NEW YORK (Billboard) - With a new album due out in three weeks, Neil Diamond is getting ready to hit the road for the first time since 2005. He will begin a 37-city tour of North America on July 19 in St. Paul, Minn. It wraps October 30 in Jacksonville, Fla. The trek follows a European tour that kicks off May 24 in Rotterdam. Diamond, 67, will be promoting "Home Before Dark," his second album with producer Rick Rubin. It is set for U.S. release on May 6 via Columbia Records. Their previous collaboration, "12 Songs," came out in 2005 to wide acclaim. Diamond just completed several weeks of rehearsal with his touring band, and told ...

NEIL DIAMOND LIVE CONCERT TOUR OF A LIFETIME Legendary Singer To Launch 37-City North American Tour Starting July 19th in St. Paul, Minnesota Tour Coincides with the May 6th Release of Highly-Anticipated New Album HOME BEFORE DARK To the delight of his millions of fans, legendary singer, songwriter and performer Neil Diamond will return to concert stages this summer for a 37-city North American tour, promoted nationally by AEG Live. Tickets for the North American tour, scheduled to kick off July 19th in St. Paul, Minnesota, will go on sale in select markets beginning Monday, April 28th. Fans should visit neildiamond.com and che...

The most exciting guest at the Davidson College "Hoop-lah" celebration Tuesday night was not actually there. American icon Neil Diamond loomed over the crowd at Belk Arena on bank of video screens. Dressed in a red Wildcats "Sweet 16" T-shirt, the singer-songwriter and his band led the crowd in several pre-recorded choruses of his hit, "Sweet Caroline," the theme song of the Davidson men's basketball team. Diamond's serenade was the grand finale to an evening celebrating the Wildcats' run through the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The event included a heartfelt address by Coach Bob McKillop, interviews with players and an appreciative h...

BC-Music-Neil Diamond,0556 Neil Diamond talks about his new tour, album: says both are the hardest he's ever done Eds: AP Video. AP Photo NY118 By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) -- Neil Diamond, who is releasing a new album next month and embarking on a new tour this summer, says both projects mark the best -- and hardest work -- of his career. "This is the most technically challenging show that I've ever done," Diamond told The Associated Press in a phone interview Monday. His upcoming tour kicks off July 19 in St. Paul, Minn., and is scheduled to end Oct. 30 in Jacksonville, Fl. The tour will include per...

The Diamond Life, continued Writer: Bart Blasengame, photo by Randee St. Nicholas Department, Issue 42, Published online on 04 Apr 2008 When Paste writer Bart Blasengame interviewed Neil Diamond, he got more material than we could fit in the pages of our magazine. Here are a few extra exchanges from their conversation. Paste: A lot of people forget that you were among the giants who performed during The Band?s Last Waltz show. Do you have any particular memories about that show? Diamond: Well, it was done on Thanksgiving. So I had Thanksgiving dinner in a hurry with my family, then jumped on a plane to San Francisco, then took ...

An Audience with Neil Diamond Published: Friday, 14 March 2008, 5:29PM Coming soon to ITV1! This summer, legendary American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond takes centre stage in his own Audience with... to celebrate an amazing showbuisness career that spans five decades. The musical veteran performs infront of a star-studded audience singing some of his greatest hits including Sweet Caroline, Beautiful Noise, Cracklin Rosie and You Don't Bring Me Flowers. Plus, he'll also be showcasing some of his brand new material. And the singing superstar, who has had record sales in excess of 115 million and ranked third on the list of ...

Neil Diamond Home Before Dark 5/6 Three years after Rick Rubin helped Neil Diamond remove the Vegas polish on 12 Songs, the duo are back with another collection of personal acoustic songs. "This one is more rhythmic," Diamond says. "I view Rick as an enabler. He allows the musicians and me to just go off and do whatever we want, and then he becomes an editor." Backed by an all-star group -- including Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench -- Diamond, 67, dedicates some of the songs to his thirtysomething girlfriend. "I'm the pro-love candidate," Diamond says. "The songs reflect it."

Stadium rock: this summer's big noise Last Updated: 12:01am BST 10/04/2008 After years of indie-band boredom, stadium rock is making a comeback. By Bernadette McNulty Forget festivals - this summer will see the triumphant return of stadium rock. Selling out stadiums: Bruce Springsteen Not since the late Eighties will so many rock giants be descending on our shores, like axe-wielding Vikings, to conquer a nation bored after more than five years of indie boy-bands with floppy hair and trilby hats. As Glastonbury shows signs of festival fatigue, stadiums and arenas across the country are selling out with the larger-th...

BOSTON - Singer Neil Diamond will perform in concert later this summer at Fenway Park [map] in Boston. Diamond made the announcement in a big-screen broadcast at the Red Sox [team stats] home opener Tuesday, during the traditional eighth-inning sing-along of his "Sweet Caroline," which has become an anthem for Boston fans. The Red Sox unveiled a new scoreboard video of Diamond in a Red Sox jacket singing his 1969 hit. Red Sox owner Tom Werner also appeared in the video. The Aug. 23 concert will be part of Diamond’s upcoming world tour.

Singer Surprises Fans With Fenway Concert Plans Neil Diamond To Perform At Fenway In August POSTED: 5:29 pm EDT April 8, 2008 UPDATED: 5:40 pm EDT April 8, 2008 BOSTON -- Music fans at Fenway Park for the Red Sox home opener were treated to a surprise announcement by singer Neil Diamond. During the eighth-inning sing-a-long of music icon Diamond's classic "Sweet Caroline" -- a longtime Fenway Park tradition -- Diamond made an appearance in a televised, big-screen broadcast. He told fans that he would be performing live in concert at Fenway on Saturday, Aug. 23, as part of his 2008 World Tour. Since 1997, Diamond’s 1969 hit ...

Neil Diamond releases his new album, Home Before Dark, on May 6 and, once again, the album will be produced by 12 Songs' Rick Rubin. 12 Songs was an amazing return to form for an artist that had been floundering in the world of pop-rock for far too many years. In the early 70's, while on UNI (later MCA), Diamond released a series of albums that not only showed a fairly sophisticated folk-rock style, but also an artist that was also growing with each release. One needs only look to African Suite on Tap Root Manuscript to see how much Diamond had grown from his Brill Building days. Unforuntately, bigger audiences and a switch to big ...

Neil Diamond's second album with producer Rick Rubin will be out next month, and features a duet with the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines on the track "Another Day (That Time Forgot)." "Home Before Dark" is due May 6 via Columbia. The album is led by the single "Pretty Amazing Grace," a live, in-studio video for which went up today on Amazon.com. As with 2005's "12 Songs," in addition to Rubin, Diamond collaborated with Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench on "Home After Dark." A new addition to the lineup this time is guitarist Matt Sweeney, best known for fronting indie rock outfit Chavez. The album ...

Diamond uses every facet of collaboration for 'Dark' Home Before Dark, Neil Diamond's second collaboration with storied producer Rick Rubin, arrives May 6 on Columbia Records with all new material composed by the legendary singer/songwriter. The album, recorded in Los Angeles, includes the title track, Pretty Amazing Grace, If I Don't See You Again and Another Day (That Time Forgot), a duet with Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks. It's Diamond's first major-league pairing since he and Barbra Streisand stormed the charts with You Don't Bring Me Flowers in 1978. He and Rubin first joined forces on 12 Songs, released in 2005 to wide...

Diamonds in the rough Wednesday, February 13, 2008 BY LISA ROSE Star-Ledger Staff It's karaoke night at the Cambridge Inn in Spotswood, and a mix of amateur vocalists pass the mike, belting rock, country and pop hits. The musical choices are all over the map as participants attempt to sing over the din of conversation. The only time the room grows quiet is when deejay Dan Orsini takes a break pulling CDs to croon "I Am ... I Said" by Neil Diamond. Orsini doubles as a karaoke deejay and Neil Diamond impersonator, emulating the flashy look and gravelly voice of the balladeer. While past imitators have often taken the stage in s...

Neil Diamond for Glastonbury Sunday 30 Jan 08 Virtual Festivals has learnt that Neil Diamond and Leonard Cohen will both play on the final day of Glastonbury Festival 2008. Neil Diamond will play the prestigious Sunday afternoon slot on the Pyramid Stage, according to a reliable music industry source. The New York crooner will follow in the footsteps of Dame Shirley Bassey and Brian Wilson, who have both played the late afternoon set in recent years. It is also believed that Leonard Cohen will play on Sunday's bill, possibly headlining the Jazz World to close the festival. It would be the Canadian singer/songwriter's first U...

Neil Diamond Adds Huge New Dates!Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2008, 17:00. Neil Diamond Due to high demand for tickets, Neil Diamond has added three new dates to his June UK tour. The Sweet Caroline singer will now perform at Hampden Park in Glasgow, the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff and the Rose Bowl in Southampton, on top of several dates already scheduled for Manchester, Birmingham and London. The tour will take place between Thursday 5th and Tuesday 24th June 2008. Click here for the full list of dates. Tickets for the new shows will be available from 9:00am Friday 25th January, here on Ents24.

Tony Dekker Scores And Does Neil Diamond Monday January 21, 2008 @ 04:30 PM By: ChartAttack.com Staff Tony Dekker Great Lake Swimmers main man Tony Dekker scored Song Sung Blue, a documentary that premiered on Sunday at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Director/producer Greg Kohs' film follows the story of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin husband and wife team of Mike and Claire Sardina, who comprise the Neil Diamond tribute act, Lightning & Thunder. It's the first full-length feature film for the 10-time Emmy Award winner. The movie's title comes from Diamond's 1972 hit, which Dekker covers during the closing credits...

Diamond set to sparkle in city as he announces first Welsh date Jan 21 2008 by Gavin O'Connor, South Wales Echo NEIL Diamond will perform for the first time in Wales after an extra date at the Millennium Stadium was added to his UK tour. The New York-born star, who celebrates his 67th birthday on Thursday, is also appearing in Manchester, Birmingham and London. Diamond is one of the most successful singer/songwriters of all time with worldwide record sales reaching 120 million and famous hits such as Sweet Caroline and Love On The Rocks. Diamond last played in the UK three years ago but the nearest he has come to performing i...

'My voice is gravel and potholes...but it's mine': Neil Diamond on being newly cool By PETER SHERIDAN - More by this author » Last updated at 19:56pm on 5th January 2008 Comments The astonishing stampede for tickets for Neil Diamond's two shows at London's O2 arena this summer may seem a little surprising given that he has been writing and recording hits for more than 40 years. But at 66, Diamond has found a young and hip new audience thanks in part to his latest album 12 Songs, a powerful countrytinged acoustic collaboration with hip-hop producer Rick Rubin, the man who helped revive the career of the legendary Johnny Ca...