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Originally posted 04/21/2013 01:20PM
Like many Americans, Neil Diamond was so moved by the tragedy in Boston over the past week that he wanted to do his part to help.
And he did so like only an iconic singer could.
As soon as Diamond heard that the Boston Red Sox game would go on as planned Saturday (after Dzokhar Tsarnzev, the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect was caught) he felt he needed to be there, his rep tells PEOPLE. So the singer and his wife took a red-eye flight across the country Friday night so he'd be able to express his support.
Originally posted 05/31/2012 04:10PM
Newlywed Neil Diamond loves being married, but says he's not an easy guy to live with.
The twice-divorced singer, who last month tied the knot with his third wife Katie McNeil, admits he's a very demanding spouse.
"I want someone by my side who I love and who loves me," he tells Parade. "I've finally found somebody who's up to the task of being my wife, because I'm very ... high maintenance."
Asked in what way he's high maintenance, Diamond explains: "When I need my wife or when I need companionship or someone to talk to, I need it, like, now. So my wife will have to give up whatever she's doing at that moment to tend to my needs. And in the same way, I would tend to hers. That's not such an easy thing to do."
Originally posted 05/24/2012 10:30AM
Wednesday's two-hour American Idol finale culminated in an big win for Phillip Phillips, but that emotional moment was just one of the best of the night. Former contestants Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young got engaged on live TV – which scored high on the emotional richter scale. Besides those two, here are the top 11 moments from Idol's season 11 finale:
Phillip Phillips sings with John Fogerty: The still-unofficial winner and Creedence Clearwater Revival's front man started the show with a pitch-perfect performance of classics "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and "Bad Moon Rising."
Joshua Sings with Fantasia Barrino: A favorite of the judges, the third-place finisher performed a growling rendition of Elton John's "Take Me to the Pilot" with "the biggest inspiration in my life," season 2 winner Fantasia Barrino.
Top 12 women perform with Chaka Khan: They may have gone home early but Hollie Cavanagh, Skylar Laine, Erika Van Pelt, Elise Testone and Shannon Magrane got to sing "I'm Every Woman" with the legend. Not too shabby!
Originally posted 05/02/2012 01:05PM
Good times never seemed so good for newlywed Neil Diamond.
"The wedding was incredible. I've never seen anything like it," the 71-year old music legend tells PEOPLE of his April 21 nuptials to music manager Katie McNeil.
"It was great to have family there that I haven't seen in years ... and to meet the new Irish side of the Diamond family," adds the singer-songwriter, who shared a photo from their big day via his Twitter account on Wednesday.
Diamond, 71, and McNeil, 42, who met in 2007 when he signed to the management company where she worked, celebrated their love with 225 friends and family members inside what the bride describes as a "romantic, enchanted garden atmosphere" created by wedding planner Mindy Weiss at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Originally posted 04/22/2012 08:45AM
Neil Diamond's heartlight has been turned on.
The superstar singer wed his manager Katie McNeil in front of family and close friends in L.A. on Saturday, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.
The "Sweet Caroline" and "Cherry, Cherry" crooner, 71, announced his engagement on Twitter last September.
"Good news coming from sunny LA/ and you're the first I want to tell/ Katie & I just got engaged/ and I hope you wish us well," he wrote at the time. He also posted a photo of his bride-to-be with the words, "I'm lovestruck."
Originally posted 09/08/2011 08:55AM
Neil Diamond has found his muse, and she happens to be his manager.
The "Sweet Caroline" singer, 70, announced Wednesday on Twitter that he is engaged to Katie McNeil, who executive produced a 2009 documentary about him.
"Good news coming from sunny LA/ and you're the first I want to tell/ Katie & I just got engaged/ and I hope you wish us well," he wrote in a rhyming couplet, like a song lyric.
Originally posted 12/15/2010 10:10AM
Neil Diamond and rocker Alice Cooper at at the head of the class – the class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2011.
Originally posted 02/07/2009 02:00PM
The night was a tribute to Neil Diamond, but it was Jennifer Hudson's moving take on his 1969 hit "Holly Holy" that brought down the house.
Wearing a gold jacket and black satin pantsuit, Hudson – backed by three singers – was serious and soulful in her powerful performance, which drew cheers from the audience three times during the song, especially when she hit high notes with a lot of vibrato.
The Los Angeles Convention Center audience of more than 1,500 immediately rose to its feet in a standing ovation as she mouthed the words "thank you" and took a small bow. As she looked up and saw the entire room standing and clapping, a look of genuine surprise came over her face, and her mouth fell open. She again mouthed the words "thank you," and waved to the crowd in appreciation.
Originally posted 11/20/2007 01:25PM
You've sung it at countless weddings ("So good! So good! So good!"), and now Neil Diamond has finally revealed the real-life woman who inspired his song "Sweet Caroline." And the lucky woman was... President John F. Kennedy's daughter Caroline.
"I've never discussed it with anybody before – intentionally," the 66-year-old singer-songwriter tells the Associated Press.
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