Review: A small Neil Diamond adore opens Grand Rapids Symphony’s Picnic Pops …

July 10, 2015 - Picnic Time


What: Grand Rapids Symphony with Super Diamond
When and where:Thursday evening, Cannonsburg Ski Area
Highlight: “Sweet Caroline” and “America”
Length: 90 minutes, not including intermission
See it: 7:30 p.m. tonight
Tickets: Lawn tickets a day of a uncover are $21 adults, $19 students and seniors, $8 children ages 2-18; Call Ticketmaster during 800-982-2787
Attendance: 3,464

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Neil Diamond is an idol of American cocktail music.

He’s sole some 125 million albums worldwide. On a Billboard adult contemporary charts, usually Elton John and Barbra Streisand have charted more.

Diamond, who was in Van Andel Arena 7 years ago subsequent month, wasn’t in Grand Rapids on Thursday. But Super Diamond was with a Grand Rapids Symphony for a opening of a 2015 Picnic Pops during Cannonsburg.

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Good adequate for a assembly of scarcely 3,500 singing “Sweet Caroline” and hoisting eyeglasses to “Red, Red Wine” along with a Neil Diamond reverence band.

“Some of we adore Neil Diamond,” front male Randy Cordeiro told a assembly during a outset. “And some of we adore Neil Diamond – we only don’t know it yet.”

Some 20 songs and 90 mins later, Super Diamond seemed to have gained a few believers with a assembly on a feet, fluttering smartphone flashlights, and entertaining a encore, “(They’re Coming to) America.”

The 21st deteriorate of a Picnic Pops non-stop Thursday with a song of Diamond featuring a Grand Rapids Symphony underneath associate conductor John Varineau and Super Diamond entrance together as “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show.” The uncover repeats during 7:30 p.m. tonight. Gates open during 5:45 p.m.

Under transparent skies and with amiable weather, Thursday’s opening night denounced a orchestra’s theatre environment in a new location, bringing some-more of a assembly closer to a movement and giving many of them a improved perspective of a stage.

Diamond, who was inducted into a Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984, has created a fibre of strike songs for himself and others, including “I’m a Believer” for The Monkees, that was partial of a show, and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” for himself and Barbra Streisand, that wasn’t.

It took some-more than 25 some-more years for Diamond to strech a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Super Diamond done a opinion famous on that measure with a witty chronicle of “Cracklin’ Rosie” and a absolute pull on “Cherry Cherry” with some plain guitar personification by Chris Collins.

The six-piece rope from San Francisco has seemed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” been profiled in Rolling Stone magazine, and has played venues opposite a nation of some-more than a decade.

Most critical of all, Super Diamond has warranted a support of a genuine Diamond. Twice, a songwriter has achieved on theatre with Super Diamond, a initial in a warn coming during a House of Blues in Hollywood.

Cordeiro’s sincerely baritone has echoes of Diamond’s voice in “Song, Sung Blue” and “I Am, we Said.” His shade is loyal to form with ballads such as “Play Me” and “You’ll Be a Woman Soon.”

“The Surreal Neil” doesn’t have a glamour of a genuine Neil, though Cordeiro’s ardour goes a prolonged way. Waving an aged 8-track recording of Diamond’s biggest hits, Cordeiro told a assembly it was a initial song he had as a child.

Super Diamond takes a song seriously, though it doesn’t take itself too seriously. While introducing any rope member by instrument, a organisation set aside Diamond’s song and played iconic riffs from tunes such as Van Halen’s “Jump” to deliver keyboardist James Terris and Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” for drummer Vince Littleton.

By a time a organisation got to deliver a drum guitarist Matt Tidmarsh, Tidmarsh was singing Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.”

That’s fun for everyone.

Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk covers humanities and party for MLive and The Grand Rapids Press. Email him during or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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