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You may not know his face or sweaty chest, but everyone's familiar with the songs of Neil Diamond. This old crooner was quite the baja panti in his day. Hell, he remains a sex symbol for more women and men than the Biebs.
New Times writer Lee Zimmerman claims this singer and songwriter has a "polarizing effect" on fans. Perhaps that's true: You love him, you hate him, you're like ,"Isn't he in the Beastie Boys?" Point is, his music is in no way actually polarizing. It's been mostly middle-of-the-road pop greatness.
Neil Diamond, 8 p.m. Friday, June 1.
Come on, you've got "Forever in Blue Jeans," "Cracklin' Rosie," and "Solitary Man." These hits just kept coming over the years. Diamond also was a bit of a show pony in his day, with plunging necklines and sparkles galore. Seven decades on, he looks like the sleek, mature man he is. Still sexy at 71 — quite a feat.
He's on the road again, a 35-city tour that kicks off in Fort Lauderdale. Bring the throat lozenges, ladies; you're gonna scream when you see this Diamond shine.