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Neil Diamond inks long-term contract with Capitol Records
He is one of the world's premier recording artists, a record-breaking concert performer and revered by his peers and the general public as a great songwriter. Now, Neil Diamond has a long-term, historic contract with Capitol Records to illustrate and safeguard his accomplishments.
Diamond has inked a long-term agreement with Capitol Records that unites his complete Columbia, Universal Music and Bang catalogues – encompassing his entire body of work – from his first recordings through present day. The agreement also puts Diamond back under the umbrella of Universal Music where he achieved many hit singles and albums in the 1960s and 70s.
According to Universal Music Group (UMG) Chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge, "There are few moments in my career that make me as proud as having the opportunity to help bring Neil back to the Universal Music family. His remarkable body of work and enduring appeal to fans around the world puts him in very rare company among the greats. We're thrilled that Neil has selected Capitol and Universal Music as his home."
Diamond, 72, is reportedly in the process of writing songs and plans to enter the studio to record a new album later this year. Concurrently, a comprehensive plan for his catalogue is being drawn up by Capitol and Universal Music, in conjunction with Diamond and his management team. Though Diamond isn't currently touring, fans hoping to hear his music in person will be happy to know they'll get the chance this August. That's when singer Peter Byre and the New Zealand International Orchestra will present "Neil Diamond's Hot August Night" on stage.
Diamond still sweet on "Sweet Caroline" (Updated August 2, 2013)
Neil Diamond's live appearances have been his bread and butter in 2013. Or maybe we should say his heart and soul. And ours.
Of course, Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" has forever linked him to the city of Boston, where fans at every Red Sox home game sing the song during the eighth inning. But the song took on even more meaning when the superstar made an unannounced appearance at Fenway Park on April 20, 2013 to serenade the crowd. It was the first game at Fenway since the bombings at the Boston Marathon, and helped in the healing process at stadiums across the Major Leagues.
Of course, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer wasn't done. On July 4 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Diamond gave the first live performance of his new single "Freedom Song (They'll Never Take Us Down)." He performed the song from the Lexus Presidents Club behind home plate in the bottom of the third inning of a Nationals' game, and wrote it following the Boston bombings and a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
To cap off Independence Day, Diamond performed live on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol as part of "A Capitol Fourth," which was broadcast nationally by PBS. A few weeks later, he again sang "Sweet Caroline" – this time at Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.
About Neil Diamond
Singer, songwriter and grandmaster of pop, Neil Diamond, for much of his storied career, has had his finger on the pulse of what his audiences want, and has delivered time after time, decade after decade. He composed songs more than forty years ago that are still played on pop radio, and his long list of classic tunes continue to be covered by today's bands. Not that Neil Diamond isn't still performing them himself, and with Neil Diamond tickets you can hear the classic hits performed directly by the artist who created them. Songs like "Cherry, Cherry", "Solitary Man," "Kentucky Woman," "Red, Red Wine" and "Sweet Caroline" (a favorite of Boston Red Sox fans), and that's only a few samples from the 1960's.
Neil Leslie Diamond was born in 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, and received his first guitar at age 16. It didn't take him long to start writing songs, but he didn't hit songwriting success until about 10 years later. Still, with all the pop stardom Diamond had in the 1960's, he was only getting warmed up. His 1970's chart-makers include "Shilo," "Solitary Man," "Cracklin' Rosie," and "I'm a Believer," which became a hit two more times when the Monkees and Smashmouth both took a turn. There was also "Song Sung Blue," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" and "Forever in Blue Jeans."
To date Neil Diamond has recorded more than 40 albums, selling over 115 million records worldwide. At least 56 of his songs have made Billboard's Hot 100 list of the most heard songs. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
On August 10, 2012 the musical icon crowned his nearly five-decade career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It can be found on Vine Street, in front of the landmark Capital Record Building, and was unveiled just a day before he launched a series of concerts at the city's Greek Theater. The septuagenarian also played the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas the following month.
Neil Diamond Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|The Very Best of Neil Diamond: The Original Studio Recordings||2011|
|The Bang Years: 1966-1968||2011|
|Hot August Night/NYC||2009|
|A Cherry Cherry Christmas||2009|
|Home Before Dark||2008|
|The Best of Neil Diamond||2006|
|The Christmas Album||2005|
|Play Me: The Complete Uni Studio Recordings... Plus!||2002|
|The Very Best of Neil Diamond||2002|
|The Essential Neil Diamond||2001|
|Three Chord Opera||2001|
|The Best of Neil Diamond||2000|
|Hot August Night (disc 2)||1999|
|20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Neil Diamond||1999|
|As Time Goes By: The Movie Album||1998|
|The Movie Album: As Time Goes By||1998|
|The Jazz Singer||1996|
|In My Lifetime||1996|
|The Ultimate Collection||1996|
|Songs of the Heart||1996|
|The Christmas Album Volume II||1994|
|Live in America||1994|
|Up on the Roof: Songs From the Brill Building||1993|
|14 Favorite Love Songs||1993|
|Glory Road 1968 to 1972 (disc 1)||1992|
|I Am...I Said||1992|
|The Greatest Hits 1966-1992||1992|
|His 12 Greatest Hits. Volume II||1990|
|The Best Years of Our Lives||1988|
|Hot August Night II||1987|
|Classics The Early Years||1986|
|The Very Best of Neil Diamond: Volume 2||1986|
|Headed for the Future||1986|
|On the Way to the Sky||1981|
|You Don't Bring Me Flowers||1978|
|Forever in Blue Jeans||1978|
|Love at the Greek||1977|
|I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight||1977|
|His 12 Greatest Hits||1974|
|Jonathan Livingston Seagull||1973|
|Tap Root Manuscript||1970|
|Velvet Gloves and Spit||1970|
|Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show||1969|
|Touching You, Touching Me||1969|
|Just for You||1967|
|Kentucky Woman / The Time Is Now||1967|
|The Feel of Neil Diamond||1966|
Top 10 Neil Diamond Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|2||Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon||30,957||13,649|
|4||Forever In Blue Jeans||16,872||7,701|
|5||Song Sung Blue||14,027||7,234|
|8||Love On The Rocks||12,445||5,528|
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Neil Diamond Announces 2015 North American Tour
Get excited, Diamond Heads! Neil Diamond has announced he’ll be “Coming to America” (as well as Canada and Mexico) next year. The "Cracklin' Rosie" singer will be kicking things off at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA, on February 27. From there, it’s a run up into Canada and New England. He’ll play the Wells…Read more
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Neil Diamond Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 04/19/2015 Austin TX Frank Erwin Center 04/17/2015 Indianapolis IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse 04/14/2015 Chicago IL United Center 04/12/2015 Saint Paul MN Xcel Energy Center 04/09/2015 Milwaukee WI BMO Harris Bradley Center 04/07/2015 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 04/04/2015 Washington DC Verizon Center 04/02/2015 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 03/31/2015 Buffalo NY First Niagara Center 03/28/2015 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 03/26/2015 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 03/23/2015 Boston MA TD Garden 03/20/2015 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 03/18/2015 Columbus OH Schottenstein Center 03/15/2015 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 03/13/2015 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 03/10/2015 Providence RI Dunkin Donuts Center 03/07/2015 Kanata ON Scotiabank Place 03/04/2015 London ON Budweiser Gardens 03/01/2015 Allentown PA PPL Center 02/27/2015 Allentown PA PPL Center
Neil Diamond Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 07/05/2014 Kitchener ON Cork Hall at McCabe's Irish Pub
Neil Diamond Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 11/10/2013 Burnsville MN Ames Center 10/31/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 10/24/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 10/17/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 10/10/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 10/03/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 09/26/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 09/19/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 09/12/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 09/05/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 08/29/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 08/22/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 08/15/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 08/08/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 08/01/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 07/25/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 07/18/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall 07/11/2013 Liverpool Lancashire Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Neil Diamond Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 09/01/2012 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 08/29/2012 Phoenix AZ US Airways Center 08/27/2012 Sacramento CA Sleep Train Arena 08/25/2012 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre 08/23/2012 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre 08/21/2012 Anaheim CA Honda Center 08/18/2012 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre 08/16/2012 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre 08/14/2012 Chula Vista CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre 08/11/2012 Los Angeles CA Greek Theatre 08/07/2012 San Jose CA SAP Center 07/28/2012 Sandy UT Rio Tinto Stadium 07/26/2012 Broomfield CO 1St Bank Center 07/23/2012 Seattle WA Key Arena 07/21/2012 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 07/18/2012 Calgary AB Scotiabank Saddledome 07/16/2012 Edmonton AB Rexall Place 07/13/2012 Saskatoon SK SaskTel Centre 07/11/2012 Saint Paul MN Xcel Energy Center 07/08/2012 Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 07/06/2012 Chicago IL United Center 07/03/2012 Clarkston MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 07/01/2012 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 06/28/2012 London ON Budweiser Gardens 06/26/2012 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 06/23/2012 Boston MA TD Garden 06/21/2012 Montreal QC Bell Centre 06/18/2012 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 06/16/2012 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 06/14/2012 Washington DC Verizon Center 06/10/2012 Wantagh NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 06/08/2012 Wantagh NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 06/06/2012 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 06/03/2012 Tampa FL Amalie Arena 06/01/2012 Sunrise FL BB&T Center 02/18/2012 Honolulu HI Blaisdell Arena 02/16/2012 Honolulu HI Blaisdell Arena
Neil Diamond Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 07/13/2011 London The O2 07/11/2011 London The O2 07/09/2011 London The O2 07/06/2011 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 07/04/2011 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 07/02/2011 Glasgow Glasgow City Hampden Park National Stadium 06/28/2011 Birmingham Warwickshire Genting Arena 06/22/2011 Hamburg HH Color Line Arena 06/17/2011 Mannheim BW SAP Arena 06/07/2011 Berlin BE O2 World 03/26/2011 Sydney Nsw Aussie Stadium 03/13/2011 Melbourne Vic Rod Laver Arena 03/11/2011 Melbourne Vic Rod Laver Arena