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Neil Diamond tour announces new dates for 2008-2009 itinerary
Iconic pop crooner Neil Diamond announced this week that his North American tour is far from reaching the end of the road. His current itinerary, which was originally scheduled to wrap on November 4, has been extended with dates through 2009.
The third leg of the trek will pick up November 22 at Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND, and currently has shows booked through a January 8 gig at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, OR. Other stops along the way include a November 28 show at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, and a December 15 concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. The new leg also features two arena shows in Canada: November 30 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, ON, and December 2 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON.
A statement on Diamond's official Web site credits the new tour circuit to overwhelming demand. The singer already added more shows in the larger markets -- including a third engagement in Los Angeles on October 4 following his October 1-2 run at the Hollywood Bowl.
Some fans commented on the site about the conspicuous absence of return performances in Ohio. In August, the performer offered a refund to the audience at a Columbus, OH, show after complaints that he struggled through the set with a raspy voice. However, even with the recent additions, the itinerary is by no means complete, and more events are expected for 2009.
The singer-songwriter, best known for hits "Sweet Caroline" and "I'm a Believer," kicked off his North American tour on July 19 at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN. The tour supports "Home Before Dark," Diamond's May 2008 release and first No. 1 debut album.
Diamond's tour continues with a performance tonight, September 24, at KeyArena in Seattle, WA.
Neil Diamond itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)
|September 24||Seattle, WA||KeyArena at Seattle Center|
|September 26||Sacramento, CA||ARCO Arena|
|September 28||San Jose, CA||HP Pavilion|
|October 1 - 2||Los Angeles, CA||Hollywood Bowl|
|October 4||Los Angeles, CA||Staples Center|
|October 7||San Diego, CA||San Diego Sports Arena|
|October 10||Glendale, AZ||Jobing.com Arena|
|October 12||San Antonio, TX||AT&T Center|
|October 14||Houston, TX||Toyota Center|
|October 16||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center|
|October 19||Oklahoma City, OK||Ford Center|
|October 21||Tulsa, OK||BOK Center|
|October 24||Tampa, FL||St. Pete Times Forum|
|October 26||Sunrise, FL||BankAtlantic Center|
|October 28||Orlando, FL||Amway Arena|
|October 30||Jacksonville, FL||Veteran's Memorial Coliseum|
|November 2||Saint Louis, MO||Scottrade Center|
|November 4||Green Bay, WI||Resch Center|
|November 22||Grand Forks, ND||Alerus Center *|
|November 24||Milwaukee, WI||Bradley Center *|
|November 28||Uncasville, CT||Mohegan Sun Arena *|
|November 30||Ottawa, ON||Scotiabank Place *|
|December 2||Toronto, ON||Air Canada Centre *|
|December 6||Worcester, MA||DCU Center *|
|December 8||Charlottesville, VA||John Paul Jones Arena *|
|December 10||Duluth, GA||The Arena At Gwinnett Center *|
|December 12||Charlotte, NC||Time Warner Cable Arena *|
|December 15||Kansas City, MO||Sprint Center *|
|December 17||Denver, CO||Pepsi Center *|
|December 19||Salt Lake City, UT||EnergySolutions Arena *|
|January 8||Portland, OR||Rose Garden Arena *|
* recently added