The 1960s was a good decade in the life of Neil Diamond, who was 25 when he released his debut album The Feel of Neil Diamond in 1966.
By the end of the decade, Diamond, who will bring his 50th anniversary tour to Australia next March and April, had released three more albums and numerous songs that would stand the test of time.
Solitary Man, Sweet Caroline, Shilo and Holy Holy were among the songs that would establish Neil Diamond as a star on the rise, while Cracklin' Rosie, Kentucky Woman and Song Sung Blue would deliver on the promise of more to come.
As the '70s unfolded and Diamond became a star on stage as well as one of the biggest recording artists in the world, his You Don't Bring Me Flowers duet with Barbara Streisand, Desiree and Love On the Rocks propelled him even higher in the entertainment universe.
Fifty-two years since his debut album, Diamond's hugely successful anniversary tour will play nine Australian dates, including Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena on March 27 and Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on April 3. His outdoor shows will include Sutton Grange Winery, near Castlemaine, on March 31, and the Hunter Valley's Roche Estate on April 7. The 76-year-old will also perform in Brisbane, Townsville, Adelaide and Perth.
In more recent years Diamond's star was officially recognised on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and he performed to a crowd of more than 100,0000 at the Glastonbury Festival. Over his long career he has sold 130 million albums.
Tickets go on sale from 2pm on Thursday, November 16.
For more information, head here. Ticket pre-sales from telstra.com/neildiamond open at 2pm on Tuesday, November 14.
The NZ-Australia tour itinerary
- CHRISTCHURCH – Tuesday, March 15, at AMI Stadium
- NAPIER – Tuesday, March 17, at Mission Estate
- TOWNSVILLE – Tuesday, March 20, at 1300 Smiles Stadium
- SUNSHINE COAST – Thursday, March 22, at Sunshine Coast Stadium
- BRISBANE – Saturday, March 24, at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre,
- SYDNEY – Tuesday, March 27, at Qudos Bank Arena
- VICTORIA – Saturday, March 31, at Sutton Grange Winery
- MELBOURNE – Tuesday, April 3, at Rod Laver Arena
- HUNTER VALLEY – Saturday, April 7, at Roche Estate
- ADELAIDE – Wednesday, April 11, at Botanic Park
- PERTH – Saturday, April 14, at Sandalford Estate, Swan Valley