Thank You Australia

More than a quarter-million people saw Diamond perform in 14 concerts, capped by his farewell performance outdoors at the Sydney Sports Ground, which was televised live in its entirety throughout the country. Approximately one out of four people (4 million) saw the concert on television and 38,000 saw it live. FOND News Release – July 1976

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Sound System

Neil paid $75,000 out of his own pocket to install a special sound and light system at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts to enhance his performances there. Detroit Free Press – June 6, 1976

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Attendance Record

Neil Diamond fractured all attendance records at Western Springs, New Zealand where Billy Graham had called up admission figures of 34,000; where 33,000 had turned out to see Elton John — and where 12,000 was recorded for John Denver’s performance. No telling how many Diamond could have drawn — if police hadn’t started turning ’em away when the turnout reached 36,000! Wisconsin State Journal – February 21, 1976

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Standing Room Only

Neil Diamond could have sold standing room only behind the stage and still they’d have paid $15 a head to see him in Brisbane. Instead he gave away 1200 tickets to handicapped and underprivileged groups who watched his three Brisbane concerts from side stalls at Festival Hall. The Australian – February 21, 1976

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Transportation Of Fans

Neil Diamond hired 27 buses to come by after one of his concerts in Sydney and take people from the auditorium back to the center of town. It seems that on that particular night, public transportation stopped at 9 p.m. But Diamond got his non-driving audience back to town. Detroit Free Press – February 19, 1976

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Translation of “Missa”

We come to meet him in (this place/His House). Our delight (in what we see) words cannot express.(Yet) how can we avoid speaking (of that which we now see)?We are (driven/compelled/forced) to sing and dance with instruments and fragrant wood (incense). (for the) glory of Christ, the (infant) son. Source: Zwahili to English Translator from the Ireland Library at the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul. Translated by Fr….

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Pre-Music Jobs

His pre-music jobs ranged from “delivery boy to delivery boy” until someone saw that glimmer and hired him to write songs for $30 or $40 a week. Teen Set – April 1967

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