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Published: 5/5/2008

Neil Diamond releases Home Before Dark, featured on the Today Show, Performing Songwriter

SESAC's Neil Diamond will release Home Before Dark on May 6th, a 12 track album produced by Rick Rubin.

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Neil Diamond’s passion for song still growing
The music legend performs on the plaza in advance of new album, tour

By Mike Celizic
TODAYShow.com contributor
updated 10:20 a.m. CT, Fri., May. 2, 2008

Nearly a half century after Neil Diamond recorded his first song — a doo-wop ditty about being dumped by a girl — the singer-songwriter’s passion for performing has never waned. If anything, it’s grown stronger.
“It is more fun than it used to be. It’s the best,” the 67-year-old legend told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira during a break in the concert he gave Friday to a large and enthusiastic crowd on the plaza at Rockefeller Center. “You go out, you sing. People love to have you there. You give everything. It’s a ball. It’s a blast.”

Diamond was performing as part of TODAY’s Toyota Summer Concert Series, but it was also a tuneup for the worldwide concert tour he’ll kick off in July. In addition to classic hits such as “Sweet Caroline,” “I’m a Believer,” “Song Sung Blue,” “Cherry Cherry,” “Cracklin’ Rosie” and dozens more, he’ll be performing songs from his new album, “Home Before Dark.”  

Performing Songwriter
Hello Again
By Chris Neal
May 2008

Upon its release in November 2005, Neil Diamond’s 12 Songs album enjoyed the biggest opening sales week—not to mention some of the best reviews—of his four-decade recording career. Diamond was elated. He had stripped his music to the bone, recording new songs acoustically with the help of producer Rick Rubin, and that bold decision was being warmly embraced by the public and the press. Days later, the CD was removed from stores.
That’s because the 12 Songs disc, along with 19 others manufactured by the Sony BMG conglomerate, had been embedded with spyware. The resulting outrage forced the company to pull the offending CDs from stores, making the music Diamond had spent the last two years honing and perfecting unavailable for weeks. “I was very disappointed,” recalls the celebrated singer and songwriter, who sank into a depression after discovering what had happened. “It interfered with the attention that was being paid to the music.”


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