Neil Diamond in Concert

Neil Diamond

Photos by Nikki Artale

Neil Diamond said his show is presented as an act of joyful love to all his devoted fans. He’s been grateful to have many loyal musicians and artists who have contributed their talent and love to bring happiness to people all over the world. The Las Vegas show, held on September 1, 2012 at the MGM Hotel Casino, ended a 55 city tour across the United States and in Europe. Six weeks in Ireland, two weeks in Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Belgium and South Africa.

Las Vegas welcomed Neil Diamond with open arms and many standing ovations. Neil gave all the attendees a huge colorful flashing diamond ring and as the arena got dark the place was filled with beautiful flashing diamonds in tribute to Neil Diamond.

The band was fabulous and many of the band members have been playing with Neil for over 30 years and consider themselves family. Ron Tutt drums, King Errisson percussion, John Fumo trumpet, Larry Klimas saxophone, Arturo Velasco trombone, Doug Rhone guitar and Alan Lindgren synthesizer played their hearts out for two hours to create an unforgettable night listening to Neil Diamond sing some of our favorite songs. Each musician was hand picked by the late Dennis St. John, drummer, who passed away two months ago, and is sadly missed.

King Errisson

I was very impressed that Neil, at 70 years old, still has a powerful voice for his age and his energy and movements are still that of a young man. I have been a fan of Neil Diamond for over 40 years and this was the first time I saw him live in concert and it was the thrill of my life to experience the two hours of magic with him. His songs, Hello Again, America and Sweet Caroline are some of my favorites. I loved the duet between Neil and Linda Press singing You Don’t Bring Me Flowers anymore. I bet that every woman in the audience wished it was her in his arms. I know that was my wish.

Julia Waters, Linda Press & Maxine Waters

A special moment came mid way through the concert when an older women walked up to the front of the stage and extended her hand to Neil and he bent down and laid on the stage to kiss her and sing to her..

I was privileged to meet with King Errisson after the show for a personal interview. King is the greatest hand percussionist in the world, playing the tambourine, shakers, bells, congas, bongos, and drums and the sidamo beats that he created. King has been playing with Neil for over 38 years, but who’s counting.

King Errisson is working on a new album “Jump” which will be released within the next three months and he has been commissioned to co write a book on “History of African Drums”. He will be starring in a documentary film “Sample This” which will be coming out soon.

King Errisson
On October 8, 2012 King will be going to Dubai with Giovanni for two weeks and then off to the Bahamas to spend time at the mini resort he owns “Pesto Beach Resort”.
King Errisson lives in Las Vegas with his beautiful wife Aggy and shared that this Las Vegas audience was the best, ever, ever tonight. We thank you Neil and King for once again bringing joy to us in Las Vegas and we look forward to many more years with all of you. Bruce Merrin PR represents King Errisson worldwide


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