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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 1998, PT 2

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Vol 49 December 22, 1998

Hi!!
We had the greatest night of all last night at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville,SC!! Our second Neil concert. The first was in Atlanta, GA two years ago.
Wonderful!! Wonderful!! I have loved Neil for so many years and it has been a joy to share him with my teenage daughter. I play his music in the house all the time-so she knows the words. But last night was unreal!! Neil looked sooo goood and just was so wonderful. We sang ,danced and hugged each time one of "our songs" was sung by him.
He was beyond words "great". What a wonderful concert!! I played my cd "In My Lifetime" all the way on the drive back to Atlanta!!
I hope he will come back many times for us to enjoy a night of sheer pleasure and enjoyment. What a gift for me to pass on to my daughter-watching "Mom" being a teenager again herself. "Thank you Neil""!!
I love this page and to be able to share our thoughts on a great musical -and a wonderful person gift to us!! May his "Lifetime" go on for many years!!
Thank you, Charlotte & Jessica

We recently attended the Neil Diamond performance in Evansville, IN. It was just as great as I expected it to be. But more than that it built lasting memories for yourg grandparents (51 yrs) and their 11 year old grandaughter. She has been exposed to everything from 50's rock and roll to today's country and new rock. She knew Neil was one of my favorite singers and has listened to his CDs with me often. She wanted to go with us but I never expected the concert to effect her so much.
While standing I happened to look back and see a woman nudge her husband to look at our grandaugher Ashli. She was totally into Neil's music. I think she was the youngest one there that night. Someone said their child wanted to come but it was a school night. Even though we traveled an hour to get there and the next day came early for all of us it was worth it. I did make the mistake of buying only one program book. It went to school (jr high) the next day. I wouldn't have missed his performance for a million dollars, but the memories he gave us are worth even more.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you And keep on singing!!!

Dear Joe,
Neil Diamond just performed here In Evansville, Indiana Monday night.
While I have been a serious fan of his for many years, this was my first opportunity to attend his concert. To sum up my response....my friend Linda and her husband Rick, also attending with me called to tell me they looked over at me and had never seen me look so happy...they were sooooooo right, I think I listened sitting in a little pink cloud. Before the concert, I purchased his "As Time Goes By" cd box set and have been playing it all night on my computer.
Thank you for your wonderful HomePage for all of Neil Diamond admirers.....Janet...

I have followed Neil Diamond's music for 30 years. His concert in Evansville, Indiana last night (December 7th) was a truly outstanding performance. My wife and I took another couple with us which was the first concert ever for one of them and he is 50 years old. Not only was he impressed, he is ready for one more. Mr. Diamond is a great entertainer and works with the audience to really make you feel an intricate part of the evening. I look forward to seeing him again in the future.

THE MOVIE ALBUM:
Excellent arrangements, great selection of songs, That Marvelous Neil Diamond voice that helps you to feel what the singer and songwriter want to convey.
Almost as good as Hot August Night, which I consider his best ever. Anyone who doesn't have them both is missing out on two superior performances.
Been a fan since forever.

I just wanted to tell anyone who was contemplating on going to one of Neil Diamond's concert, that I attended the Dec. 7, 1998 concert in Evansville, IN..
It was an amazing concert, it was beyond anything I anticipated it to be. Neil put on a terrific show, I would go and see it again and again. I have loved Neil's music since I was a liitle girl, and I had always said if he ever came in concert I wanted to go, well, I got my chance and I will cherish the memories forever.
Not only did he do some of my favorites from his early albums, and from the Jazz Singer, but he preformed new ones. The crowd was on its feet during the entire show. I can't say enough about how wonderful it was. I just wanted to say THANK YOU NEIL DIAMOND for coming to Evansville, IN, and making one of my dreams come true.
I hope he comes back soon!

Please pass on to the powers that may be that the concert last night in Nashville was more than wonderful. I have never so enjoyed a concert. I went to the Rolling Stones Concert for nostalgia and was certainly disappointed. I went to Neil Diamond's Concert because I've always enjoyed his music. It was nothing short of INCREDIBLE. I believe that what aggrevates me is that Neil is 57 and hasn't lost a beat and I'm 50 and over the hill!
Congratulate Neil for me if you would, and thank him for a wonderful experience.
Best Wishes
Steve White
smwhite@bellsouth.Net

My wife and I planned six weeks for the December 4, Neil Diamond Concert at St. Louis!! We had it all planned to take a 1/2 day from work, go out to dinner and get to the Keil early and build the excitment with the crowd. We were there early and found our seats. What fantastic seats! The momentum built quick!! Before you knew it the anouncer shares "please be in your seats, the show will begin in a few moments.
The lights go down and the place went wild!!! The stage!! 19,000 fans yelling and watching for Neil to enter and "The lights" they focus on Neil entering the stage! Man!! It was a perfect enterence!! Neil, put on a show that went to quick!!! From Hello again to Salvation Show!! Two hours!! Where did the time go!!! Everybody wanted more but He was gone!! I hope he comes back again!! We loved the placement of every song!! Neil and his band are very, very good. There were teenagers clapping and there was a person celibrating her 79 birthday that Neil announced. What a following this talented man has!! When a band can bring 19,000 people to there feets. clap. sing, cry and smile for two hours, they deserve a very big thankyou!!! Its a memory we will have with us for a long time!!!
Ann and Eddie Mulholland

Hi Neil fans!
My family and I went to see Neil when he came to St. Louis on Dec. 4. The concert was great! What really made this concert good was the fact that my wife and I took our two young sons, who by the way, adore this very talented man. Just to watch the reaction of our sons, (who are 9 and 11) made this one of the best concerts we have ever been to. By the way, our youngest son has decided that he wants to be a professional singer\songwriter because of Neil. Neil, you are the BEST!
Michael Athmer
micat@midwest.net

Vol 48 December 12, 1998

Hi Joe and Neil Fans,
I enjoy the letters to the editor section of the page, because I enjoy reading reviews, and it is a pleasure to be able to read the thoughts and reactions of other "Diamondheads" on a regular basis. Thanks, Joe, for posting them, and thanks to your webpage fans for writing them.
I read Dennis Barbagello's thoughts on "The Movie Album," and I just wanted to throw in a couple of cents-worth of commentary, myself.
Like Dennis, I am a 23-year-plus veteran of the newspaper biz, having started out as a sports writer and now worked myself up (or down, perhaps!) to a news editor position. Of course, throughout my journalism career, no matter what job I was performing on a regular basis, I always found time to bug the entertainment editor for review tickets every time Neil appeared anywhere near the Pittsburgh (Pa.) or western Pennsylvania area. Still trying to bag that elusive interview with The Big Guy Himself (almost got him back in '96, but he wasn't able to do it at the last moment), but at least I have been able to attend every show he's performed in this town (and a few others) since 1976.
Like Dennis, I ran out and purchased "As Time Goes By," songs unheard and reviews unseen, the first day it was available on the shelves.
Unlike Dennis, though, I confess I was a bit disappointed on first listen. Oh, to be sure, there were some gems there, and Elmer Bernstein's orchestra and arrangements were exquisite throughout, but my overall first impression was that there are some songs that Neil just should not have attempted to put on disc.
I couldn't put my finger on it, but somehow the combo of big orchestra and Neil's, well, typical "Neilness" didn't jive with me right away.
But I have never quit before on a new Neil album, and I wasn't about to let this one be the first. I began to warm up to the album on subsequent listens, but what really showed me the light was when I heard him perform "As Time Goes By," "Unchained Melody," "I Can't Help Falling in Love," and the Sinatra medley live at State College on Nov. 10. The "I've Got You Under My Skin/One for My Baby" was the one that really got me. I sat there thinking, "Neil really has made these songs his own."
It's a three-hour drive (with the additional concert traffic) from State College to Pittsburgh, so I had a lot of time to listen to "The Movie Album" again on the way home from the show. And I wondered how I could ever have thought that Neil Diamond and the material on this album was anything less than a perfect match.
I, too, think that Bob Gaudio deserves kudos for his production work on "The Movie Album," But, unlike Dennis, I don't miss him quite as much. I think Neil did much of his best work with Robbie Robertson on "Beautiful Noise," and Tom Catalano on what may be my personal favorite Neil album, "Moods."
Hey, I'll quit now. Just wanted to say again that the letters to the editor page, and the entire site, is/are wonderful!
Thanks again, Joe!
Dave Fennessy

Hi Joe,
I just read the review from the critic with the elongated tongue! I happen to be at that concert on the second row, almost in touching distance.
The concert was one of the best that I have seen. Neil was was absolutely great! His voice was wonderful and clear. I am tired of critics saying it was scratchy or gravely. He captured the crowd right away. I have been to four other concerts, and as great as they were, this one was even better. I had terrific seats that were so close we made eye contact several times.
But the most exciting part was at the end when he actually blew a kiss at me!!!! I can tell you, I was in heaven. The only part that I have any complaints about is that the concert was, "done to soon". I personally do not like people being critical of Neil or his music. If they do not like him or his music, then they need to stay away. If you can't say something nice, keep your mouth shut!!!
Thanks for having this wonderful page. I enjoy reading the great things about Neil and I am glad that the fans out number the critics 1000 to 1.
Sincerely,
Peggy Baker
Neil Fan Forever

THE TRAVELLING SALVATION SHOW.
(THE FANS VIEW OF LIFE ON THE ROAD WITH NEIL DIAMOND)
OK I’ve traipsed the Web Sites. I’ve read the message boards and I've read the reviews (thanks Joe ....I'll help you out with Ireland, Scotland, England and Australia).
But we have to recognize that what pulls this all together is just that little bit special and represents who, I beleive, too be the greatest performer of modern times.
We can argue the albums indefinitely........and we'll never change our views, but we are united on one front and that is simply an appreciation of the sustained magic of NEIL DIAMOND IN CONCERT.
Somehow, I want to capture this and tell the world about it. So(God help me!)I intend to write a book, capturning the current tour, and all the relevant bits in between.
So, superfans all, tell me about it. The way it makes you feel. The number of shows you have seen. The lengths you have been to or intend to go to(don't forget this is a long tour)and reviews of the shows you have seen. I cannot promise I will use everything, but I will acknowledge every submission and keep you posted, either by personal letter or by the technological forces available to me.
Thanks,
Richard Anson.
E-mail address: Ranson3953@aol.com Postal address:Richard Anson, PO BOX1557, STRATFORD UPON AVON, ENGLAND CV37 8YQ.

The show was a first class show. I am 60 and felt like a 16 year old. I can't stop talking about it. I have almost all of his albums. The show moved along well and he even got the audience involved, which is always a lot of fun. Neil is looking fantastic, I told my family I was in love. The auditorium was packed with people of all ages. Neil Diamond is the best performer in the business. What class! Thank you so much for coming to Charleston WVA.
Love, Nancy Short

I WAS AT THE ST.LOUIS CONCERT I HAD 3RD ROW I HAVE BEEN TO 5 NEIL DIAMOND SHOWS THIS ONE WAS BY FAR THE BEST ONE. THE PLACE WAS SOLD OUT AND FROM THE OPENING BARS OF BEAUTIFUL NOISE HE HAD THE CROWED INTO IT.
DURING THE SONG SHILO HE CAME OVER AND SANG THE SONG TO A LADY IN THE FIRST ROW AFTER THE SONG HE KISSED HER AND SHE PASSED OUT.WHEN HE DID AMERICA THE CROWED WENT CRAZY,THE CROWED WENT CRAZIER WHEN HE DID SWEET CAROLINE THEN THE CROWED WANTED HIM TO DO IT AGAIN HE SAID WHAT DO YOU WANT BLOOD,THE CROWED CHEERED AND HE NOT ONLY DID PART OF THE SONG ONCE BUT TWICE. HE ENDED THE SHOW WITH BROTHER LOVES TRAVILIN SALVATION SHOW. THE CROWD WAS VERY PLEASED AND SO WAS I IF HE COMES TO KANSAS CITY I'M GOING OTHERWISE I CA'NT WAIT TILL HE COMES BACK TO ST.LOUIS.

I just got home, Joe, from being allowed the privilege of hearing 2 hours and 15 minutes of the great Neil Diamond. My mom is 78 and still loves him! I, like many other women, think he is wonderful, talented and so creative.

Having had songwriter friends and relatives, I know they all have to be a "little" eccentric sometimes, but just looking at his eyes, he looks like he's thinking about what he can create next. I've never known of one person who can do all that he has done and have such a presence. God graced him with a lot....

It was the best concert yet and I've been to all in St. Louis for 17 years. A woman was standing swaying and dancing to his song Shilo while all the others in her section were seated. She was in the floor seats front row. He was on a round stage on the other side and she was totally into the music. I noticed her and was wishing I could stand through the entire concert without disturbing anyone.
As he worked his way around the stage to her side he noticed her and went to the edge and started singing to her. She could hardly contain herself but did and didn't want to go too far but he motioned her over and sang the last part of Shilo to her face which was only inches away. She was mesmerized to say the least and when he finished the long drawn out ending of the song he kissed her right on the side of her mouth and hugged her....and she fainted! She was out for a few seconds and the security picked her up and put her back in her seat. She held her hands over her face for the next two songs. Her husband just held her and patted her the entire time. It was the most wonderful thing I have ever seen Neil do....it would have been better if it was me but it was still wonderful.
What a guy! Later he worked his way over to the other side and hugged a woman who was celebrating her 78th birthday.
FANTASTIC CONCERT!

I wanted to write and let everyone know how wonderful Neil's Wednesday night show in Charleston, WV was!!! He looks and sounds better than ever . (And I have adored him for almost thirty years!) It was over two hours of the best songs - the old favorites, of course ! - but the new album selections were great, too. Especially "Unchained Melody".
Thanks to Neil and his band for including WV in this year's tour!

Dear Joe,
Thanks for giving fans a place to give some feedback on concerts. I enjoy reading about them. One of my husband's and my first dates was to see Neil perform in the summer of '72, the year "Hot August Night" was performed and recorded. He was always my favorite male performer even before that night, and most certainly after that night.
Since then we have seen him numerous times and enjoyed watching him mature musically. We were lucky enough to see him in Buffalo this fall and I wondered if after all these years he still had it. WOW!! Except for maybe that 1972 performance it was the most electric performance of all!! He is still the "Pied Piper" in my estimation and there is no one performing today that can outdo him. His presence, compassion, love of fans has no equal. I wasn't sure if I would like the new album, but it is wonderful, especially after a long day to just veg and appreciate his voice with full orchestra. Bravo!
Neil, I hope you read this and realize how much you bring to this industry and the positive impact you have on your fans. I hope you never get tired of singing the songs for us!
Fondly,
Pam in Elmira, NY

You know, something has bothered me for awhile and I wondered if you knew the answer. Living in Ohio we've naturally made several trips to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Noticeably absent from enshrinement is Neil and we haven't been able to figure out why. Thought your FAQ might provide an answer but it didn't. The ONLY reason I can figure, looking at the other enshrinees, is that Neil is still making albums. Do you know if that's why he has not made it? I HOPE that's the only reason.
Thanks in advance for your answer if you know.

Vol 47: November 21, 1998

Greeting Joe:
I just purchased the Movie Album...saw it at the music store and just bought it without reading reviews. It is "Dyno-Mite!!"
Neil has returned to his roots....big orchestra...and Bob Gaudio is Back as his producer!!! I thank God for both!! .......
This may be Neil's finest body of work in years. Everything he does is great. But some things are better than others and this album is better than most stuff he has recorded in a long time. It has moved me. And I'm a 52-year-old hard-charging political reporter and columnist who is handily moved by anything.
The arrangement on "Unchained Melody" is a classic....I always loved both the original Less Baxter arrangement from 1954 and the Righteous Brothers version of the 60's and early 90's...but Neil's is different...a good different...truly great.
And "Puttin on the Ritz" amazed me with its down-tempo arrangement. I love it. This a great listen to play after a hard day of political B.S. that I deal with while sipping a glass of really fine Spanish sherry. Or, it would be ideal to play while sipping sherry with the Mrs. in front of the fireplace on a cold wintry night...Well, you get the picture.
I am so glad to see Bob Gaudio listed as producer. I brings back memories of "Beautiful Noise," or "Jonathan Livingston Seagull," or even "Love Songs." With the "Movie Album" Neil has proven that he deserves to take his place among classic American male crooners, like Tony Bennett; the late Dean Martin; and Frank Sinatra, or even Steve Lawrence and Andy Williams. Personally, I would like to see an album of Neil Diamond ballads...all soft tempo...or music with that classic ND search for a spiritual direction like "Be," or "Signs" from the "Beautiful Noise" album.
Tell Neil that I say, "BRAVO!!!!" to the Movie Album and urge him to do more of the same with that orchestra and Bob Gaudio as producer....
Respectfully,
Dennis Barbagello
Political reporter, columnist, analyst Neil Diamond of many, many years.

I am the mother of the 33 year old woman from Grand Rapids, MI. My daughter Cathy is a precious woman. She has loved Neil Diamond since she was a little girl. Always listening to the radio to hear him.
As a child her father left and never returned in her life and still has not. She grew up listening to Neil Diamond and would be so happy when she heard him. As a single parent I could never get her the tapes or records she wanted so she would always here him on the radio then when she got old enough to work all she bought was Neil Diamond (THE MAN) as she called him. She would always wish and dream of the day that she would see him in person. Well on her birthday this year we surprised her with tickets to see him LIVE IN PERSON at the Van Andel Arena on Nov 6.
I was the lucky one she chose to attend the concert with her. And for sure I was the lucky one. It was one of the greatest and happiest moments a mother could ask for in her life. I saw my daughter at one of the happiest moments in her life. When Neil came out the stage my daughter cried the most happiest tears that I have ever seen a person cry. She was sometimes uncontrollable. It brought me to tears myself just watching the only man in her life (besides her husband of 12 years) that she has loved so much bring so much happiness to one person. The concert was beautiful just like heaven will be. I know my daughter thought she was in heaven that nite. I thank you so much Neil for bringing so much happiness to my daughter. I know the people around us could not understand why my daughter was crying so much but I did not care. You have made her happy in some of the years that she was sad and you have just brought so much life to this woman. As a child and now as a young woman.
You have given her so much inspiration in her life. She has 4 beautiful daughters and they sure do know who (THE MAN) is and they all love you also. Her husband thinks you’re great .You are a wonderful man and a truly wonderful person. The Lord has really blessed you and I am thankful that he brought you into my daughters life while she was growing up and at this time so my daughter could see her life long hero (THE MAN) and the shooting star she would always wish for on all of her birthdays.
HER DREAM FINIALLY BECAME REALITY. I am so happy that I was there to see you and her. You both are wonderful people.
THANK YOU AGAIN NEIL YOU REALLY DO MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE.
.... FROM THE FAMILY WHOS DREAM YOU MADE COME TRUE IN GRAND RAPIDS.

My husband, my 9 year old son, & myself attended the Nov. 8th concert in Columbus, Ohio. ALL of the songs were fantastic!!! The newspaper reviews said that the new songs from the new CD weren't done well. Well, I do NOT agree!!! Neil was BETTER than Frank Sinatra or Elvis ever was!!!!
We drove from Clarksville, IN to see the show and enjoyed every minute of it! We usually get to hear Neil on the end of a tour and his voice sometimes sounds tired. This concert was the best yet for Neil's voice was just great! He is a fine entertainer, singer, songwriter, and still just as SEXY as ever! WE LOVE YOU, NEIL!!!!!! If you get a chance to see the show, GO!
From: DiamondCW@aol.com

To The Editor:
I just wanted to make a comment about my experience at the Neil Diamond World Tour concert in Toronto. I am a student and therefore did not have a lot of money to buy tickets for the concert but I wanted to go with my mother and my roommate and her mother. We were way up high, and would have had a hard time hearing over the noise of the crowd. One of Neil Diamond's staff members approached us and gave us tickets on the floor, second row from the front! We had an amazing experience and we could never express how much we appreciate the tickets we were given! I just wanted to express my thanks to the staff and Neil Diamond too for our experience.
Nancy Poole
Toronto, Ontario Canada

My friend & I were fortunate enough to see Neil in Albany. The last show we attended was in Boston at the Fleet Center in 1996 so we were waiting impatiently for the show ......
We had the best seats we've ever had (2nd row floor) and we have been to 17 shows over the last decade plus. The show itself was the best we've ever had the good fortune to experience. He looked better, sang better, performed better than ever.
We enjoyed every song and really enjoyed the audience around us. Everyone from the nuns seated in front of us to the young man next to us who always had wanted to see Neil in concert had a great time.
We will travel from CT to where ever just to enjoy another Neil Diamond Evening. Unfortunately, overseas is not on our where-ever list.
Looking forward to our next Neil Diamond Concert in the not too distant future Thanks for your terrific web-site, I look forward to all the up dates and concert reviews--well, everything actually.
Keep it up!
K. Gagnon

Last night Neil played in Toronto Ontario Canada and along with my mom, my roommate and her mom I had the pleasure of attending the concert. As graduate students, my roommate and I don't have a lot of money to spend on great tickets. So we got cheaper tickets for ourselves and our moms and took the streetcar down to Maple Leaf Gardens. As we took the stairs farther up the arena, we realized just how cheap our seats were (we were above the rafters) and literally afraid to look down!
As we sat there anticipating the show, a man approached us and asked to see our tickets. Reluctantly, we handed the man our tickets and he broke into a smile. The man continued to say that he worked for ND and he always buys out a couple of rows right at the front for people who have bad seats.
Well, we cannot thank ND and his staff enough for a great concert (Nov 15, 1998) and for placing us in the front row and I guess for making my mom almost pass out when You Don't Buy Me Flowers came on. I'll always be a fan!!

I'VE BEEN TO MANY,MANY CONCERTS SINCE THE 60'S. I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF SEEING NEIL IN CONCERT ON SIX DIFFERENT OCCASIONS.
I HAVE NEVER, EVER BEEN DISAPPOINTED. THIS TIME AROUND, I MUST ADMIT THAT I WAS A BIT MORE RELUCTANT BECAUSE I WAS AFRAID THAT PERHAPS BECAUSE OF HIS AGE, AND ALL THE STRESS COMING FROM PERFORMING ON SO MANY OCCASIONS, I WAS AFRAID THAT NEIL MIGHT HAVE LOST HIS TOUCH OR THAT HIS VOICE WAS GOING, BUT BY GOD, NEIL HASN'T LOST ANYTHING, A MATTER OF FACT NEIL IS BETTER NOW THAN EVER BEFORE. HE'S ALWAYS BEEN MY MAIN HERO AS A SINGER/COMPOSER AND HE'LL ALWAYS WILL BE. HE'S TRULY A MUSICAL GENIUS AND BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A GREAT CONCERT UNTIL YOU'VE BEEN TO A NEIL DIAMOND CONCERT!!
BRAVO NEIL!! HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN, SOON AND HOPEFULLY MAYBE EVEN MEET YOU. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR GOOD AND MEANINGFUL MUSIC.

Dear Joe...
Last night I attended Neil's concert in Columbus at the new Schottenstein Center located on the Ohio State University campus. The evening was AWESOME!!
Neil's performance was excellent ... with a good mixture of songs ... tempo throughout the evening was varied and kept the enthusiastic crowd pumped all night ... it was great!
On top of Neil's excellent on-stage persona, the evening was also very special for most in attendance because it was the first time to see the new Schottenstien Center ... OSU's brand new arena. Neil was the opening performance concert for the Center (which just opened last Thursday). It was a truly memorable evening! One I will never forget!

Neil Lives Forever!
Denise Keller

"I thought Neil's concert in Milwaukee and even Madison were "awesome" Neil is a wonderful "Entertainer", and very wonderful singer. Even though I got to see his butt allot! That was pretty "Awesome Too". He really knows how to get to people like his fans. "ILOVED IT!" And I also will see him again and again when he sings his song again! So hurry back Neil because we all love you!
--Robin

I'm responding to the fan who was concerned by the Grand Rapids reviewer who wrote about attendants asking people to stay in their seats during ballads, etc. Actually, I think it was very possible that he was given those directions.
I won two front-row seats to the Madison, Wis., show. (Yes, I thought I died and went heaven.) Anyway, some sort of attendant gave us those exact instructions and asked to be courteous to those sitting behind us. As a devoted fan of 30 years, I found it incredibly hard to follow that request, but I did my best. It brought a whole new meaning to "can't stand (or sit) still while the music is playing!" At one point when I was half sitting, and half standing, I think Neil motioned to me to stand up. It's hard to know what to do when people are standing in other sections, but the people behind you aren't!
The whole experience was a thrill of a lifetime. I hope all died-in-wool Neil Diamond fans someday are lucky enough to sit near the front at one of his concerts.
Thanks for doing such a good job with the web site. I really enjoy it.
Ginny Gnadt

Dear Joe,
Your page is GREAT!!! Keep up the terrific job you do. I know it must take a lot of your time. I missed meeting you and seeing Neil when he did his Ft. Worth concert because I left for vacation and could not change the date. But, I am flying to Ft. Lauderdale to see the concert there. I can't wait. I have been going to all his concerts in cites I lived since 1971 when I first saw him at the Winter Garden in NYC. He passed around a rose to the audience and told everyone to take a petal, and I still have my petal!!!
... To me he is the best performer and the only one I see every time he is in town and every night he is there. I could not stand to miss this concert. I am looking forward to it and counting the days, I hope he hurries back.....
Regards,
Harriet Leeds

Vol 46: November 11, 1998

You have the review from the Grand Rapids Press, I guess John Sinkevics was not at the same show our group was. We attended both concerts, on November 5th we were seated in the first row just off the floor; we could see everything, security was very tight, we never saw any attendant giving any one instructions on how to act and not how to act. On Friday we were in the third row front and center and were never given any kind of directions, I wish they had tried. I am trying to find an e-mail address for John Sinkevics but have been unsuccessful.
Both shows were absolutely wonderful; Neil is better than ever. As Time Goes By is one of this best albums. I hope he plays at Carnige Hall in New York with the orchestra. Both nights we took people who had never been to a "Neil Happening" and they were thrilled with Neil. They are now a Diamondhead or as we call ourselves Diamond Disciples. Neil acknowledge both our signs as did Linda Press. The band was wonderful too. We had such a great time both nights. At a pre-party event at the Arena Brewery our group won 4 CD's and two more tickets.
WE HOPE NEIL CONTINUES TO COME TO GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN AT THE 'V' . We are looking forward to our next Diamond Happening December 6 at Nashville...our Christmas present to ourselves. Until December 8 when we return from Nashville.

Around 6 tonight my 14-year-old daughter came in and told me her youth group leader was on the phone. She had a couple of extra tickets to a concert and wondered if my daughter and I would like to go with her and her daughter. "I never heard of the group," she pondered vaguely. I asked her who was doing the concert; she told me, then went down to tell her leader that Mom says we will definitely go. My daughter was happy because she expected I'd say no, I was too tired or whatever, but the leader's daughter has become a friend of hers and going out with her anywhere was good enough time even if she might have to suffer through some boring music.
She came back up a few moments later, and noticed I was slightly pop-eyed, especially about getting this news two hours before the concert was to start. "Are you sure that's where she said we were going?" I asked, incredulous.
"Yeah, that's what she said. I asked her again and she said so. So..." She was a little baffled. "...is this Neil Diamond famous or something?"

I think that the review that Dave Tianen wrote in the Milwaukee Journal was terrible and I think that he is the biggest cheese ball of all of them. The Journal definitely sent the wrong person to review this concert. Something has to be said for someone who set an all time attendance record at the Rockford Metrocentre and thoroughly entertained his fans for over two hours. This was my first time to see Neil in concert and I would definitely go see him again.
Keep up the good work!
Lisa Burke lburke9202@aol.com

I read the critics ignorant review of Neil’s latest album "The Movie Album". My mom and I bought it today and we're listening to the wonderful music as I type. What a rush. This is a new dimension in music.... Tell People to hire someone with some knowledge of music for the next review or keep their opinions to themselves. They can probably give some of the rap records to this review'.
I read the article about Neil's new album in "People Magazine" and feel the writer must not have any music background at all. Anyone with music knowledge can appreciate this masterpiece.
Bought the album this afternoon and listening as I type and I feel this adds a new dimension to Neil's work.
Ginger Kornegay
PS I may cancel the subscription to People, what do you think?

{My In-laws} 40th wedding anniversary and my father-in-law's birthday is on November 15th, and to celebrate the occasion we (the whole family) are going to dinner and then to the Maple Leaf Gardens to be entertained and sing with Neil. Years ago, my husband and his family spent their whole driving trip to and from Florida, singing along with Neil on their very first 8-track tape in their very first tape player. I hear this story just about every other family gathering, and have concluded that this is part of the family's "good 'ol days" memories......

My mother and I attended Neil's concert at the Ryman Auditorium just before his break to do Jonathon Livingston....I was 18, a friend of mine was with us, she was 12. Mother was 50. Well, Mom took a large hat that obstructed her view from the balcony off of the lady in front of her that night and told her that no one was going to keep her from seeing Neil Diamond. Since that time, I knew she wasn't oblivious to what I liked. I am 45 now, she is 78, and we will be at the concert in Nashville. If there is any way possible, I would love for my mom to have SOMETHING from Neil. Of course, I would love it for myself, but she deserves it. She ranks him right up there with the absolute greatest musicians, singers and composers who ever lived. (Of course, I do, too...) I took a picture of him there at the Ryman, and have been embarrassed ever since, but got a great one.
Short story, but I was starstruck at the time. Now I am in awe. As a "bard", I would give my life to be able to do the things Neil Diamond has done. He is (in my opinion) an unsung hero of the bridge between the ages. What a man. I love him.

I thought the concert was great!. I have attended a ND concert every time Neil has performed in Milwaukee since I've lived here (1986, before that, New York).
Of the last three times he has come here, this was the best. His choice of songs, the ones he did from the new CD, his connection with the audience. It all worked.
In his performance, two tours back, I thought he was too "mechanical", same last time but not so much so. This time more audience rapport. Like the old shows at the Marcus Amphitheater (I think that's where they were).
I paid attention to looking at people coming and going to the show. Mostly older folks like me (over 40) but some youngsters and even kids (probably with their grandparents).
I don't know if you get comments from gay people and lesbians, but here goes. When Neil includes us in his concert closing song - Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show - that is a powerful statement of support which is much appreciated. In the national media, Wisconsin may seem liberal and progressive with our gay rights legislation and now, an elected representative who is a lesbian but the day to day reality is a continuing revelation of new spin(s) on the meaning of "conservative". My whole professional life is tied up with HIV prevention and working with and for people who have been and are marginalized in society, Neil's words of inclusion help make the struggle worth doing, and bring a special bit of joy to my life. So, THANKS. Tell him, please, keep doin it.
Bea Green

I have been a ND fan since I can remember listening to music. When I was growing up as a teenage boy, I was sometimes embarrassed to say I was a fan, but now @ 28 yrs old, anytime my friends or family hear ND, they instantly think of me. His words have helped me through some of the hardest times of my life, and if his music affects you the way it does me, sing it loud and clear. Hello Again will be my wedding song and the music industry has been blessed to of had ND in it. Not bad for a kid from Brooklyn!

Hello there; Just wanted to let you know I caught Neil in concert at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids Mich. on Nov 5,1998. The show started about 15 minutes late but he more than made up for it. He played to a sell out crowd (not sure of the numbers will try to get them later) and had the crowd rocking with the first song. I grew up listening to him in the 60s and 70s so I could here a little difference in his voice but he still does a great job.
It was 2 hours of non stop entertainment and the mix of music was great. He played and sang enough of his older songs to keep everyone happy and mixed his newer releases in through out the entire show. The light show was one of the best I've any ever seen. The only blemish I could say that I heard was when he was doing the duet "You don't bring me flowers", the female singer was very hard to understand. I didn't see anyone who left the arena that wasn't wearing a smile so I assume they all enjoyed the concert as much as I did.
Tom Elenbaas

I AM A MARRIED 33 YR OLD MOTHER OF 4 BEATUIFUL GIRLS AND AM A NEIL DIAMOND FAN TO THE SOUL. I HAVE LOVED HIS MUSIC SINCE...WELL EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER. THIS NOVEMBER 6TH IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN AT THE VANANDEL ARENA MY LIVING WISH TO FINALLY SEE "THE MAN" WILL COME TRUE, AS A BIRTHDAY GIFT TO ME FROM MY WHOLE FAMILY. AND A VERY LUCKY ME AND MY GREAT MOM WILL BE GOING TO THE CONCERT OF MY LIFE!!!!! I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM TO FINALLY SEE THIS DREAM OF MINE COME TRUE.
I REMEMBER AS A LITTLE GIRL JUST MAKING ALL MY BIRTHDAY WISHES, AND SHOOTING STAR WISHES ALL OF THEM TO BE ABLE TO SEE HIM IN CONCERT BEFORE I DIE. AND NOW ITS HAPPENING. I KNOW ALL THE ND FANS CAN FEEL MY EXCIETMENT. I WILL CHERRISH THIS CONCERT IN MY SOUL FOREVER!!!
ONLY 2 MORE DAYS UNTIL THE DREAM OF A LIFETIME. I LOVE YOU NEIL, OTHER THEN MY HUSBAND, YOU ARE THE ONLY OTHER MAN I CAN TRUELY SAY THAT I REALLY LOVE!! YOUR MUSIC HAS BEEN THERE FOR ME WHENEVER I WAS DOWN, YOU WERE THERE WHEN I NEEDED TO BE PICKED UP. SO UNTIL THE 6TH. CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SINCERELY,
EXCITED MOM IN GRAND RAPIDS!!

The concert was nothing less than spectacular! I attended the Milwaukee concert two years ago and thought it great, but this one surpassed it. The Rockford venue is smaller, so possibly that is why Neil seemed more in touch with the audience. He gave us upbeat music that drew the crowd to its feet, and an opportunity to cuddle with the quieter selections. His new album is out of sight. My daughter gave it to us as a 37th anniversary gift....we've been Diamond fans for a long time.

Hi Neil Fans,
I'm a 56 year old Grandma who has love Neil from the very start. I lived on the New Jersey shore and frequently saw his concerts in Philadelphia. I now live in Winston Salem, NC and I am eagerly awaiting his concert in December. I now have three generations of fans. My children grew up listening to his music. Now my grandchildren love him also. We are all going to the concert, grandma's treat. I always think I have a favorite song, but it is always the one he is singing at the moment. He is truly blessed with a great voice, but he also is a truly compassionate man. I heard he is getting married soon and I want to wish him all the happiness he deserves. He has brought so much to his fans.
Love,
Karen Buro

...(Neil’s) first show in Grand Rapids, Michigan .... Overall, the selection of songs were wonderful. For me, the 2 1/2 hour drive from Detroit was worth it. This was my fifth time seeing Neil perform since 1991 and I thought this was the best so far (although I always feel the same way each time I see him). Overall, the concert was more "simple" than previous ones (no laser, less lighting and Neil was a little bit less active on the stage), but it had a homely and intimate touch to it. The numbers from the movie album sounded even better in live (I think his own band made the difference).
Regards,
Khaled Aziz
khaled@umich.edu maziz@ford.com
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~khaled

So what if the man has a little middle age spread and his hair is grayer - he can still sing!!! Better than ever! This was definitely his best one. It was vintage Diamond as he sang many of his older songs. The ending was a combination of his Hot August Night concert and his Love At The Greek concert. If you have not seen him yet this time around, be sure to go! You will be glad you did! Rock on, Neil!!!!
Jim & Nancy
Sterling, Ill
jans@esssex1.com

Hello everyone, I think I have you all beat. I have been a Diamond fan since the age of 12! Now just so you understand how long that is, I am 42 years old, and will turn 43 this November. Neil, as my husband loves to tell, was my first ‘love’". Anyway, got to go see him in Milwaukee, and I love his new show. It is set up just wonderfully, and I got the feeling that he truly loved being with us. I am so glad that Neil has such a loyal fan base. The first concert I went to was here in Indianapolis, Neil sang at Clowes Hall, a college campus theater. He had an opening act, John Byner, and the show was very minimal. But the singer was fabulous. When I go to his concerts now, I can't help remembering that first one, and how much Neil, his music, and I have grown and changed over the years. We are not getting older, we are getting better!
I welcome any e-mail pals. My e-mail is tcknight@yahoo.com.
Here's hoping Neil comes to Indy!
Teresa Knight

Shows in G.R. Were Neilistic!!!
By Michael Furbush (The 19-year-old superfan)
Van Andel Arena was the place to be last Thursday and Friday night. Both of Neil Diamond's spectacular shows in the Grand Rapids arena were sell-outs, as was his excellent show in 1996 that opened the facility. This time around, Neil outdid himself. He still had that incredible, almost hypnotic stage presence that can be felt by every audience member, all the way to the nosebleed seats. His voice was warm and polished. His energy was enough to put many young rock'n'rollers to shame. His band was full and rich. The light show was impressive. And the audience loved it...both nights.
Yes, I'm only nineteen. I was raised on N.D. and saw his 1996 show in Grand Rapids when he opened Van Andel. My friends and I were awestruck by Neil's professionalism. Now, two years later, it was time to experience the magic again.
I attended both of his G.R. shows this year and both were excellent. The audience seemed much more excited than they had two years ago. I could tell from the opening number, Beautiful Noise, that this crowd was into it. The audience cheered and clapped and sang along and had a blast. I have seen a lot of great shows, but never with an audience that adored the performer as much as Neil's crowd. The magic, the intimacy that happens between Neil Diamond and his fans is unequalled. It was the outstanding concert experience of my life to join 13,000-plus fans for two nights in a row to see one of the greatest showmen to ever live.
I could write a long letter of my adoration for Neil, but I think that it is obvious. Neil is a polished Diamond that, like a bottle of Red, Red Wine, improves with age. He can visit Grand Rapids again anytime!

Vol 45: November 10, 1998

Me and my wife went to the concert in Moline ILL on 10/28/98, it was an awesome show that I hated to see end. Neil was electric, it was our first show but will not be our last. No one opened for him, he sand for two hours straight, if I had to have a negative thing to say, we had our hearts set on hearing September Morn. He sang a few songs from "As Time Goes BY'' and of course my wife didn't leave the arena till we had a copy. Over all great experience.
LawIIphoto@aol.com

The new Neil album was released on October 27. I couldn't get to the record store until the evening of the 30th. After battling Atlanta traffic (they say it's the worst in the Nation), I charged through the doors of the music shop and seized my copy of "The Movie Album."
Back in the car, I ripped off the cellophane and had a look at the insert. As we say in the Deep South, "He sure do clean up good!!"
There is no CD player in the car. With deliberate care, I gunned it up I-75; got home, tripped over the cat, recovered and made it to the CD player and popped in disc #1. I listened for 2 solid days.
No need to compare the past with the present, these songs - as well as the moonlight, belong to Neil.
Bravo...bravo...bravo!!!

The people in my area Newcastle upon Tyne, in the UK, are getting excited about the forthcoming ND tour. We have seen him live on seven occasions, and feel the reception he was give on his last tour, was fantastic. We think you web site is great, and are astounded at the interest Neil Diamond can generate.
Brian & Iris

Here is my review of THE JAZZ SINGER. Forgive me if this seems lengthy, however, I have a lot to say about this particular album, as it was my first Neil Diamond album, and by far, my all-time favorite to date.
Where can I begin? Like Neil, with a feeling. The first time I heard about Neil Diamond, was after a haircut. My father had picked up THE JAZZ SINGER on video, and I was bummed out because it wasn't STAR WARS. I mean what 10 year old kid wants to see some guy singing love songs to Lucie Arnaz at that age? But, after a while, I began to develope a puppy love crush on Lucie Arnaz, and I would ask my parents to get THE JAZZ SINGER again, and again. After watching the movie to see Lucie Arnaz, I began to hum the songs. AMERICA was the one that hit me on the head like brick, and to this day, some 18 years later, is still my favorite song of all-time.
But, I must confess. I have always felt (and still do) that the version on the album is weak. The cut from the actual concert footage at the film's end is MY favorite version. And, the part of the song that hooked me, was the drum sequence during the orchestral overture. I think this song is better than any other written about our country to date. Neil has a way of taking people away with his songs. AMERICA does that for me whenever I hear it. And that's quite a bit, because I play it several times a day.
Another track I love, is HELLO AGAIN. The soft orchestrations of music behind his strong vocals takes me back to that 10 year old innocence whenever I hear it. A memory I wish I could physically recapture. But, now it must live on in my mind. There's one song which I didn't particularly get into at first, but now it has finally grown on me after 18 years. JERUSALEM. I didn't like the version on the album, but the lyrics in the film were better. Somehow though, even in the film, I didn't like the song. But, it did finally grow on me. Better late than never. LOVE ON THE ROCKS, and SONGS OF LIFE, are powerful as well, and I know when I die, it is written in my will that SONGS OF LIFE be played at my memorial service. This one just makes me thankful to be alive every time I hear it, and there is no greater ballad written to capture such beauty, as SONGS OF LIFE. If one song could make sense at a funeral, it's SONGS OF LIFE. Onto another topic. The LIVE performances. I've seen Neil Diamond in concert 9 times )soon to be 10 in Columbus on November 8, 1998).
One small critique though, NEIL, if you are reading this now, PLEASE put the orchestral overture back into AMERICA during your live performances. It's a very beautiful melody, and sets the song above all your other ones. And last but not least, release another concert video with In-the-Round Concert footage, or do a LIVE HBO special from one of your concert settings. Neil Diamond is DEFINATELY, The King in my opinion. Not Elvis. If Neil Diamond will be remembered for one thing, it should be this...his passion for life. After all, it's his music that stands out and supercedes all other imitators and styles. And, it's THE STORY OF "his" LIFE. All we are doing is listening to the musical pages in this colorful tapestry known as NEIL DIAMOND.
Tom Tagliente,
SOLON, OHIO

Hi, my name is Cindy, I am 20 yrs old. All my memories as a child have tunes of Neil Diamond in the background. His music is very important to me. He has been in my family for as long as I can remember. His songs have always touched my heart. The only clear memory I have of my real father(who has been missing for 8 years) is singing Neil Diamond songs to me while he cooked me breakfast one weekend.
My mother, a serious Neil Diamond fan used to do her aerobics every morning to “Beautiful Noise".
When I was 8, she went to a Neil Diamond concert and I wanted to go so bad but my mom said I was to young...and I would have my chance. Well here I am 20 years old, going to see Neil Diamond next week in Milwaukee!! This is the best dream come true for me I could ever imagine. I myself, have found that "I am I said" means the most to me. No matter who you are Neil has a tune for you.
I haven't found many people my own age with a passion for Neil like I have, yet I was lucky to find my ex-boyfriend (now good friend) shares that passion, and we just can't wait until next week's concert! Thanks Neil for all the sad days you've turned to happy ones.
Cindy Charbit
cbc1006@hotmail.com
San Francisco/Minneapolis

I have loved Neil's Lyrics since I was age 9, I am now 34 and am sure there is no other song writer in the world today who can put into words the feeling and depth given by Neil Diamond, he says the things I always wanted to but never could because I couldn't find the right words. A gifted man with a talent I could kill for!
Long may he continue to bring tears to my eyes.
Thanks.
Gary Haigh (England)
haighgary@msn.com

Dear Joe:
I don't wrote and speak english, but I try. I'm Chilean guy and old fan Since august 1972. have fortheen years. descubri hace 2 años por la internet,everything about neil and try assistence a concert in USA.
--------------------------- Estoy tratando de juntar dinero para asistir en algun momento de mi vida a algun concierto de mi idolo. recientemente en CDNow compre unos videos y ya compre el ultimo album AS TIME GOES BY no es facil ir desde chile,ademas trabajo. me gustaria ir al de ORLANDO,pues a los chilenos no es algo mas facil como puedo recibir alguna foto autografiada de neil? he logrado juntar discos ,cassetes y cd's tengo casi toda la musica. tambien toco guitarra y he logrado cantar en publico muchas de sus canciones. aqui en chile,siempre es muy tocado en la estaciones de radio FM for high economics status.
sincerily
Sergio Fonseca
s.fonseca@yupimail.com

Two Years ago, Nov,1996, my husband and I had tickets to see Mr. Diamond in Fort Worth. We were like a couple of kids. This would be our 3rd concert and we are both huge Neil Diamond fans! After 3 hours of nightmare traffic from Dallas to Fort Worth we finally got into the parking garage at the convention center, parked and were on our way to the elevator. I took a step, my left foot slipped and I went crashing to the pavement onto my right knee. I stood up, felt the knee, felt a lump where it shouldnt be and decided, being an orthopedic surgery nurse that the knee cap was just dislocated, tried to push it back into place. I could go to an ER after the concert,right? Well, the lump wouldnt move, and my right leg wouldnt work, so we spent the concert in an ER in Fort worth. The knee cap was broken in half and the ligaments and tendons were pretty well trashed too. So back home to McKinney and surgery the next day to pin and wire and suture everything back together.
We have tickets for tonights concert in Fort Worth, my knee is good as new and God willin` and the creek dont rise we will be there if I have to crawl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ann and Doug Goschke
McKinney, TX.

Atencion: FERNANDO GONZALEZ
Quiero hablar con tigo pero tu direccion de email no esta bien. Si ves este mensaje, email a mi porque estaré en Londres en marzo. Soy britanico y aprendo espanol y me gustaria practicar con un fan de Neil de Espana. Hasta luego. toby@cooper-island.com
Atencion CARLOS en BOLIVIA
Great to hear from a Neil fan in Bolivia; I suspect there are not many there. I was in Bolivia last year and loved it and hope to come back again soon. It would be great to correspond with you and maybe meet up if you plan to come to any of the concerts over here. Email me. toby@cooper-island.com

Un Saludo desde Chile, Nos preguntamos cuando sera la fecha que Neil. = visite Chile o Sudam=E9rica. reciban desde ya un fraternal saludo de = Marcos, Roxany, Leda y Ricardo
Ric

Vol 44: October 10,1998

Dear Joe
I've been browsing your website for the last couple of years and think it's terrific! Neil and his music captured my heart 25 years ago (at the age of 15) and I've been a fan ever since.
I've seen Neil in concert each of the three times he has visited Australia. His concerts were wonderful and something I will treasure always. I hope that Australia will be included in Neil's upcoming tour.
In August last year I attended a concert in Sydney to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Hot August Night. The guy who impersonated Neil was excellent, although it would have been great to have the real thing!!
We visited your beautiful country earlier this year and were overwhelmed by the hospitality and friendliness of it's people. No doubt we'll be "Coming to America" again (once the Aussie dollar improves!!).
Do you happen to know the address of the Friends of Neil Diamond Fan Club in Australia?
Best wishes and keep up the great work.
Kim Dwyer

Hi my name is Barbara, I have loved Neil forever I have seen him everytime that he comes out here, I have a autograph picture of him and I belong to his fan- club. I lost track how much of his music I have. I would like to have penpals who love Neil like I do. Please E-Mail me at Neildiafan@aol.com. any age is welcome.

On Monday august 21 1972 I was a 15 year old boy who was on vacation with his parents from grandville MI . we drove out to California to visit relatives out there. we were at my aunts house and I was watching the DATING GAME . the show ended with the host sending the couple to see Neil diamond at the greek theatre so I grabbed the newspaper and sure enough it was to be that Thurs. nite. I begged my dad over and over and groveled and pleaded because Neil diamond was the bigger than life hero of my shallow little existence and to see him would make my world. My father said he didn’t think we had enough time because of a business meeting he had to go to. it turned out after that we would have had the time and tickets were attainable. my heart was broken and soon after it turns out that the concert became one of the greatest albums of all time. it still is my very favorite. on Nov 5 1998 in van andel arena in grand rapids mi. 26 years later IM finally going to get that chance to see him he is still a bigger than life hero to me and I am so looking forward to it . my dad is 75 now and he regrets still the decision he made because he found out how much that decision hurt me. But I understood. it was ok with all the fans that Mr. diamond has in the world I am less than mere spit in the ocean but this Nov 5 will be a huge nite for me Thanx for reading this note Fred Vander wall- j jenison Michigan

Hi
I am a New Zealand Neil Diamond fan and was wondering if you would like to swap emails
my address is lwood@paradise.net.nz
look forward to hearing from you
Linda

|I am a 38 year old Tennessee Registered Nurse who has been a fan of Neil Diamond since I "discovered" him when I was 16 years old. The first Neil song I ever heard was "I'm glad you're here with me tonight". I bought the 8 track and have been a fan ever since. I did not get to see him in concert until 1984 when I packed up the car and drove to Atlanta, Georgia to see him at the Omni. It was the most wonderful concert I have ever been to. I had the opportunity to see him again in Knoxville, TN, a little closer home! Thank you so much for this site. It is a real pleasure to read and hear about Neil.
Peggy Helton
Rogersville, TN

Yes!!!!!! I am a Neil Diamond super fan, I saw him in 1996 and loved the concert, and guess what the radio station in Grand Rapids Mi. 105,7 was giving away a pair of front row tickets to the 105th caller and as fate would have it I WON THEM. I can't wait until Nov. 6th. I"ll be there with my t- shirt on. See ya. Judy

This is a true story. In November of 1992 I suffered a heart attack and was in the hospital for one week. Was released on a Saturday and the following Monday my wife & I were standing on line to purchase Neil's tickets for his upcoming concert in Orlando Fl. We were 5 people away from purchasing our tickets when I started to have another heart attack.
I didn't say anything to my wife until after we got our tickets, then it was back into the hospital for another week. Needless to say my wife was very upset with me, but I wasn't about to lose my turn on line. I purchased tickets for my two daughters and their spouses and it was one of the best concerts. My two daughters hugged me and we all cried after his encore. I raised my whole family on Neil Diamond music and now I am treating them all again for his upcoming December concert in Orlando. Only now we have another fan who loves his music, my 6 year old granddaughter will be attending with us and she hopes he will sing her favorite, Soolaimon. Thanks Neil for all the GREAT songs. I'm glad that I am still here to enjoy you. "I AM I SAID" Keep on singing.
George W Holshek & Family
moviebuks @aol.com

Hello everybody. I'm a South American, Bolivian fan of Neil. As a an adult in his mid - thirties, I grew up listening to Neil's music, because my father did his medical practice in the good land of USA. I have very fond memories of those times , and one of them, is Neil Diamond. My mother loves his music! And, therefore, it is hereditary! I grew up listening to Neil Diamond, and he is engraved in my heart! After all these years, I still remain a loyal fan. Nowadays I have my job (I'm an industrialist), and when I get home, tired and angry, Neil always comforts my mind, and reminds me of the better times of yesterday. I congratulate the designers of the Neil Diamond web page and urge them to go on. And to all the Neil Diamond fans worldwide I say "Listen easy,.... you can here God calling".
Carlos

Hi, All you Neil Diamond Fans!! It's so great just to get on here and read about all the people that love Neil. I'm only 21 years old but I love Neil and I grew up with him ever since I can remember. I talk to people and they tell me who there favorite singer is and I say "Mines Neil Diamond" and they just look at me like I was some kind of weird-o.
But it's so good to know that there is people out there who love and appreciate Neil like I do. He soooo Awsum, his music just makes you feel good and it always makes you smile!!! Thanks to all those who write on the web it's fun to read them and to know we all have something in common. Thanks Joe for all your hard work, I enjoy coming on the Neil Diamond Web site, in fact it's one of the only reasons I ever get on the internet. I'm sad to say Neil is not coming to my city or state. But I hope he will again soon. I know he always sells out here in Utah!! Thanks Neil for taking on a dream and not being afraid to share it with the rest of the world.
A Forever Fan.
Mindee Bera

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