Neil Diamond - Leeds Arena
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Bringing his 50 Year Anniversary tour to Leeds, Neil Diamond appeared to be popular as ever with the arena being full to witness one of the legendary American singer/songwriters in pop music.
It is a glitzy affair with a touch of Las Vegas brought across the Atlantic to Leeds. With his 14 piece band it was pleasing to hear that his voice is still as strong as you remember.
He opens up the gig with Cherry Cherry. "It's great to be in Leeds for the 50 Year Anniversary tour, I hope I remember all the words" he jokes with the audience.
He goes right back to the start of his career with his first single, Solitary Man before he drops into Love on the Rocks.
He plays to the audience as he encourages each side of the arena to be the loudest. He has that star quality that you get with artists such as Barry Manilow and Lionel Richie, who also have that same aura around them.
He dedicates the song Dry Your Eyes to the victims of the Manchester Arena, London and Las Vegas atrocities which shows that he still has that human touch.
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Bringing a personal touch to the night footage shows on the video screen behind him of him with his mum and dad and then you see him growing up over the years as he performs Brooklyn Roads.
By the end of his final song, I Am ... I Said he has received a standing ovation from his fans and deservedly so.
The big hits Sweet Caroline and Cracklin' Rosie are saved for the encore with the fans still up on their feet.
As the title of one of his songs tonight said, it was all Done Too Soon. 2 hours seemed to pass too quickly for Leeds had witnessed one of the true legends of music. Pure Class.
Neil Diamond - Leeds Arena, 8th October 2017, 18:00 PM