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Neil Diamond comes back to Brooklyn for a breakthrough show

Neil Diamond, like fellow superstar Barry Manilow, is planning a massive Brooklyn homecoming.

Diamond's show on March 26 at Barclays Center will be the first public concert he has ever done in the borough where he was born and raised.

"I can't wait to come back to Brooklyn and play Barclays Center in March," Diamond said, following a private show for fans at his alma mater, Erasmus Hall High School, in September. "It's going to be so good, so good, so good!"

That show, part of the run-up to his "Melody Road" (Capitol) album, made quite an impression on the 74-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

"I guarantee it was my favorite concert or show and venue because [I felt like] I was 15 years old as I did all those songs and it's hard to kick off 60 years that quickly," Diamond wrote during a recent Reddit chat. "It was an amazing experience for me."

Diamond has said he is proud to be from Brooklyn and that he can be counted among the borough's most famous exports, along with Coney Island and his beloved Dodgers.

After all, Diamond, a Kennedy Center honoree in 2011, has had 37 Top 10 singles and sold more than 128 million albums worldwide.

"Neil is one of the greatest live performers touring today and we are honored to be working with him on his 2015 tour," Live Nation Entertainment president and CEO Michael Rapino said in a statement.

Diamond plans to do songs from throughout his career at the Brooklyn show, including from "Melody Road." "I love doing songs you know," Diamond joked with the Erasmus Hall crowd in September. "But I really love doing the songs you haven't heard before -- because those are the ones I get to sing alone."


WHEN|WHERE 8 p.m. March 26, Barclays Center, Brooklyn

INFO $30-$175; 800-745-3000,

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