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Diamond proves years don’t diminish shine
By The StarPhoenix, The StarPhoenixMay 1, 2015
 
 
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Photograph by: Richard Marjan, The StarPhoenix

Heather Persson

 

Is it weird that a Neil Diamond concert prompted the humming of a Guy Lombardo tune?

 

“Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.”

 

If anyone deserves to rest on his laurels it is Diamond, who with 125 million records sold is one of the top-selling artists of all time. Instead, the 74-year-old works the stage like a man with no time to waste.

 

Diamond is the living embodiment of such expressions as “just be yourself” and “do what you love.” Such clichés are corny, but still true. Similarly, Diamond’s music is sentimental, but still manages to honestly entertain with real emotion.

 

The Guy Lombardo jingle was only a temporary mental fixture. It’s Later Than You Think is no match for catchy tunes of the calibre of Cracklin’ Rosie, I’m a Believer, Cherry Cherry and Forever in Blue Jeans.

 

Of course, Sweet Caroline is one of the biggest and best earworms of all time.

 

He wasn’t afraid to stray from his catalogue of hits, playing a couple tunes from his new album Melody Road and a strong cover of Red, Red Wine.

 

Saskatchewan’s own Joni Mitchell was honoured as she “is in the fight of her life.” Diamond did a tender rendition of Both Sides Now that was a highlight of the night.

 

Backed by a stellar 13-piece band, Diamond stages a show that doesn’t scrimp on glitz as it showcases his talent and experience.

He looks fit and energetic and his voice is strong. And fans will be thrilled if he returns again soon.

 

Going to Neil Diamond means not just hearing him and his band, but also the members audience who join in. And it’s not just “bah bah BAH” in the chorus of Sweet Caroline. This is really part of the fun.

 

Watching this seasoned performer strut and work the SaskTel Centre stage Thursday night in front of a full arena, the overwhelming impression is that this is a man who does not take life — or his fans — for granted.

 

Link: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/entertainment/Diamond+proves+years+diminish+shine/11018837/story.html

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Diamond proves years don’t diminish shine
By The StarPhoenix, The StarPhoenixMay 1, 2015
 
 
11018838.jpg
Photograph by: Richard Marjan, The StarPhoenix

Heather Persson

 

Is it weird that a Neil Diamond concert prompted the humming of a Guy Lombardo tune?

 

“Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.”

 

If anyone deserves to rest on his laurels it is Diamond, who with 125 million records sold is one of the top-selling artists of all time. Instead, the 74-year-old works the stage like a man with no time to waste.

 

Diamond is the living embodiment of such expressions as “just be yourself” and “do what you love.” Such clichés are corny, but still true. Similarly, Diamond’s music is sentimental, but still manages to honestly entertain with real emotion.

 

The Guy Lombardo jingle was only a temporary mental fixture. It’s Later Than You Think is no match for catchy tunes of the calibre of Cracklin’ Rosie, I’m a Believer, Cherry Cherry and Forever in Blue Jeans.

 

Of course, Sweet Caroline is one of the biggest and best earworms of all time.

 

He wasn’t afraid to stray from his catalogue of hits, playing a couple tunes from his new album Melody Road and a strong cover of Red, Red Wine.

 

Saskatchewan’s own Joni Mitchell was honoured as she “is in the fight of her life.” Diamond did a tender rendition of Both Sides Now that was a highlight of the night.

 

Backed by a stellar 13-piece band, Diamond stages a show that doesn’t scrimp on glitz as it showcases his talent and experience.

He looks fit and energetic and his voice is strong. And fans will be thrilled if he returns again soon.

 

Going to Neil Diamond means not just hearing him and his band, but also the members audience who join in. And it’s not just “bah bah BAH” in the chorus of Sweet Caroline. This is really part of the fun.

 

Watching this seasoned performer strut and work the SaskTel Centre stage Thursday night in front of a full arena, the overwhelming impression is that this is a man who does not take life — or his fans — for granted.

 

Link: http://www.thestarphoenix.com/entertainment/Diamond+proves+years+diminish+shine/11018837/story.html

 

 

 

Great article Melissa, thanks and have a nice weekend!!!

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