- Written by Belinda Elliott
- Category: Arts & Entertainment
- Published: 16 November 2018
Saturday, December 1, 8 p.m.
In August 2012, legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond made a triumphant return to the celebrated Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. This magical evening celebrated the 40th anniversary of the original multiplatinum-selling Hot August Night collection that was recorded at the same venue in 1972.
Diamond's renowned musical prowess and skill as a live performer are in full evidence in this concert. Of his 2012 shows at The Greek, Billboard Magazine said: “His voice remains powerful and accurate; he reaches towards the baritone register for emphasis, just as he did in the 70s . . . he never falters in delivering every line with conviction.”
From the fine acoustic twang of “Forever in Blue Jeans” to the pure Americana swing of “Kentucky Woman,” from the eternal sing-along sunshine of “Sweet Caroline” to the raw emotionality of “I Am…I Said” and the welcoming arms of “America,'' Hot August Night III cements Diamond's mastery of the live stage and his unique connection with audiences the world over.