Diamond Names New Album As
Tour Heats Up
Diamond Names New Album As Tour Heats Up
From Billboard Magazine, visit
their website at www.billboard.com
By Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Neil Diamond's next studio album will be a self-titled affair, the first
for the performer in his 40-year career. As previously reported, "Neil
Diamond" will be released Nov. 8 via Columbia and is being produced by
Rick Rubin. The set has been pushed back twice to give the label more time
for set up.
"It's a very stripped-down, beautiful, emotional album," Rubin told
Billboard.com last night (Aug. 1 before the first of three Diamond shows
at New York's Madison Square Garden. He added that several tracks feature
string arrangements that were being completed in the studio this week.
Among the songs expected to make the final cut for the album include "Oh
Mary," "Delirious" and "Evermore." The set is the follow-up to Diamond's
2001 effort "Three Chord Opera," which debuted at No. 15 on The Billboard
Last night, Diamond seemed thrilled to be playing in front of his hometown
crowd, telling them, "We're happy that you're here and that you remember
us." The 28-song set was highlighted by sing-a-long versions of "Sweet
Caroline," "Cracklin' Rosie" and "Cherry, Cherry" as well as the tour
debut of "Thank the Lord for the Night Time."
The North American leg of the trek kicked off July 25 in Omaha, Neb., and
has grossed $10.36 million from 13 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore,
seven of them sell-outs. Diamond's 2005 box-office haul is more than $42.4
million from 43 shows, 36 of them sell-outs.
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