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Hot tix: Neil Diamond @ Jones Beach (!)

Recording artist Neil Diamond attends the premiere of

Recording artist Neil Diamond attends the premiere of Columbia Pictures' "Jack And Jill" at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

We’ve seen the Christmas creep start earlier and earlier. But how about the Jones Beach creep?

The first Nikon at Jones Beach Theater show for next summer has been announced: Neil Diamond brings his greatest hits tour to the beach on June 8 (that’s a Friday, for your scheduling purposes). This will be Diamond’s first-ever Nikon at Jones Beach performance, according to concert promoter Live Nation.

And to whet your appetite, Columbia Records and Legacy Recordings will release “The Very Best of Neil Diamond – The Original Studio Recordings” on Dec. 6. It’s the first Diamond collection to draw from his complete studio discography, and includes such tracks as “Forever In Blue Jeans,” “Cherry, Cherry,” “Sweet Caroline,” “I’m A Believer,” “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon, ” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “Red, Red Wine” and “America.”

Tickets ($29.50-$149.50) for next June’s performance go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 5 via or by calling 800-745-3000.

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