Now that the awards shows are over (see Neil Diamond Grammy Award Show photos and interviews here), expect a slow period for Neil Diamond news, as Neil takes some time in the studio to write & record songs for a new CD.
Barry Manilow recently talked about Neil in a interview with Seattle Weekly--
SW: Compare and contrast your career with that of ? Do you consider him to be your closest stylistic contemporary?
BM: Neil is a guitar-driven guy. I think I've heard him say one of his idols was Elvis. Elvis was not one of my idols. He was only doing four chords at best, which isn't really my thing. But I think Neil is brilliant. I mean, he's a fantastic songwriter. But I don't think we do the same thing at all.
Also on the net, read a review Gandhi India's Cuisine Restaurant in Las Vegas, which, as you can see below, features Neil's own King Errisson
It was the perfect place to invite my friends, King Errisson, Neil Diamond's percussionist and a former Grammy nominee, along with Beryl Warren, a former television associate producer and production coordinator...Read the rest of the review here.
Lastly here, we will just comment that the recent Wall Street Journal article on concert tickets sales seems to unfairly focus on and mention Neil Diamond. Since a read of the article states most artists operate in the same way, the emphasis on Neil seems misplaced at best. Just my 2 cents.