Neil Diamond's U.S. Tour Dates for 2012 -- Plus a Saving Silverman Tribute

Perhaps we'll never know how much Neil Diamond's career was lengthened by his appearance in Saving Silverman, but it was one of many factors of late that gave the 70-year-old's career some legs. The incessant Red Sox nation adopting Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" as an anthem certainly didn't hurt his popularity in the Northeast, but it was never lagging there. Music critics can herald his 2005 album, 12 Songs, which was recorded with the late-career booster Rick Rubin.

Who knows, but when the tireless legend launches a lengthy tour across North America on June 1 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, he might be thinking about getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year and his new fiance -- or possibly his days with Jason Biggs and the dude from Full Metal Jacket in the 2001 screwball comedy about a Neil tribute band called Diamonds in the Rough.

Here in Saving Silverman, we see Biggs, Jack Black and Steve Zahn with a crowd of nearly 50 people eating out of the palms of their hands. Work it, boys.

Everything was groovy until Biggs' character starts dating a crazy, controlling shrink, played by Amanda Peet, who gets in the way of his love of Neil Diamond.

Major spoiler alert: Neil Diamond hatches a plan to keep Biggs' character from marrrying that hateful woman, and this is perhaps the most action "America" has ever seen (or should ever see).

Always a showstopper, Diamond keeps the unhappy couple from saying "I do."

And the ultimate payoff: Diamonds in the Rough get to perform "Holly Holy" with their hero at the end.

Neil's words from the film (taken out of context, of course): "I've spent my whole life writing songs about the healing power of love, but up until now, they've only been words. This may be my chance to prove that these words really mean something... I believe in happy endings and if Neil Diamond has anything to do with it, this love story's gonna have one."

He wasn't talking about his 2012 North American tour, but we'll pretend he was.






June 1

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

BankAtlantic Center

Dec. 12

June 3

Tampa, FL

St. Pete Times Forum

Dec. 5

June 6

Atlanta, GA

Philips Arena

Dec. 5

June 8

Wantagh, NY

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Dec. 5

June 14

Washington, DC

Verizon Center

Dec. 5

June 16

Uncasville, CT

Mohegan Sun Arena

Dec. 5

June 18

Philadelphia, PA

Wells Fargo Center

Dec. 5

June 21

Montreal, BC

Bell Centre

Dec. 12

June 23

Boston, MA

TD Garden

Dec. 5

June 26

Toronto, ON

Air Canada Centre

Dec. 12

June 28

London, ON

John Labatt Centre

Dec. 12

July 1

Cleveland, OH

Quicken Loans Arena

Dec. 5

July 3

Detroit, MI

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Dec. 5 

July 6

Chicago, IL

United Center

Dec. 5

July 8

Milwaukee, WI


Dec. 10

July 11

St Paul, MN

Xcel Energy Center

Dec. 5

July 13

Saskatoon, SK

Credit Union Centre

Dec. 12

July 16

Edmonton, AB

Rexall Place

Dec. 12

July 18

Calgary, AB

Scotiabank Saddledome

Dec. 12

July 21

Vancouver, BC

Rogers Arena

Dec. 12

July 23

Seattle, WA

Key Arena

Dec. 5

July 28

Salt Lake City, UT

Rio Tinto Stadium

Dec. 5

August 7

San Jose, CA

HP Pavilion

Dec. 5

August 29

Phoenix, AZ

US Airways Center

Dec. 5

September 1

Las Vegas, NV

MGM Grand Garden Arena

Dec. 5

Neil Diamond. June 1 at BankAtlantic Center, 1 Panther Parkway, Sunrise. Tickets go on sale December 12. Click here.

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