Omaha, Nebraska - City Auditorium Arena

Jun 12, 1970

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  1. Omaha World-Herald

    June 13, 1970

    Diamond, Crowd Have A Warm Thing Going
    By Gerald Wade

    Neil Diamond, writer and singer of songs who comes across as a nice guy, entertained before 3,471 persons Friday night at the City Auditorium Arena.

    I uses one has to classify Diamond as a rock musician but his songs actually range from a spoof on country and western music called ‘The Only Rooster in the Henhouse” to “Brother Love,” a bit of gospel singing during which Diamond puts aside his guitar and becomes for the moment a backwoods preacher putting the love or fear of God in your heart.

    Most of the songs Diamond sings are his own, but he did a lovely version of “From Both Sides Now,” which isn’t his, backed beautifully as he was all evening by three musicians, Randy Sterling on bass, Carol Hunter on guitar and Eddie Rubin on drums.

    All through his performance, Diamond would sing and then talk with the audience, sing and then chat some more. He covered every topic from the fantasies and false illusions of youth to ecology and what’s happening to our drinking water.

    He and the crowd had a warm relationship in good working order within moments after the Brooklyn-born singer stepped before the microphones.

    Another “nice guy,” this one a girl named Bobbi Martin, entertained as the warm-up act before Diamond. (The rest of the article deals with Bobbi Martin and has been omitted.)



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