I saw Neil Diamond last night at the opening of his new tour, he has a new album out called "Home Before Dark". Mrs. FP and two close friends of ours, and me, went to see him and had a great night.
The 2 and a half hour show was perfect.
Half way he said how the "Hot August Night" LP was so special to him and since my very dear friend who was with me and I have special memories to that it was a special moment.
He played guitar with most but also left the musical part to his 14 members band at times. He has a really fantastic light show there.
Many of his great songs passed by and it was very special to see him doing so well. When I listened to his new album I said his voice was sad and sounded like Johnny Cash but now hearing him play live I took back that remark.
"Everyone should have themselves regularly overwhelmed by Nature"
- George Harrison
"LA's fine, the sun shines most of the time....." =)
.....and the feeling is laid back
Palm trees grow and the rents are low
But you know I keep thinking about
Making my way back...
I looooove these songs!! I am a huge Neil Diamond fan. :) I've seen him bunches in concert over the years. When I saw him in the early 80's he did John's (Just Like) Starting Over and you know he rocked it! He prefaced it with lots of nice words about John, too. :)
I learned something new about ND's involvement with the Monkees. It was popular belief that Neil wrote these songs for the Monkees debut:
I'm a Believer
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)
Love to Love
But, Neil informs us in the Johnathan Ross interview that his record producer gave Don Kirshner Neil's upcoming album, yet unreleased, and let him pick and choose the songs that he wanted for the Monkees.
Whats all the fuss about this guy at the moment?? He's even playing UK festivals at the moment?????
He's middle of the road, a dull, dull man!! And why is it that linking up with Rick Rubin as a producer atomatically makes you hip and cool? It worked for Johnny Cash but that was a one off chance meeting.