Neil Diamond wows crowd at BOK Center


Neil Diamond wows crowd at BOK Center

STEPHEN HOLMAN/Tulsa World
Neil Diamond performs during the start of his concert at the BOK Center on Thursday. The 67-year-old played a two-hour set with no opening band or intermission.

By JARREL WADE World Staff Writer
10/21/2008 10:17 PM

Neil Diamond has completely resigned to one point in his more than 40 years of performing. Women love him.

”I love you, Neil,” women yelled Tuesday night at the BOK Center, which was filled to the brim with fans of most ages, 30 and over.

”Go ahead. Get it out,” he replied. ”Me too.”

Diamond, at 67 years old, played a two-hour set with no intermission and no opening band. He played all his biggest hits, including “Sweet Caroline” twice, because he spotted two people not singing, he said.

He also played several songs from his new album, ”Home Before Dark,” which came out in 2008, according to his official Web site.

The title track from his new album, which has less production than most Neil Diamond fans are used to, featured Diamond with little more than a spotlight on him and his acoustic guitar.

It was a somber ballad that settled well with the crowd between dancing hits like ”Forever in Blue Jeans” and ”Cherry, Cherry,” which nearly splintered the newly built arena.

The crowd wrapped around Diamonds signature slanted stage with moving platforms, and several times he would play to them remarking that he heard a terrible rumor that they actually paid for those tickets, he said.

But they turned out to be some of the most valuable tickets in the house when Diamond sung ”Play Me” exclusively to them.

All of the merchandise sales Tuesday night went to Hurricane Ike relief efforts, according to his official Web site.

Recent concerts in Dallas and Oklahoma City raised $332,000, which was donated to the relief fund.

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