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Neil Diamond's first album for Capitol Records, Melody Road, has met with approval from his co-producers and label executives, but he has a final hurdle: his mother.
Los Angeles, CA (November 22, 2011) - Rock and Pop Icon Neil Diamond, a 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree, will take his greatest hits on the road on a much-anticipated North American tour kicking off in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on June 1st and closing in Las Vegas on September 1st. The 2012 tour will feature all of Neil Diamond's classic favorites. The majority of markets will be on sale to the public beginning at 10:00AM on Monday, December 5th and all Canadian dates will be on sale on Monday, December 12th at 10:00AM (see below for routing and on-sale info). Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster.com, LiveNation.com, NeilDiamond.com and local box offices.
The 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, announced Wednesday, salutes four architects of music — from the improvisational saxophone of Sonny Rollins to the Broadway warmth of Barbara Cook, the tender cello of Yo-Yo Ma and the pulsing anthems of Neil Diamond.
The center has also selected actor Meryl Streep, who has sung in a few movies but is much better known for her flawless interpretations of characters over the past 30 years.
When the letters from the Kennedy Center arrive, even artists who have been in the spotlight for decades are a little taken aback. “I couldn’t believe it but it actually said I was chosen as one of the Kennedy Center Honorees,” said Diamond in a phone interview. “And it told me to keep my mouth shut.” Now Diamond, 70, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., can tell his mother, who is in her 90s and attends most of his concerts.
NEIL Diamond is celebrating a milestone birthday today!
The legendary singer/songwriter — famed for penning many of the pop anthems of the last century — turns 70 on Monday, January 24 2011.
The celebration comes as Diamond prepares to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March and caps 50 years in showbusiness.
Sweet Caroline and Holly Holy, NEIL DIAMOND is 70!
The veteran singer/songwriter, who penned many of the pop anthems of the last century, celebrates a big birthday on Monday (24Jan11).
The celebration comes as Diamond prepares to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March (11) and caps 50 years in showbusiness.
To mark the crooner's birthday, WENN trawled through his history to find 10 fascinating facts about the man who was The Jazz Singer!
I think it's great. I'm happy that that they recognized me and my work. Any club that has Chuck Berry and Little Richard and The Everly Brothers is a club that I want to be a part of.
You're going to be in Australia on March 14th, the night of the induction ceremony. Are you going to fly into New York for the ceremony?
Yeah. They are working on the details and moving the dates. I'll get in somehow. I'm very hopeful because I don't want to miss this.
Being at a Neil Diamond concert is an experience any fan won’t easily forget. From the moment you enter the arena with the excitement building to the moment the band takes the stage you can feel the electricity in the air. When Neil sings the first note, the entire arena erupts like a volcano that has been building and waiting for a release for years. As the consummate performer, Neil Diamond plays his audience like an instrument that has been finely tuned and made just for him. He creates the perfect atmosphere of a romantic night with a new lover playing his audience gently, sweetly, and moving slowly. Then, at just the right time he takes us to a climax bringing us with him on each beat of his music and dance that was meant for only this night.
"The concert experience is also very much like making love. There's that interplay which requires an openness to begin with, there's the interplay during the actual act of lovemaking, there's built-in excitement and intensity which only increases, the feeling of love and warmth and excitement.
"The concert performance does reach a climax at some point, so I think the act of love is a good comparison."
Sun Telegraph - March 1977
The human voice is the most important instrument at our disposal, yet it is one of the most difficult to understand or define.
You either hear it, or you don't. It either moves you, or it leaves you cold...it is more than just a sound...it is the soul itself.
Neil Diamond, 1974.
From an interview here.
Only a true musical icon can be parodied on Saturday Night Live by Will Ferrell and have an episode of American Idol devoted to his songs. Now Neil Diamond, recently nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has a new disc, Dreams, on which he covers modern standards from the ’60s and ’70s like “Yesterday” and “ Desperado.” “Those songs left an indelible impression on me,” he says. “I always wished I’d written them.” Despite the accolades and decades of musical success, the 69-year-old Diamond remains a proudly solitary man, as David Browne learned during a conversation shortly after the midterm elections.
PARADE What did you make of the election results?
It’s going to be a battle for the president. I don’t like that. I’d like him to be able to continue doing what he promised.
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Published Date: 12 November 2010
By Craig McLean
A songwriter whose work has been covered by everyone from Elvis to Glee, now Neil Diamond is releasing an album of songs that inspired him
NEIL Diamond, 70 next January, is talking about a life on the road. There were the 1960s, when he toured America with The Who. The 70s, when he was an arena-filling phenomenon across the US. The 80s, when British royalty came calling.
"I had done a concert for the Prince's Trust in Birmingham," he recalls. "And Prince Charles and Lady Diana flew up in a helicopter to be at the festivities. And I met Diana there – she was pregnant with Harry at that time. Then I came to play in London a number of times after that and she'd come to the show. So we kinda knew each other a little bit."
Then, in 1985, the royal couple were on an official visit to the United States. There was a presidential ball at Ronald Reagan's White House, "and I was invited out of the blue, by Diana. And I was flattered and of course I went." He chuckles his bassy chuckle. "It was an amazing night. And after dinner there was dancing and she came over to me and said, 'Is it proper for a lady to ask a gentleman to dance in the United States?' And I said, 'Absolutely! Of course!' My knees were knocking and we both danced. It was one of the most memorable moments of my life."
The moments have kept on coming. Last month Diamond was in the UK again, performing at the closing night of the Electric Proms in London. The concert forms the centrepiece of an evening of TV devoted to the songwriting and performing legend on BBC2 this Saturday evening.
Two years ago he was at Hampden, belting them out in the pouring rain. "Them" being Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue, I'm A Believer, America, Cracklin' Rosie, You Don't Bring Me Flowers – songs that taught the world to sing. Next year he'll be back on tour.
And not just because, typically, Diamond's tours still rake it in: profits-wise, he was the most successful touring artist in the United States across the 1990s.
He has millions of fans around the world, but iconic singer-songwriter Neil Diamond tells Charlotte Heathcote his success has mean sacrificing relationships in order to write great songs.
You don’t get to be the third biggest recording artist in history without making some sacrifices along the way.
In the case of Neil Diamond, that sacrifice has been his personal life. His greatest love has been his career, his dedication to writing
classic hit songs like Sweet Caroline, I Am... I Said and You Don’t
Bring Me Flowers, then tirelessly touring them.
Every tour has its different touches, but there are certain things that it is reasonable to expect from the Neil Diamond package. A forest of chest hair, a coating of sequins, and a few poignant words from the star on his failure to find love. Here's Neil in the runup to his celebrated Living Legends appearance at Glastonbury in 2008: "Personal relationships? I have none. I have no friends, and it is just impossible to have relationships. My closest friend is a fellow I went to school with, and I haven't seen him in four years. I make this journey, for the most part, alone."
For all that, it has been an undeniably productive journey - half a century on the road, and 125 million albums sold. Songs such as Sweet Caroline and It's a Beautiful Noise, which have become pop classics of our time. The fans draw comfort from the thought that if Neil, 70, had a cosy home to return to, he'd be less inclined to leave it for the stage; and critics have long made a link between the solitariness of his nature and the faintly morbid material he writes.
But last month came news that he is getting married. Again. This time to Katie McNeil, a 40-year-old Californian video producer whom he met two years ago while making a concert documentary. In keeping with current fashion, he made the announcement on Twitter, posting a photograph of the pair and a caption that read: "I'd like you to meet Katie. I'm lovestruck."
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