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Neil Diamond tour announces new dates for 2008-2009 itinerary

By Allison Reitz

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

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