Neil Diamond to make his beautiful noise in SA

2010-10-10 14:21

Legendary pop star Neil Diamond, who’s been entertaining fans with hits such as Sweet Caroline and Beautiful Noise for decades, says he is planning a special concert for his South African fans.

“I hope people attend so that I don’t end up in an empty stadium,” ­Diamond said from Los Angeles this week.

But if one takes into account how popular Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr’s Neil Diamond cover ­album is, he has ­nothing to worry about.

Diamond will visit Africa for the first time in April for four performances – in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.

The singer says he is impressed with the quality of the stadiums.

“I have been dreaming about ­visiting South Africa for years ­because I know that my music is very popular here.”

He says the successful hosting of the soccer World Cup was the ­determining factor in his decision.

According to Diamond, there will be time between concerts to see the country.

“But I am focused on the music so that I can give each South African the best concert possible.

My playlist will be a ­mixture of all the favourites of my fans and myself.”

His new CD, Dreams, is due to be released next year.

“The CD is a combination of all my favourite songs from the rock era. For a change, I will be singing other people’s songs,” he says, laughing.

Diamond says he lives a peaceful life. “There was a time when I would spend months in a dark studio to record CDs or write songs.

“But these days, I spend a lot of time with other people. I go fishing and explore nature with friends. I’m not getting any younger, so I need to enjoy life.”

He is still not sure how he will ­celebrate his 70th birthday in ­January. “My focus is on my Africa concert. Maybe I’ll throw a party; maybe I’ll go fishing.”

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