August 10, 1992 |
Neil Diamond's days as a hit-maker are years behind him, yet the love affair between the veteran singer-songwriter and his fans endures. Last night at the Spectrum - during the first of three sold-out performances - Diamond mined the hits and misses of his 26-year career. You have to hand it to Diamond. Perennially out-of-fashion and the butt of critical derision for two decades, he is nonetheless one of the few performers working today who can make an intense emotional connection with his fans.
January 4, 1992 |
Except for yellow lines, nothing in American life is more middle-of-the- road than the music of Neil Diamond. Maybe that's why he has endured for more than a quarter-century as a singing and songwriting star. VH-1, the cable channel offering more MOR (middle-of-the-road) music than any other number on your television dial, is as close to Diamond in style and spirit as Diamond is to Barry Manilow. So it's as natural as sunshine that VH- 1 will show a half-hour profile of Diamond titled Lovescape at 1:30 tomorrow afternoon.
February 7, 1989 |
Sounding like a casino lounge crooner trying to impress the hipsters in the crowd, Neil Diamond bounced into "Red Red Wine" early in his energetic two- hour set last night at the Spectrum. Though Diamond - scheduled to play to another Spectrum sellout tonight at 8 - wrote the song in the '60s as a simple rocker, he couldn't resist going reggae with it last night a la UB40, whose rendition topped the pop charts last year. Diamond's release never cracked the top 40. At this point in his career, the 48-year-old hit machine - who also delved into a Monkees-style "I'm a Believer" - doesn't need to resort to others' versions of his songs; he's done OK on his own. But no matter what he did last night, his fans adored him. Diamond, whose phrasing of vocal lines can turn an "Oh Yeah" into a dramatic presentation, held the attention of the predominantly late-30s-to-50s crowd.
May 18, 2011
Legendary singer and songwriter Neil Diamond will receive the 2011 Billboard Icon Award at this weekend's Billboard Music Awards. Diamond will also take to the stage and perform. The award, which honors the cultural impact of an artist whose extraordinary talent as a creator, writer, and entertainer has stood the test of time, will be presented at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Hosted by Ken Jeong, the awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday from 8-11 p.m. on 6ABC.
August 29, 2012 |
HOW TOUCHY can you get? When Penn State football fans hear the lyrics to the Neil Diamond song "Sweet Caroline" - "touching you, touching me" - they immediately think of Jerry Sandusky. Right? Well, they won't this season, because the song, which has a long history of being played at sporting events, including at Penn State football games, has been stricken from the repertoire. Heaven forbid that we use the term "banned. " "Although the lyrics were brought up and discussed, to say the song was 'banned' because of the lyrics would not be accurate," said Gregory J. Myford, associate administrator of business relations and communications at Penn State.
September 30, 1996 |
Rod Stewart, Anthony Newley and Kermit the Frog have little in common, but were all brought to mind by the Neil Diamond show at the CoreStates Center on Friday night. (A second show was performed Saturday.) Poor Neil had blown his voice out at some previous tour stop, and his lower register was little more than a croak. Yet he used the croak for about half the show: Part of some songs, such as "Beautiful Noise," and all of others, such as "Can Anybody Hear Me" from Diamond's new album, Tennessee Moon, were in the lower part of the scale.
June 20, 2012 |
Neil Diamond was breathing hard. The air inside the Wells Fargo Center on Monday night was fairly temperate, but the 71-year-old performer was working up a sweat making sure that even those in restricted-view seats got an eyeful. "I bet they told you these were front-row seats," he said, turning his back on the arena to face the people seated on the extreme right, almost behind the stage. But then, he allowed, it wouldn't take much for him to come back front and center, or indeed, to turn his attentions anywhere.
August 10, 1992 |
From brooding young man in bell-bottoms to smooth superstar in beaded shirts, it's been a long road for Neil Diamond. Over 25 years, his tunes have entered the pop lexicon: "Cherry Cherry," "Sweet Caroline," "I Am . . . I Said," "Song Sung Blue," "Cracklin' Rosie. " Now in the midst of a wildly successful 10-month world tour (he opened a sold-out three-night stand at the Spectrum yesterday), and with not one, but two retrospective double albums just out, he is a middle-of-the-road idol to millions.
December 7, 2011
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (11 p.m., COM) - Ralph Fiennes. Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Michael Moore; comic Sean Patton. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Jessica Biel; Tom Dreesen; The Black Keys perform. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m. NBC10) - Lea Michele; Adam Carolla; Neil Diamond performs.
April 23, 1986 |
Tickets for last night's Neil Diamond show at the Spectrum sold out quickly a few months ago. Due to popular demand, as they say, even the seats behind the stage were sold to eager fans. Since so many people were paying good money to see the back of Diamond's lionine head, I thought the least I could do was forsake my press-box seat to watch Diamond from a less-comfy position. I settled into a rare empty seat in the highest tier behind the stage. Next to me was a young couple fairly wriggling with anticipation.