Good times never seem so good - Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show is no rough Diamond
If there is one man who epitomised flamboyant stage attire and productions in the 70s, it was Neil Diamond (NOT Noddy Holder, although he was admittedly vociferous in song-delivery). The man who racked-up hit after hit after hit with "Cracklin' Rose", "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon", "Beautiful Noise" and "Song Sung Blue" had a penchant for large lapels and sequinned shirts, but in those days it was all the rage. Besides, the songs mattered more than how people dressed - just ask Tom Jones, it never did him any harm.
Cue another flamboyant personality from more recent years, choreographer and TV judge Craig Revel Horwood, put the two together and you have - 'Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show'. Based on the title of Diamond's mildly controversial fourth album (it upset US evangelists, apparently), the show's storyline centres around Brother Love, a rather enigmatic preacher who decides the world needs to experience the 'Power of Neil' via his catalogue of music. With his 15-strong band and catchy songs, he spreads the word and offers salvation - oh and there might just be some dazzling dance-moves included as well.
'Brother Love....' will play at six open-air nationally-acclaimed sports-grounds (mainly county cricket grounds) within a heated and adapted 'big-top' with all the usual comforts of a standard venue. First stop is Northampton from 16th - 24th October, followed by Southampton (26th to 31st) then Chelmsford, Edgbaston, Cheltenham (racecourse) and Durham (just under a week at each venue). Tickets are on sale now and vary from £17.50 - £26.50, depending on location.
To quote the tag-line on the posters, 'non-believers may get converted'.
Update: 2010 tour postponed
The entire 2010 tour has been postponed - no new dates announced as yet, but we'll let you know if we hear anything.