousin said she had been in the hospital for two weeks. Linda was an amazing, active member of this community and will be dearly missed. May you rest in peace, sweet lady.
  12. Live Nation Announces Neil Diamond's The 50 Year Anniversary World Tour LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Live Nation announced today that music icon, Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Member, Neil Diamond, will celebrate his unparalleled career spanning 50 years with a world tour. The 50 Year Anniversary World Tour, produced by Live Nation, will begin April 7 in Fresno, CA and will visit cities across North America including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Tampa and more as the incomparable artist performs songs from his iconic discography. North American tour dates are listed below. Europe and U.K. dates to be announced soon. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets for The 50 Year Anniversary World Tour before the general public beginning Monday, December 5 at 10:00 am through Thursday, December 8 at 10:00 pm. Tickets for The 50 Year Anniversary World Tour go on sale December 9 at www.livenation.com. "Neil Diamond is more than just a music icon. His singular artistry and talent has left an indelible mark on American culture and has helped shape the sound of popular music for five decades," says Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation Entertainment. "Live Nation is honored to be a part of bringing his 50 year anniversary tour to fans around the world." Throughout an illustrious and wide-ranging musical career, Neil Diamond has sold over 125 million albums worldwide and has charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums both in the U.S. and internationally. A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters. Diamond's many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations and 2009's NARAS's MusiCares Person of the Year award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture. NEIL DIAMOND – THE 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR All dates, cities and venues below subject to change. Friday, April 7, 2017 Fresno, CA SaveMart Center Sunday, April 9, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT Vivint Smart Home Arena Wednesday, April 12, 2017 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center Friday, April 14, 2017 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center Sunday, April 16, 2017 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Center Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena Friday, April 21, 2017 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center Sunday, April 23, 2017 Tampa, FL Amalie Arena Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center Friday, April 28, 2017 Charlotte, NC Spectrum Center Sunday, April 30, 2017 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena Tuesday, May 2, 2017 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center Sunday, May 21, 2017 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena Wednesday, May 24, 2017 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center Friday, May 26, 2017 Indianapolis, IN Banker's Life Fieldhouse Sunday, May 28, 2017 Chicago, IL United Center Tuesday, May 30, 2017 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena Friday, June 2, 2017 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills Sunday, June 4, 2017 Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Friday, June 9, 2017 Baltimore, MD Royal Farms Arena Sunday, June 11, 2017 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena Thursday, June 15, 2017 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Saturday, June 17, 2017 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center Thursday, June 22, 2017 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Friday, July 14, 2017 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena Sunday, July 16, 2017 Houston, TX Toyota Center Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center Friday, July 21, 2017 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Monday, July 24, 2017 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Seattle, WA Key Arena Friday, July 28, 2017 Portland, OR Moda Center Sunday, July 30, 2017 San Jose, CA SAP Center Wednesday, August 2, 2017 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center Friday, August 4, 2017 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena Tuesday, August 8, 2017 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center Thursday, August 10, 2017 Los Angeles, CA The Forum Saturday, August 12, 2017 Los Angeles, CA The Forum http://www.abc-7.com/story/33823513/live-nation-announces-neil-diamonds-the-50-year-anniversary-world-tour WooHoo!!!
  13. *****New Neil Diamond tour announced*****

    For everyone asking about tickets... I'll be trying the American Express presale as well since I let my fan club membership expire several years ago. Good luck everybody!!
  14. *****New Neil Diamond tour announced*****

    No, we don't sell tickets. I'm guessing they will be handled by Ticketmaster.
  15. Neil Diamond will release a new Christmas album featuring acoustic renditions of holiday classics alongside several original songs. Acoustic Christmas marks Diamond's latest Christmas album and finds him working with producers Don Was and Jacknife Lee. The duo helmed Diamond's 2014 album Melody Road and stayed after those sessions ended when the idea to make a new Christmas album arose. Channeling the intimate atmosphere of Sixties folk, Diamond recorded Acoustic Christmas with a handful of musicians, sitting around a circle of microphones, wires and, of course, Christmas lights. The album features renditions of "O Holy Night," "Silent Night" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," while Diamond's original contributions include "Christmas Prayers" and parts of a closing Christmas medley. The Target version of the CD will feature two additional songs, including another Diamond original, "#1 Christmas Record." "One need look no further than Neil's earliest hits to know that something special happens when you set his voice in the middle of a few acoustic guitars: the vibrant expression that lives in the nuances of Neil's singing moves to the forefront and creates a profoundly intimate experience," Was said in a statement. "The vibe in the studio seems inspired by the folk scene of Neil’s early years in Greenwich Village." "He's got such a warm voice like gravy or hot chocolate," added Lee. "The moments that worked so well during those sessions were when Neil sat with us and played the songs on the sofa, with his acoustic guitar, and we'd all pick up instruments that were lying about and join in. It was like traditional holiday gathering, when small family groups would sing together at home." Acoustic Christmas will arrive October 28th, with a vinyl version following on November 19th. The album is also available for pre-order. Acoustic Christmas Track List 1. "O Holy Night" 2. "Do You Hear What I Hear" 3. "Christmas Prayers" 4. "Hark the Herald Angels Singing" 5. "Mary's Boy Child" 6. "Silent Night" 7. "Go Tell It On the Mountain" 8. "Children Go Where I Send Thee" 9. "Christmas in Killarney" 10. The Christmas Medley — "It's Almost Day," "Make a Happy Song," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" Link: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-diamond-preps-folk-inspired-acoustic-christmas-album-w440091
  16. Wow! I thought it had been longer than that... I guess it has just been a long time since I have seen Neil.
  17. I'm wondering about a tour as well. How long has it been since the last one ended?
  18. Neil in NYC Last Week!!!!

    Love those, especially the first one.
  19. I've lost two dogs in the last 8-9 months, and the last one devastated me. I didn't post about that here because my tears would probably have shorted out the keyboard. I started out with a pack of 5 that I moved across the country from Alabama to Michigan and then to Texas. We lost Sadie (who was only 7) in Texas to cancer and then Steinway (14 years old) and Scruffy (11 years old) here in Kentucky. I cried for 6-7 weeks solid and then decided to get a puppy. It took a couple of days, but the crying stopped and I finally started to smile again. This little guy has won my heart.
  20. I'm so sorry for your loss, Pat. Our four legged friends ARE family, and it is so painful to lose them.
  21. Thanks, Linda. He is such a sweetie.
  22. Auckland NZ Review with Photos

    Those photos were FANtastic! Thanks, Linda!
  23. Here ya go: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/neil-diamond-review-sweet-carolines-charismatic-crooner-still-shines-at-74-20151028-gkkest.html Just put the url in the text box.
  24. Neil Diamond credits his wife Katie with inspiring him to finish a new song five years in the making October 17, 2015 7:00am Kathy McCabeNational Music Writer IT took five years for Neil Diamond to write his latest fan favourite The Art Of Love. The simple acoustic ballad has struck a resounding chord with an audience already passionately in love with more than 50 songs from the vast catalogue of his five decade career. The 74-year-old music legend wouldn’t give up on the song because he had found love again, with manager Katie McNeil who he married in 2012. He has tinkered with the song over the years, rewriting it and recording it with producer guru Rick Rubin and finishing it with the equally revered studio heavyweights Don Was and Jacknife Lee. ... snip After being opened up to psychoanalysis by comedian Lenny Bruce, he spent four months writing the 1971 hit I Am ... I Said after his experiences with therapy. When asked if he has favourite composition, he defers to nominate his first Grammy winner as “my best song”, released a few months after he turned 30. “I remember the amount of time and work and love I put into it and I wrote it 45 years ago,” he says. “I am ... I Said started with the premise I was going to tell everybody who I am. I was too young, too superficial and my mind was into other things. Much more here: http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/neil-diamond-credits-his-wife-katie-with-inspiring-him-to-finish-a-new-song-five-years-in-the-making/story-fnic6ynx-1227571389965 It was great to see and hear our Neil in the video.
  25. Nice article. Neil does know how to please. I think the writer meant to say Neil did "Brother Love's Travelin Salvation Show" which did have a lot of hallelujahs in it.