SuperBreak’s Annette was lucky enough to catch legendary crooner Neil Diamond as he took to the stage at London’s greatest venue, The O2 Arena. With a distinctive voice and a bag of hit songs to enjoy, our Annette tells us all about the evening right here:
“It was a fabulous show – great lighting, and an impressive diamond cut-out at the back of the stage that changed pattern and colour as he sang. Neil Diamond can still pack the O2 at 74 and put on an amazing show for over 2 hours. His voice is still strong and, although mellowed with age, is still very recognisable. The audience, made up of lots of different ages, loved him and where I was sitting there seemed to be a number of mums being treated by their sons and wives whose husbands wanted to spoil them.
Whilst he sang one of his songs, Brooklyn Road, about growing up, he showed pictures and videos of himself as a child with his family, and the fans all loved it. There was a big shout out when his 20-something image appeared on the screen and when he mentioned being on Top of the Pops! He sang I’m a Believer, the old Monkees song, and I had no idea he had actually written it.
Neil Diamond chatted happily between songs with the audience which they loved, and there were loads of shouts of ‘we love you Neil’ throughout the night. He introduced his band to the audience to rapturous applause, and I’d guess that they had all been with him for a while – some great individual musicians and singers.
The audience were loving him up to Red Red Wine, but at that stage they were up and dancing and he really took them over the edge at that point! Most of the tunes were his older material, which everyone loved and sang along to, and there were a couple of new ones too – one of which took him 5 years to write apparently. Standing room only for Sweet Caroline, and he did a great encore of his best tunes.”
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