Music & Nightlife

Neil Diamond to celebrate 50th anniversary in Charlotte in 2017

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Nothing will get a bar full of revelers (or a stadium full of Panthers fans) singing at the top of their lungs like Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” And if you’ve fantasized about what it’d be like to have the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer himself leading said singalong, well, you’re going to get a chance in 2017.

Diamond, who turns 76 in January, will bring his “50 Year Anniversary World Tour” to Charlotte’s Spectrum Center on Friday, April 28, Live Nation announced on Wednesday. It will be the singer’s only tour stop in the Carolinas, and his first concert in Charlotte since December 2008.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 9 via the Spectrum Center website, at the venue’s box office, by phone at 800-745-3000, or at If you’ve got an American Express Card, you’ll have access to a pre-sale from 10 a.m. Dec. 5 through 10 p.m. Dec. 8.

Over the course of half a century, the man behind “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” has charted 37 Top 40 singles, sold more than 125 million albums, and been nominated for 13 Grammys (and won, in 1974, for writing the original score for “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”).

His latest offering is a folk-inspired holiday album – “Acoustic Christmas,” which was released in October. On Tuesday, Diamond debuted a music video on Vevo for “Christmas Prayers,” “which pays tribute to the loved ones that may no longer be with us this holiday season but are always in our thoughts.”

Wednesday’s announcement, meanwhile, is another strong sign for the arena formerly branded with the Time Warner Cable name: This fall, Spectrum Center has booked Red Hot Chili Peppers (April 17), The Weeknd (May 17), New Kids On The Block with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men (July 13) and Bruno Mars (Sept. 14).

Spectrum Center also will host two concerts in December that will each feature a half-dozen acts. Dec. 4’s “I Love the 90’s Tour” presents Salt N Pepa, Color Me Badd, Coolio, Tone Loc, Rob Base and Vanilla Ice; Dec. 13’s “Kissmas Concert” boasts Shawn Mendes, DNCE, Alessia Cara, Hailee Steinfeld, Charli XCX and JoJo.

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