Posted in music | tour dates on December 2, 2011

by BBG

Neil Diamond at Acheron, er, MSG (more by Eric Townsend)
Neil Diamond

True story. I was thumbing through a distro at a recent crust/hardcore show and somewhere in between a copy of an Assault 7" on HG Fact and a Grudges tape, I encountered a copy of The Jazz Singer. I almost bought it out of principle.

I'm guessing that appearance of Neil Diamond's soundtrack is an anomoly, but maybe he'll encounter a whole new breed of fan when he hits the road for a string of dates this summer. The dates include a stop at Jones Beach Theater on 6/8. Tickets are currently on Livenation presale, and go on regular sale at noon on 12/5. The full list of show is below, none of which probably feature an opening set from Amebix.

Neil recently made two special holiday appearances in NYC. He was in the Thanksgiving Day Parade and at the lighting of the Rockefeller Center christmas tree. Videos of both are also below...

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11-24-11 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade - 38th Street view - Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond Rockefeller Tree Lighting 2011

Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline

America by Neil Diamond

NEIL DIAMOND - 2012 TOUR DATES
February 16, 2012 - Honolulu, Hawaii - Blaisdell Arena
February 18, 2012 - Honolulu, Hawaii - Blaisdell Arena
June 01, 2012 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Bank Atlantic Center
June 03, 2012 - Tampa, Fl - St. Pete Times Forum
June 06, 2012 - Atlanta, GA - Phillips Arena
June 08, 2012 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
June 14, 2012 - Washington , DC - Verizon Center
June 16, 2012 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
June 18, 2012 - Philadelphia, PA - Wells Fargo Center
June 21, 2012 - Montreal, BC - Bell Centre
June 23, 2012 - Boston, MA - TD Garden
June 26, 2012 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
June 28, 2012 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
July 01, 2012 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena
July 03, 2012 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 06, 2012 - Chicago, IL - United Center
July 08, 2012 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
July 11, 2012 - St Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
July 13, 2012 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
July 16, 2012 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place
July 18, 2012 - Calgary, AB - Scotiabank Saddledome
July 21, 2012 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
July 23, 2012 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena
July 26, 2012 - Denver, CO - 1ST Bank Center
July 28, 2012 - Salt Lake City, UT - Rio Tinto Stadium
August 07, 2012 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
August 29, 2012 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
September 01, 2012 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena

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Comments (42)

Ha saw him at MSG last year...fun show...if tickets are cheap go for it..I got in for $20 200 level on ebay and thought it was worth it

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:48 AM

Ugh, Jones Beach? I'd rather take the bus to Philly.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:13 PM

Awesome, now I know what to get my mom for xmas.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:14 PM

She want to know you
Dill Chunky Hummus

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:27 PM

I went & saw Diamond "for a laugh" and ended up getting totally swept up in it. Shit was fun!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:28 PM

12:28 - that is not an uncommon story. Same with Bob Seger (believe it or not). Them guys from an earlier generation know a bit about entertaining, and feel obliged to give 100% every night.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:35 PM

Is this that old guy from Saving Silverman?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:42 PM

It's nice to see that a few people have caught on to the fact that "'Them guys from an earlier generationknow a bit about entertaining, and feel obliged to give 100% every night." as opposed to all the current crop of crap hipsters who think they are doing everyone a favor by gracing us with their weak silliness and 45 percent of themselves in a performance most people in the audience are bored with ten minutes after they walked in the door.

Go earlier generation!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:43 PM

I agree....

You want to see a show, go see Neil Diamond. Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, etc....

you will certainly get a show.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:45 PM

Neil's early 60's stuff is awesome!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:47 PM

re: older generation, that led zeppelin guy played at bonnaroo this year, it was horrible

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 12:55 PM

I would definitely stay with tUnE-YarDs if I was an idiot dufus like yourself, 12:55

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 1:01 PM

niel diamond is a great american songwritter. Go watch the Last Waltz.

Artist from the 60s and 70s actually knew how to play and write music.

I cant think of any singer songwritters today that are even close to creating music with the complexity and depth of that created in the 60s and 70s.

Sorry, but its the truth.

But hey lets see what you all think, Name any singer-songwriter from the past 20 years that are/were as good a songwritter as Neil was at his prime in the early 70s?

Posted by Who's a better singer/songwritter ND?? | December 2, 2011 1:10 PM

I hope he's at Coachella.

Posted by Old Bro | December 2, 2011 1:11 PM

12:42, wasn't that Tom Jones? I always confuse the two of them.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 1:14 PM

Arctic Monkeys put on a great show

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 1:20 PM

who's opening?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 1:29 PM

Barry Manilow

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 1:51 PM

COMINAYEEEEEEEHAAAAAA

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 2:03 PM

Turn on your heartlight!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 2:05 PM

Give me a break, 1:10. If you can't find a good singer-songwriter from the past twenty years that's your problem. Try listening to something other that Q104.3 and CBS-FM for a start...

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 2:35 PM

2:35 - I agree with 1:10. Songwriters as good as Neil that came on the scene in the last 20 years? I'm having a hard time... I could come up with decent songwriters post-1991, but nothing as good as Neil in his heyday.
Hmmm.. Aimee Mann? Billy Corgan? Babyface? Glenn Hansard? Mangum? Rivers Cuomo? I'm at a loss... all decent, but not as good as Neil.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 3:04 PM

...Fiona Apple? Thom Yorke? Jeff Tweedy? I'm still at a loss...

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 3:10 PM

Elliot Smith.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 3:14 PM

...Joey Gladstone? Jesse Katsapolous?...

CASA DE PANCAKES, OLE!

...I'm still at a loss...

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 3:29 PM

That's Elliott Smith.

Sam Beam, Nick Cave, Sufjan Stevens, Ryan Adams, Beck, Andy Patridge, John Darnielle, Issac Brock, Malkmus, James Mercer, Conor Oberst, Neko Case, PJ Harvey, Tom Waits...all are on the shortlist and are still making good music, can't really judge their careers until they are old and gray.

And your praising Neil Diamond as if he's NEIL YOUNG. He's at the bottom of the list when put up against his contemporaries.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 3:35 PM

maynard james keenan:

Take it all.
Take it all in.
All the way in.
Let it go.
Let it go in.
You won't feel what you'd like to feel.
Lay back and let me show you another way.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 3:45 PM

3:35 - Andy Partridge doesn't count, as he's really from the 80's. Otherwise, I'd have to throw in Difford/Tilbrook too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 4:02 PM

The best new singer I've heard was...what was his name...fuck...I read about him on Altered Zones....fuck....it'll come to me in a minute.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 4:02 PM

3:35 - Neil Y0ung and Neil Diam0nd are apples/oranges. Diamond came from the Br1ll Building. Y0ung, from another planet. Both equally talented, but completely different types of songwriters.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 4:12 PM

Alex Turner?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 4:17 PM

my mom used to take her panties off at his shows and throw them onstage

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 4:17 PM

Randy Newman > Neil Diamond

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 4:25 PM

4:25 - You must be from L.A.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 4:49 PM

Randy Newman is so fucking overrated! And yeah, I have Sail Away & it's good. But he's still fucking overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 5:03 PM

@ 1:10 Lou Reed (by a country mile)

Coming to America has to be the worst piece of jingoistic horseshit I've ever heard.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 9:40 PM

I would vote Randy newman for president if he ran. Political science is the perfect platform.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 9:53 PM

I'm voting for Iggy Pop for prez in 2012. The Cabinet will be composed from members of the OWS drum circle. Free housing for artists, free drugs for musicians.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2011 11:03 PM

Why not Raleigh, N.C.?????????? Come on Neil!!!! Play for me!!!! heee

Posted by toni hicks | December 3, 2011 7:32 PM

I am SO excited for the Ft. Lauderdale show next year, can't wait! I got an incredible deal on tickets at smokingtickets.com, check it out!

Posted by Jesse Williams | December 9, 2011 3:28 PM

cool! i'm so excited!!

Posted by paket tour dubai | November 25, 2012 10:09 PM

neil diamond is amazing

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 10:57 AM

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