Diamond’s gold salute
By PAUL STEWART
AMERICAN music superstar Neil Diamond has found himself supporting the efforts of the Australian Olympic team.
“My girlfriend is from Brisbane and every time Australia wins gold, she makes me stand to attention with her, salute and sing Advance Australia Fair,” said the world renowned singer-songwriter in Los Angeles.
“Honestly, she is a typical Aussie who loves her sport. She is quick to remind me if an Australian is taking part in the competition we are watching.
“She is also indoctrinated me to Aussie Rules and the Brisbane Lions.”
The twice-divorced Diamond, who has announced his first Australian tour in six years, said he met his girlfriend Rachael Farley, during his last visit.
“I’m recording a new album . . . then I rush home to watch the Olympics.”
For an exclusive Neil Diamond interview on his “career of a lifetime” see next week’s IE section.
Tickets for Neil Diamond at Rod Laver Arena on March 22 go on sale 9am on Tuesday, September 7, with an Internet pre-sale on Friday, September 3.