Streisand and Diamond Help Raise Millions for Kerry Campaign, Democrats
Nearly $5 million was raised for John Kerry’s presidential bid and the Democratic National Committee Thursday night at a star- studded concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond performed together for the first time in 24 years. They were expected to sing their 1978 hit duet, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers.”
Willie Nelson and Billy Crystal were also scheduled to perform. Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro were among those in attendance.
The concert was originally scheduled for June 7 but postponed because of the death of former President Ronald Reagan two days earlier.
Streisand, who is famously shy about performing in public, retired from public performing in 2000 but has continued singing at Democratic Party fundraisers from time to time.
Tickets were priced at $1,000, $2,000, $10,000 and $25,000, according to the Kerry campaign.
A group of supporters of President Bush picketed outside, praising Bush for his leadership in the war on terrorism and the improving economy and calling Kerry’s visit to California a “pessimism and misery tour.”