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Bobby Bruce as Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band
Neil Diamond has established himself as a music legend with a career that has spanned over 40 years and easily as many albums. Bobby Bruce concentrates his tribute on the young and exciting times of Neil Diamond’s early days. By focusing on Neil’s rise to fame from his arrival on the scene in the mid sixties up to his historic Jazz Singer album, Bobby Bruce as Nearly Neil with the Solitary Band is able to recreate the excitement of a living legend in his heyday. For more than fifteen years, Bobby’s genuine and heartfelt connection to the music and the audience, coupled with his captivating stage presence and stunning vocal delivery has kept him in a league of his own.
“Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band, a tribute to one of pop music’s most enduring and successful singer-songwriters, Neil Diamond. Bobby Bruce takes on the monumental task of recreating the magic of a music legend in his heyday. Remarkably, he captures the phrasing, style, image and stage presence of one of the music industry’s most enduring voices. Bruce is not alone in this endeavour. He is backed up by the talented Solitary Band. Together, they concentrate their tribute on the young and exciting times of Neil Diamond’s early days, focusing on his rise to fame through his historic Jazz Singer album. Loyal followers of Diamond will find in Bruce’s performance all of the depth, style and sophistication that won over millions of fans. What Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band deliver best in its travels from Brooklyn to Bangkok is a dynamic and passionate tribute to Neil Diamond.”
Entertainment Editor, Turlock City News, 10 January 2010