Neil Diamond sings ‘Sweet Caroline’ in rare post-retirement appearance
Los Angeles, June 20 (SocialNews.XYZ) Baseball fans were spoiled by singer Neil Diamond, who gave a rare live performance of “Sweet Caroline” during the Boston Red Sox game.
Diamond retired from concert touring in 2018 after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, reports “Variety.”
The post-retirement appearance is Diamond’s first time at the Fenway since 2013. He then performed the song as the Red Sox played their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombing.
According to ‘Variety,’ in a video shared by Fox Sports: MLB on Twitter, Diamond enthusiastically sings his classic while wearing a black and red Boston Red Sox letterman jacket.
The New York native and “Sweet Caroline” have become Boston symbols over the years, as the Red Sox play the song in the eighth inning of every home game at Fenway Park.
The 25-year-old ritual led to a revival of the 1969 single, with other sports teams picking up a similar practice, including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, who incentivize singing “Sweet Caroline” around the stadium every match.
Following Diamond’s retirement announcement in 2018, he made it clear that he would “remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come”.
Diamond has made only rare live appearances since.
Broadway actor Will Swenson, who is set to play a young version of Diamond in “A Beautiful Noise, the Neil Diamond Musical,” was also on hand, singing loudly alongside his muse.
The musical about Diamond’s life is currently in pre-production and is set to open on Broadway later this fall.
According to the Boston Herald, the show uses two dozen songs from the singer’s 60-year catalog to describe his career and early life, including “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” “America,” “Cherry, Cherry.” and “You don’t bring me flowers”.