hmv.com reviews... Neil Diamond @ London Palladium
Legendary songwriter Neil Diamond held court at the London Palladium last night (October 14th) with a full on 'Greatest Hits' show. We were there to take it all in..
Neil Diamond. He needs no introduction.
Tell us about the supporting cast?
As it's being recorded for broadcast - other than the TV warm-up guy and a quick hello from show host, comedian, Rob Brydon, this is a no messing, a one-off performance focused on the main man himself.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
A packed house, though you'd expect nothing less considering this venue is a hefty underplay to the sort of arenas that Diamond's used to. The excitement is palpable even out on the street, with ballot winning fans from across the country astonished that they're even there. As the curtain goes up, the fans are on their feet. Throughout it's a heady mix of spontaneous clap-a-longs, singing, whooping and hushed awe during the few quieter songs.
So what was the set like? What did he play?
Heavy hit after heavy hit. All the key territory is covered along with a smattering of new tracks from his forthcoming new LP Melody Road, which stand up alongside the classics
Any good between song banter?
With Brydon in tow, we get a duet with a twist, but we'll let you use your imagination on that one for now.
Did he put on much of a show?
A classic set up for a classic artist. There are few performers who can stand on a stage with their name 30 foot high behind them in lights and not look like a fraud. Elvis, Sinatra, Morrissey (just), Diamond doesn't need any pyrotechnics or video walls to engage a crowd.
What was the highlight of the set?
With a catalogue as memorable and timeless as his, it's hard to pick a stand out moment. As he starts new song 'The Art Of Love' though, there's a shout of 'go on son!' from a fan up in the grand circle, which get's everyone in stitches.
Where can I catch him next?
If you missed tickets for this show, you can catch the TV broadcast soon along with a new album Melody Road, which is out on October 20th. He returns next summer for a UK arena tour.