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I saw Neil Diamond live, now I'm a believer

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ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 15-Jul-11 23:52:04

He was brilliant and I am now listening to Play Me on a loop. That's all.

LynetteScavo Sat 16-Jul-11 00:02:21

Is he still alive?


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 16-Jul-11 00:03:38

Unless it was a particularly convincing hologram, then yes. wink

It's all about the songs.

LynetteScavo Sat 16-Jul-11 00:35:46

I'll give you Sweet Caroline.

Longtime Sat 16-Jul-11 00:43:50

Sorry it's the DM but thought you might be interested!

My mum's a great fan and I saw him years and years ago. Everyone was ON their seats dancing!

Longtime Sat 16-Jul-11 00:44:30

The convert links automatically thing seems to have a mind of its own.

Longtime Sat 16-Jul-11 00:45:25

I'll do it myself then mnhq

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 16-Jul-11 20:11:14

Ah yes, my friend told me about this. He does seem to have an, ahem, effect on some ladies. When I mentioned at work that I was attending this gig, a colleague voiced the opinion that Mr Diamond is the sexiest man alive.

silverfrog Sat 16-Jul-11 20:15:46

oh, oh, I saw him too!

last weekend - he did the smooching fan thing then too.

everyone was up and dancing - was a fab atmosphere.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 16-Jul-11 20:32:54

Hello, silverfrog, I think we may be a secret society of two here!

Interestingly, he didn't smooch anyone in the audience when I went and in fact gave a little speech about how we wouldn't be kissing any ladies because his lady friend said it made her uncomfortable.

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone

::waves hands in air and sways from side to side:

silverfrog Sat 16-Jul-11 20:38:43

yep, we probably are!

oh well, I've never been fashionable grin

I grew up listening to all of his hits - my mum was seriously the biggest fan ever! - and have wanted to go and see him for ages. last time he was touring, we couldn't get a babysitter for dd1.

this time, I'd have left them with any passing random person grin

the woman he kissed got a bit excited, and security had to stop her form constantly hanging about the edge of the stage, so he probably got a bit worried about stalkers grin

Pancakeflipper Sat 16-Jul-11 20:47:47

Can I join?
When I went to uni I nicked my mother's Neil Diamond collection. Cos' he makes a "Beautiful noise" ( did you see what I did there?). I obviously hid it in my cool indie collection of music until terribly drunk and wanted to show off my muscial talents singing " Forever in Blue Jeans.." Ermmmmm....

His voice is so unusual... or has everyone else got bog standards voices these days?

And that hair.....

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 16-Jul-11 20:49:44

Actually, silverfrog, before I started this thread I searched MN for references to Mr Diamond, to see whether I was going to be ridiculed or made to hand back my MN membership card. It seems there are some other devotees here, so I'm hoping to lure them out of hiding.

My mum is/was also a fan - that's where I also got my enthusiasm for Messrs Sinatra and Manilow.

lawnimp Sat 16-Jul-11 20:52:48

money talks grin

silverfrog Sat 16-Jul-11 20:54:12

the more the merrier, pancakeflipper smile

you know, I thought I had recollections of many long Neil-worshipping threads (probably about 3 years ago, when I couldn't get to see him) which I tried my hardest to ignore, so as to avoid combustion by envy

Pancakeflipper Sat 16-Jul-11 20:55:11

OOh I saw Barry once. Now I went with a mate who loves him but no-one would go with him even though he was buying the tickets. So I weakened after too much chablis.

And it was fantastic. All those little lighters for One Voice.... Ahhhh

He was such fun.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 16-Jul-11 20:55:21

::Embraces pancakeflipper::

Three and counting! Yes, there is a timbre to his voice that I think is unique. He does indeed make a beautiful noise. And maybe it does just confirm Noel Coward's line about the potency of cheap music, but I like the fact that he sings about the trials and tribulations of the human experience. The songs seem a bit more grown up than most contemporary disposable pop.

Hello again.


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 16-Jul-11 20:56:21

Eh, lawnimp?

silverfrog Sat 16-Jul-11 20:56:33

I am listening to that very song now, lawnimp grin

silverfrog Sat 16-Jul-11 20:57:33

shock - are you a true fan, ComeintothegardenMaud?

<narrows eyes suspiciously>


Pancakeflipper Sat 16-Jul-11 20:57:53

See Barry and Neil are not what you would call classically good-looking. Would record companies allow them out to the public? They'd have Neil working his little Forever in Blue Jeans off writing songs for others and never let us have seen his bushy untamed hair.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 16-Jul-11 20:58:32

Is this what you meant, lawnimp?

methodsandmaterials Sat 16-Jul-11 21:00:29

Neil Diamond is brilliant and anyone who thinks otherwise smells of poo.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 16-Jul-11 21:04:32

Silverfrog - I thought I had explained. Like others here, I grew up listening to my dear mater's collection of Neil Diamond records (although I think she was a fairly late recruit at about the Jazz Singer stage). I also had a friend who thought that the cover of Hot August Night was the most thrillingly rude thing she'd ever seen. I have always liked the songs but he wasn't part of my musical pantheon. Whereas now - having gone to the concert because my mater was unwell - I'm a believer and have the t-shirt and tea towel to prove it.


ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 16-Jul-11 21:05:26

Very succinct, methodsandmaterials. You sound like a scientist, so you must know about these things.

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