Absolutely - I'd put it right beside Brown Eyed Girl as one of those chestnuts that works every time.It may be lame, but as long as it gets the desired effect from the crowd, the end justifies the means.
Absolutely. His melodies and lyrics rocked well, when you listen past the production. Urge Overkill did a rockin' version of Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon, and Andy & The Rattlesnakes (L.A. band who's still together) recorded an edgy cover of Solitary Man in 1980, and it was great. Granted there aren't a lot of commercial Diamond covers, but most of his songs would translate well. UB40's Red Red Wine reggae cover is also worth mentioning.I've always thought Neil Diamond is undeniably a rock n' roller at heart.
The "so good" story came straight from Sam Cole, Neil's guy as long as I can remember (since sometime in the '70s.) I checked with my brother on that, and he said it had started after he stopped touring with Neil in 1987, which seems to have been confirmed by Sam.What a great story Jon. I'll take that as fact.
I know a musician guy who also did sound for a venue and he told me he wasn't allowed to look at Neil if he passed him in a hall.
Neil's rules supposedly.