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Forever Diamond – Celebrating 50 years of Neil

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Neil Diamond is a phenomenon who gives truly special and personal shows that legions of fans return to see again and again. A style that transcends music fads by consistently touching people of all ages and interests. The personal and magical interaction Diamond has on stage with an audience is legendary, breaking all box office records wherever he performs.

Now, here is your opportunity to experience that same spontaneous display of energy and sensuality with the superb talents of Peter Byrne and Forever Diamond, a show presenting 50 years of Diamond’s greatest hits, in an uncanny portrayal that has to be seen to be believed. Irishman Byrne’s singing voice is eerie in its likeness to the megastar and has provided the impetus for Byrne’s relentless pursuit to raise his Diamond act to a level that the man himself would endorse. His capacity to recreate Neil Diamond even impressed Diamond’s pianist, Tom Henlsley. But the pinnacle came in 2003 when Neil Diamond himself did indeed endorse Peter’s show.

Peter’s career highlights are too many to mention. In August 1997 he celebrated the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest live albums of the ’70s – Hot August Night. It has been nearly 25 years since that first concert, and since then Peter has performed to over 400,000 Diamond fans in A-list venues across the country.

Over the years Peter has been recognised by his peers, winning the ACE Award for Best Tribute Show seven times in the naughties and in 2001 and 2004 winning the prestigious ‘MO’ Award for Best Variety Production show. 

With the sad news of Neil’s retirement owing to Parkinson’s, Peter wanted to give something back, and together with the Sydney International Orchestra they donated their time and performed a concert to 1,500 people, raising over $50,000. Since then he has been made a proud Ambassador of the Shake It Up Australia Foundation, raising awareness about Parkinson’s and raising funds to support the Foundation’s research in pursuit of a cure for this debilitating disease that affects 100,000 Australians. 

Peter Byrne is no rough Diamond. You can catch his sparkling show at the Byron Theatre on Saturday, 8 October at 8pm.

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