Neil Diamond has been my favourite singer for many years. Since he looked like this actually, and this is a rather early photo! His "Hot August Night" album was the one that brought him to my attention. That, and the fact that everywhere I went, there were gorgeous posters of him, with his eyes following me no matter where I stood to look at him! But I truly fell in love with his music. Every song he sang seemed to be for me alone - and I think all his fans feel the same way.
I have been lucky enough to see Neil in concert each time he has visited Australia. The first concert I saw was at our Myer Music Bowl in February 1976, in one of Melbourne's beautiful gardens. It was a fantastic night! The music was terrific, and the atmosphere magic! The fact that we were so far back on the lawn that we could barely see Neil, and even with binoculars could only just see his face, did not detract from the very special feeling of being in the same place as our favourite singer. When he divided us into sections to help him sing "Song Sung Blue", he really had us all in the palm of his hand!! I think the song went on for about 20 minutes, and none of us wanted it to end.. The second time was at the National Tennis Centre in April '92, and it was a great night once again, Neil having lost none of his special charm. He was quoted as having said that he didn't think we would have remembered him, as it was so long since he had toured Australia, and that he was surprised and very grateful that we had remained such faithful fans, and promised he would not stay away for so long again!! Although we thoroughly enjoyed the night, once again we did not have very good seats. April '96 was wonderful - the best up till that point. The concert was 'in the round' at the National Tennis Centre (now called 'Melbourne Park'), and we were close enough to actually be able to see his face clearly! And the music and the atmosphere were once again absolutely incredible. Neil is still a magician on stage, and subtly weaves his spell around the entire audience, and being 'in the round', even in a large stadium, there is an aura of intimacy somehow. We eagerly looked forward to our "Frog King" returning to our Aussie shores. We were lucky enough, after joining the fan club, to keep getting closer, and did eventually manage to have front row seats. !!!
In my opinion, Neil like a good wine - always improved with age!!!!!!!
Sadly, since being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease a few years ago, Neil hasn't been able to tour. He keeps well, and 'tweets' from time to time, and his fans all wish him the very best. And we are so grateful to have been able to enjoy his live music for so many years, and still have his recorded music to listen to..
Here are links to a few great Neil sites.
I Am I Said - The most comprehensive Neil message board on the 'net!!
The Official Neil Diamond web site - The current official Neil website.
Diamondville - The old Official Neil Diamond web site.
And also links to some OZ F.O.N.D. birthday parties, concert reviews and Neil news from over the years....
'98 CONCERT PICS
'99 NEIL PARTY
'99 NEIL IN MELBOURNE
2005 NEIL PARTY AND CONCERT REVIEW
2006 NEIL PARTY
2007 NEIL PARTY
FOND Australia celebrated Neil's 60th birthday,
24th Jan 2001
with a weekend long party from Jan 26th - 28th
Click here to see some pics from our celebrations!!!
Happy 60th Birthday Neil :-}
My Neil Movie Poster
More Neil pics
Pic of Neil cross stitch by Aurea
Pic of my daughter Karyn's Neil painting