Saw Neil Diamond Sunday at the United Center. Bought tix as Christmas present to take my mother. I didn't realize concert was on memorial day weekend when i bought them, didnt put it together till a few weeks ago when I reminded mom about the show. She reminded me that was memorial day weekend. Mom is always at her summer place that weekend, present fail, derp.. I took my sister instead.
Good show but also a bit disappointing in that all the arrangements were different than the albums, they were sparse. I was IDing songs by their vocal melody before the musical melody. The sparse arrangements didnt do the songs any service, actually detracted from the show a bit. The lone exception was Red Red Wine which was performed a la UB40, reggae style.
I get that he probably gets bored playing/singing the same songs for the past 50 years, i was hoping for a more jukebox experience, oh well, it was a good show.
He played most/all of his hits and a few deep cuts, show was 2hr 10mins.