March 5th, 2012
In Los Angeles, Diamond will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his 1972 “Hot August Night” double album by playing a return engagement at the Greek on Aug. 11 and 16.
And in a lineup that, at press time, already featured a number of major shows at the Greek — including gigs by Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, a season-opening Cinco De Mayo festival starring Los Lobos and visits from Al Green, Alan Jackson, Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, and Crosby, Stills & Nash — the Diamond booking is, well, a gem.
Hodges said Diamond and Azoff have been “very hands-on” in working with the Greek in putting the show together at the 5,800-seater, where a few seats and part of the orchestra pit will be lost in order to expand the stage and set up several rows of VIP seats.
Diamond will return to the stage this summer and play all the hits made famous by that recording, including such standards as “Solitary Man,” “Red Red Wine,” “Song Sung Blue,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Sweet Caroline” and “I Am … I Said.”