For Neil Diamond fans, listening to his “Hot August Night” concert album is almost a religious experience. Diamond’s voice is in top form, his backup band is cooking and the applause from the huge audience is palpable. With a pair of headphones, the listener is there on the stage with him. He is an internationally recognized star with a long and illustrious career that continues today.
Since the 1960s, from “Cracklin’ Rosie”, to “Sweet Caroline”, he has had 11 number one hits, selling more than 120 million copies. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. His song “I’m a Believer” was a top 10 hit for The Monkees, “Red Red Wine” a major country hit for Tom T. Hall and a world-wide hit for U.K. reggae group UB40. But his highly personal “Solitary Man” remains Diamond’s favourite. A fact not lost on Canadian singer/guitarist Will Chalmers.
Collingwood Ontario based Will Chalmers, who has been performing his “Solitary Man” tribute to Neil Diamond for 15 years, says “it’s the enduring popularity of Diamond’s music that makes the show so popular, not my performance”. “After all these years, I’m still trying to master the guitar”. “I won’t be doing an Eric Clapton tribute any time soon that’s for sure”. Will loves to get an audience clapping and singing along. His natural resemblance to Neil Diamond, flawless replication of his singing voice and relaxed stage presence captivates audiences wherever he performs. He just nails it.
The response from Neil Diamond fans to the Solitary Man show is an experience to behold. Some fans have difficulty accepting the fact that Will really isn’t the famous star. But Will is friendly and personable and fans approach him with ease. And he is always happy to meet and greet them after his shows and welcome their comments.
Will has performed throughout Canada, the US, and the Caribbean, in theatres, casinos and resorts and at numerous festivals and conventions and says “I get the biggest thrill of all watching each fan leave my show with a smile on the face and a song in the heart”. Truly a talented and dedicated entertainer. Will appears at El Rio BBQ, in Paso Ancho, on February 3rd , at The Luna lounge, in Bucerias, on February 4th and 5th and at La Pina Colada, in Guayabitos, on February 6th., before travelling to Mazatlan for more shows. More info is available on the venue web sites and elsewhere in this publication.
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