Neil Diamond brings his show to DVD, network TV
LOS ANGELES – Neil Diamond is so excited about his two latest projects, it’s like he has twins on the way.
They’re due Friday, when Diamond’s concert DVD, “Hot August Night/NYC,” lands in Walmart stores and a companion hourlong TV special airs on CBS.
“Basically I feel like an expectant father and I’m just nervously sitting around the waiting room hoping that the baby is healthy and happy,” the 68-year-old entertainer said in an interview Tuesday.
The DVD, filmed during his performance at Madison Square Garden last summer, features more than two dozen songs, including classics such as “Sweet Caroline” and “Love on the Rocks.”
Diamond said he wanted to make a concert film for years and “just never got to it.” He finally decided to shoot a show in his native New York City.
“There’s something special when you play your hometown,” he said. “It makes me regret that I haven’t filmed previous tours, but I’m glad we got this one.”
The television special, airing at 8 p.m., includes excerpts from the DVD and footage from Diamond’s recent trip home.
“This is my first TV special in over 20 years, so I feel my heart beating a little faster. It’s exciting,” Diamond said. “I’m happy to still be here and doing it after all these years and I hope somebody tunes in on Friday night.”
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