Neil Diamond 2001-2002 Concert Reviews
Salt Lake City, UT November 1-2,
Patriot and Composer, Captures E Center Crowd
||Friday, November 2, 2001|
BY DAN NAILEN
Diamond preaches to sold-out 'choir'
By Scott Iwasaki
From The Deseret News, Please visit their website!
NEIL DIAMOND in concert at the E Center on Thursday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m.; additional performance Nov. 2, 8 p.m. Tickets available through Smith'sTix at 467-TIXX.
Neil Diamond was there to preach the word. And that
word, ladies and gentlemen, was love.
Diamond brought his own traveling salvation show to the E Center Thursday night. And when it was all sung and done, the sold-out audience had a brighter, more optimistic outlook on life.
"If music has the power to heal, let the healing begin," the singer told the audience of nearly 11,700, just before he strummed out the opening chords to "Solitary Man."
Fittingly, the concert opened with "America" as Old Glory proudly hung above the stage. And at one very poignant moment, Diamond dedicated "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" to the thousands of firefighters, police and military personnel on the job today.
"I Am . . . I Said" took on new meaning in light of the state of the nation, especially when Diamond sang the words, "L.A.'s fine, but it's not home/New York's home, but it ain't mine no more . . . ." The only thing that segment lacked was another New York-themed tune, "Brooklyn Roads."
Still, there was no absence of audience participation. During "Sweet Caroline," Diamond and his band led everyone through three chorus sing-a-longs before continuing the show with "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," which was sung with backup singer Linda Press.
There was a ton of older tunes offered from the stage. "Shiloh," "Holly Holy" and "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon" were some of those tunes. He dedicated "Captain Sunshine" to the band's late steel drum player Vince Charles and performed a rare medley of "Yes I Will" and "Lady Magdalene" on the piano.
The newer tunes included songs from the album "Three Chord Opera." The moody "I Haven't Played This Song in Years," the optimistic "I Believe in Happy Endings," "You Are the Best Part of Me" and the celebratory "A Mission of Love" were among those songs.
Of course, no Neil Diamond concert would have been complete without "Cracklin' Rosie" and the spiritual revival of "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show."
The band, joined by a string quartet and horn section, gave Diamond a solid podium of music from which Diamond preached his message of love to his grateful, devoted followers.
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