The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Entertainment

August 2, 2013

Paying tribute to Neil Diamond

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

After playing with the Diamond Mind for four years, Gomez wanted to take the show to an entirely different level. Not content to play in bars, he was looking for a bigger sound and larger crowds.

Although the show started in the fall of 2012, it has already been met with great success. All their dinner shows have been sold out and the band is looking to build an annual rotation in theatres.

“The unique thing about my tribute bands is that I’m a firm believer in letting musicians use their God-given abilities,” said Armstrong. “When we cover songs, we are not emulating the sound. We learn the song and get to the emotional message and then try to recapture that. It’s a tribute to the message. That’s what set apart our Elvis show and made it so successful.”

In an effort to recapture the feeling of a live Neil Diamond performance, the band studied the music from the 2008 live recordings.

“Those recordings have a special energy – which is why they were a top grossing tour,” said Armstrong. “We studied those arrangements. Our version is based off the emotion in this performance instead of a studio recording.”

Because Armstrong has played the Paramount before, he is excited for the opportunity afforded by the historic stage.

“I really enjoy performing at the Paramount,” he said. “It’s such a beautiful place.”

If you go

What: The Diamond Project Band

When: Sunday, August 4 at 7:30 p.m

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 1124 Meridian Plaza, Anderson. Cost: $20.

Contact the box office at 642-1234 www.thediamondprojectband.com

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