Neil Diamond – Live in Europe
Neil Diamond is considered to be one of the most successful and enduring singer-songwriters in pop music. With an excess of 120 million records sold world-wide, it is clear that this talented musician has an international following. It is little wonder then that loyal fans throughout Europe are thrilled at the prospect of seeing Neil Diamond performing live in Europe during May and June 2008.
The Neil Diamond tour kicks off with a concert in Rotterdam on 24 May, moving on to Munich, Antwerp, Cologne and Hamburg, before heading off to Glasgow in Scotland. Fans in Manchester can look forward to three performances in their city, while Birmingham is scheduled for two. The tour continues with performances in Dublin, South Hampton and Cardiff in Wales, with four performances in London, bringing the European tour to a close on 27 June.
Born into a Jewish Russian-Polish family on 24 January 1941, Neil Diamond was raised in Brooklyn, New York City. He attended Erasmus Hall and Abraham Lincoln High School. It was while attending Erasmus Hall that he sang in the school choir alongside Barbra Streisand, as well as taking part in New York’s annual student-run musical production “Sing!”.
After an unsuccessful stint with Columbia Records in 1962 and 1963, Diamond devoted his time to song writing, turning out the hit songs “I’m a Believer”, “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You”, “Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)”, and “Love to Love”, which were all recorded by the Monkees during the latter part of the 1960s. “I’m a Believer”, which the younger generation will recognize from the sound-track of the movie “Shrek”, was voted as the Most Popular Song of the Year in 1966.
Neil Diamond’s first hit as a solo performer was “Solitary Man”, which was released by Band Records in 1966. His first live performances were as special guest and opening acts for bands such as Herman’s Hermits and The Who. In the early 1970s, following the success of songs such as “Crackling Rosie”, “Sweet Caroline” (inspired by Caroline Kennedy) and “Song Sung Blue”, Neil Diamond was playing for sold out audiences as a solo artist.
A string of hits followed in quick succession, with Diamond’s live double album “Hot August Night” reaching number one on a number of record charts worldwide – most notably in Australia, where the album spent 29 weeks at the number one spot on the music charts. In 1977 Diamond released his album “I’m Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight”, which featured the song “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”. The song was later covered by Barbra Streisand. Gary Guthrie of WAKY Radio combined the Diamond original with the Streisand cover in a virtual duet, which inspired the two stars to record the real thing – the result was a number one hit. His song “Red Red Wine”, which was made famous by UB40, appeared on his 1970s album “September Morn”. Neil Diamond’s songs have been covered by many notable musicians and singers, including Elvis Presley, Deep Purple, Cliff Richard, Jose Feliciano, Julio Iglesias, Patti Labelle and Johnny Cash.
While fans in Europe are waiting in eager anticipation to see Neil Diamond performing live in their city, they can enjoy his new album “Home Before Dark”, released on 6 May 2008.