Whether as a songwriter, singer or performer, Neil Diamond has left his mark on American music. One selective scan of his accomplishments includes a scribe credit for the Monkees hit, “I’m A Believer”; his Kennedy-inspired and now sports arena anthem, “Sweet Caroline”; and one purple-suited appearance amid rock royalty in Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Waltz.”
And those are just three reasons why the 74-year-old artist – now touring off his 32nd studio album, last fall’s “Melody Road” – should expect a packed house when he brings more than five decades of work to Buffalo’s First Niagara Center for a show at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Multiple generations of music fans have either swooned to a steady stream of Diamond-helmed radio hits (from “Cracklin’ Rosie” to “Song Sung Blue”), enjoyed his original work re-created by other artists (ala Urge Overkill’s cover of “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon”) or have been introduced to his catchiest pop artistry via Will Ferrell films (see: “Cherry Cherry” in “Anchorman”).
But no matter the exposure, the Brooklyn-born crooner and 2011 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should connect all factions of his diversified fandom with a catalog that still influences today’s world of pop music and songwriting mastery revered in the annals of music history.