I'm a Believer: Diamond concert tipped
25 September 2002
Superstar singer-songwriter Neil Diamond is tipped to play Wellington's WestpacTrust Stadium in April.
Diamond, 61, would be only the second rock act to appear at the stadium since it opened 2-1/2-years ago.
Stadium spokesman Steve Thompson would not confirm the concert but said: "We are in negotiation with a major artist.
"No announcement will be made till a deal has been signed."
Diamond's career spans four decades and features such hit songs as Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon, Cracklin' Rosie, Sweet Caroline and I Am . . . I Said.
One of his first hits was actually sung by manufactured American band The Monkees, who took I'm A Believer up the charts. Diamond last visited New Zealand in 1999, when he played four Christchurch shows.
British pop star Robbie Williams proved a hit at Wellington's stadium last November, but frustrated rock fans have had little to cheer about despite the stadium having Wellington City Council approval to host six music concerts a year.
The stadium has blamed a lack of suitable acts touring, and the region's younger generation may have a few gripes over the appearance of Diamond, after missing out on The Red Hot Chili Peppers who play Auckland and Christchurch in November.
While Wellington's youth may be unmoved by Diamond, their parents are likely to snap up tickets to a man who was once the world's highest-paid entertainer