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thursday, february 18, 2010

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Diamond’s soft-rock appeal still forceful
BY Benn Wineka
staff writer

Have you ever seen that commercial where the kids don’t recognize their father as he gets a little loose on a cruise ship? I imagine that’s how a lot of college students would feel if they accompanied a parent to a Neil Diamond concert. Diamond doesn’t get much credit from today’s youth, besides maybe being known for a bit role in 2001’s “Saving Silverman.” And outside of the “greatest sing-a-long in the world” — “Sweet Caroline” — it’s doubtful that many young adults would even be able to name a song of Diamond’s. But there is still a sizable fan base out there aching for the mellow, country-western pop ballads on which Diamond built his career. The fan base I’m talking about packed four consecutive shows at Madison Square Garden in the summer of 2008. One of these August nights resulted in this career-encomp a s s i n g tw o - h o u r l i v e s e t . Beginning with the bubbly “Holly Holy”, and ending with a rendi-

tion of “Brother Love’s Traveling MUSICrevIew Salvation Show”, Diamond and Neil DiamoND his growl keeps his willing audience fixated on every over-told Hot August nigHt/nyc pop tale and acoustic chord. As seemingly every song sets a new high-water mark for dramatic interpretation, the crowd’s eration. Dave Matthews might intimate bond with Diamond only still have a chance, but 30 years seems to intensify. Judging by from now I have a hard time seethe crowd’s reaction, Diamond’s ing Matthews rip through four performance far outweighs the straight shows at the world’s most apparent repetitiveness of the famous arena. STREB Ad2-DTH Duke Chron:Layout 1 2/15/10 8:42 AM Page 1 music in this collection. No, he’s not the Rolling Stones. By the time the band has But I don’t think it would be farplayed out its solos and Diamond fetched to say Diamond’s music has long since bid his adieus, the has played just as significant of real end to the album occurs as a role in as many people’s lives the once rambunctious audience as has Mick Jagger and Keith is abruptly deflated, realizing the Richards. short vacation from their middleThe man is a force. You have to aged lives is over. give him that. For these people, Diamond Courtesy of LegaCy reCordings Contact the Diversions Editor neil diamond delivers his signature brand of soft rock live and in person. diamond’s new album Hot stands for more than studded at dive@unc.edu. August Night/NYC is a recording of a 2008 show the veteran played at Madison square garden. western wear and a receding hairline. He is an icon, the man who supplied The Monkees with their biggest hit and basically invented the adult-contemporary genre. There is no artist in today’s popular realm that can stand for what Diamond does to his gen-

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