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Monday's Connector – Neil Diamond

October 17th, 2010
05:06 PM ET

Musician Neil Diamond has been delighting music-lovers around the world for nearly 50 years.

He first started performing in 1966 and has written international hits such as "Cherry, Cherry", "Girl You'll be a Woman Soon" and "

With more than 140 million albums sold worldwide, Billboard magazine has ranked Diamond as the third most successful adult contemporary artist of all time – ranking only behind Barbra Streisand and Elton John.

He's been nominated for 12 Grammy's in his career and was included in the songwriters hall of fame in 1984.

Born in Brooklyn New York, Diamond has often been referred to as the "Jewish Elvis,"  and is known for wearing loud sequined shirts during concerts. Before deciding to become a musician he studied medicine in college.

Next month Diamond will release his latest album entitled "Dreams" which is a compilation of interpretations of his favorite songs by other rock artists.

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  1. Tom McDonnell

    Hi Neil,

    Is there a singer from the past that you wish you could do a song together?

    A fan,
    Tom McDonnell
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

    October 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  2. CherylLee

    Question for Neil: After your tour to South Africa and Australia, do you plan on touring America again soon?

    October 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  3. David Lucchi

    Any chance of hitting a small venue again? Your show at "The Bitter End" in New York in 2008 proved to some of the music snobs out there that you are still an artist. Sometimes its a good thing to work outside your comfort zone.

    October 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  4. LauraAnn Millard

    Hey Neil, Any thoughts about going to Las Vegas and/or coming back to NYC. Also, any new albums or music in the works. (New York City).

    October 17, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Reply
  5. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Neil Leslie Diamond and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Neil Leslie Diamond on the following questions:

    – How would you as the Jewish Elvis Improve the Unity between Muslims and Jewish people, because in Suriname a Mosque is build near a Jewish Synagogue for Years?

    – How do you Improve the careers of young singer-songwriter who are working worldwide?

    – What can we expect from you in 2010 and 2011?

    I am awaiting Neil Leslie Diamond’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    October 17, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  6. Mary Blanchard

    How did you happen to choose these specific songs that you chose for "Dreams" and why did you decide to do a cover album at this time?

    October 18, 2010 at 12:52 am | Reply
  7. Eydie Ruth

    Hi Neil...

    Your fans are so excited to hear that you are getting ready to go out on the road again!! South Africa is so excited about your announcement to go there! Will the shows in South Africa open the tour, or will you try to fit other shows in before April? Kentucky would LOVE to see you again!!!

    October 18, 2010 at 12:56 am | Reply
  8. Bobby Trotter

    Hello Neil,

    Have you ever performed "A Little Bit Me, A little Bit You or "If I Never Knew Your Name in concert? If not, please consider.

    Also, How about doing a special concert from the Troubadour in LA or the Bitter End in NYC or perhaps the Greek Theater?

    October 18, 2010 at 1:00 am | Reply
  9. Tom Ziber

    Hi Neil, first I just wanted to say thanks for all the "Beautiful Noise" all these years. I have 2 questions. Is there a song that you wish you hadn't recorded? Are you planning to release the Complete Bang Recordings on CD?

    Thanks
    Tom
    Antigo, Wisconsin USA!

    October 18, 2010 at 1:03 am | Reply
  10. Betty Prasauskas

    Hi Neil!.. I have been your fan forever!!.. you are the best!.. my question is.. next time you are here in Chicago for a concert, can I please come back stage to meet you??..pretty please!!.. that would be the best!!

    October 18, 2010 at 1:03 am | Reply
  11. Roger Warren

    Nothing to ask. Just wanted to say thanks for so many years of music and concerts, and to congratulate you on your RRHOF nomination. It was LONG over due.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:06 am | Reply
  12. Linda Vastardis

    Dear Neil ... What was the motivation and inspiration for this cover CD "Dreams" and the specific songs chosen? Also, do you plan to record another all-original self-penned album collaborating with Rick Rubin that will have a rockier beat with electric guitar?

    Thanks Neil, for everything ... a fan forever.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:10 am | Reply
  13. Charlie Connell

    Hello, Neil. Do you have any plans for another TV special? I first saw you in concert in 1971. Please keep going strong!

    October 18, 2010 at 1:19 am | Reply
  14. Margaret MacDonald

    Hi Neil,

    A lot of big stars have done concerts up here in Inverness, in Scotland.

    The local footie stadium is the place they have used. I know it doesn't hold as much as a large hall, but it would be great to see you this far north. Would you like to come and do a show here?

    October 18, 2010 at 1:22 am | Reply
  15. Lois Labendz

    Is there any in your career that you regret doing or not doing

    October 18, 2010 at 1:27 am | Reply
  16. Eugina Hunter-Barnes

    Mr. Diamond I have always wanted to know how did you become interested in the sport of fencing; while in high school?

    October 18, 2010 at 1:28 am | Reply
  17. Dianne Raynes

    Good afternoon Neil
    Do you remember receiving a Gold Record in New Zealand in 1976 for your fantastic Beautiful Noise album? Somehow it got left behind when you finished your tour here, and we have just become the proud new owner of it! We are huge fans of yours and feel absolutely honoured to have this beautiful gold record on our 'Neil Diamond Wall of Fame'. Please come back to New Zealand soon.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:31 am | Reply
  18. Susan Cochran

    Mr Diamond, Do you have a favorite song, one that really tugs on your heartstrings? (Whitesboro, New York)

    October 18, 2010 at 1:34 am | Reply
  19. Bernie Perry

    Hey Neil,

    Any chance you might be able to persuade Paramount Pictures to release Jonathin Livingston Seagull as a blueray DVD? How awesonme would that be?

    Bernie Perry
    Jeffersonville, IN
    FOND Member #00556

    October 18, 2010 at 1:34 am | Reply
  20. Kathy Coleman

    Hi Neil
    Have you any idea when you will be coming again to Sydney.You are still the greatest and cant wait for Your new C D.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:35 am | Reply
  21. fran

    Hi, Neil,
    My family & I grew up listening to all your songs! And we love your music alot! Is there anyway you could send me an autograph of you PLEASE!!! I would REALLY Appreciated it. I've got all your music.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:35 am | Reply
  22. fran

    I'm from Flint, MICHIGAN.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:36 am | Reply
  23. Leanne

    Why do you keep leaving us out in Australia when you tour.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:37 am | Reply
  24. Linda Bonneau

    Hi Neil !I'd like to know if you will come back to British Columbia ? My daughter and I travelled 3 hours by car and ferry to see you in Vancouver and are hoping you would add in Victoria the next time you come to BC.Its a smaller venue but then you could relax for a few days and explore our beautiful island !

    October 18, 2010 at 1:37 am | Reply
  25. Lisa from Ohio

    Who or what was your biggest inspiration for the Dreams Album

    October 18, 2010 at 1:38 am | Reply
  26. Wendy

    Hello Neil- Writing to you from Seattle Washington. Hoping we will see you here live soon! You have kept a pretty quiet life as far as the media. Have you ever thought about writing an extensive autobiography? I think it would be wonderful and if so include as many photos as possible. If you have the time check out Sweet Caroline A Neil Diamond Community. It is a wonderful site all devoted to you. You are the best and we hope to see you here in Seattle very soon. Keep writing, keep singing, and keep being the Neil we love! God Bless.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:38 am | Reply
  27. Mark Studer

    "Are You A Believer?" ❤
    🙂
    My wife and I would Truely be appreciative to be invited to Your next XMAS!.'Yousee my wife was recently diagnosed w/throat cancer and we are praying that she will only need surgurey and not chemo,we love
    your lyrics and Dreams
    Thankyou for your Prayers ,Mark n Sharron Studer,{Keizer,Oregon}

    October 18, 2010 at 1:38 am | Reply
  28. Randy Kling

    i have a super8mm of you at the origanal grand ole opry color no sound you have denim shirt and pants with beads. would you be interested rfk

    October 18, 2010 at 1:42 am | Reply
  29. Chris McClung

    Hello Neil, when your Tour comes to America any thoughts about performing in Toytota Center or possibly performing in Reliant Stadium? Any plans in remastering and expanding Love At the Greek to a 2CD/1DVD Set in the works?

    October 18, 2010 at 1:42 am | Reply
  30. Randy Kling nashville tn

    im from nashville tn

    October 18, 2010 at 1:44 am | Reply
  31. Bill & Jeff Collins

    Hi Neil,

    When you first started in the music business, you wrote songs for other artists. In November, 1966 on a 10-minute interview radio show called, "The In Sound" with host Harry Harison, he asked you if you write your own songs. You said you did, you even mentioned you wrote for Andy Williams, Sonny & Cher, and Jay & the Americans. Do you remember the titles for Andy Williams & Sonny & Cher? I also found out later you wrote songs for The Bachelors (English group of the 60's), Brook Benton and Wilson Pickett, do you remember the songs titles and what were they.

    The reason I'm asking is that we collect cover versions of songs that you wrote by yourself or with others that you never put into your singles and LP's throughout the years.

    Thank you very much, and keep on rockin'
    Bill & Jeff Collins
    Massapequa, NY

    October 18, 2010 at 1:44 am | Reply
  32. Matt Polidoro

    Hi Neil-

    After spending 40+ years in the music industry, do you feel it's more important to put out material that will appeal to new fans, or do you just want to give your longtime fans something they would want to hear?

    Matt, 29
    New York, NY

    October 18, 2010 at 1:44 am | Reply
  33. Shirley Daman

    Question for Neil – is there any chance of "A Beautiful Noise" movie
    in the future. Been waiting a long time!

    October 18, 2010 at 1:46 am | Reply
  34. sharon

    Neil
    is there anyone you would like to record a duet with? Would love to see you live again

    October 18, 2010 at 1:46 am | Reply
  35. Elizabeth McPhee

    Hi Neil – Will you be touring to Australia in the near future – and particularly Brisbane ?

    October 18, 2010 at 1:46 am | Reply
  36. Cindy Murphy

    I heard that you went to see Garth Brooks' show in Las Vegas this past summer. (For those who have not seen it, it is a poignant,comical, rich show, done acoustic and as a solo performer with Trisha Yearwood as his only guest, outlining Garth's musical influences throughout his life.) Would you be tempted to do such an intimate show on a long term basis?

    October 18, 2010 at 1:48 am | Reply
  37. james packman ( new zealand )

    hi Neil,
    Am a huge fan of your music ( I'm 39 but been listening since I was maybe 5 or so ! ) and have a couple of questions for you:
    do you have any plans to return to New Zealand for a future tour and; if wanting to write a musical with your songs in it who would I contact to find out about copyrights, royalties etc ......
    Many thanks
    James Packman
    ( NEW ZEALAND )

    October 18, 2010 at 1:49 am | Reply
  38. Carol Ortiz

    I once read that the songs that you write and sing stem from random thoughts that you put together into lyrics and are not born from personal experience, with the possible exception of "I Am, I Said". But then there are songs like "Brooklyn Roads" which seems to be somewhat true to your background, "Hell, Yeah" seems personal, not to mention your beautiful love songs, including my favorite "Play Me", and some others which seem to reflect a strong connection with a Supreme Being.

    I believe not everything you write is based on personal experiences but come from your talent, heart and soul, but do a lot of your songs come from personal experiences that you share with the world through poetry and song, the way other people would just sit and talk?

    P.S. Forget the R&R Hall of Fame. Let's have the Neil Diamond Museum since there's no one else in your class.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:49 am | Reply
  39. Sharon Honsey

    How did you approach the Glastonbury show knowing it would be over 100,000 people plus? Was it a different mind set for you than preparing for a smaller venue like your show at the bitter end?

    Writing from North Dakota near the Canadian border.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:49 am | Reply
  40. Name*Karen ponder

    Was there a real shilo?

    October 18, 2010 at 1:51 am | Reply
  41. Linda Andrus

    Neil, Did you ever attend Camp in Lake Luzerne New York when you were younger? Good luck with your tour. You have a gift of song. Thank you for sharing that precious gift with us. North Port Florida

    October 18, 2010 at 1:51 am | Reply
  42. Jane AKA Ziggy

    You have a very loyal fan base, and have recognized your fans many times over the years. Many of those fans have, from the first time they heard one of your songs, felt a strong connection with you and felt that someone understood them enough to voice their feelings, or make them think about things they would not normally ponder. With the Internet and the myriad ways of keeping in touch these days, do you feel more connected to your fans now than, say, 15 years ago, and if so, what effect, if any, has that increased connection had on your life and career?

    October 18, 2010 at 1:51 am | Reply
  43. Jean Scigliano

    Neil, if you could change one thing about your life – personal or professional – what would you change?

    Jean Scigliano
    A fan since 1967
    Pleasant Hill, Iowa

    October 18, 2010 at 1:53 am | Reply
  44. Paula King

    Where was the most unusual place you ever found yourself writing music or lyrics down for a new song?

    Writing to you from Seattle, Washington.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:55 am | Reply
  45. Sheryl Orloff

    Neal

    First of all thanks for donating to the Hurricane Ike victims in Galveston. Just want to know when will you be back in Houston.
    And does your tour manager work hard. I know my son does he is a tour manager for several rock bands.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:00 am | Reply
  46. Judy Coe Rapaport

    Neil,
    Would love to have you visit Oswego to see Eli and I. It would be great for you to see the Safe Haven Museum & Education Center. You could take a rest with us before you go on tour. love Judy & Eli

    October 18, 2010 at 2:01 am | Reply
  47. Sheryl Orloff

    Opps spelled your name wrong sorry.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:01 am | Reply
  48. john plevack

    Neil – How far along are you in doing a new Rick Rubin produced album with just your own wriitten songs?

    October 18, 2010 at 2:03 am | Reply
  49. Rose Rapoport

    Hi Neil...

    I'm Rose... from Brazil; so, excuse me
    if I make some mistakes, ok?
    I'm your fan since I was a young girl (12 years old).
    I was listening Cracklin' Rose – my favorite song,
    so... loved...
    Neil, one day you said you're a solitary man, is it true?
    Do you like to be alone?
    What do you do in your free hours?
    Don't you miss someone by your side?
    kisses, Neil... Love you 😉

    Rose *.^

    October 18, 2010 at 2:03 am | Reply
  50. Frankie D

    I love the song Lady oh its very moving can u emlighten me on your inspiration for that song....thank you and hope to see you once again grace the stage

    October 18, 2010 at 2:03 am | Reply
  51. Brenda Skinner

    Hi, Neil!
    What is a day like in the off-tour life of Neil Diamond? Grandkids are so much fun. I am wondering if you get to spend much time with your grandchildren and what you enjoy doing with them.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:04 am | Reply
  52. Link

    Neil, would you ever consider writing a song with a new songwriter? I've been a fan for 39 years and you've been my inspiration since I was a child...can you give a new songwriter a break in the business? Link

    October 18, 2010 at 2:04 am | Reply
  53. Dori Breitbach

    Hi Neil,
    Who decides which singers that you get to do duets with? I wish that you could do one with Linda Ronstadt. I think that her voice would complement yours.
    Chasing after you for thirty years,
    Dori Breitbach
    Dubuque. IA

    October 18, 2010 at 2:05 am | Reply
  54. marie scantland

    Hey Neil, for starters I have been a fan since I was a child,but my question is was any of your earlier music inspired by events in your life such as solitary man,or are you just a wonderful poet? Either way you're wonderful.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:06 am | Reply
  55. Tom Tagliente

    Dear Neil,

    I am a fan of all your music, but as a singer myself, I was wondering why you never released instrumental versions of your original songs for other performers to sing them? The karaoke versions are really not that great and do not have the heart and soul that your original compositions have. HINT: Please consider the live instrumenal version of AMERICA from the finale of THE JAZZ SINGER as an instrumental should you ever release an anniversary version of THE JAZZ SINGER soundtrack.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Tagliente

    October 18, 2010 at 2:06 am | Reply
  56. Caroline Anderson

    Hi Neil,

    I have recently gone gluten free. Could you provide your best recipe for gluten free white bread?

    Another if you please: Could you explain in detail the meaning behind the lyrics of If You Know What I Mean?

    Thanks.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:07 am | Reply
  57. Peter D Bentley

    Hi Mr Diamond,

    Are you considering a return tour of Australia including Queensland? my wife and I have been fans of yours for many years. Keep up the wonderful Song writing and Singing.

    God Bless,

    Kay and Peter.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:08 am | Reply
  58. richard shirley

    I think 12 SONGS was your BEST album in 30 years(if not ever). I understand you had a lot of songs left over from that session. Why not release them with other new songs instead of DREAMS?

    Also, how about changing your concert list of songs to reflect more of the artist and less of the performer?

    October 18, 2010 at 2:10 am | Reply
  59. Tom Tagliente

    Neil,

    Have you ever thought of writing and performing a song with Sir Paul McCartney on a new song for a future album? That would be wonderful for the two of you to work together.

    To have you and Sir Paul doing a song together would be groundbreaking event in the world of popular music. Please consider that. And, congratulations on your nomination into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

    Sincerely,

    Tom Tagliente

    October 18, 2010 at 2:10 am | Reply
  60. Diane Dickinson

    Hi Neil, Were there any specific reasons why you decided to record a slower version of "I'm A Believer" for your new album? (Hamden, Connecticut, USA)

    October 18, 2010 at 2:11 am | Reply
  61. Rosemary Pryne

    I would like to know if you will be touring in the Northeast part of NewYork State in Schenectady, New York or Albany, New York. We would love to have you back in our area.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:19 am | Reply
  62. Sarah S

    Neil

    Any plans to do any more movies ?

    October 18, 2010 at 2:21 am | Reply
  63. Hitoshi Rice

    Hi, Neil.
    You revealed that the song 'Sweet Caroline' was about Caroline Kennedy. After knowing that, how do we understand the lyrics? Without knowledges having then existed behind this song, it's hard to understand it. Anyway, I really like this song.
    A fan living in the country in Japan

    October 18, 2010 at 2:22 am | Reply
  64. Pamela Rood

    Hi Neil, Thanks for this opportunity to ask you a question 🙂 I work with children ( that live in a "at risk" environment,) as a one on one
    skill builder,Assistant/aid/Teacher. I was wondering what kind of advice could you give to them to be able to live their dream with the way the world is today? I do use you and others who have become successful as positive examples of success, (despite their challenges) to inspire my students to continue to "dream" and look ahead to a future of success. Perhaps you wouldn't mind addressing this question. I would gratefully pass your suggestion on to my very worthy students.
    Very sincerely, a fan since the 70's, Pamela of Farmington NY
    P.S.
    If you return to the Rochester NY area, with your next tour, I'm sure a personal visit from you and your band, to our school,would inspire the students I work with, to never give up on their dreams, even more.. That would be a dream come true of mine, and possibly of theirs 🙂

    October 18, 2010 at 2:24 am | Reply
  65. Sharon Kerkman

    Neil, after playing around the world, what is your most favorite city to play in and why?

    October 18, 2010 at 2:25 am | Reply
  66. Brenda Vaccarelli

    You have played the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia a number of times during your career. Is there any chance of you coming to Hampton again. I know it would be a sell out again. I have loved your music since I first heard Solitary Man when I was 12 years old and it is still my favorite. All the best to you.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:25 am | Reply
  67. John Hefner

    Hello Neil,

    I was wondering if you remember a mutual friend by the name of Anthony Scarmacino (sp). He served with me in the National Guard. I believe you two were friends. I hope to your coming to the Tahoe region again I would love to see you perform in person. Your one of the greats!

    John
    Minden, Nevada

    October 18, 2010 at 2:26 am | Reply
  68. Barbara Robertson

    Wow! Hi, Neil!! Will you marry me?? and..when will you be coming to the Orlando area again??

    October 18, 2010 at 2:27 am | Reply
  69. Stacey Eisenberg

    Aside from... will you be touring in NY anytime soon..... Can you give charitable donations to Yeshivas? One in Brooklyn, in particular.... In your OLD neighborhood. We are possibly going to close our doors and I am wondering if you have a foundation, or other means of donations?! Or know someone I can contact?! THANKS!!!!! As a fan for more than 3/4 of my life, I just want to say thanks for the countless hours of entertainment. LOVE your music.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:28 am | Reply
  70. Estela

    Hello Neil:

    This is a two part question: Do you ever go to your fan website and read all the stories about you?....And, I have been wondering this for many years, How is the band paid? What happens when they are not touring with you and they are on their own?

    Thank you Neil, and Congratulations on your nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This has been a long time waiting.

    Your Fan,

    Estela from San Diego, CA

    October 18, 2010 at 2:35 am | Reply
  71. Mary Bernard

    Hi Neil,

    After completing "Hell Yeah" what I would say is the 3rd deepest song about your life, have you found any peace yet or are you still a restless soul? Also, would you ever consider going back in time and doing a tour in small venues with just you and your guitar?

    October 18, 2010 at 2:39 am | Reply
  72. Frank Curatola

    Neil:

    Do you have any plans for long time fans (33 years here), for a possible meet and great someday? Would love such an event, and possibly tied to a charity donation... Even if it doesn't work out, I must thank you for a lifetime of enjoyment, and one further request; maybe one more concert DVD, this time an outdoor venue....

    October 18, 2010 at 2:40 am | Reply
  73. Karine

    Hi Neil, if you had the choice, what wich would you still like to see true in your life ?

    a fan for ever,
    Karine Verhaegen
    Antwerp, Belgium

    October 18, 2010 at 2:40 am | Reply
  74. Sarah

    HI,

    What are the chances your Grammy Musicares tribute will be released on DVD? That was one fantastic show.

    Love your music!

    October 18, 2010 at 2:40 am | Reply
  75. Rowan

    Hi Neil I have heard that a movie was made of Hot August Night in 1972. Is this true?
    Thanks
    Rowan
    Sydney Australia

    October 18, 2010 at 2:42 am | Reply
  76. Harriet Weiss

    Hi Neil:
    First I would like to tell you, I have been following you since 1966. I still have the first album I had bought of your recocorded on the Bang label!! You deserve the nomination to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more then any one else. Congratulations on the nomination. It is long over due. I have seen you in concert in NYC at the Winter Garden in the 1960's. You passed around a rose to the audience for everyone to take a petal, I still have my petal wrapped up!! I have seen your concerts in NYC, LAs Vegas New Years Eve, San Jose Ca and my hometown in South Florida!! I would like to ask you to never stop singing and never stop putting on the wonderful concerts and to return to The Ft. Lauderdale area soon!! I would love a phone call for my special birthday this year or a personlized autographed picture!!! I already have posters in the house and other assorted articles!!
    from one of your most loyal fans in South Florida and member of F.O.N.D. All the best always, you deserve it all!!! Harriet Weiss

    October 18, 2010 at 2:45 am | Reply
  77. Brandy Tanenbaum

    Congrats on your nomination to the RRHOF. If you could add another verse to "Done to Soon" who would you add now?

    October 18, 2010 at 2:46 am | Reply
  78. Mike Catalano

    Hi Neil,

    Everyone would love to see a play based on your music. Have you ever thought of doing one?

    Mike Catalano
    Union, New Jersey

    PS- Hope you come back to New Jersey or NYC.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:49 am | Reply
  79. Joe Hissam

    Hello Neil, Your music is just so awesome! Knowing you have millions of fans of all ages, many who would love to meet you in person, would you EVER consider a contest like "people writing why you should spend the day with them" and from everything submitted pick a person to spend the day with in either Brooklyn, or Californian? It was a pleasure seeing you at the Rose Garden in Portland!

    October 18, 2010 at 2:54 am | Reply
  80. Iris Beyer

    Dear Mr. Diamond,
    Are you in a romantic relationship I respectfully ask if you wish to answer.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:55 am | Reply
  81. Jeff

    Hello Neil. I have been a groupie for many many years. I had a golden retriver. I named him Shilo. I thought it was the perfect name for the perfect friend. Did you really have an imaginary friend in your youth named Shilo? If not, where did the name come from?

    October 18, 2010 at 2:57 am | Reply
  82. Pamela Von Eschen

    Drove by the Troubador last night and thought of you and "Gold"; wondering if you would come back to your "roots" after you get into the RRHF? I use to put on that album (and many of your others) at night and wake up in the morning and it would still be playing on the record player. I have hundreds of your songs "running through my brain" – you'll always be my favorite. Wishing you all the best. Pamela from L.A. (but originally from Bloomington, MN – we go way back to the MN State Fair in 1971).

    October 18, 2010 at 3:00 am | Reply
  83. Barb Cline

    If you could sit down to dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would that be? And what would be your one and only question to that person?

    A fan from Iowa

    October 18, 2010 at 3:04 am | Reply
  84. Matt

    Hi Neil. What inspired you to get into music? Especially, pop music, versus rock and roll?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:04 am | Reply
  85. Olga Everaert

    this may be a bit cheeky considering how very generous an artist you are, but Neil.. will there ever be a time when you will release the material from your own private library?.. you see how it is.. faithful and devoted fan that I am, I am still asking for more.. thanks for the gift of yourself and all the awesome songs that so touched my soul....

    October 18, 2010 at 3:05 am | Reply
  86. Christopher Heidel (Bel Air MD)

    In the song called Canta Libre? where did you learn Spanish?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:08 am | Reply
  87. Marlene Sommer

    Hello!
    First I would like to say, I have not missed a concert of yours since 1985 when you perform in New England..Boston, Worcester, Providence RI...Your energy is contagious. Do you feel as up as you appear at every concert? Does the engegy of the audience carry you through and should the audience not be as into the performance, how does that affect you? I was at Mohegan Sun in Uncus Ct a few years ago and felt that there were more people there that got comped the tickets than were true fans. I often wondered after that how the audience affects you.
    Thanks and anxious to hear Dreams!
    Marlene

    October 18, 2010 at 3:11 am | Reply
  88. Ed Shopkus

    Neil:

    You've said "Songs are life in 80 words or less." Have you ever written a song that is so personal in nature that you could not release it commercially?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:13 am | Reply
  89. Deanna Dube'

    Neil,
    Of all the songs you have written, what is your favorite and why? For personal reasons my favorite thing you wrote was Be, from Jonathan Livingston Seagull. It holds a special place in my heart.
    Lawndale, California

    October 18, 2010 at 3:14 am | Reply
  90. Maryanne

    Hello Neil: I don't have a question. But I do have gratitude for the many years of enjoyment from your music.....you've offered songs for every emotion and tapping into them has been an honour. I hope to get another chance to see you at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI. God's speed.
    (Windsor, Ontario)

    October 18, 2010 at 3:16 am | Reply
  91. Karen Geary

    I have read that you write your music first and then the lyrics, but some of your music is so powerful in the words. They tell a story that the listener remembers and stays with them. (I'm thinking of the classic "Brother Love" but as recent as "Pretty Amazing Grace.)
    What inspires you to write your "story songs"? Is it as simple as a phrase or visual that sets the muse into action or is it many things coming together and the music comes from your inner being?
    Sometimes, there is so much wrapped up in in one of your song, it takes on many layers to hear everything!
    I just LOVE your songs – you are truly God gifted.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:16 am | Reply
  92. Stacy Lowe

    Question for the greatest artist of all time... Neil Diamond...."Neil, you have an amazing life, ...IMO far beyond most any other world renowned artist living to date...with that, ,,,what is the ONE thing you regret the most, ,,,ie, ...the one thing you wish you could turn back Father time and do-over?"

    October 18, 2010 at 3:20 am | Reply
  93. Joni Keck

    Hi Neil,

    If you plan on touring Nor Cal in 2011, can you please provide approximate dates (or at least the month)?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:21 am | Reply
  94. Stacy Lowe

    Question for the greatest artist of all time... Neil Diamond...."Neil, you have an amazing life, ...IMO far beyond most any other world renowned artist living to date...with that, ,,,what is the ONE thing you regret the most, ,,,ie, ...the one thing you wish you could turn back Father time and do-over?" (Nashville, TN, and HSV,AR)

    October 18, 2010 at 3:22 am | Reply
  95. Linda McFadyen

    Hi Neil ... do you have any plans to tour Canada again? My sincere congrats to you on finally being nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

    LInda
    Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA

    October 18, 2010 at 3:22 am | Reply
  96. Susan

    Hi Neil,

    I heard you once wanted to find a cure cancer. How are you involved in cancer research and fundraising today?

    Did you know there's also a cancer fundraiser that in parts honors your music? Run4Kelly.com is a memorial fundraiser for Kelly Golat (who passed away from melanoma at 23). Her family (devoted Diamondheads) played nothing but your music at her funeral because Kelly was always up for a party! Today her annual 5k fundraiser draws visitors from across the country, and they still play your music.

    Thank you!

    October 18, 2010 at 3:23 am | Reply
  97. Glenda Atchison

    Neil, I think you should hold a contest such as your sweater contest last Christmas and the prize would be "A day in Diamondville" in one of your tour cities, nearest the winners hometown. My question is: May I try out the prize before the contest, just to make sure it is a viable contest prize? (good try, huh?)

    October 18, 2010 at 3:33 am | Reply
  98. Patti

    Are you amazed how your song "SWEET CAROLINE" has swept this nations sporting events?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:36 am | Reply
  99. Ann Wernick

    Hey Neil,

    Any chance that you could do a small venue like Westbury, NY?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:36 am | Reply
  100. Glenda Atchison

    Previous entry....posted from Snohomish, Washington

    October 18, 2010 at 3:38 am | Reply
  101. Joy Hancock

    I am looking forward to your new album being released next month. If you do another tour will you be coming to Perth Western Australia?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:40 am | Reply
  102. nancy holley

    Hi Neil, any chance that you will be coming to colorado for
    a concert any time on your tour ive been tol all you concerts
    when you came to colorado (lakewood, colo)

    October 18, 2010 at 3:45 am | Reply
  103. Gloria Zoda

    Hi Neil Love your music. Will you be in the New York area any time soon?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:54 am | Reply
  104. Eric Laranjo

    Hello Neil. I loved the in-the-round tours and wanted to know if you have any plans to perform in-the-round again. Would you like to perform at the Greek Theater in LA again? Also, are there any plans to remaster your past CD's? I love all your music and am looking forward to your new CD Dreams.

    Yorba Linda, California

    October 18, 2010 at 3:54 am | Reply
  105. Brian

    What is the best song you've ever recorded but was not released on an album yet?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:56 am | Reply
  106. Aisha

    Hi i want to know why you never perform in your tours (at least inthe last 30 years) many of your great songs like Two Bit Manchild,Sunday Sun,Coldwater Morning,As If,High Rolling Man,Dry Your Eyes?

    Why you stop the recording of uptempo albums?

    When you gonna perform in latin america?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:58 am | Reply
  107. Brian

    We've all heard that Hot August Night did not have any official videos. Any chance some secret videos will surface from the ND vault?

    October 18, 2010 at 3:59 am | Reply
  108. Karin Enyeart

    Out of all the countrys you have performed in, what was your favorite, and why???
    We'd sure love to see you here in Montana again by the way...
    a big fan,
    Karin Enyeart
    Great Falls,
    Montana

    October 18, 2010 at 4:00 am | Reply
  109. Barbara

    Do you see your awesome career and where its taken you luck or something that was guided by God all the way. You truly have been blessed and you have have passed that blessing onto many people. Your music has touched many over the years.
    caf tempo

    October 18, 2010 at 4:02 am | Reply
  110. Ruthann Strange, Northern Michigan

    Neil,Would you now consider having a star on the Hollywood walk of fame?

    October 18, 2010 at 4:04 am | Reply
  111. andy passaretti

    andy from long island ny

    in your prespective durring those months in learning about yourself,

    while constructing the song i am.... i said. in writting those essays,

    thowing hundreds of sheets of paper in 4 monthes, crying , angry, and

    cursing out your feelings

    about what you liked about yourself , what you hated about

    yourself, where you thought you were going in life,

    and the mistakes you made , is it tough to say im not that person

    anymore. or sometimes in life do you still feel that way? when you got

    older in life and most of that pain went away ? or is that pain still there ? sincerly andy passaretti all the finest !

    October 18, 2010 at 4:15 am | Reply
  112. Linda

    Hi Neil,
    Nice to see you are getting back on the road. I would love to hear you sing with my fellow Canadian, Chantal Kreviazuk. You both have big, beautiful voices and I think you'd be wonderful together.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:18 am | Reply
  113. Mike & Vicki Foster

    Hi Neil. We are curious as to whether you have a song that you wrote and recorded that is your favorite song? Thanks for all of the wonderful memories!!

    Mike & Vicki Foster
    Columbus, Ohio

    October 18, 2010 at 4:19 am | Reply
  114. chrishna thelwell

    wow not really a question but more of a request neil.i would love to hear u sing "ave maria." ur number one fan.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:22 am | Reply
  115. Donna Sheraden

    Do you miss having Richard Bennett aboard?

    October 18, 2010 at 4:24 am | Reply
  116. Noelle Robertson

    Hi Neil, I've seen all your past concerts in Sydney, Australia. When are you coming back to Sydney to perform again?

    October 18, 2010 at 4:25 am | Reply
  117. Dean Colley

    Hey Neil...When are you going to come to one of my shows?
    No...I will never get tired of doing your music. And I'd love to write a song with you soon!....Dean Colley, Hot August Night, Los Angeles.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:36 am | Reply
  118. Carol

    Hi Neil, will you continue to tour after South Africa or is there any truth to the rumour that you will set up in Las Vegas. Either way I hope to see you in concert again, if you can't come to my city, I'll come to yours.

    A fan since the beginning, looking forward to the Dreams CD.

    Carol
    Calgary, Alberta
    Canada

    October 18, 2010 at 4:43 am | Reply
  119. Karen Ebel

    Hello Neil. I've been a fan of yours since your first single was released. It has been so long since you performed in Cincinnati, Ohio. I drove to Columbus to hear your concert last tour. PLEASE consider coming to Cincinnati! You are the ONLY one I will spend money on to see! Thanks for listening and considering my request. God Bless you!

    October 18, 2010 at 4:43 am | Reply
  120. Nige

    Neil. Is there any chance of you performing in the roun format again. This would make it much more favourable to the audience. I last saw you at the O2 in London, sat high and above the stage with the minimum of contact with you and the band. Thanks for this opportunity.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:52 am | Reply
  121. georgianne incrocci

    I would love to see Neil Diamond re-release his Jazz Singer tape. I played mine so much I've ruined it. He has always beern my favorite singer much more credit than he has ever been given.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:53 am | Reply
  122. Penny Sanko

    Where did you get the idea for your song called "You're so Sweet"? It is such an unusual song, and the lyrics about the horseflies are really funny.

    Penny
    Walled Lake, Michigan

    October 18, 2010 at 4:53 am | Reply
  123. Joni Pitzel

    Hi Neil,
    I have been a fan of yours and followed your career for a long time.
    I have two questions:
    Your band presented you with a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle at the end of one of your tours in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I was at that concert and have wondered ever since, did you ride the bike home?
    Early in your career you wrote a political song called, "I Am A Man" . I understand you have bittersweet feelings about the song but have you ever thought of rerecording the song?
    a fan, Joni Pitzel
    Buck Lake, Alberta, Canada

    October 18, 2010 at 4:56 am | Reply
  124. Just Pat

    I've said many times that if it wasn't for your music when my 4 sons were growing up (father left us), I would've either killed myself or put them up for adoption. You kept me level and gave me strength. People ask me what's my favorite Diamond song and I say "the one I'm listening to right now", whichever it might be. They are all magical to me. Your DVD from NYC was such a treat-I felt like I was there. I hope you & yours are feeling better and that you're going to enjoy the holidays and then go out on tour. Very smart to take the lower half of the world where it will be warmer than up here where we will be freezing. I live in Wisconsin, born in Chicago, and wouldn't move back there for nothing. Thank you for all the joy and happiness you have given me and all your fans. God be with you & bless you. Pat

    October 18, 2010 at 5:02 am | Reply
  125. Morag Campaigne

    Hi Neil
    Any chance of you coming back to Scotland I hope so ive seen your show every time you have been in Glasgow , you are the best yet
    Regards Morag

    October 18, 2010 at 5:05 am | Reply
  126. Sue Sara

    Hello Neil,
    So looking forward to new album.
    Are you planning on another concert to New Zealand soon.
    Nelson, New Zealand

    October 18, 2010 at 5:06 am | Reply
  127. Just Pat

    I've said many times that your music got me through being a single parent with 4 sons. Your songs gave me strength and kept me sane. Your music is magical to me and the DVD from NYC was such a treat! I felt I was sitting in the front row. Enjoy the holidays and wow them in Africa. It will be springlike there going from hot to not so hot while here it will be warm going to darn right freezing. God bless you and yours for all the joy and happiness you have given not only me, but all your fans. And it's about time they nominated you for HOF! Safe trip! Pat

    October 18, 2010 at 5:08 am | Reply
  128. Just Pat

    Wonderful news about a new album coming out soon! Can't wait! Have a safe trip to Africa. Enjoy the warmth while we have the cold. Your music kept me sane while I was raising my 4 sons alone. Thank you for all you have given to all your fans. God bless & keep you. Pat

    October 18, 2010 at 5:11 am | Reply
  129. Donna Sheraden

    Do you miss any of the band members from the 70's?

    October 18, 2010 at 5:12 am | Reply
  130. hans colijn

    Dear Neil
    I always iked to ask how you always keep yourself in such good shape during a world tour because when we tour with you in europe to your concerts we admire you more and more for that (it s hard for your body)and we only have to listen .which is great of course
    see you in holland in 2011??
    many greetings
    hans colijn
    the neteherlands
    lifetime fan

    October 18, 2010 at 5:24 am | Reply
  131. Pamela Townsend

    Would you ever consider performing at a small venue, 1600 seats, in the heart of the Sonoma wine country in California? We have a wonderful Performing Arts Center, Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa, California, 45 miles north of San Francisco. Tony Bennett performed in September. You have a large fan base and I know you would sell out. Think about it.
    An Adoring Fan,
    Pamela Townsend
    Santa Rosa, California

    P. S. When are you touring California? We have 4 generations who are ready to attend your next performance.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:26 am | Reply
  132. Mollie Johnson

    Hello Neil:) You are such an inspiration to thousands of people and are my mother's favorite all time singer, also a great friend of mine sings your songs with such heart and similarity that when I first met him I thought it was you on the radio. I am wondering if I can get an autographed picture from you personally for my mom and if you would be willing to personally listen to a cd of him if I could sent you one? It would be his dream come true to sing a song with you and my mom's to have your autograph:)
    Much admiration and respect
    Mollie Johnson
    Kirkland, WA

    October 18, 2010 at 5:32 am | Reply
  133. Just Pat

    Hi Neil! Have a safe trip to Africa, wonderful holidays and thanks for all you've done for all your fans. Your music makes my day!

    October 18, 2010 at 5:41 am | Reply
  134. John Morgan

    G'day Neil
    When are yo coming down to Melbourne Australia and would you like to come around to my place for dinner and a bit of a singalong.
    Regards and all the best
    John Morgan
    39 Cornfield Grove
    Box Hill South
    Victoria, Australia, 3128

    P.S. Can you please,please, please send me a signed copy of your latest album as my wife, 3 children and I just think you are the absolute best.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:45 am | Reply
  135. Michelle

    Hey Neil,
    Don't you miss those small venues where you could see every person in the audience? These were the good old days, for fans, but was it also for you?
    Now, practically everybody is anonymous; only a few are seen. Watching the show on a screen, even a massive one, while you look like an ant, is it worth going to see you in person, or in ant? Well, it ... ain't!
    Before you BOW FOR THE LAST TIME, wouldn't you like the chance to relive this time when only 3000 people could fit in the theater?
    We have the perfect venue in Richmond BC. A casino that saw Englebert, Sinatra Jr, Paul Anka and other big names (Air Supply also) appear and seem to have a great time with us. Walking in the aisle to meet the people is a regular practice. It is sooooo friendly and cozy.
    Every 'star' should try it again once before the curtain comes down for ever.
    What made the practice disappear was the constant growth of the band, the technical stuff and THE NEED TO MAKE MORE MONEY. But does that lead to happiness? Try just you and your guitar and see if you can find a difference between the 2 styles, when it comes to warmth and connection. You may like it again. It's not as if you needed to make more money, really!
    HOPE NEIL WILL READ THIS SUGGESTION, AND THAT THE DIAMOND WILL SHINE FOREVER.
    Michelle and Carolyne, Vancouver and London.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:47 am | Reply
  136. Pat Lawrence

    Hello, my friend, hello:

    Where do you get all of your inspirations for your love songs – are any of them from your own experiences?

    October 18, 2010 at 6:06 am | Reply
  137. Kate McAfee

    Neil, do you have any plans to do anything musically that you either haven't done in a long time or haven't done before?

    Kate McAfee
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    October 18, 2010 at 6:12 am | Reply
  138. Karin Thieme

    Hi Neil,
    I wonder how your pet pals Poker and Clamper are doing. You haven't tweeted about them for a while.

    October 18, 2010 at 6:29 am | Reply
  139. Paul Hayhoe

    Hi Neil, see you have released tour sates for South Africa.
    We live in, what is this morning a very dark and grey Scotland. Can you cheer all your UK fans up by letting us know if and when you plan to tour in the UK
    Good luck with the new album

    October 18, 2010 at 6:39 am | Reply
  140. Virginia Feldman

    Hi Neil! I viewed your "I Am, I Said" memorabilia collection when it was on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles last year, and enjoyed it very much. It was so interesting to see the handwritten notes and lyrics to "Home Before Dark" and "America" and how these songs evolved. When you're writing new songs, what is the creative process involved?

    Virginia
    Los Angeles

    October 18, 2010 at 6:39 am | Reply
  141. Luc Timperman

    Hi Neil, I'm looking forward to Dreams but you said in 2009 that your next album would be produced by Rick Rubin again, that it would be different from 12 Songs and Home Before Dark, lighter, positive, joyful, more rhythmically based, with electric guitars and that around half the album was already written. Is this album still in the pipeline?

    October 18, 2010 at 6:42 am | Reply
  142. Richard Anson

    Hi Neil
    After Dreams, do you plan to do a 3rd Album with Rick Rubin?

    Stratford upon Avon UK

    October 18, 2010 at 6:44 am | Reply
  143. Rob Stoof (Netherlands , Europe)

    Dear Neil,
    I am a fan of you and your music for many years now, my first single was Song Sung Blue and my first album Hot August Night.
    My question for your you is :

    Can we see you again in the Netherlands for a concert ?

    Your first concert of the 2008 World Tour was in Holland and that was a very good concert, Thanks for making so much Beautiful Music.

    Rob Stoof from the Netherlands, City : Zoetermeer

    October 18, 2010 at 6:44 am | Reply
  144. avelino valdes santurio

    Neil, when are you coming to Spain?

    October 18, 2010 at 7:02 am | Reply
  145. Nicky Stevens

    In the UK we have a Radio show called Desert Island Discs. Guests choose 8 records, a book and a luxury item to take with them to a mythical desert island. Which 8 records, book and luxury item would you take?
    Touring the UK anytime soon?? Please??

    Nicky Stevens
    Gloucestershire, England

    October 18, 2010 at 7:05 am | Reply
  146. Val Justus

    Hi there,
    No question but just to let you know that 2008 I flew all the way from South Africa to attend your concert in Mancherster and I have just booked my ticket for your tour here. So glad you decided to come this end of the earth.
    Hope you going to do your version of Don't be cruel by Elvis. Just love that CD.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:06 am | Reply
  147. J.Cee

    Last time you toured the UK for the first time I could not afford to go and see you as you only did the large venues, next time would you consider going back to the smaller town venues as we can not all afford to travel to the large ones?

    October 18, 2010 at 7:37 am | Reply
  148. Carmita

    Hi Neil:
    Do you remember when you was in Spain, Madrid and Toledo in the 70 years? Why you never tour in Spain now? Your fan Carmita.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:47 am | Reply
  149. alex

    Hi Neil,

    After re-recording "I´m A Believer" on Dreams, are there any plans of re-recording other songs from the past. Also songs, that you wrote, but never recorded. For instance I love "Sunday and Me" or "Look Out, Here Comes Tomorrow".

    Thanks..Alex

    October 18, 2010 at 7:51 am | Reply
  150. Sharon Pardieu

    Neil,
    You have had such a monumental career and I've followed you through most of it so I'm hoping you're not planning on quitting anytime soon. However I'm sure that success like yours hasn't come without a price. My question is what is your greatest joy in life and your biggest regret?

    A huge fan from a small town
    Sharon

    October 18, 2010 at 7:53 am | Reply
  151. Susie

    Hello Neil! Great that you are performing for the BBC in a couple of weeks, so, so sad that I didn't get a ticket....first time you will be in the UK since 1971 and I won't see you 😦
    So, I wondered if you have any plans for a stroll down Camden Lock in the afternoon....we could meet for tea!!! (A girl can dream!!!)
    Much Love & Rock the Lock on 30th October!! xxxxx

    October 18, 2010 at 7:57 am | Reply
  152. Alex

    Hi Neil

    Im your fan since 1972, here in Spain a lot of fans are waiting you for a concert. Its possible that you vissit Spain soon?

    Thanks
    Alex
    Valencia, Spain

    October 18, 2010 at 8:15 am | Reply
  153. frank mcentee

    Hello Neil i still think i am i said is the greatest song you have ever written and recorded .With Hell yeah coming a close second wich one is your favorite .frank mcentee Birmingham uk

    October 18, 2010 at 8:19 am | Reply
  154. elizabeth murphy

    Just heard you are giving a BBC Radio 2 concert, have tried desperately to get tickets, unable to do so... are there any more concerts coming up in the UK for next year? stay well Neil... you are Star No. 1

    October 18, 2010 at 8:35 am | Reply
  155. Anne Colford

    Hi neil
    I am in Scotland and guess what, its raining again !
    I would just like to know when you are coming here again and if maybe I could ask you if you would please hold the concert indoors as I am still drying out from June 2008 !
    I love your music and hope you keep going for many years to come

    Love and Best Wishes

    Anne

    October 18, 2010 at 8:41 am | Reply
  156. Ingrid

    Hi Neil,
    I'm a fan since I was a teen. Finally last year you came to Belgium, I was there with my sister and it was oh so great !!!
    Do you have plans to come over to Belgium ( or Europe ) again???
    I really do hope so 😉
    All my love & best wishes, Ingrid

    October 18, 2010 at 8:42 am | Reply
  157. Ray

    Neil

    Have you considered performing in Liverpool UK. Home of the Beatles

    October 18, 2010 at 8:46 am | Reply
  158. Debbie Delage

    Will you be coming back to Connecticut ? I would love to see you again.

    October 18, 2010 at 9:04 am | Reply
  159. cherry means

    Hi Neil

    Reggae Strut from the Serenade album is quite different from your other songs. I dont think it gets heard often enough. Do you ever still perform it in your shows? I love it, do you?

    Cherry (Wisbech, England)

    October 18, 2010 at 9:16 am | Reply
  160. Nicki & Joe Soller

    Neil, Hello... We've enjoyed you in concert at many different venues, in many different states. We always feel something extra special at Madison Square Garden. Does it still seem like home, when you play there?

    Fans since we were married in 1966,
    Nicki (formerly from Massapequa) & Joe Soller, Upstate, NY
    Celebrating 44 years

    October 18, 2010 at 9:34 am | Reply
  161. Yvonne Lee

    After touring South Africa in April 2011 do you intend to tour Europe in 2011. Eve Lee

    October 18, 2010 at 9:41 am | Reply
  162. Susie

    London 0ctober 18th 2010

    Hallo Neil

    Lookig back over all these years, do you have any regrets in making any choices that dicated your career path in musical terms ?

    I wish you a successful Electric Proms London appearance on the 30th 0ctober. I was very unlucky with tickets and it will seem very strange for the first time not to be in the audience when you are performing !!

    Good Luck with youir 2011 tour dates.

    Susie

    October 18, 2010 at 9:44 am | Reply
  163. Dawn Walker

    Hi Neil,

    Will you be touring the UK next year as my dads a huge fan and would love to go and see you.

    October 18, 2010 at 9:54 am | Reply
  164. Olive Fairhurst

    What do you feel is your greatest achievement in life, personal or professional or both ?

    Do you have a favourite writer of fiction ?

    Thanks for all the wonderful music.Long may it ,and you, continue.

    Olive Fairhurst
    Burtonwood,
    Cheshire
    England

    October 18, 2010 at 10:15 am | Reply
  165. sue

    Hi Neil
    Have loved your music for years and I am saving my pennies to see you again in Brisbane, you are touring here I hope?

    Cannot wait to see you again you are such a polished performer.

    Sue Brisbane Australia

    October 18, 2010 at 10:19 am | Reply
  166. Heike

    Hi Neil,
    thank you for the beautiful music and the great concerts! Hope, you come back to Germany.

    I heard that you practice Yoga. I would just like to know how does it help you?

    Love and best wishes

    Heike

    October 18, 2010 at 10:32 am | Reply
  167. Linda Douceette

    What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

    October 18, 2010 at 10:34 am | Reply
  168. Sherene Casanova

    I have been a fan since 1970. Your music has always touched my soul, I know that sounds alittle crazy, but it is true. My question is: Is there any new performers you would like to team up with for a song? Love me some GAGA...talk about polar opposites but her voice and YOUR voice...Hell Yeah Baby!!

    Thanks Neil for being YOU.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:37 am | Reply
  169. Ian Graham

    Hi Neil,
    In the many songs you have written over the decades where does Brother Love stand in your personal favourites? The usual songs get mentioned a lot. I remember you once said that Brother Love made you a performer, and I am always delighted when you perform it at or near the end of your shows, but would it be in your personal Top 10.

    Ian Graham, London, England

    October 18, 2010 at 10:38 am | Reply
  170. Cindi

    Can you tell us what your favorite onstage moment (so far) was? Please come back to Cleveland soon, we'd LOVE to see you live onstage again! 🙂

    October 18, 2010 at 10:39 am | Reply
  171. Mary Morrissey

    Hi Mr. Diamond

    Thank you for your new album coming in November, thank you for your upcoming concert in South Africa, You are the best, What ever you do, where ever you go is GREAT. Enjoy your health, and thanks for sharing your talant with all you adoring fans.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:55 am | Reply
  172. Mary Morrissey

    Thanks for all your hard work and talent.

    New York

    October 18, 2010 at 10:58 am | Reply
  173. Don

    Of all the concerts and venues that you have played a,t over the course of your career, which one stands out as the most memorable, and why?

    October 18, 2010 at 10:58 am | Reply
  174. Yvonne Corkin

    Hi Neil,
    Have you got any plans to tour in England

    October 18, 2010 at 11:21 am | Reply
  175. Laura Hanawalt

    Hello Neil Great news to see that you are nominated for the
    Rock& Roll Hall of Fame. When you had a display
    in the Musium in L.A. I got to go see it. That was
    pretty nice. Great to see you going on tour again,
    I do hope you can come to Des Moines Iowa.
    There is a GREAT Place here for you to have a concert.
    Wells Fargo Arena
    What is one of your favorite songs???
    Love to see you again in concert!!!!!!!!!!
    A FOND fan of yours.
    Laura Hanawalt

    October 18, 2010 at 11:23 am | Reply
  176. AJ

    I HAVE A REAL TREAT FOR YOU NEIL!

    Go to DigitalMob.com and Listen to: 'I've Been Like This Before'
    In fact anyone reading this should listen & comment.

    I Produced it with Doctor Fink ( Prince & the Revolution Keyboardist )
    from scratch and even wrote in a couple additional Orchestration Highlights. AND I created a complete Instrumental Finale' at the end!!

    I put together a CD with about a dozen songs I Titled: 'Diamond Classics' – ( The Soul of Neil Diamond )

    My friend has the same vocal gift as you – to the point that for the last 7 years, I only call him 'Mr. Neil' ( His real name is Jeff Anderson )
    I have the Music tracks that we created, if you're interested.
    Let me know what you think. Send comments to: AJ@DigitalMob.com
    I'd love for my friend to know you listened to the song.
    Thanks, AJ

    October 18, 2010 at 11:36 am | Reply
  177. Deb Hurd

    Wow!
    Everyone's already asked most of the questions I would have, so I'd just like to say Thank You Neil, for all you have given us. It's been wonderful to have you "in my life" .
    Oh, and if you're ever in my neck of the woods (seriously – I live in Northwest Arkansas on the outskirts of the Ozark National Forest!), I make a mean lasagne!
    Namaste

    October 18, 2010 at 11:42 am | Reply
  178. Linda Doucette

    What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
    Linda
    Winchester, MA

    October 18, 2010 at 11:45 am | Reply
  179. Maureen Tutton

    Neil, having performed at Glastonbury, I know that you would love to perform at the legendary Isle of Wight Festival. Next year’s event takes place in June. Dare we hope that you might be in the UK at that time and you might venture across to our little Island?

    Isle of Wight, UK.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:48 am | Reply
  180. Mary-Jo Ehrlich

    Dear Neil,
    Can I have my picture taken with you sometime when you are touring and I am at a show?

    October 18, 2010 at 11:52 am | Reply
  181. lynne Bradley from Hereford in england

    Hi Neil, I have enjoyed your music since 1971 and still overjoyed to hear it. when you come to Cardiff or Birmingham again, hopefully 2011, would it be possible to meet you backstage and talk to you as it would be 'so good' to be able to do that and actually meet you in the flesh.I am always watching you dvd which you made for us. Lynne from Hereford in England

    October 18, 2010 at 11:56 am | Reply
  182. Mary Lee

    Hi Neil,

    I have a comment and question. I am so happy to see that you are going on tour again. It is a tremendous endeavor and I wish you good health and joy.

    Do you ever accept ideas for songs to be written (basic) and develop them into your own? I have an album idea about love and growing up from birth to death concept. Would you be interested?

    Thanks and again, as a fan I wish you all that is well and good!

    Mary Lee

    October 18, 2010 at 11:56 am | Reply
  183. Arlene Marcus

    Hi Neil,

    Just want to say thank you for the many years of music. You have lived my life with me through your music.

    Will you tour America after Africa?

    Thank you!

    October 18, 2010 at 11:56 am | Reply
  184. Tom Scott

    Hi Neil. I have a promotional poster you gave to Bruce wendell. You gave this to Mr Wendell after you made the movie the Jazz Singer. You wrote on the poster. Bruce thank you for helping make this a reality Neil 1980. I bought this from Mr Wendell and I feel this should belong to you or one of your family if you would like this back please let me know. Tom

    October 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  185. Donna Imhof, Long Beach, NY

    How can I get two front row seats for your next concert in Madison Square Garden – forever a fan – G-d Bless to you and yours.

    October 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  186. Linda Pollard

    Thank you for your decades of songwriting, recording and performances. Please never stop!

    Now that you've announced your South African tour, is there another country or specific venue that you haven't played before that now tops your list of places to perform?

    Linda Pollard – Nashua, NH

    October 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  187. Alex

    Oh for heaven sake, do all of the above really believe this man is going to read all these questions? How about 'staff' will answer the questions.......

    October 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  188. Margaret Innes

    Have you any plans to return to Scotland?

    October 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  189. Laura

    Will you consider adding the Jonathan set back to your live concerts? It is personally my favorite and the show doesn't seem complete without it. Do not listen to the critics, they don't have a clue why we are so quite during "Be" it's because you take our breath away and we are speachless! Keep on singing!

    October 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  190. John Kozlakiewicz

    Hello Neil from Philadelphia.

    Is songwriting an exhausting process?

    I love your work and your shows-John

    October 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  191. Degs Eardley

    Hi Neil

    Although your concerts are amazing, will you be doing anymore 'In the Round'?

    From Degs, Coventry, UK

    October 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  192. marie in ireland

    Hi Neil,

    Just wondering when you visit countries in concert do you ever recognise faces ie. when you come to Ireland and look on people do you know some of the faces are the same loving fans at every concert you do here.? Would love to let you meet my 3 kids next time you come. Have to keep watch for wishing stars now. Thanks for being a wonderful companion through some very tough lonely years. Good luck with new album and hall of fame nomination. Lots of love Marie P.s. hope you got your Irish pub crawl t-shirt many years ago in Croke Park. xx

    October 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  193. sister judy baldino

    I am writing this letter for Sister Judy Baldino who works at St Thomas More in Sarasota florida

    she is your absolutely most dedicated fan–interesting that she has always loved your music and calls you the "messiah"

    I asked you to acknowledge her 65th birthday (1200 were in attendance) but, I'm sure you receive millions of requests like that

    we are celebrating her 50 years of service to the church this sunday, october 24th and again expect around 1200 and again I'm asking if you would just throw her a little crumb! anything would be great

    thanks
    barb_lucero@yahoo.com

    October 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  194. ~Mel~

    Good Morning Neil, congrats on your nomination to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I'm looking forward to the release of your new album Dreams. It's also great that you are touring again. My question is are you planning to tour Canada in the near the future? If so, when and which cities do you plan to perform in? Looking forward to hearing from you. Have a truly fabulous day.

    Thanks.

    Mel
    Friendly Manitoba

    October 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  195. Trina Ickes

    Neil – I have been a fan since 1967 when I first saw you on Where the Action Is (I'd come home from school and watch every afternoon). That was all she wrote for me....hooked good and proper!! Bought every "teen magazine" that hinted at you inside. Since the advent of the internet, "access" to you is obviously much improved. I've always considered myself to be your BIGGEST fan (could anyone love you more?).....but I see that there are sooooooo many fans out there who feel as I do. Yet through all of this, you seem like such a humble man. My question is, how do you deal with this worldwide adoration and stay so grounded? Thanks for every note, every bar, every beat, and every chord that you have given to us. Love you more with every passing year!!!
    Trina

    October 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  196. Marty Hill

    Neil,
    Thank you for your gift to us.
    My question is: what is the greatest accomplishment you have achieved so far, and what do you still wish to achieve?
    Thanks again,
    Newman Lake, Washington

    October 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  197. Cathy Baldwin

    Neil, you are the man! How do you stay in shape....still doing some fencing? (Kalamazoo, MI)

    October 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  198. Rev. Bob

    Hello Neil,

    Blessings to you! Do you prefer to use your band members with "new" material you're recording or use others (like you used on HBD and 12 Songs?
    Thanks,
    Rev. Bob

    October 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  199. Lorna Rogers

    Hi Neil
    You've had such a successful and long career I'd like to ask,
    Where are you now and how happy are you with how your life,music and song writing are going and do you still have any ambitions left to fulfill.
    I love MTTG and am looking forward to hearing "Dreams"
    Lorna

    October 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Reply
  200. Stephen Meadows

    Hi Neil

    I absolutely love your song "Walk on Water" – the timing, the build-up, the tune, the lyrics. There is an almost "gospal choir" element to the song which is very moving and works so well in conjunction with your voice.

    Have you considered doing more songs with this particular "gospal choir" sound?

    Many thanks!
    Stephen
    New Zealand (which we would gladly rename "Neil Zealand"!)

    October 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  201. Miguel

    Hello, Neil. Thank you for those years of great music. Won´t you come to sing to Spain?

    October 18, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  202. Jane Bryan

    Hi Neil,
    First thank you for your many years of dedication to your fans; we love you and your beautiful noise.
    I am totally amazed when I see you perform, your fitness and energy level is unbelievable. If you could share only four tips in regard to fitness and diet, what would they be??
    Thank you again!!
    Love and {{hugs}}
    Jane B.
    Texas

    October 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  203. Nicky Stevens

    Have you ever visited Cornwall, UK? Whilst you're over here for the Electric Proms, why not pop down to Padstow (google it, it's very famous) and I'll treat you to a Cornish Pasty and a Clotted Cream tea! All totally cholesterol free (honestly!!!).

    Nicky Stevens
    Gloucester (but staying in Padstow on holiday in a quaint little cottage – have I persuaded you yet?)
    England

    p.s Thank you XXXXXXX

    October 18, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  204. Martyn Richardson

    As you will be soon coming to the UK wanted to ask you a food related question. I have been to America and tried the donuts over there but I think the ones in the UK are better. Which ones do you like and how many can you have at a time?

    Have fun in the UK, shame I will miss you this time.

    Martyn
    Wakefield
    West Yorkshire
    UK

    October 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  205. Daniel Lai

    Hello Neil,
    I have been listening to your music since I was old enough to pick up a plastic guitar and mimic your Love at the Greek video my parents owned. I am 28 now and play in a band with my brother. Your music speaks to me very personally. My question is, what is your advice to a band or musician struggling to survive in a sea of bands? Sometimes I just feel like giving up, And then "Solitary Man " comes on the radio and I'm inspired once more.

    October 18, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  206. christine

    Hi Neil

    This is the 3rd of 4 generations strong of admiring your work and accomplishments within the music industry. As you continue to go through life, do you notice your inspiration and visions changing and take a different course now as opposed to say 25 years ago? Im a choreographer and have kind of lost my edge. Looking for some insight as to how to tap back in with oneself (I just turned 40 this year)

    October 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  207. cherry means

    Hi Neil

    I love The Last Picasso on the Serenade Album. I dont think it gets heard enough (except in my house). Do you ever still perform it in your shows?
    Love you Neil.

    Cherry (Wisbech, England)

    October 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  208. Patricia Clark

    I lost 38 pounds so I would not look like an elephant for your next concert. Are you going to have a concert in Columbia MO?
    Columbia, MO

    October 18, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  209. Karen Iffert

    Hi Neil:
    Your soon to be released "Dreams" is a cover cd. What are your real dreams for the future?

    October 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  210. Dennis Svehla

    Hello and congratulations on the Rock & Roll hall of fame nomination. I and the rest of your fan's know it's been a long time coming.

    I think it's amazing to hear songwriters say that they may have had an idea at night, or heard something at lunch and they write it on a napkin or scrap of paper. They put it in a drawer and when they need inspiration they go back to that drawer and pull out past ideas. Are you that kind of writer? Or do you go someplace to get inspiration? Is it a combination? What inspires you? And how have you kept the passion alive for almost 50 years?

    October 18, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  211. Cheryl Black

    Hello Neil,
    I was suprised to find an email in my box saying that we could actually ask you a question. I am almost speechless now, as there are so many I have wanted to ask you for years. Once we even played on the IAIS board and pretended interviewing you and what questions we would ask. I think most today would want to know current things such as:
    1) What inspired you to make this new album one of cover songs and why did you choose the songs you did? was there special meaning behind any one of them?
    2) Most want to know if you will be touring in their area/country in 2011. (I hope you do we all love your music and the awesome staying power it has for many of your fans)
    3) my personal question would be something about music~ when you have a special song in your mind and you know what it is and know what it is going to sound like and it is just dying to get out but it somehow is blocked and it doesnt come as easily as you are thinking, how do you unblock it and get it freed? I have this amazing song that keeps swirling in my mind and I know its there but I am having trouble getting it out, I take out pen and paper and all I get is blank pages. any advice for this songwriter?
    CC

    October 18, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  212. Wendy

    Hi Neil,

    will you include a tour of New Zealand next year? It's really only a hop, skip and a jump from Aussie.

    Warm regards
    Wendy

    October 18, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  213. Greg Johnson

    Neil,
    Grew up in the sixties with your music in our home. (My Dad was a record distributor here in Oklahoma and west Texas.) He said he pushed you pretty hard back in those days. I wonder what it's like for you to come onto that stage and face that sea of screaming adoring followers? I've been out their 19 times myself! I sure would like to get your autograph someday!

    October 18, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  214. sheldon weiner

    hi neil, please tell me what september morn is about ? this one i just can not get. thank you so much.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  215. Nancy Kucaba

    Hi Neil, Mazol tov on Dreams, I have been a fan and loved you and your music from the sixties on. Buying every teen and 16 magazine with your pics on! I am originally from Jersey and now living in Fl. and I have missed you the last time you performed in orlando, upset since then.....any chance that you will be back?...my biggest wish is to meet you!........Be safe and have a great tour!. but please come back to Amway theater, its new now!.......

    October 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  216. jill berg

    mr. neil diamond, what is your favorite color? thanks for answering !! ;+) jill berg from little falls,mn

    October 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  217. Rose Anderson Scotland

    Hi Neil,
    If you were granted a wish, any wish, real or fantasy, what would it be?

    October 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  218. joanie

    Hi Neil
    I've been your forever fan and hope you'll make your way back to new york again...come back home and make us happy with another one of your great performances.
    You're loved all over the world.

    October 18, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  219. Val

    Neil,
    in your song 'Lady Magdalene', you sing of three men...the man on the right, the man on the left and 'the me in between'. Given its biblical references, the song may be about just what we think it is. Is it? Or is it a methaphor for something else? If so, what? And why are you 'the man in between'?

    P.S. The JLS/Serenade/Beautiful Noise works are your best...they served as my rite of passage...did they for you?

    Thanks...
    Val
    Nanjing, China

    October 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  220. Kimberly Kamrowski Wakeman

    Hi Neil–this is Kimberly from Long Eddy, NY-in August 2005 my husband, brother and I saw you perform in Albany arena–I presented your guards with an oil painting that I painted of you singing; I was told by them that you WOULD get the oil painting. DID you receive it? I hope you liked it. I have been a fan since I was 5 years old in 1968! and my brother Kerry has been a fan since he was was 15 years old in 1968! Your concert that night was riveting and awe-inspiring, Just as it was when I saw you back in Feb, 1989!!! I love all of your music! Best! Kim

    October 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  221. Ambrose O Shea

    Neil
    I have met you , Linda , King,and the late Vince Charles, my ambition in life left is to meet the rest of your amazing band can you make it happen, I know you have the highest respect for them and that they have been on that magical journey for almost 30 years .
    Ambrose
    Dublin

    .

    October 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  222. Val Edwards

    Hello Neil,

    First of all, goodness knows how you're going to get through all these questions & comments!

    I first saw you perform at Southampton, Gaumont in June 1972, you walked up to the stage door, where I was waiting. You were so close & I was dumbstruck!!
    My dream is to see you in the U.S & also to meet you, I know millions do, but I'm the main one!! Hey. I'll even buy you dinner.

    My question is....Are you coming back to the U.K. soon? It would be fantastic if you could come to my part of the country, South Devon in the S. West of England, I'll even put you up at my place. Just my silly sense of humour.

    Thank you for your time, your music & for giving me so much pleasure over the last 40yrs. Also, thank you for being you.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  223. PAUL MORRISON

    No questions....just sincere thanks for your words, music and time that you have shared with all of us these many, many years.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  224. Diane Janis

    Hi Neil,
    Love your music and listen to it all the time. Looking forward to your new album of cover songs, but also hoping for a new CD of only your new music. I guess I'm greedy! My question is, do you ever read any Tweets to you on Twitter? Also, do you ever meet with your fans before or after a concert? If so, how do you make that happen? Best of luck with your tour! Love, Anno

    October 18, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Reply
  225. Gay Fox

    Dear Neil,
    Isn't it funny that the memories you keep tend to be the high points in your life? For instance, I can remember the exact place and time I was when I first heard your voice coming out of my transistor radio on the playground at school. And how much I must have tortured my parents by making them turn up the car radio so I could hear it in the back seat every time one of your songs came on. You are one of the few performers that my parents approved of me listening to. I think of your songs as pure poetry and have collected your lyrics as such for many years in my journals. Your words speak to my soul. I would never be able to single out a favorite song of yours but "Hell Yeah" gives me strength to keep trying and never lose sight of my goals. You've convinced me that dreams can come true. I would love to read or write a full biography of you. After all, even though your songs reveal a lot about you and your life at different stages, it is incomplete. Everyone has a story to tell.
    I still adore watching your version of The Jazz Singer and I think you should make more movies. I enjoy the cameo spots you do in movies but would love to see more actual movies. I hope to get to one of your concerts someday and would love to meet you and get an autograph. Thank you for many happy memories over the years.
    Blessings,
    Gay Fox

    October 18, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  226. Alex

    Hi Neil...do you ever wonder why your fans have nothing else to occupy their minds with all of this? It seems like a great fan base would be made up of people with totally diverse interests, not just what you had to eat today. I find this interesting that people believe you would have the time to read all this, plus write a whole new album for them.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  227. Eamon McGrane

    Hi Neil,
    Big admirer of your work.
    I was watching a TV programme on Live Aid recently and that got me wondering why did you not appear at Live Aid?
    By the way it's my fortieth birthday in April 2011 – any chance of hiring you and the band for the night? 😉

    October 18, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  228. Doug Williams

    Hi Neil,
    Would you ever consider undertaking another project along the lines of your other masterpieces, Tap Root Manuscript or Jonathan Livingston Seagull? These are the immensely intricate and entangled works we, your devoted fans, have come to expect and love from our much-loved favourite wordsmith.

    I believe that the time is right for you to embark on such a project. It will be a testament for posterity for the greatest singer song-writer of all time; a beautiful gift to this beautiful world.

    FONDSince 1971

    October 18, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  229. Debbie Nixon

    Hi Neil

    So happy to hear you're going on tour again. Hope you come to
    Kansas City, MO again. I have not miss a concert here in K..C. since
    the 70"s when I moved down here from Canada. I have always gone,
    and brought someone with me to enough the music and to sing along.

    October 18, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  230. Janice Isabell

    Hi, Neil!

    Isabell here, from Michigan. Just wondering if you have ever wanted to pull a member from the audience ...on stage...to sing with you, as a spur of the moment, impulse thing, because you felt that person....just...got it!

    Isabell

    October 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  231. Christine Davis

    Hello Neil

    Thank you for your wonderful gift of music that you share with millions of us. Am a huge fan and when I couldn't get to your Tour in 2008 in the UK a school friend and I came over to Toronto to see you. It was a life changing experience – thank you. One of my favourite songs has always been Stones – I think I have read that you will never perform this live.
    What was the inspiration behind this beautiful song? Looking forward to seeing you the 30th in London, but please please come back over again so that we can see you again and again!! Love you to bits Chris

    October 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  232. Thomas Payne

    Hi Neil,

    Been a fan for a long time...saw you for the first time in Memphis,TN in 1976 during the Mid-South Fair! Unfortunately, missed you the last two times you were here...Please come come back to Memphis sometime!

    Question: My condolences for Vince Charles by the way.....I've been a long – time fan of your band too & have been wondering for a while, where is Richard Bennett & what's he up to these days?

    Thanks!
    Thomas, Memphis,TN

    October 18, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  233. Rosemary Baues

    Hi Neil:

    I love the song you recorded on the "B" side of Heartlight – "You Don't Know Me". Have you ever recorded this song on a album or CD? If so which one?
    I love all your music and can't wait for my pre-order of Deams to arrive.

    A life long fan (oringinally from Brooklyn) now from Pennsylvania.
    Rosemary

    October 18, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  234. Angel de Andrés

    Hi Neil, this is Angel from madrid, Spain, is there any chance you come to Spain on tour?? Thank you for all of these years of "Dreams"

    October 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  235. Rita Wolff

    I had to leave New Orleans for Katrina, I still have my tickets to your October concert. I was wondering if you plan to come back. At the time I won the tickets on the radio station because I could not afford to buy them. I tried all week. finally on the last day of the contest. I won the last set of tickets. I was thrilled. I saw you once a long time ago in Baton Rouge, At the LSU assembly center. I I was in my 20's then, now I'm in my 50's. Love u!!

    October 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  236. Rose Adamek

    Neil: Is it possible that you may be doing a concert in the Philadelphia area sometime in the future? We are getting anxious to see you!!

    October 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  237. Jane Massey

    Hi Neil;

    I'm a long time fan and from what I have seen of you in concert, you always appear to be having a great time and enjoying what you do. On the other hand, sometimes the music and songs might seem a little darker. While you deliver a great balance in your music that's not too much either way, I just wondered what you think.

    My question is, how do YOU see yourself? Do you think you are mostly an upbeat guy that really enjoys life; or, maybe one who sees the 'glass-half-empty' more often than the other way around?

    Thanks for taking the question.

    Jane Massey
    Norfolk, VA

    October 18, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  238. Alyce V Henley

    Would love to see you at the Garden again...?

    Did you ever appear on a variety in the 70's wearing a suit -gray I think,
    long full hair, and there were singers dotted here and there on stage and you sang... Holly Holy and Soolimon..? This is my–THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW NEIL DIAMOND ?
    Thank you for all these years of mood-changing songs, that have helped all of us get through emotional situations As the years go by we are all enriched by your continued loyalty to your fans...by pouring out your soul in song to all of us.... God bless you, you are truly loved...Alyce V

    October 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  239. Steven Lai

    Hello Neil,
    When you get a chance to ask your favorite singer a question you find you have more than just one. And I'm sure you get this asked of you all the time.
    There is a nasty rumor circulating the internet that you are thinking of ending your touring and doing a show in Vegas. How much truth is there in this rumor?
    I think you will have a lot of very disappointed fans. Obviously there will come a time when you will have to call it quits. But I personally think you have a lot of years left before that time comes.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Reply
  240. Herma de Ronde

    Neil,

    I hear your voice for the first time when i was 14 and fall in love whith your voice.
    Untill now (im48) im still in love of your voice.
    Dear Neil i have only one wish, PLEASE come back to AHOY IN THE NETHERLANDS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks, Herma
    from Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  241. Agnes Romlein

    Just finished reading " How to stop worrying and love NEIL DIAMOND" by David Wild.
    Great reading.. However, I loved Neil for over 30 years, didn't need to read how to love.
    NEIL, did you read the book ? Any thoughts on it?

    We're NYC born and raised - please come back to us Neil.

    Agnes

    Riverdale, NJ

    October 18, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Reply
  242. sue buckingham

    Dear Neil, I am from Suffolk in the UK. When you toured in 2008,there was a chance to ask you a question on Australian Radio. I had the good luck to have my question answered by yourself. It was how does a Singer/Songwriter get to put the tune to the words you have written.
    [being as I do not read music, but do know the songs I like] I find this so intrigueing. you did give an answer to my question, it was so quick and the sound quality was not too good, so I am still in the dark.
    If its possible to give an answer that I will possibly understand, I will be a very happy lady [and new grandmother lst one].
    Here's hoping, sitting now with my fingers crossed, that I will have the luck to have my question answered again. Thanks Sue.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  243. Joan Melberger

    Since the days of your debut at Sans Soui Park just outside of Wilkes-Barre (PA) I have been hanging on your every word.

    Just ONCE I'd love to see you–up close, that is.

    Of course we see you in concert; but how about surprising me here in Fairfax, Virginia????

    October 18, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  244. Barb Kieffer

    Hi Neil,

    I've seen you numerous times in concert since 1970. It is always a very special event that takes on a "surreal" aspect. for me. My question to you is there ONE CONCERT that sticks in your mind as being exceptional and memorable for you personally? You always rock the place here in Cincinnati and Dayton Ohio.

    October 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  245. Julie Prescott

    Neil, would you consider having another "fan" party at your home? If so, can I be first on the list!

    October 18, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Reply
  246. Serge Hudon

    Hi Neil,
    Thanks for your last DVD: Great.... Question for you: In the 70s and 80s, I know you had Stutzs cars, could you tell me about it... And tell me where could I find pictures, please....

    Best regards and keep doing your great job..., Serge

    October 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  247. Julie Prescott

    Neil, would you consider having another "fan" party at your home in Malibu? If so, can I be first on the list! Julie from Bloomington, MN

    October 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  248. Michele

    All these amazing questions, I'm just wondering if you want to give your fans a big applause for these question? Do you now have a smile on your face right now? If so, then the time it took for me to type this was worth it!!!! LOL

    October 18, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  249. Michele

    Oops, I forgot to include where I'm from. OMG I'm the second person from the state of Maze and Blue to leave that info out. O.K. I admit defeat and now and from Spartan territory, and not Wolverine territory. 😦
    Michigan, as in Michigan State, and not Michigan, as in Michigan Wolverines. So Sad!!!

    October 18, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  250. Wendy T

    What is the funniest thing or incident you have seen whilst you were on stage performing in concert?

    October 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  251. George Schafer

    Hi Neil, I have been a big fan of your music since I was 14 years old, 44 years ago. My favorite song of yours is Holly Holy. Can you tell me your mindset when you wrote that song. I have always been curious about the true meaning. I am hoping that one day I could sit down with you and share a beer or two, hopefully before we are too old to remember what we would talk about. Take Care.

    October 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  252. Colman Patrick

    Hi Neil ,

    Have you ever thought to sing your songs with a philharmonic orchestra before a life audience ?

    Thanks for the decades of Beautiful Noises.

    Patrick Colman
    Antwerp Belgium

    October 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  253. Christine Smith

    Hi Neil –

    Would you consider a concert tour featuring only your lesser known songs? An "alternative tour"? While your big hits are great, there are so many other amazing songs which I would prefer next time. "Let Me Take You In My Arms Again" is one which I would love you to do for example.

    I hope you return to the UK in 2011 so those of us who did not manage to get tickets for the Electric Proms will be able to see you next year. Smaller venues would be good also.

    Thank you for all the years of music.

    Christine, Staffordshire, UK (a fan since Stones in 1972)

    October 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Reply
  254. Pat and John Beckwith

    Hello Neil,
    My wife and I live in Leeds and we have enjoyed your UK concerts whenever you came to various UK cities. The best was not in a city but was at Woburn in 1977 – it was a magical night we will never forget. Now at last Leeds will be getting a concert arena which should open by Christmas 2012 and we will be able to enjoy musical events in our own city. Please is it possible for you to really set the city alight by performing here? You are sure to receive a real Yorkshire welcome!

    Yours sincerely.

    Pat and John

    October 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Reply
  255. rita beck

    Hello Neil,
    Have been a fan most of my life, Your music, words and voice have inspired me through many hard time . Thank you.
    My question is have you ever considered writting a song that a mother and son could dance to at a wedding there are so many for father and daughter but not mother and son .I,m sure you could it justice.
    Looking forward to new album and tour

    October 18, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  256. Estrella Peralt

    Hi Neil

    About Canta Libre, Why some of the lyrics are in Spanishs. It’s true that there was a draft of an album in Spanish?
    BTW your pronunciation is perfect.
    From Valencia (Spain) with love

    October 18, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  257. Alex

    Hello again, Neil.
    I wou as wondering if you ever find it a bit sad, wasteful, and even shameful that thousands of fans waste big $ buying, making, or sending you gifts that Im sure in a million years will never use, or sometimes (most) never even see...

    Do you feel that their time, efforts and money are just being wasted, when it could go to a fund or account you could set up...this seems to me to be an egotistical act on the givers part, more than it being something valid and solid for 'good works'...just wondering what you really feel about this strange and childish practice..

    October 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  258. margaret Davie

    Where do you get your inspiration to write so many great songs.
    love as always
    mags xxxxx

    October 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  259. Deb Tappe

    Hi Neil, I would imagine after all these years, you have answered just about every question imaginable. I just wonder if you ever get tired of answering the same things over and over?

    October 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  260. Just Pat

    Hi Neil! Do you dream songs or music notes too?

    October 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  261. Pat Sheets

    Hi Neil
    I am writng to you from Sylvania, Ohio–USA! We love and mss you and are hoping you will soon be touring around Chicago or Detroit soon. Will you? I can't think of anything to ask you because I know you are a busy man. I just want you to know how much I love your music and seeing you in concert–with your band-or just you and your guitar is so exciting ! I will be purchasing the new "Dreams" and I wish you could personally autograpgh it for me. May you enjoy every happiness and looking forward to you being inducted into theRock-N-Roll Hall of Fame! Hopefull I can be one of the luckiest in the audience to see you there!
    Pat

    October 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  262. Linda S. Mitchell

    I would very much appreciate the opportunity to be able to personally shake your hand and thank you for saving my life. Is there any way this request could be granted when you are next in Vancouver, B.C. Canada for a concert?
    Yours sincerely,
    Linda S. Mitchell

    October 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  263. Claire

    Hi Neil

    12 Songs and Home Before Dark are my two favourite albums. How are things progressing with your third Rick Rubin produced album, and what kind of feel will it have?

    Thanks for taking the time to answer fans' questions!

    Claire
    Scotland

    October 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  264. francine

    Hello Neil,

    You performed in May 2008 in Antwerp Belgium in the Sportpaleis.
    It was the first time I saw you in concert and it was fabulous.
    You are simply the best.
    Did you find the Sportpaleis a good concert hall? Would like to give another concert here in Antwerp?
    Big hug
    from Francine
    Antwerp Belgium

    October 18, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  265. Brooklynite51

    Hello Neil, Wanted to thank you for being such a MENCH. Both our parents owned the stores side by side in Flatbush. I was looking at the pictures Pop sent me. He's 89 now and doing good. He has such great memories of your Pop and him going around singing? Pop played his guitar. Your Pop sang he said. Then my mother died and Pop sold the store. Saved his mother and moved to Bay Ridge where he still owns his brownstone. I was just wandering if your Pop did sing like Pop keeps saying. MAZEL TOV!!! on being nominated for the RRHOF. BIG HUGS!

    October 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  266. Claire

    Hi Neil

    I'm a relatively new fan so I haven't had the pleasure of seeing you in concert. Will you be touring the UK in the near future?

    Claire

    October 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  267. Evelyn Wright

    Hi Neil

    I wondered why you decided to do an album of covers (except for one). Have to add that I love your interpretation of all the songs I have heard so far. You remember in the Jazz Singer Molly saying that that is how that song should be sung....well I think the same about this version of " I'm A Believer" – it is special.

    Looking forward to your visit to the UK in less than two weeks now.....

    Evelyn – UK

    October 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  268. June Maxson

    Hello again Neil,

    My question is: What made you decide to do concerts in Africa? Also, How did you select the venues there?

    Cyber hugs from your #1 fan in your adopted home town, LA,

    June Maxson

    October 18, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  269. Sue Phillips

    Hi Neil,
    Thanks for so many years of wonderful music!
    With all the writing, recording and touring that you do, how do you find time to relax and mabe even take a vacation? Or is your music, with all the different parts of the process, enough relaxation?
    Sue
    Springfield, NJ

    October 18, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  270. Rachel Eljashev -Shimshon, M.D. opthalmologist Ra'anana, ISRAEL

    Sholem Aleichem Mr. Diamond,
    Would you like to look at the book I've written entitled, "Brightless Brighton": The Bright, Dark & Dim Times of My life in Brighton Beach- 'When the 'Bright' Was Gone from Brighton' ...which touches on your parents' small neighborhood undergarments shop which was once-upon-a-long-time-ago located on the block I call 'The 'Times Square' of Brighton Beach Avenue? Diamond's was for me an 'ohceanscape'...for I can directly attribute who I am today to the bright, catalystic spark of gracious-kindness that your mother, Rose showed me and my father- then, a brand-new widower, on one wintery afternoon as she helped me through a very gloomy & bittersweet time as a pre-teen girl.

    Most Sincerely,
    Rachel Eljashev – Shimshon, M.D.
    ophthalmologist

    Home: 12 HaYuvel Street
    Apartment 13
    Ra'anana, 43401
    ISRAEL
    phone: 1-972-9-745-1054
    mobile: 0525 09 7676
    Email: Haimsh8@bezeqint.net

    October 18, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  271. Pablo Daniel

    Hi Neil.
    An honor salute from Chile. I'm fan of yours for over 35 years and I congratulate you on your brilliant career. My question is simple: Why did not you included in your world tours Latin American countries?.
    Thanks for responding. A hug from Talca, Region of the Maule, Chile. Pablo Daniel Rodriguez.
    ****************************
    Hola Neil.
    Un honor saludarte desde Chile. Soy fan tuyo desde hace más 35 años y te felicito por tu brillante carrera artística. Mi pregunta es simple: ¿Por qué nunca has incluido en tus giras mundiales países latinoamericanos?.
    Gracias por responder. Un abrazo desde Talca-Región del Maule-Chile. Pablo Daniel Rodríguez.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  272. Emily

    Hi Neil, I am italian but if you still return to Monaco I will be in the first row near a man with the moustaches, remember this detail.
    Thanks for all beautiful songs that accompany my life for many years.
    I wanted to ask wich is your kind of preferred reading and news of Poker.
    Thanks and long-life to you and all your family.
    Emily

    October 18, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  273. Judy C.

    Hello Neil,
    Hope this finds you well, and enjoying life! It is exciting for you, and the band I am sure, to be able to visit South Africa next year. We look forward to hearing about it and best wishes as you prepare for this adventure.
    My question is in regards to the "origin" of some of your songs. In your recollection, are there songs in particular that were inspired by your children, family members, friends, or events, throughout the years? Either a lyric, idea, or melody, etc. from someone, or somewhere that struck you and evolved into a song.
    Best wishes, and thanks again for all the joy you have brought to our household thoughout these past 30 plus years.
    God Bless You!
    Judy in Arizona.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  274. Vanessa Patterson

    Hello Neil, Are you looking forward to your first trip to South Africa ?

    I work as Front of House Director at the Playhouse Theatre and I would like to invite you to do a concert there. We first saw you at the Capitol Centre in 1982 -that been the highlight of our tour to the U.S.A. My favourite song is Beautiful Noise. I would love to sit and chat with you whilst enjoying an ice cold coca – cola.

    Yours sincerely

    Vanessa
    Somerset West
    Cape Town

    October 18, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  275. Christina, A West Texas gal

    Hey Neil! Thanks for using my "nacho cheese" joke for your tweet joke! It was a kick to see my joke coming back at me with YOUR name on it! I chortled and I was the one who submitted it!

    My mind is brimming with questions but I will try to narrow it down and put them all in one post to avoid clutter on this website. Hope you will be inclined to answer at least one of them!

    First since you seem to be a guy who has a wicked sense of humor, do you ever play any pranks on the band while on tour and if so, what is one that really went well?

    A FOOD question! Do you still do any cooking and if so when I come to your house what would be your favorite dish to make me?

    SPORTS time! What position would you like to play on a baseball eam and what sports figures do you like/admire the most, either past or present?

    FINALLY a music question! Is there a song somebody else wrote that when you heard it you said "Darn I wish I'd written that!?

    Please consider a rap version of "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"! It would be so cool and a radical way to update that song!

    October 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  276. Sara Westwood

    Neil

    I love the song Stones and I would love to know more about what inspired you to write it and why have you not sung it in concert very often?

    UK

    October 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  277. Bonnie

    Which artist sings one of your sons that is your favorite? Mine is George Donaldson (Celtic Thunder), singing HELLO AGAIN.
    Smiles,
    Bonnie

    October 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  278. Ambrose O Shea

    Neil
    trying to think of a question to ask you and this one came to mind , if the people of brooklyn were to honour you , what would you like named after you , park , buliding , bridge or tube station , or something else
    Ambrose
    Dublin

    October 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  279. cherry means

    Hi Neil
    I was wondering what is your favourite type of car to drive?
    Love you and all your work Neil.

    Cherry (UK)

    October 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  280. drew

    neil –
    while there was some previously unreleased material on Stages – what else might there be "in hiding" that has yet to make it to CD........either from way back ( such as the Bang material on Double Gold ) – or, B-sides such as "You don't know me" – still waiting to be properly released?
    thanks from the Jersey Shore....

    October 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Reply
  281. Philippa Sluter

    I haven't got much to ask really looking forward to the new album..just wondered if you might do an album of duets one day as there are quite a few on various albums of yours which are just so beautiful it would be nice to see them showcased together....Midnight Dream and Another Day that Time Forgot to name two.
    Hope to see you soon with best wishes.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  282. Gail Abert

    Hello Mr. Diamond,
    My question is, what do your mother and family think of your career as a writer/musician?

    A fan for the past 40 years,
    .........Gail Abert........

    October 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  283. Steve Woodmansee

    Neil,
    Did "ANY" of your children ever have any asperations of writing songs, or being a singer?

    Fan Steve Woodmansee
    Indianapolis, IN

    October 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  284. Philippa Sluter

    Hello Again from England sorry Neil forgot to put where I am from!!

    October 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  285. Lance Galloway

    Hi Neil,

    I know you are going on Tour soon !

    My Question is – I live in Reno, Nevada and I have seen you in concert here 4 Times , when do you think you will be back in this area to do a concert again?

    Best wishes.
    Your Biggest Fan and Friend
    Lance

    October 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  286. Steve ASKS:

    Would you like to check out my NEIL DIAMOND WEBSITE?

    http://www.itsallaboutneildiamond4u.blogspot.com

    October 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  287. Michael

    Hey Neil,

    I was just wondering if you ever get nonplussed by the, sometimes inappropriate, fervour of diamondheads.

    October 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  288. Norine Dalton

    Hello Neil
    Just wondering if you'll ever return to Chicago. You're the best. Congratulations on the Rock and Roll nomination.
    Norine from Chicago

    October 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  289. RitaM

    Hi Neil,
    do you believe in, life after death? What if when reincarnated there's a good chance your own words come back to haunt you, and some old song could become your worst nightmare in the future! with this in mind, which song would you like to distroy? Good Luck.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Reply
  290. Ryan Guidry

    Hi Neil.

    Is there any chance of your complete Bang recordings being released on CD? It is a crime that great songs like "The Long Way Home", "You'll Forget", "Love To Love", "Red Rubber Ball", "The Time Is Now", "Shot Down", etc. have never been available on CD.

    Thanks,
    Ryan

    October 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  291. Gaby

    Dear Neil,
    I only saw you once in conert in the seventies in Vienna and it just knocked me off. From this moment on i feel connected to you and your music in a very special way. Your music takes me trough everyday life. Llistening very closely I have to say that your a guy I would love to have coffee with. (Unfortunately your a celebrity!)

    Is there any chance you might visit Austria again? I would do my best to sit in the front row! God bless you and the ones you love!

    October 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Reply
  292. peter

    Hi Neil
    Simply, do you enjoy the songs from your 'Serenade' album as much asI do? i think they are incredible and have given me lasting spiritual pleasure for many years.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  293. Rita M

    Hi Neil,
    Do you believe in life after life/death, what if when reincarnated your own words comeback to haunt you! With this in mind, is there any of your songs that you would hate to hear in another lifetime? which ones (if any) would you like destroyed!!

    Rita M
    Manchester
    England.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  294. Mitchell

    To Neil, Writing from Brooklyn NY inviting you to do a concert in Coney Island in the summer months.Just saw Neil Sedaka and he sounded great.If you were there it would be the best thing that could possibly happen. i believe they put in a whole new sound system and you would sound like music to my ears. A fan Mitchell

    October 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  295. Mr Ian Selwood

    Hi Neil have been a fan of yours for many years prob got all your albums and have been to loads of your concerts, also got many other fans for you (SO YOU OWE BIG TIME) Neil here is what you got to do for me would you please say sorry to my ex wife Karen for being at a concert of yours in 1984 at London Earls court cos thats where i was when my daughter Joanna was born granted she was 2 week early but she has never let it drop ever since and also if you could find it in your heart When you come to England again to send me 2 free tickets and who knows me and my ex wife could get back together again because i would bring her with me this time, hope it goes well at the Electric Proms one of your biggest fans Ian Selwood.

    October 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Reply
  296. Kim Downing

    Hi Neil,

    If you could go back in history to any time and place, which era would you go back to and do you think you would always have been involved in music in some way or another?

    Look forward to you returning to the UK on any future tour, I've been coming to see you since1984 and will continue to be there! Your music has meant so very much.

    Kim

    October 18, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  297. Joseph

    Neil, can you simply talk about your fans for a few minutes?
    Joe [Cincinnati,Ohio]

    October 18, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  298. Robin Ann Cranney Jung

    I have a good question for you. Do you ever get writers block? And if so how do you work through that? If you do come to Milwaukee Wisconsin, how can a fan like me get that special chance to meet you? I have been wanting to meet you my whole life and I have been a dedicated fan for 31 years and I buy every single cd that you have out!!! YOu are so inspiring to me as a fan!! Can you PLEASE sing: "I believe in Happy Endings" from you're movie "saving silverman" I do have that movie at home and it is AWESOME!!! You did a remarkable job even though you had a small part to act

    October 18, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  299. I Give Up!

    O.K. Neil,

    I beleive what everyone really and truely wants to tell you is that they love you very much.......

    As for me. I really do love you/ I adore your music which is the best, and that is the only music I listen to on the radio/CD, love the way you look, you are aging beautifully, and of course that voice.. You know Neil it is the voice, that gravel, scratchy voice, that low baratone voice. When you open your mouth to either speak or sing, it is heaven.

    I hope that you know that you are admired, adored and respected and loved for all that you have given your fans and especially, when you had those homes built after the hurricane. Those people were so thankful.

    I will always keep you in my heart and will always be a fan, and I amso very happy that you will be inducted into the RRH of Fame, although they certainly took their time.

    Fondly,

    Estela

    October 18, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  300. Mary Bernard, Boston MA

    Hi Neil,

    After completing the 3rd song of the story of your life, (Brooklyn Roads, I am I said, Hell Yeah) are you still a restless soul or have you found some peace with your life? Also, would you ever consider "going full circle" and return to the stage in a smaller venue with just your voice and guitar?

    I have been a fan since 1968, have attended your concerts every time you've come east, and am thrilled you have finally gotten nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Congratulations!

    October 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  301. Ives Guilliams, Leuven Belgium

    Hi Neil, When will you ever record Raisin' Caine?

    October 18, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  302. Theresa Paterra

    Hi Neil,
    What do you do when there is something from your past that you don't like about yourself, but it keeps haunting you? How do you let go?

    October 18, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  303. Antonia Peters, Hamburg-Germany

    Hello Neil!

    One of my favorite ointments is "Jonathan Livingston Seagul!
    Will you compose once again a soundtrack? If so, for which film subject?
    Thanks for your wonderful songs!
    I hope we see you soon in Germany again!
    Germany love s you!!
    Lots of love from Hamburg Germany,
    Antonia.

    October 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  304. Robin Ann Cranney Jung

    Forgot to say, NEIL Diamond!!!!! YOU ROCK my world!!!! With you're voice and music.:-}

    October 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Reply
  305. Ginny Gnadt

    Is it more difficult to express emotion in songs that you didn't write yourself? What different process do you use to decide how to record cover songs, in terms of phrasing, music, etc.?

    October 18, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  306. Marie Miller

    Hi Neil,
    Would you marry me? Seriously though, do you think that you could respond more diligently to fan mail? Been waiting for 20 years to get mine answered.

    Pittsburgh, PA

    October 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  307. Linda Porta from Sacramento

    Hi Neil – You have so much knowledge inside of you about the music business and songs you have written, your childhood. Did you ever consider writing a book? If you have, forgive me for not remembering it. I would never forget you. Your the very best.

    Linda Porta

    October 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  308. June Maxson

    I just returned from a trip that included Israel! I know you have had the nick name of "The Jewish Elvis.' tagged on you. Would you consider doing a show in Israel?
    I found the security in that country was superior. I almost felt safer there than in Los Angeles or New York!
    The Isralies have a wonderful culture and music is a big part of it. About a year ago, another "super star' played there, as he had promised to 30 years ago, and never went. He felt an obligation to go, and the crowd went crazy for him!.
    I am sure their people would be thrilled to have you,"an International Super Star "son" do a show for them. Since you are trying a new venue in Africa, it struck me that Israel is a place where you would find heart felt affection! (and very secure!)

    Much love through music,

    June M–Los Angeles

    October 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  309. Kathy Coleman

    Hi Neil
    please can you tell me when you will be coming back to Sydney? cant wait.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Reply
  310. maureen

    Evening Neil, when will you be touring the UK? I have been a fan since 1971 & always go to your concerts when you are in the UK. . I enjoy all of your music & there is a mesage for all occasions. Your music has seen me through many events throughout my life, from laughter to heartache & back again, you have certainly touched my life.I believe you are truely gifted and a modern day prophet... God Bless You x

    October 18, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  311. Heike from Germany

    Hi Neil,

    the deep spirituality of your songs affects me in my soul. You accompany and protect me since my childhood with your wonderful music. Thank you so much!

    Do you come next year for some concerts also to Germany?

    Love and best wishes

    Heike

    October 18, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  312. babs emert

    hi neil my name is babs emert in independence kansas my question is whate isfavert son on jazz singer i love the movie your #1

    October 18, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  313. Michael Daniels

    Not a question..but a comment . Neil you have , through your music , by pure chance written my life ..
    It has been there through the downs and rejoiced with me through the ups , such as the birth of my 11 year old little girl , whose name came to the wife and I almost at the same time and almost spiritually.We named her Shilo and her middle name is Diamond ..as our tribute to you and what you have meant to these two fans.Thank you for the music ...and God bless you going forward.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  314. Diane Garcia from Arizona (formly from LA)

    Do you know that I've now waited 40 years after Totty told me that I could stop by your BH Mel Place to say "Hi" after I bought your "Moods" shirt from the CF auction? I waited because I didn't want to by pushy; waited 10 years with a new dress just for the occasion. The dress is gone but do you know I've always regretted not meeting you in person? My very best to you always – you're the greatest ever.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  315. Barbara L. Miller

    I'm from Bakersville, NC, but lived most of my life in Texas. When I was living in Houston in 1968, I think it was, a young singer also lived in the same townhouse complex off Westheimer Blvd. He would bring his guitar out to the courtyard at night and sing for the kids. My son thought he was great. He said his name was Neil Diamond. Was that you? It was not long after that summer that your career skyrocketed, and here you are, 50+ years later, still touching our souls with your music.

    October 18, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Reply
  316. Tyna Burnett

    Fingers, Legs, Arms Eyes and Toes crossed – Very painful! .................
    We'll I tried and crossed them all but alas to no avail
    So not a happy bunny cause I didn't want to fail!
    Some other lucky person has beat me to the post
    And I have had to forfeit the thing I wanted most!
    I thought hard about squatting, at the Roundhouse over night
    Incase Neil came round sometime and I could tell about my plight!
    But it is the bleak midwinter,and my thermals arn't too good
    I didn't think he'd notice me, as a block of frozen wood
    I'm glad that I have friends on line to help to ease the blow
    You'll feel the vibes and disappointment that Is one thing I do know
    So I'm sorry that it's not good news, that I relay to you
    Tonight a Tyna's got a frown and singing a song sung blue!

    So sad not got tickets for the Roundhouse, will you please play Nottingham? By the way how's Poker doing? Plus Amour – Tyna x

    October 18, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  317. Steve

    Greetings Neil from a long-time fan! As a well-known and loved "celebrity," you must receive many gifts, notes, and much fan mail. Do you personally have the opportunity to see what is received and read the notes, cards, etc.? Or is it handled by someone else, and perhaps you just see a "sampling" because of time restraints? Inquisitive minds would like to know. Anxiously waiting to hear the new CD! Thanks.

    Steve
    San Fernando Valley, CA

    October 18, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  318. Doug Bartake

    I bought my first Neil Diamond record in 1966 and have related to so many songs throughout the years...songs I might add that have helped me get through some very difficult times over the years...Thank you for that Neil!
    My question is: What provided you with the inspiration for the song Brooklyn Roads? Truly a song that fits in so so well with my own life experience...almost identical.
    Thank you
    Doug Bartake

    October 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  319. Kerri & Dan

    Neil, Have you ever fly fished? Would you like to go fly fishing with us? We will teach you if need be.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  320. DAN MARTINEZ

    GREETINGS NEIL,
    I'VE BEEN A LONG TIME FAN. AND HAVE BEEN TO A FEW OF YOUR LIVE SHOWS.

    I HAVE BEEN VERY INPRESSED ON THE SOUND QUALITY OF YOUR LIVE PERFORMANCE, AND I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A FELLOW NEBRASKAN: STANLEY MILLER ON YOUR SOUND TEAM.
    HOW DID YOU EVER HOOK UP WITH A GREAT TALENT?

    HOPE TO SEE YOU ON THE ROAD SOON.
    DAN MARTINEZ
    GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA

    October 18, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  321. Bill & Jeff Collins

    Hi, Neil,

    We forgot to post yesterday on our question. Congradulations on your nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and all your fans are praying for you to finally gettin in.

    2nd question: Did you and your former recording partner, Jack Packer do some backup vocals for the late comic, Buddy Hackett in 1960? If yes, do you remember the song?

    Take care,

    Bill & Jeff Collins
    Massapequa, NY
    Bill & Jeff Collins

    October 18, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  322. Vicki Tringal

    Hi Neil,
    Broadway is so popular with musicals based on various singers.
    Do you envision a Broadway play based on some of your music or a dance/music performance as the Billy Joel past show?
    Also, could you provide the music to my future screen play based on my New York City Adventures?
    Take Care and come and visit Michigan soon.
    Vicki
    Rochester, Michigan

    October 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  323. Mike Catalano

    Hi Neil,

    Any plans of doing "Beautiful Noise" as a play or movie? Hope you come back to NJ or NYC. Hope to hear from you. Keep up the great writing!!

    Mike Union, NJ.

    October 18, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  324. Karen Geary

    The composing, the lyric writing, the recording, and the concerts, is it still fun?

    October 19, 2010 at 12:06 am | Reply
  325. Cathy Patterson

    Hi, Neil!
    First, Congratulations on your nomination into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame! It's about time!
    Second, The people along the Texas coast thank you for your contributions to the Hurricane Ike fund; with your help many people received new houses and began putting their lives back together.
    Question: What has been your greatist joy?

    October 19, 2010 at 12:13 am | Reply
  326. Shelley Beckwith

    Hi Neil,
    I love all of your songs and I've been to more than 160 of your concerts. You must have many favorite songs that you've written and sung, but have you ever written and recorded a song that today you don't like and wish you hadn't done?

    See you on the next tour!

    Shelley Beckwith – Bayside, New York

    October 19, 2010 at 12:32 am | Reply
  327. Robert Trotter

    Hello Neil,

    How about performing a concert in Jonesboro, Ar at the Convocation Center at Arkansas State University? The center will seat 10 0r 11,000 and every seat has a good view.

    Also how about playing more stadium shows here in the USA? Maybe someday you could play Central Park in NYC or perhaps before the Super Bowl, at halftime, or even after the Super Bowl game.

    Sincerely,

    Robert Trotter
    McCrory, Ar 72101.

    October 19, 2010 at 12:40 am | Reply
  328. Lisa G

    The kid in me can't help but ask you: Is Christmas close enough to start a countdown?

    October 19, 2010 at 12:41 am | Reply
  329. lorene hocevar

    hi neil,

    which do you enjoy more, the concert experience or the recording in a studio experience?

    October 19, 2010 at 12:41 am | Reply
  330. ndgirl2

    Hi Neil how are you? I loved you and your music since I was little:)
    Can't wait to get your new album:) Good Luck!:)

    October 19, 2010 at 1:15 am | Reply
  331. Joan Nolan

    Hi Neil, i would like to know will you sing " You'll Never Walk Alone" as The Boston Red Socks management have bought the Liverpool F.C. I would love to hear you sing this, love from,your Diamondhead Fan, Joan Nolan, from Ireland xxxxxxxx I'm also a Liverpool Fan X

    October 19, 2010 at 1:18 am | Reply
  332. Joan Nolan

    Hi Neil, i forgot to tell you i have been to all your concerts in Dublin,and went to NYC in 2008 to see you,i had the best time of my life , i would love to meet you, it would be my dream come true, love n hugs, Joan xxxxxx

    October 19, 2010 at 1:42 am | Reply
  333. Joan Nolan

    COME BACK TO IRELAND SOON, XXXX love Joan X

    October 19, 2010 at 1:51 am | Reply
  334. L. Irwin

    Love your beautiful work. It spans so many genres and so many of the older songs are now standard classics.
    Do you write the music to fit the lyrics or vice versa? It seems as though the lyrics would be much harder to write. Especially yours…they’re so poetic.
    Also after writing a song is there a way to be certain that your music is original? Are there computer programs with melody data bases that you can check or are you always reasonably confident that it’s safe to publish?
    A Canadian fan. .

    October 19, 2010 at 1:59 am | Reply
  335. Pablo Daniel Rodriguez

    Hi Neil
    An honor to greet you. I am fan of yours for over 35 years. Congratulations on your brilliant artistic career. My question is simple: Why have never you included any Latin-American country in your world tours? Thanks for responding.
    Hugs from Talca, Region of Maule-Chile.
    Pablo Daniel Rodriguez

    October 19, 2010 at 1:59 am | Reply
  336. Jeff from Kankakee, Illinois

    Neil,
    The only thing that eclipses your songwriting, that gives us the inner soul, that gives us " the Feel of Neil Diamond" is the PERFORMER! Nothing compares to being with you, with thousands of your fans, sharing your life's experiences through your music, touching each and every one of us in some way! Nothing compares to seeing you deliver those experiences from the stage! My question, Neil, could there ever be video releases, in whole or in part, of two of your most memorable performances: from the Hot August Night concerts of 1972 at the Greek, which I never saw, but is so awesome to listen to; and the 1981/82 concerts of the Jazz Singer tour, of which the opening with America was just incredible! Two awesome, incredible performances! You've given so much joy, I will follow you to my last day! Thank You Neil!

    October 19, 2010 at 2:22 am | Reply
  337. Pat Charling

    Hello Neil,
    I've been so blessed to have met some of the most talented and wonderful people to have come from your musical beginnings in New York. It would be such an honor to meet you too. Do you have any favorite stories from those early days?
    A devoted fan for many decades from Los Gatos, California

    October 19, 2010 at 2:40 am | Reply
  338. Jim McElroy

    Hello Mr Diamond, I wondered given the life you have had and all that you have seen in your trips around the world, had you ever thought of putting them into a Broadway show. Maybe even a show with your music set to dance pieces such as the ones done with Billy Joel and Frank Sinatra's music.

    October 19, 2010 at 2:49 am | Reply
  339. Esther

    At your concerts–and I have attended many through the years–what really brings the applause from the audience are your oldies. I've been disappointed in recent years to see that your new albums are more introspective prose than melody, when melody and rhythm were your hallmarks of success. There is more talking than singing.There are fewer tunes that are memorable long after hearing them.
    Why have you abandoned your success formula just to rest on your laurels? In the last CD I bought, it seemed that all the melodies and tempos were similar. Seems you're losing your mojo. Tell me that you still have it in you to growl and howl and get everyone clapping their hands!
    Longingly,
    Esther from NY

    October 19, 2010 at 3:07 am | Reply
  340. Jennifer Rogers

    Some people have dubbed you the "Jewish Elvis." However, it is my understanding that Elvis' Mother was Jewish, so according to Jewish law he was technically Jewish. Therefore, you cannot be the "Jewish Elvis" because Elvis was the " Jewish Elvis." Do you want them just to refer to you as Neil Diamond? Will this question cause some type of identity crisis which will lead to a beautiful, soul searchig song?

    Thanks! It has been an honor typing to you!
    LOVE ALWAYS!!!!

    October 19, 2010 at 3:38 am | Reply
  341. Joy Hancock

    HI neil,

    After your tour in Africa are there any plans to visit Australia? We would love you to come. Looking forward to your new album "Dreams" arriving in November.

    Joy Hancock
    Western Australia

    October 19, 2010 at 4:16 am | Reply
  342. George

    Neil,

    What is meaning behind, or the story of, the song "Dry Your Eyes"? I always invision a military furneral when I listen to that song.

    George
    Puyallup, WA

    October 19, 2010 at 4:30 am | Reply
  343. Rachel Eljashev -Shimshon, M.D. ophthalmologist Ra'anana, ISRAEL

    Sholem Aleichem Mr. Diamond,
    Would you like to look at the book I've written entitled, "Brightless Brighton": The Bright, Dark & Dim Times of My life in Brighton Beach- 'When the 'Bright' Was Gone from Brighton' ...which touches on your parents' small neighborhood undergarments shop which was once-upon-a-long-time-ago located on the block I call 'The 'Times Square' of Brighton Beach Avenue? Diamond's was for me an 'ohceanscape'...for I can directly attribute who I am today to the bright, catalystic spark of gracious-kindness that your mother, Rose showed me and my father- then, a brand-new widower, on one wintery afternoon as she helped me through a very gloomy & bittersweet time as a pre-teen girl.

    Most Sincerely,
    Rachel Eljashev – Shimshon, M.D.
    ophthalmologist

    Home: 12 HaYuvel Street
    Apartment 13
    Ra'anana, 43401
    ISRAEL
    phone: 1-972-9-745-1054
    mobile: 0525 09 7676
    Email: Haimsh8@bezeqint.net

    October 19, 2010 at 5:37 am | Reply
  344. Marcia

    Hello Neil, What is the question you wish someone would ask you? Also thank you for peforming in the program to benefit cancer research.

    October 19, 2010 at 5:44 am | Reply
  345. Barbara Thibeault

    Hi there, My hubby and I were discussing the beautiful fact that you are one of the few singers that have actually gotten better with age... Your life experiences come thru in your vocals and that makes them and you much more endearing .. We have listened to many singers of your era that should have stopped singing years ago....This is not the case with you... Obviously you have reached into a part of you that you hadn't tapped when you were younger...Congratulations for finding that part–many live a lifetime and never do...We hope you will be back to Orlando, Fl soon and we are really looking forward to your new album.....Our best to you for great health and happiness........Barbara and Stan

    October 19, 2010 at 6:28 am | Reply
  346. Risë Levine

    Hi Neil,

    I have been a fan since "Solitary Man". Your music has meant so much to me for many years. I'm sure it is that way for all of your fans. I thought it would be fun to know if you have ever been flabbergasted by your fans at concerts? I just thought it would be fun to know. I look forward to your new album, "Dreams" and am hoping there will be a tour to follow.

    Love and hugs,
    Risë Levine
    Springfield, MO

    October 19, 2010 at 7:00 am | Reply
  347. Sheilagh

    Hi Neil.

    First, I have to say, I would LOVE it if you'd put out an album of all your unreleased songs (like Sunflower, My Bouquet, etc.) hint hint

    My question is, before you started writing songs, what did you think you would be when you grew up and what did you think your life would be like?

    Thanks for all the awesome music!

    October 19, 2010 at 9:32 am | Reply
  348. Degs Eardley

    hi Neil

    Is there a song you have written that you wished you hadn't and is there a song out ther somewhere that you wished you had?

    Degs Coventry UK

    October 19, 2010 at 9:56 am | Reply
  349. Deanna from Watertown, MA

    Hi neil,

    i often wonder if there's a song out there that you wish you'd writtten first?

    I know this is a little late to bring this up but i was at your Fenway Park concert in 2008 it was the frist time I saw you in an outdoor venue. i have to say it was all magical.

    thanks for your music,

    Deanna

    October 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  350. Jan

    Hi Neil,
    Do the songs you have chosen to include on Dreams have a special meaning to you because they express personal feelings normally shared with us in your own songs? Or are they just favourite songs that you love to sing?
    Fantastic that you are touring again, hope Sth Africa is just one stop on the road and you find your way to Australia! We've been waiting a long time for your return and are well & truly ready for you to put smiles on our faces!
    Jan – Victoria, Australia

    October 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  351. Linda

    Neil,

    First let me say that if the saying "the goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will" is true then you certainly have achieved "the" goal with the music you have created and graciously shared with us over the years. The songs you have written and recorded are sure to last for generations to come.

    Now, my question. Most people your age are either retired or on the verge of retiring. Do you have any plans or desires to retire?

    Best of luck with the upcoming Dreams CD. I am looking forward to its release!

    Linda Imhof
    Nashua, NH
    A fan since 1972

    October 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  352. Sharon

    Hi Neil,

    What was the inspiration for your version of Midnight Train to Georgia? It's absolutely gorgeous and very touching. The clarity of the words, the emotion in your voice and the beauty of the musical arrangement make it a treat to listen to.

    Best of luck with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame vote. We've always known that you and your songs belong there.

    October 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  353. Sharon

    oooops, forgot to say where I'm writing from – Canada

    October 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  354. Doug

    Hi Neil,

    Would you ever consider undertaking another project along the lines of your other masterpieces, Taproot Manuscript or Jonathan Livingston Seagull? These are the immensely intricate and entangled works we, your devoted fans, have come to expect and love from our much-loved favourite wordsmith.

    I believe that the time is right for you to embark on such a project. It will be a testament for posterity for the greatest singer song-writer of all time; a beautiful, lasting gift to this world.

    Perth, WA

    October 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  355. Kris & Kris

    After years of waiting, we finally had the chance to get a picture with you during your last tour only to find that the setting on the camera was not right and the whole picture was a blur. You would make two of your biggest fans very happy if we could get that picture with you right this time. PLEASE!

    October 19, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  356. W. Lamberti Germany

    Hi Neil,

    do you come on tour next year in Germany? I saw you 2008 in Cologne.
    It was a fantastic evening!! Hope to see you soon!

    October 19, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  357. Rita M

    Hi,
    When your inspiration comes from another do you ever consider yourself in their debt?

    Rita M

    The Cosmos.

    October 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  358. Anne Colford

    Hi Neil
    what made you decide on those particular songs for "Dreams" ?
    and also have you ever considered recording Spanish Eyes by Al martino ? this was my mothers favourite song and I would love to hear you sing it.

    Love and best wishes
    anne

    October 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  359. Andy Martin

    Dear Neil,

    You have a lot of emulators these days, but I was the first to perform your songs with any authenticity! I have studied you & your writing style more than anyone else past, present or future. With the exception of Andy Kim, who intentionally became Canada's 'Neil Diamond'!

    I wrote some songs for you that you've never heard, in particular a song called 'Canada' which is my most downloaded track at iTunes & another is called 'In My Mind'. Of course, I have never been able to submit them to you.

    The fact that you are willing to record cover versions is interesting – I invite you to listen to those two songs & see for yourself! I don't know if the moderators here will allow this question to be published or put to you! Perhaps they will but anyway I send you my very best wishes for the future.

    If you're going to record other people's songs, I believe you should choose some that are written to fit you like a glove – after all, your songs have been matched in the past with tremendous success with UK artiste Lulu, U.S. act The Monkees and of course UK act UB40! How amazed would you be to know that someone else could accurately write with YOU in mind? 🙂 Now there's a thought!

    October 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  360. Bettina and Käthe;Germany

    Dear Neil

    What's your favourite ice cream flavour?

    Love,
    Bettina and Käthe

    October 19, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  361. June Maxson

    Why did you choose Africa this year for a series of concerts? It should be a great adventure for all of you. How did you select the venues? Neil, you are going to have some great stories to tell!

    June M

    Los Angeles

    October 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  362. ans van kempen

    hello neil,

    my question to you is : are you comming to the netherlands,Ihope so!!!

    October 19, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  363. Jody Cross

    Neil,
    Thank you for all your beautiful music over the years! I have two questions for you . . . one personal and one professional.

    1) I really want to know what's your favorite quilty food pleasure?

    2) Why haven't you released the Woburn concert on DVD? It was such a magical concert with the abbey as the backdrop. I was fortunate to be there to see it live. Every fan should also be able to share in this one of a kind special concert.

    Looking forward to seeing you out on the road in concert again!!
    Jody
    (Olathe, KS)

    October 19, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  364. Katie Reynard

    What musical software do you use to assist you in writing your music – such as Sibelius – any other technology that you use to assist you in your creations? What computer platform do you prefer using?
    When an idea for a piece comes to you – can you write anywhere or do you have to be behind closed studio doors?

    October 19, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  365. Janet

    IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE...WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?

    October 19, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  366. Linda S. Mitchell

    Neil, I have a commissioned something extremely special and extremely expensive to be completed as a Christmas present for you. Could you let me know to what specific address this should be sent in order for it to be guaranteed to reach you personally?
    Sincerely
    Linda S. Mitchell
    Victoria, B.C.
    Canada

    October 19, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Reply
  367. Cyndi Dombrowski

    Neil,

    No doubt about it, in my world you are amazing!

    Have you been approached yet to be celebrated at the Kennedy Center Honoree event that is annually televised in December?

    October 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Reply
  368. Annette McKeen

    Dear Neil,

    I remember the day well when I put your CD "12 Songs" into my car's CD player and started driving to work. I actually had to pull over when the song "Hell Yeah" played. My father didn't live in a fish bowl but 90% of that song is an actual conversation that I had with my father over 20 years ago as he was dieing of ALS. It was one of the rare days that my father was able to speak clearly and audibly. What he told me was damn near identical what he said. Every time I listen to that song I miss my father like crazy, get tears in my eyes and hear my dad telling me to pull myself by my boot straps and carry on and be strong.

    Thank you so much for sharing your gift with us.

    Annette

    October 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Reply
  369. Kristen & Krista Buffalo, NY

    Neil, would you ever consider doing another intimate show like the Bitter End again. So many of us went to the Today Show but knew nothing about that show, Krista and I would have loved to have had the opportunity. Please consider. Or maybe doing another show in Columbus Ohio, We were there and we thought you were AMAZING voice or no voice, you are human. We hope to see you soon.
    Love,
    Kristen & Krista

    October 19, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  370. Carol Ortiz

    Is there a possibility that you will release the video of your performance at the Aladin in Las Vegas back in the 70s? That was like three separate concerts rolled into one, with the best being the JLS segment.

    Please consider it. I've seen a very, very poor copy of it once, but it was still spectacular.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  371. Carol Butler

    Hi Neil,

    Greetings from Sydney Australia on a beautiful spring day.

    When will you be coming back to tour Australia and New Zealand?
    It's been so long, so long, so long and we all miss you.

    Fond love
    Sydney Seven – Australia

    October 20, 2010 at 12:21 am | Reply
  372. Jan Spelbos

    Hello Neil,

    Are You now after all these Years{your song;-) confince that You are a great Song maker and Performer !? Maybe You need the unsurness, too become too great hightes ! May I say here, Neil we cannot thank You enough for a live-time compayneship true your music, for every mood, there is a Diamond Song ! The Concerts{ Ahoy-Rotterdam} are big presents, what a evenings You have give us, we cannot thank You enough Neil ! They gives us so much Joy and Energy, for months after it. So Thank You Dear Neil, may God Bless You, take care and many many greetings from Holland___p.s. I have made a painting off your song Brooklyn Roads, now I am bizzy with I am.......I said___How can I show you a picture ?

    October 20, 2010 at 12:43 am | Reply
  373. Melony

    Hi Neil,

    I grew up in Brighton Beach and graduated Lincoln High School, somewhat after you.

    I would like to ask, what are your favorite memories of the neighborhood and your school days? How has this influenced your music?

    By the way, I used to shop at "Diamonds".

    October 20, 2010 at 2:07 am | Reply
  374. Caroline

    Neil, How do you view your spirituality and it's effects on your soulful music. What do you believe about your life, reincarnation, and God. Caroline

    October 20, 2010 at 3:09 am | Reply
  375. Brooklynite51

    Dear Neil, You are a Mensch. Since our parents both owned stores side by side in Flatbush. Pop and Mom had the Food Store. I was yet to be born and Pop went to the Service in 1945. The Army. He came back married and opened the store up next to your parents. For almost 8 years. I was born in 1951. Mom died in 1954 of cancer I was 2 years old. Pop always mentioned how kind your Mom and Dad were and how they comforted and helped him. He has some photos and one is of you standing on the Fire Escape. I miss those days and each time I hear Brooklyn Roads I cry buckets. I have a website "Song Sung Blue Club". We are also "THRILLED" you were FINALLY NOMINATED to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame "Mazel Tov"...Big Hugs, Shalom

    October 20, 2010 at 3:17 am | Reply
  376. Jan Spelbos_Holland { Ahoy }

    Hello Neil,

    Are You now after all these Years{your song;-) confinsed that You are a great Song maker and Performer !? Maybe You need the unsurness, too become too great hightes ! May I say here, Neil we cannot thank You enough for a live-time compayneship true your music, for every mood, there is a Diamond Song ! The Concerts{ Ahoy-Rotterdam} are big presents, what a evenings You have give us, we cannot thank You enough Neil ! They gives us so much Joy and Energy, for months after it. So Thank You Dear Neil, may God Bless You, take care and many many greetings from Holland___p.s. I have made a painting off your song Brooklyn Roads, now I am bizzy with I am.......I said___How can I show you a picture then I think You would like them too see !

    October 20, 2010 at 3:19 am | Reply
  377. Brooklynite51

    Dear Neil, You are a Mensch. Since our parents both owned stores side by side in Flatbush. Pop and Mom had the Food Store. I was yet to be born and Pop went to the Service in 1945. The Army. He came back married and opened the store up next to your parents. For almost 8 years. I was born in 1951. Mom died in 1954 of cancer I was 2 years old. Pop always mentioned how kind your Mom and Dad were and how they comforted and helped him. He has some photos and one is of you standing on the Fire Escape. I miss those days and each time I hear Brooklyn Roads I cry buckets. I have a website "Song Sung Blue Club". We are also "THRILLED" you were FINALLY NOMINATED to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame "Mazel Tov"...Big Hugs, Shalom Hilda Lewis Brooklyn NY

    October 20, 2010 at 3:19 am | Reply
  378. Jane AKA Ziggy

    After all that, I forgot to say that I live in Lakewood, Colorado, and your music has graced my life since 1971. Thank you,
    Jane

    October 20, 2010 at 3:28 am | Reply
  379. Marcia

    Hi again, sorry, – forgot to say where I was from, good old Oswego,N.Y., really really beautiful this time of year!!!

    October 20, 2010 at 3:41 am | Reply
  380. Irene

    Hi Neil...I have been a fan since 1969, listening to you on an 8-track riding around in the car with mom and dad. One of your songs, "Shilo," grabs me every time I hear it. So tell me, was there really a Shilo? Who was s/he? Thanks for your time...

    October 20, 2010 at 4:08 am | Reply
  381. Barbara C.

    Do you see your awesome career and where its taken you luck or something that was guided by God all the way. You truly have been blessed and you have have passed that blessing onto many people. Your music has touched many over the years.
    Barbara C.
    Riverside,ca.
    caf tempo

    October 20, 2010 at 4:09 am | Reply
  382. JILL ANDREA CASHUK-FRAITAG-PALHEGYI

    Dear Cousin Neil

    I have always wondered if Johnathan Livingstone will ever be out on DVD or be released again in the Movie Theaters. Yes I am Related to you on My Mothers side of the Family. I have been your fan since before I was born my mother used to put headphones on her tummy so I could listen to your GREAT VOICE, so I came out of the womb knowing your tunes. I Love You Cousin Neil. I am your Biggest Fan.

    Love You Neil
    Cousin JIll

    October 20, 2010 at 4:42 am | Reply
  383. Gillian Mullins

    Dear Neil,

    Would you consider recording "Hooked on the Memory of You" with an English female singing star like Katherine Jenkins?

    She is a lovely Welsh lady who has a superb voice. Google her.

    Thrilled to be seeing you at the Electric Proms on 30 October.

    Love Gill Mullins, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, UK

    October 20, 2010 at 10:44 am | Reply
  384. Gerard

    Hello Mr. Neil Diamond, is 'Hell yeah' an autobiographic song (imo it is 😉 ), and while writing it did you maybe think something like:'When I'm gone (hopefully not for the next 100years!), they can play this and hear how I think/thought bout my life?
    Your songs come to mind very often, I know all your lyrics and use them as often as 'allowed' 🙂
    I'm anxious to know if I'm right bout this, not bout the being right, but more coz 'I got music runnin' in my brain,
    Ev'ry song with its own kind of meaning' < (Canta Libre ofc)
    And my biggest wish is to know what you had in mind writing each and every song, big wish ? Hell yeah !

    Greetz and take care and keep on making us happy,

    Gerard,
    Holland/The Netherlands, Utrecht. (Near Rotterdam – Ahoy , if you know what I mean :D)

    October 20, 2010 at 11:38 am | Reply
  385. Joni Pitzel

    Hi again Neil,
    I have another question for you. I would also like to say, congratulations on your RRHF nomination and on your new album "Dreams" . I'm looking forward to it!
    My question, I was just reading a quote from you from the Australian Post from January 22, 1976. The quote was: A few years back I thought I only had a couple of years left until I retired, but I think I've grown out of that now and would like to go on writing for as long as possible – say another 30 years." You have had tremendous success since 1976, especially with your last three albums. Now you are doing a number of interviews and specials such as the Electric Prom and a South Africa tour, are you still writing and planning to tour more? And, do you wish people wouldn't dredge up old comments? Just wondering.
    Thanks Neil for taking the time to do this,
    Joni Pitzel,
    Buck Lake, Alberta Canada

    October 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  386. Yvonne.H. de Jong

    Hello Neil,
    I am mailing from Holland. I have seen your concerts a few years ago. "Wunderfull, so wunderfull". I already have ordered youre new album dream concratulations with it!!!
    My question for you is: Do you know my country Holland??
    Or only "Ahoy" in Rotterdam, where I live.
    I would be pleased to show you around someday!!!
    Neil, I wish you lots of happiness and good health.
    Greetings from a big fan:
    Yvonne de Jong
    Rotterdam, Holland.

    October 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  387. Marcia (Oswego)

    To : PREVIOUS KENNEDY CENTER HONOREES; I NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!! After hearing Larry King say it was "The highest honor in the land" on CNN, I have tried for years to get Neil honored at the center. I have contacted the center director and the program director for the show and have sent them almost all of Neil"s music. He truly deserves the honor, he is the Stephen Foster of our generation, and also it would be great if his mother was able to see this, maybe even attend. If you are a past honoree you can submit his name ,BILLIONS OF US WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU WOULD DO THIS. If anyone else out there can help, if you know anyone on the board of directors please speak to them. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

    October 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  388. Jess

    Hi Neil,
    All your life you've written and sung beautiful love songs, one of the most beautiful and more recent being 'Pretty Amazing Grace'. Outside songs, how important is romantic love to you in real life, meaning if they are ever inspired by real life events? Thanks and many blessings.

    Jess, Laguna Hills, California, USA

    October 20, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  389. sheldon weiner

    neil ,are you writing a new album? when can we expect it.?

    October 20, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  390. Shireane Goodenough

    Hi Neil,

    I have been such a HUGE fan (thanks to my Mom) since I was a small girl and have always said my mom and I would go and see you perform live one day. And now my dream is coming true...we have tickets to see you in Durban, South Africa. Sadly my mom passed away 2 years ago so she never got to see you live, but my seeing you will be dedicated to her!

    My question is: would there be ANY chance of getting to meet you before or after the concert on the 5th of April.....I still CANNOT believe I really am going to see you! If not possible to meet you, could you possibly dedicated the song "I said" to my mom (Wendy)!
    LOVE YOU, NEIL !!!

    October 20, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  391. sheldon weiner

    baltimore md, sorry forgot

    October 20, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  392. Hilde Sartin

    Hi Neil,
    Any chance you would write some songs for Susan Boyle. She needs a great songwriter. You could perform one dong with her. It would be a fantastic duet.Thanks, Hilde Sartin

    October 21, 2010 at 1:19 am | Reply
  393. Carlos

    Hi, Neil.

    ¿Why is that you never come to Spain in your tours? You have a lot of friends in this country. I'm a bit tyred of flying to London or Dublin each time you are in tour. Best whishes.
    Carlos (Santander, Sapin)

    October 21, 2010 at 5:30 am | Reply
  394. Judy

    Dear Niel,
    I am sure you have heard this a million times, especially considering how many fans you have. But I am going to say it anyway. You are a gift from Heaven. Your voice is as soothing to me as what I imagine an angels voice is like. Thank you, Thank you for sharing your gift with the world.
    I am pretty sure I am In love with you. And like so many would love to meet you.

    October 21, 2010 at 7:08 am | Reply
  395. aline v. rahier

    hello Neil, I have been one of your fans since I was a little girl, because my mom listened to your music and I loved it. I finally was able to see you on stage in 2008, in L.A., and I was blown away by your personality and presence on stage. I am a late bloomer on all fronts and I discovered you late in your career but I can relate to everything you sing about and what you feel about life. According to me, every thing I love in music and in life is 20 years too late, was I born 20 years too late??? You live with someone 20 years younger and I am am the same age, living with someone 24 years younger. Is this normal? or were we born too late!!! (20 years too late!) Would this be a good subject for one of your future songs??? I do believe that you are eternal... one of your Biggest fans...

    October 21, 2010 at 7:27 am | Reply
  396. aline v. rahier

    Oh, I forgot to say that I am so happy to see that you were nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, long time due, I really hope that you will be inducted, you are the longest writer, performer to be still showing up on stage and that needs to be aknowledged!!!! I wiil do anything within my reach to have you accepted, you are the BEST!!!

    October 21, 2010 at 7:37 am | Reply
  397. Jill Marquart

    Hi Neil,

    I was wondering is there any chance that you would collaborate with Hal Ketchum again? Two amazing song writers and performers, what more could you ask for!

    Old school rules!

    Peace,
    Jill

    October 21, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  398. Pat Cross

    Neil – with all your accomplishments that you have been successful with over the years – your songwriting, your albums & your live performances – is there anything outside of the music world that you would like to do someday?

    October 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  399. Diane O from Orlando

    Hi Neil.
    I can't believe that I now have another chance to communicate with you. I actually met you when yoy were in NY and you were appearing
    during lunch time at a record store in midtown with Z100 radio station. I told you that I was going to be fired since I waited for 3 hours. You were so funny 0 you wrote a letter to my boss! Its been hanging in a frame in my living room for the past 20 some odd yeays.
    I love your music and your inspiration that you have given me since I was 16 (now 57), My favorite song, besides I Am I SAID is SUZANNE.
    It is absoloutly beautiful – did you write it and can you explain the meanig of the lyrics?
    Please keep on singing and pouring your heart out to us lucky fans. take good care!

    October 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  400. Danny Henderson ----- Scotland

    Been a fan since 1972 and 'Song Sung Blue'. Since then I have collected all your albums, each better than the previous, and was at 'Woburn Abbey' in '77 (still unforgetable). Have my own greatest hits on computer that I constantly play with my grandkids pictures as album covers ( they also sing along). Have seen you since then at NEC and in Glasgow SEC and Hampden, I was the voice that called out ' Go On Neil ' as you were starting ' Glory Road '( My favorite) at SEC 2005, sorry if I put you off, saw you glance up on screen. My question, love the new arrangement of ' I'm a Believer ' when can we expect more? Sweet Caroline, Cracklin' Rosie. Next time your in Scotand drop me an e-mail and come to Blantyre and see David Livingston Memorial. As the Spock would say ' Live Long and Prosper '.

    October 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  401. norma

    Hello Neil: Do you ever perform at casino's? I live in Windsor, Ontario Canada across from the Detroit border. We have a beautiful casino with a beautiful concert stage. Would love to have you visit our great canadian city. It would be a drean come true for me. You're the greatest. All the best to you and your family.

    October 22, 2010 at 12:48 am | Reply
  402. Vint

    Mr. Diamond:

    Will you be releasing another album of all new songs (enjoyed the hell out of the last two) with the same producer? And do you
    plan to ever tour in Australia again? (It's a long trip, I know).
    Cheers,
    Vint MacCabe
    Melbourne, Australia

    October 22, 2010 at 1:32 am | Reply
  403. robin ann cranney jung

    Do you really read these comments? I was wondering. What was you're main reason for: "THREE CHORD OPERA?" I love this cd very much and I love the song: I believe in happy endings, HAPPY endings of meeting you? Do you fair grounds like: West Bend where I live?
    THANKS for answering any of my ?????'s if you already had!
    FOREVER a fan, robin:-}

    October 22, 2010 at 2:00 am | Reply
  404. Stacey

    Wow, I can write to Neil directly? What a great thing & where do I begin? What comes to mind is how much I love you, your music & how much I look forward to seeing you in concert as much as possible since the Jazz Singer in '80, one of my faves. I am so glad you are still doing concerts and hope after Africa, you will tour the US again and stay in Philly. I have followed you immeninently all these yrs. I lived in Tx for only almost 2 yrs, and got to see you there too.

    If you recall when you were in Philly last, King, your drummer was thrilled to see a young fan and gave a set of his stix to her...that was my daughter. I emailed "thx" to you both, but not sure if either of you got them. We are so thrilled to have them & will cherish them always, as my memories of you in concert each time I have the honor to see you. What I would give to personally meet you...can I ever meet you in person? I suppose that is the number 1 question I have & please come to Philly! Hopefully, you can write me back and a belated Shanah Tovah!

    October 22, 2010 at 2:58 am | Reply
  405. Terry Brooks

    Hi Neil Congratulations on the Rock N Roll Halll Of Fame nomination
    Well deserved A long time overdue You are truely a legend and one of the best.
    Just a question Are there any demos of songs you wrote for others that you sung eg Sunday And Me (recorded by Jay And The Americans)

    October 23, 2010 at 9:40 am | Reply
  406. Patricia Sommer

    Hello Neil, The music industry is, at times, a harsh environment to survive in. What are a few of the most critical lessons surviving this experience has taught you?

    October 23, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  407. Patricia Sommer

    Hello Neil, The music industry is, at times, a harsh environment to survive in. What are a few of the most critical lessons surviving this experience has taught you? Oops – I'm from Stockton, California

    October 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  408. Leanne

    Hi Neil,
    Please disregard my previous question about when you are coming to Australia.................I know the answer.

    Thank you so much

    October 24, 2010 at 2:27 am | Reply
  409. Gavin Boyd

    Hi Neil, ok so your going to tour Africa?? Arent you worried about the securety??? I hope you;l be safe and ok, now Neil when are you comeing back to Australia??? And Neil can you please come back and do a three hour , uninterupted , full on , more powerful than ever before Live Recorded Concert??

    I know this is a huge ask but Neil the whole concert will be very rewarding for all your band and everyone involved with you. Ok Neil well im always wearing Blue Jeans and the song continually goes through and through my head, as well as Jungletime, and Im Alive. Ok keep up the great work,

    From a 36 year Fan in Mackay, Queensland.

    October 24, 2010 at 8:37 am | Reply
  410. Gavin Boyd

    By the way Neil I forgot to say a few things, im sorry but iv been to your concerts here in Australia since 1992, and I just love every one of them and every time you start ( FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS ) and the Regae version of RED RED WINE and of course SWEET CAROLINE like everyone else im just up out of my seat and clappin and singin along and it just makes me feel so good. There is not a time wwhen I turn my sound system on at home and don;t turn the volume right up with FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS , it just makes me feel great Neil, it puts fire into my belly and I love it !!!! Can you please do a reprise for FOREVER IN BLUE JEANS at your next concert here in Australia??

    Neil Neil, please my friend, our friend can you please come back here and make a full on, fully uncut, uninterupted Live Recorded Concert herew in Australia, iether in Melbourne or Sydney???? Please please please my friend could you??? Ok Neil il leave it there for now but please our friend can you get back to us?? Ok MATE Speak to you soon.

    Gavin Boyd, A 36 year Fan of yours,
    Mackay, Queensland,
    Australia, P.H. 61 423 720 342 AT ANYTIME

    October 24, 2010 at 8:54 am | Reply
  411. Shirley mcBrydie

    Kia Ora Neil from New Zealand. I am so thrilled as just this morning I heard you were coming downunder for a tour of our lovely country. Is there anything in particular you look forward to seeing or doing while you are here, time permiting of course? Your concert in Wellington means so much to me as last time you performed there 6years ago my ex and I were on the verge of splitting and so I wasn't in such a good space. Your concert next year will see me on a new career path and enjoying new opportunities in life so your concert on the 4th March will be a celebration for me Aroha Neil.Safe travels Shirley

    October 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Reply
  412. Shirley McBrydie

    P.S Just to say I saw your Diamond Uncut interview with Sonia Krugear online this morning also and your dog Polka is gorgeous. What a darling she is. I too love dogs especially the smaller breeds so I would've adopted her also if I'd seen her. Really neat to see her having so much fun.

    October 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  413. Genevieve

    Dear Neil: Would you consider coming to NJ in the future to surprise a singer friend of mine at one of his dinner shows? He does all of your songs beautifully and sounds just like you! I often tell him that you sound like him 🙂 Please visit his website @ http://www.dinnerwithdiamondllc.com, & let me know if you would ever make his dream a reality. Thanks. Genevieve

    October 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  414. MLourdes Valadez Hagan

    Neil
    I have loved your music your writing your face your everything since I was 16 years of age. I am now 50 and still love everything about you, including the changes thru the years.
    I have had a connection to your music and have understood every word and its meaning, its like I was a part of you.... all this time.

    I feel bad that the women you believed to be your soul mates who would understand and support your dream and your passion did not
    because you were and are all worth it.
    Love is loving your partner's passion supporting it and walking the line with him.

    May God bless you and yes may the man upstairs keep you going...

    love
    MLourdes Valadez Hagan

    October 26, 2010 at 12:28 am | Reply
  415. james packman ( new zealand )

    um, when do the answers arrive ??????????

    October 26, 2010 at 1:28 am | Reply
  416. Vivian Krupowicz

    Hi Neil,
    Have you ever misinterpreted a question that left you devastated, like this one did?
    Have been a true fan since concert in Cow Palace in 1985, have been in the same frame of mind since then, when in NY concert really goofed. Iam I said has always made me cry when listening to that song. But there was a song that also brought tears in a NY concert. Wish the name comes back to mind. Such love and tender words in that song, made me believe that wholesomeness does exist. Please return to NY for a concert at Madison Square Garden again soon.
    Would love to meet you backstage. Congrats on the nomination. There's no greater feeling of joy to be rewarded for what a person loves to do. You, Neil have pleased, encouraged and uplifted many.
    Love you.
    Viv from NY.

    October 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  417. Vivian Krupowicz

    Hi Neil,
    Have you ever made a misinterpretation of a question asked, like this one did?. Then trying desperately to reverse the answer?
    Have been a fan ever since the '85 concert in Cow Palace, CA. (The halogram was excellent).
    I am I said has always made me cry because I understood (and felt) the words so perfectly.
    There was another song that was teary for me also that you sang at a concert in NY. Wish could remember the name. The words evolked a strong feeling of commitment, love, and instilled in me the thought that wholesomeness DOES exist and could be lived between two people.
    Congrats on the nomination. There is no greater joy than to be rewarded for what a person loves doing. You, Neil have encouraged,
    enlightened many people and have brought happiness to all who listen to your words and tunes.
    Would you come back to NY for a concert at Madison Square Garden soon?
    Also would love to meet you backstage, or sit in one of those "tushy" seats.
    Love you Neil, as always.
    Viv from NY

    October 26, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  418. Fred

    Neil,
    When are you going to do a remake of "HOT AUGUST NIGHT" in high definition/1080p and rock the world with your awesome performing talent.

    October 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  419. pat hurd

    my dearest neil,
    i do love you still
    face me
    i have alot of words and was wondering if you would like them.
    talk soon>>>>>

    October 28, 2010 at 12:58 am | Reply
  420. Debbie Balk

    Neil, I haved loved you and your music since the late 60's, tell me did we ever stand a chance together. LOL. No my question is I have a lot of songs where you have mention Jesus Christ. I know you are jewish, but just wanted to know if Jesus was in your heart a little? He is a fantastic person, and I believe you should get to know him more.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:36 am | Reply
  421. Joy

    Neil,

    Thank you, Man of God, for fulfilling your calling. You have touched many hearts, including mine for 40 years.

    "Whose Hands are These" reminds me of a Psalm of David. It is beautiful and comforting.

    Joy

    October 31, 2010 at 5:48 am | Reply
  422. Jordan

    .....u have and r doing it again and my heart sings for joy at the prospect of seeing u one more time....in my heart I really knew u could and u r so pleased r many precious ones who feel the same...thanks for being....hugs from afar...

    October 31, 2010 at 8:26 am | Reply
  423. Rhoda S

    Hi Neil,

    Congratulations on your long overdue R&RHOF nomination.

    I've loved your music since the 60's. Thank you for your gift of music.

    Will I get the chance to see you in Canada's capital once again?

    Rhoda

    November 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  424. MarLou

    Neil- What qualities do you admire in a person (either male or female?)
    If you met the woman of your dreams (you believe your soul mate) and say she was already taken, would you leave her alone or try to pursue a relationship, be it friendship or romantic? And one last question. Have you ever written a song about some one you have noticed in your travels, say a smile, an argument someone is having, a child's excitement, an infectious laugh, or just a beautiful person, you've seen at a distance.

    Thank you.

    November 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  425. Michele

    FYI to you Neil Diamond fans – The "STAGES" deluxe box set is today's deal going on at http://www.popmarket.com which features 95 tracks, 82 unreleased, and a bonus DVD. I couldn't find it cheaper anywhere else!

    November 2, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  426. Linda Mitchell

    Neil ... Who / what are you seeking? How much love is too much? How much love is not enough? Would a soul-mate qualify?
    With fondest regards,
    Linda S. Mitchell
    Sidney, B.C.
    Canada

    November 7, 2010 at 3:37 am | Reply
  427. Robz

    I have a question for Neil, from Paris, France. Neil, are you planning on a Paris concert in the – very – near future? Please answer yes ... 🙂

    November 7, 2010 at 7:54 am | Reply
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    Me and you at Nathens Coney Island in New York, you up to it lol......

    January 20, 2011 at 6:39 am | Reply
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