Last night the King and I, and my sister Jenna and my brother in law Sam went to see a classic - Neil Diamond. Jenna and I have always wanted to see him, and when Dan scored the tickets we were totally excited.
I have to say that when I heard he was coming to Arco Arena - a huge stadium - I was a little bit surprised. Would he fill it, or would it be a weirdly embarassing show that made you feel bad for him? After his appearance on Idol last year, I just wasn't sure what to expect.
It was freakin' packed! I couldn't see a single empty seat in the whole arena. There was no opening act, just Neil and his band. He came out doing a little dance, guitar in hand and played for close to two hours. He is amazingly good- and not for a man of 67 - but for anyone!
The crowd was completely mixed - young and old there to see the Neil and sing their favorites. And sing and dance they did. Right in front of us was a man with his wife and college age daughter totally rocking out together. Like Krissa, Jenna and I, this girl obviously grew up listening to Neil with her parents, and last night they got to enjoy him in person all together. It was a really cool thing to see.
Although Neil has a new album which I'm sure is great, he didn't push it too hard, and played almost all of the classics. The crowd was so into it that there wasn't a dull moment even during the slowest songs.
Now that I've seen Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond, nothing else matters! If you have a chance to see this legend, go. You won't be disappointed!