Musician and singer Bob Drury is touring Kent theatres this autumn with his new show The Neil Diamond Story, billed as “‘more than just tribute show”. The show arrives at the Stag Community Arts Centre on Friday Sept 14
Bob Drury will trace the astonishing career of the legendary Neil Diamond from his early days as a struggling songwriter in New York’s “Tin Pan Alley” through various career highlights from the 1970s to the 1990s, before bringing the story bang up to date with material from Neil’s recent albums.
As well as featuring many hits such as America, Beautiful Noise, Love On The Rocks, Forever In Blue Jeans and Sweet Caroline the new one-man show will include an unplugged section reflecting Neil Diamond’s acoustic roots and recent acoustic projects.
For the first time, Bob plans to bring multimedia elements to the stage with voice-overs and subtle video sequences to augment the stage action and help tell the remarkable story of the life of this modern day icon.
“I’ve been working with Neil Diamond’s songs for about six years now and have had a great time presenting his amazing music to audiences all over the UK and overseas,” explains Bob. “This show is my chance to dig a little deeper into the Neil Diamond song catalogue and include some of the fan’s favourites that wouldn’t find a place in a regular tribute night.”
An example of the additional material is the stunning I’ve Been This Way Before, written as part of Neil’s soundtrack for the film Jonathon Livingston Seagull but not finished in time to make the final cut.
The show opens with an homage to Neil’s famous 1972 Hot August Nights run of dates at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and, with a brand new stage set and lighting rig, Bob hopes to bring to Kent a flavour of one of Neil Diamond’s memorable shows and create a few Hot Nights of his own!
As a singer and guitarist, Bob Drury is an established and well-travelled entertainer with experience of a wide range of musical genres. Drawing on his extensive performance experience as vocalist, guitarist and band-leader, Bob set about the creation of a Neil Diamond tribute show that would present the very best of this legendary songwriters work. The original recordings of songs such as I Am I Said, America and Love On The Rocks feature a Neil Diamond vocal full of passion and power with that signature and distinctive rawness at the top end of his range. This could be Diamond at his best (guts, gravel and all!). “
From the outset I knew that it would be attention to detail that would make these shows stand out,” Bob goes on. “For me this didn’t mean black wigs or hair dye but a real focus on those iconic songs so I could get as close as possible to Neil’s amazing sound.”
See how Bob measures up for yourself by booking now for The Neil Diamond Story at the Stag this autumn.
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