Thursday, November 24, 2011

Neil Diamond to Headline Summerfest July 8

Neil Diamond Summerfest

The closing night of Summerfest will feature Neil Diamond as the headline act at the Marcus Amphitheater. The show date is July 8, with the opening act yet to be announced. Neil Diamond is one of the most successful "adult contemporary" singers in the world, selling well over 100 million albums since he first set foot on stage back in the late 1950's. It all started with a song writing contract. Fifty years later, just about everyone knows a Diamond song or two.

Sweet Caroline Goes Viral

Neil's biggest success came in the early years, with songs like Cracklin' Rosie, and Song Sung Blue. Fast forward to the 1990's and he was still making albums. At that time, he was covering the classics, and producing Christmas albums. Around that same time, one of his most popular songs went viral. Sweet Caroline was one of the songs that was played during Boston College sporting events. Fans took to singing along, and now the song is played at major sporting events throughout the East Coast.

Neil was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame twenty six years ago, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just a few months back. Album sales in the United States are close to the 50 million mark for Mr. Diamond. His 2012 tour starts in early June, and runs through most of the summer.

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