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Neil Diamond to play Golden 1 Center next August as part of golden anniversary tour

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond brings his The 50 Year Anniversary World Tour Aug. 2 to the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.
Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond brings his The 50 Year Anniversary World Tour Aug. 2 to the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond will play Golden 1 Center as part of an ambitious golden anniversary tour of the United States and Europe.

The “50 Year Anniversary World Tour” begins April 7 in Fresno, and then hits the road to visit larger cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. United Kingdom and European dates have not been announced.

Diamond is scheduled to appear in Sacramento Aug. 2 at Golden 1 Center. He will play songs from his long career that includes the release of his debut single “Solitary Man” in 1966.

“Neil Diamond is more than just a music icon,” Michael Rapino, president and chief executive officer of Live Nation Entertainment. “His singular artistry and talent has left an indelible mark on American culture and has helped shape the sound of popular music for five decades.”

American Express card members can purchase tickets for The 50 Year Anniversary World Tour at 10 a.m. Monday through Dec. 8. Tickets for the general public go on sale Dec. 9 at www.livenation.com.

The Diamond show is among the first major musical events announced by Golden 1 officials since hip-hop star Kanye West walked off the stage just 30 minutes into his Nov. 19 show at the arena. His exit followed a profanity-laced rant that referenced Beyoncé, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton and corporate radio, among other subjects. West subsequently canceled the rest of his tour and was hospitalized.

Since then, Golden 1 has announced a Blake Shelton concert scheduled for March 9.

The Bee’s Dale Kasler contributed to this report.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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