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Live Nation is honoured to announce – on his birthday – that musical icon, Grammy award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member, Neil Diamond will be extending his 50th anniversary tour to the UK and Europe in 2017. Celebrating his unparalleled career, the tour will begin in Zurich on September 13thbefore coming to the UK in October for six stunning arena dates. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, January 27th and are available on www.livenation.co.uk   “Neil Diamond is more than just a music icon. His singular artistry and talent has left an indel...

Last show of '08-'09 Tour-- it's been a blast and a half. Sorry to close up shop, but I've got some songs to write 4:22 PM Jan 8th

Diamond enjoys view from top of the charts July 25, 2008 Recommend (4) BY MIRIAM DI NUNZIO mdinunzio@suntimes.com Some 40 years into his recording career, singer-songwriter, Grammy winner and Golden Globe winner Neil Diamond finally snagged that which has eluded him: A No. 1 album on the Billboard charts. Seems hard to believe considering the treasure trove of pop hits ("Solitary Man," "Sweet Caroline," "Cracklin' Rosie," "Cherry Cherry") he's amassed over the years. But that's what happened in May when his new album, "Home Before Dark," debuted atop the Billboard 200. Partnered once again with producer Rick Rubin, who helm...

Neil Diamond's passion for song still growing The music legend performs on the plaza in advance of new album, tour Video Neil Diamond dishes about 'Idol' May 2: TODAY anchor Meredith Vieira speaks with the entertainer about 'American Idol' and his new CD before performs 'Pretty Amazing Grace.' Today Summer Concerts Slide show TODAY Concert Series The heat is on! Check out photos of Marc Anthony to Chicago just some of the latest stars that have performed on TODAY Video Neil Diamond sings 'America' May 2: TODAY's Toyota Summer Concert Series 2008 welcomes Neil Diamond, who rocks the plaza with one...

After 40 years Neil Diamond is still shining Over his long career the singer has become very popular with college kids Kathy Willens / AP Diamond will appear on TODAY on May 2, performing songs from his new album, “Home Before Dark,” which is due out four days later. It is Diamond’s second album. By Catlin Johnson TODAYShow.com contributor updated 1 hour ago In 1996 I attended a Neil Diamond concert at the Fleet Center in Boston. I was going through my teenage hippie phase at the time, so perhaps I thought Neil was cool because my favorite jam band Phish did an awesome cover of "Cracklin' Rosie." Whatever my inspiration, I kne...

HISTORIC CONTRACT UNITES DIAMOND'S ENTIRE COLUMBIA RECORDS CATALOGUE WITH HIS UNI/MCA AND BANG MASTERS FROM THE 1960s AND 1970s (Toronto, ON - 21 January 2014) - Neil Diamond, one of the world's premier recording artists, internationally renowned and record-breaking concert performer and revered songwriter has signed a long-term recording agreement with Capitol Records. The deal was announced today by Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett. This historic contract unites Diamond's complete Columbia, Universal Music and Bang catalogues of recorded music for the first time, encompassing the artist's entire body of work, ...

Billboard has learned Capitol Music Group will announce it has signed legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond to its Capitol Records label. The deal will mark the first time Diamond?s entire catalog has been under one label. The new deal is Diamond's second go-round at Universal, of which Capitol is a subsdiary, and where he was signed from the late-60s to the early-70s to its MCA label. Diamond, up until this deal, had been signed since the early-70s to Columbia and before that recorded for Bang Records from 1966-68, which was then under the Atlantic umbrella. Now, his entire back catalog will be housed under one label. Capitol Music ...

At 71, singer/songwriter Neil Diamond could easily settle into retirement. In his five-decade career he has sold 125 million records and had 39 Top 40 hit songs. But Diamond is not ready to leave the limelight yet. He is currently on a 31-city North American concert tour that will include a stop in Boston June 23 at TD Garden. Diamond has much to beam about, especially over the last two years. On April 21 he married for the third time, wedding his 41-year-old manager, Katie McNeil. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, and ended that year as a Kennedy Center honoree for lifetime achievement in the performing arts...

Neil Diamond and Stevie Wonder are among the many famous pop and rock artists remembering the late Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at the age of 82. Diamond issued a statement about the beloved television host and producer, pointing out that Clark "gave me my first chance to perform on national TV. It was 1966 and I did 'Cherry Cherry' on American Bandstand, which was the holy grail of television shows for any rock'n roll artist at that time." Diamond also recalled that Clark was responsible for his "first ever real multi-city tour." The singer/songwriter recalls that he played "32 cities in 28 days" on Clark's "Where the Action I...

Neil Diamond: the loves of a lifelong Mr Lonely The private life of hirsute superstar Neil Diamond is one of loss and longing. But now, at 70, he's 'lovestruck' and set to marry for the third time, says William Langley. Neil Diamond: soon to be married, for the third time, the 'Jewish Elvis' is seemingly marooned in Vegas mode ' 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 run-up to his celebrated ''Living Legends...

5 things Neil Diamond teaches us about giving presentations Whether you're a 'Brother Love' type of guy or a 'Sweet Caroline' kind of woman, here are lessons from the prolific singer/songwriter behind these tunes and others. By Brad Phillips | Posted: September 9, 2011 DataSource: The requested DataSource 5f4ce871-9abc-4ec7-89fd-43fb6c737f57 is not accessible. 3 inShare. I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the 1970s. Neil Diamond was the Jewish Elvis, the kid from the neighborhood who made it big, so I was indoctrinated early. The first cassette tape my parents ever owned was Neil Diamond's You Don't Bring Me Flowers. My mother ...

NEIL DIAMOND IS FOREVER Neil Diamond is set to wed his much younger girlfriend – and no she's not called Sweet Caroline Friday September 9,2011 By Anna Pukas Have your say(0) THE other day two young people of my acquaintance called Amy and Joel were pestering their father to change radio stations. They didn't want to listen to ''grandad radio'' (ie Radio 2), they said. Just as their father went to switch over, Sweet Caroline came on. ''No, don’t!'' they yelled and started dancing and singing along. How could this be? Amy and Joel are 13 and 11. Neil Diamond recorded Sweet Caroline in 1969 - 30 years before they ...

Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma, Sonny Rollins & Meryl Streep to Receive 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors America to Celebrate the Careers of Five Extraordinary Artists, Sunday, December 4, 2011 Gala will be broadcast on CBS on December 27, 2011 at 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the selection of the individuals who will receive the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors. Recipients to be honored at the 34th annual national celebration of the arts are: singer Barbara Cook, singer and songwriter Neil Diamond, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, saxophonist and composer Sonny Rollins, and actress Meryl S...

Neil Diamond welcomes me to his plush suite in the famous Dorchester Hotel in London, asks for quiet for our interview then mockingly rolls his eyes as his PA yaks on to the Sunday Mail photographer. "You can see my word carries a lot of weight around here," says the superstar with a smile. Neil is counting down to his show at Glasgow's Hampden Park on July 2 and he's planning to make it a real celebration. When the singer, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March, strolls on stage at the national stadium, it will mark 50 years since he signed his first record deal. Back then, he was one half of Neil And Ja...

Neil Diamond talks about residency rumors at Caesars Palace By Robin Leach Neil Diamond walks the red carpet at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 22, 2011. Photo: Glenn Pinkerton/Las Vegas News Bureau For a year now, rumors -- with some substantial sources involved -- have floated that superstar singer Neil Diamond was considering a short residency run at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace, joining current headliners Celine Dion, Sir Elton John and Rod Stewart. Last night on the red carpet for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena, where he closed the show with ''Sweet Caro...

Billboard Music Awards pack in the stars, yet surprise few Dan Steinberg/The Associated Press The Billboard Music Awards beamed a three-hour commercial for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority into millions of living rooms Sunday night. Presenters took the stage at the MGM Grand Garden dressed as Elvis, performers employed shimmying showgirls, and comedy bits were set in recognizable Venetian, Caesars Palace and Mandalay Bay attractions. The show capped a week of events that brought to town dozens of A-list musicians and fans from around the world who clamor to see them entering nightclubs. For all of the excite...

Neil Diamond Accepts Billboard Icon Award, Closes BBMAs with 'Sweet' Medley Neil Diamond Accepts Billboard Icon Award, Closes BBMAs with 'Sweet' Medley by Gary Graff, Detroit With spirited, audience singalong versions of "Sweet Caroline" and a choir-assisted "America," Neil Diamond closed the 2011 Billboard Music Awards Sunday night (May 22) by accepting his 2011 Billboard Icon Award. Seeming just as moved by but more coherent than his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in March, a leather-jacketed Diamond hushed the standing ovation from crowd at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Arena by saying, "I'm gonna get spoiled. ...

Neil Diamond uncut: The singer on dancing with Princess Diana and how he nearly played Travis Bickle By Lina Das 125 million records shifted (and two million more when you count next week's Mail on Sunday free Neil Diamond CD)...In his own words, how he's rocked all the way to 70 'The cardinal rule for any performer is that they should know themselves before they enter the spotlight, and I didn't. I was just Neil and I did what I was supposed to do,' said Neil Diamond. With a career spanning more than 50 years and record sales of over 125 million worldwide, at 70 Neil Diamond should be enjoying his retirement, but his songs have...

If Prince William has his way, the first song the band will strike up as he leads his bride on to the dance floor for the evening wedding party at Buckingham Palace will be Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline. It was a hit more than ten years before he was born, but has always been close to William?s heart. His mother was a huge Neil Diamond fan. She went to his shows, and even danced cheek-to-cheek with him at a White House reception after he sang to her. Shall we dance: Like his mother Prince William is a fan of Neil Diamond (right) and if he has his way, the song Sweet Caroline will be played for the first dance at his Buckingham Pala...

Hurricanes aren't normally on our radar in this area. We don't see the effects first hand but their impact travels far and wide. Buck Lake resident Joni Pitzel got wind of 2008's Hurricane Ike victims through the Internet. Pitzel is a huge Neil Diamond fan. Through a message board frequented by Diamond fans, Pitzel heard the renowned singer was raising funds for Oak Island, Texas. The former fishing village had suffered extreme devastation at the hands of the hurricane. Diamond had been on tour and Houston, Texas was on his schedule just after Hurricane Ike had been through. He was taken on a tour to Oak Island and happened upon a ch...

AS WITH hearing "here's the bass solo", the news that an artist is doing an album of covers is generally a sign that fans can take a break for a while, safe in the knowledge that this will be a space filler - probably good but not essential. So after Neil Diamond revived respect and his career with the albums 12 Songs and Home Before Dark, two compilations of intense and personal songs stripped back to bone and muscle, you'd be forgiven for abandoning expectations on seeing his latest album, Dreams, was a collection of songs by contemporaries such as Bill Withers, Lennon and McCartney, Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen. However, althoug...

Neil Diamond got his start as a Brill Building songwriter, writing "I'm A Believer" for the Monkees, among many other hits. His own career launched in 1966 with instant classics "Solitary Man" and "Cherry Cherry." By the early 1970s he was one of the most popular live acts on the road, a role he's maintained for the last four decades. Congratulations. What's your first reaction to the news? 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 t...

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 ...

Given his role as one of pop's most respected songwriters, Neil Diamond might be expected to fill a covers album with underappreciated obscurities by tunesmiths less highly regarded than he. Well, perhaps next time. On "Dreams," Diamond hunts bigger game, offering up stripped-down renditions of such pop-canonical evergreens as Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," the Beatles' "Yesterday" and the Eagles' "Desperado." He even tackles Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," which has been covered so many times in recent years that its opening arpeggios are beginning to sound as familiar as those in "Stairway to Heaven." Diamond's vocals are still strong ...

Mrs. Rose Diamond, a small, sprightly, smiley 92-year-old, asks if I'd like some corn on the cob. Her son, sitting next to her, wonders if I'm enjoying my hotdogs. Outside, the bottom of the garden is being pounded by the Malibu surf. This is an average Sunday afternoon at Neil Diamond's weekend retreat in one of California's loveliest neighbourhoods. Once you're past the imposing steel gate, the open-plan house isn't especially big or extravagant, but the frontage is spectacular. His beloved mother visits every Sunday, having moved from the East Coast to be near her son (his father died in 1985). Even if I hadn't grown up on his...

Reviewed by Ben Walsh Monday, 8 November 2010 "Girl if it lasts for an hour, that's all right/ We got all night/ To set the world right," hollers Neil Diamond, grinning. Uplifting sauciness doesn't get any finer than "Cracklin' Rosie" and the singer's Electric Proms rendition is almost as exquisite as his live performance on Hot August Night; a double album from 1972 which features on its cover a sweaty, wild-haired and denim-clad Diamond, his hand hanging perilously close to his crotch. Here, the 69-year-old New Yorker is sweat free, neatly trimmed and dressed in black. He keeps his hands above board – indeed they're reachi...

By Charlotte Heathcote Have your say(0) 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. The hard work has certainly paid off...

Critics know him as one of the most reflective and sombre artists in the business, a singer-songwriter with no lightness and very little sense of irony. But he's been packing out stadiums since the early 1970s, and his first tour to South Africa in April 2011 will be amongst the biggest the country has yet seen. What's Neil Diamond’s story? By KEVIN BLOOM. The full weight of Neil Diamond's seriousness was never more on display than it was in the 1980 remake of the Al Jolson classic, The Jazz Singer. The film, which originally had Jolson in black-face, and which in its 1927 incarnation heralded the ascendance of “talkies” and the d...

Iconic older singers do good business with covers and standards these days. There are a few different approaches. Rod Stewart is up to five volumes of his American Songbook series, which does standards (and sells many CDs) the straightforward way. If you're lucky enough to have heard Paul Anka's versions of "Jump" and "Eye of the Tiger," you'll be familiar with the mildly campy approach. And then there’s the surprising project that reinvigorated Johnny Cash's career — working with Rick Rubin on grave, minimal covers of songs like Nine Inch Nails' ''Hurt.'' That's the tactic that's come to be seen as the artistic approach, the credible one....

Neil Diamond is living the dream. "To write the music that I feel, and to be as honest as I possibly can be in that music, and to hopefully have people share the experience of that music -- that has always been my dream," explains the singer-songwriter, his instantly recognizable baritone rumbling down the line from his New York City home. "My dream is already being fulfilled and I'm going to take full advantage of it as long as I'm around." But for his latest album, the self-professed "Jewish Elvis" is taking advantage of a few other songwriters' output. The aptly titled Dreams is a collection of '60s and '70s covers, from classics ...

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq:SIRI - News) announced today that it will launch "Neil Diamond Radio," a seven-day long, commercial-free music channel featuring music, interviews and specials celebrating the release of Neil Diamond's new album, Dreams. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101014/NY82093LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20101014/NY82093LOGO) The limited-run channel will launch on Thursday, October 28 at 12:00 pm ET and will run until Wednesday, November 3 at 12:00 pm ET on SIRIUS channel 3 and XM channel 23. "Neil Diamond Radio" will feature music spanning the ic...

One Hall of Fame vote for Diamond By KEN HOFFMAN Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle Oct. 25, 2010, 4:58PM Share Del.icio.usDiggTwitterYahoo! BuzzFacebookStumbleUponEmail Close [X]Neil Diamond has been nominated — finally - for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here is the only reason that he may not get in. As my friend the former heavyweight boxer Lou Savarese likes to say, "true story." One day a few years ago, I was sitting at my desk, and, against my better judgment, asked the rock critic at the time what he was working on. Every time I talked to him, I wound up shaking my head, and waving his smoke out of my face. He said he wa...