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Neil Diamond: Hot August Night III

Neil Diamond at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, Aug. 11, 2012.
Courtesy of Ari Michelson
Neil Diamond at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, Aug. 11, 2012.

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–A Triumphant 40th Anniversary Concert at The Greek Theatre–

In August 2012, legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond made a triumphant return to the celebrated Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. This magical evening celebrated the 40th anniversary of the original multiplatinum-selling "Hot August Night" collection that was recorded at the same venue in 1972.


Diamond's renowned musical prowess and skill as a live performer are in full evidence in this concert.

Neil Diamond: Hot August Night III

Billboard Magazine said: “His voice remains powerful and accurate; he reaches towards the baritone register for emphasis, just as he did in the 70s . . . he never falters in delivering every line with conviction.”

From the fine acoustic twang of “Forever in Blue Jeans” to the pure Americana swing of “Kentucky Woman,” from the eternal sing-along sunshine of “Sweet Caroline” to the raw emotionality of “I Am…I Said” and the welcoming arms of “America,'' "Hot August Night III" cements Diamond's mastery of the live stage and his unique connection with audiences the world over.

Throughout his illustrious and wide-ranging career, Neil Diamond has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has dominated the charts for more than five decades with 38 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. He has achieved record sales with 40 Gold albums, 21 Platinum albums and 11 Multi-Platinum albums.

A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and has recently received The Johnny Mercer Award and the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, two of the highest honors bestowed upon songwriters.


Diamond's many other achievements include a Golden Globe Award, 13 Grammy nominations, ASCAP Film and Television Award, Billboard Icon Award, American Music Award and 2009's NARAS's MusiCares Person of the Year Award. In 2011, Diamond received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.

"Neil Diamond: Hot August Night III" features these performances:

  • “Soolaimon”
  • “Beautiful Noise”
  • “Forever in Blue Jeans”
  • “Play Me”
  • “Red Red Wine” 
  • “You Got to Me” 
  • “Cherry, Cherry”
  • “Kentucky Woman”
  • “Solitary Man”
  • “Cracklin' Rosie”
  • “I'm a Believer”
  • “Holly Holy”
  • “Sweet Caroline”
  • “America” 

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