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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Neil Diamond Concert

Monday was a busy day, I took my good friends back to the airport for their return trip home to Victoria then continued on to Brisbane where I picked up a few things I haven't been able to get in Gympie.
Monday night Warren and I had tickets for the Neil Diamond Concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, we had booked these tickets about 2 or 3 months ago and were chomping at the bit to see him in action again, we saw him many years ago and loved his music and style.. would he still be as good though??? we had seen Frank Sinatra on his last tour of Australia and while he could still do full justice to his slower love songs he couldn't belt it out like the Frank of previous tours.
Neil Diamond totally HELD his audience from the moment he stepped onto the stage, it could be said that he played us like a fine old violin for the entire time he was on stage, it could be said too that the excellent sound crew AMP'D up his voice a bit... but there was never the slightest hint of any waver in it.
Neil performs with "his" band and they are a fine group of musicians too, a fact that hadn't registered with me until tonight is that he was born in 1941.... the man is 70 years of age... he looks perhaps half that and he displays incredible stamina and talent as both a writer and performer.
He totally captured his 13500 audience and was applauded roundly for his efforts, the crowd were in the main... mature aged... that sounds so much better than old fogies doesn't it? but by the way some of them carried on they had got lessons in concert behavior from their kids... or maybe Grand kids.

I have included a couple of photos I found on the net and would ask that you compare them with the photos of Allan in the post below... is there a distinct likeness there or is it in my mind???

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