Rough Diamond

An older, wiser Neil visits Dallas

Playing the title character in What About Bob?, Bill Murray explains to his psychiatrist, "There are two types of people in this world: Those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don't...My ex-wife loves him." Though blaming his ex-wife's love of Mr. Diamond for the failure of their marriage sounds a little crazy, Bob's point is right. It's a deal breaker...I can't imagine being with someone who doesn't get Neil. My favorite Diamond records are the live albums Gold: Recorded Live at the Troubadour and Hot August Night. Singing through his songs sounding like a wino on a street corner, Diamond slurs, stammers and forgets his own lyrics--it's amazing. In 2008, with the success of Diamond's Home Before Dark, he became the oldest performer ever to have a No. 1 record. Those live albums were recorded a long time ago; he's gotten even better with age. Catch him at American Airlines Center Thursday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $55 to $120. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 214-373-8000 or visit
Thu., Oct. 16, 2008
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