Legendary artist Neil Diamond is gearing up for several months of touring across the U.S. and Canada before heading out to Europe, New Zealand and Australia on the remainder of his world tour. Diamond, best known for classics such as "Sweet Caroline," "Cherry, Cherry," "Cracklin' Rose" and "America," will begin his tour with two shows at the PPL Center in Allenstown, Pennsylvania on Feb. 27 and March 1, 2015. From there, he will move north to Canada, playing shows in London and Ottawa. Diamond will then travel across the East Coast and Midwest, before bouncing around Canada, Mexico and the West Coast.
Near the end of May, the timeless musician will wrap up the North American leg of his world tour with two dates in Texas and a show in Denver. Afterward, Diamond will begin the European leg of his tour in Koln, Germany. Tickets for Diamond's U.S. shows are still available online.
The tour will likely help support Diamond's 32nd studio album, Memory Road, which was released by Capitol Records in October 2014. Memory Road marks Diamond's first original music since 2008, and is his debut with Capitol. The album opened at No. 3 on the Billboard charts and received widespread commercial and critical acclaim. His new label also released a compilation of all-time greatest hits in 2014, highlighting the timeless classics that Diamond has composed throughout his illustrious career in music.
Diamond has sold more than 125 million records worldwide, putting him among the best-selling musicians of all time. Though he was only inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, Diamond has been writing and performing music since the 1960s. Interestingly enough, Diamond had plans to go into the sciences and aspired to help cure cancer. However, during his senior year at New York University, he was offered a job writing songs for a music publisher. In 1962, Diamond signed with Columbia Records as a solo artist, but due to his lack of success he was quickly released.
In 1966, Diamond was signed to a subsidiary of Atlantic Records and soon had his first hit with the single "Solitary Man." Moving forward, Diamond paved his road into superstardom, and is now one of the most recognizable names in music around the globe.
Of all the legends of classic rock, Eric Clapton is among the most successful over the last two decades. Though his time with the Yardbirds, Derrick and the Dominoes and Cream made him an icon of the 1960s and 1970s, he has maintained a place in contemporary music while some of his peers may have faded from view.
Over the last decade, Slowhand has continued to tour and record new music, and he's planning on furthering the trend in 2013. Clapton recently announced an extensive U.S. tour that kicks off on March 14 before culminating at the much-anticipated Crossroads Guitar Festival on April 12 and 13 at Madison Square Garden.
Clapton's resurgence as a force in the industry began more than 20 years ago. He was years removed from songs like "Crossroads" and "White Room," but when he recorded his now-legendary Unplugged album, Clapton was once again atop the music world. The 1992 album perfectly showcases Clapton's technical skill and songwriting prowess, taking listeners through an acoustic take on classics like "Layla" and newer songs such as "Tears in Heaven," an emotional eulogy to his deceased son.
Clapton's unplugged album earned him six Grammy awards including Album of the Year and Song of the Year, and helped set the stage for what would prove to be an impressive decade. He released a number of popular tunes throughout the 90s that helped introduce him to a younger audience. Songs such as his cover of "Change the World" and 1998's "My Father's Eyes," made were hits among a diverse audience.
More recently, Clapton has not slowed down. He continues to perform with some of the most talented guitarists from across generations. Over the last several years he has played with the likes of Keith Richards, Jeff Beck (who was also a member of the Yarbirds) and Gary Clark, Jr., one of the most skilled emerging guitarists. His 2010 album, Clapton, was a critical and commercial success and peaked inside the top 10 on the Billboard 200 charts.
In 2013, Clapton's participation in the Crossroad Guitar Festival is especially important because it marks his 50th year in the music industry. Since it first launched in 2004, the festival has brought together some of best guitarists in history and 2013's is no different. The two-day event will feature the likes of Buddy Guy, John Mayer, BB King and Vince Gill.
Not many performers can measure up to Cher. For nearly 50 years, the singer-turned-actress has been among the best in the business, and she is one of the few people who can lay claim to an Oscar, a Grammy and an Emmy. Still, despite her popularity she has toured less and less over the years. That all changed recently, when she announced via Twitter she will hit the road in 2013.
Although Cher has been performing in Las Vegas the last several years, the announcement signals the beginning of her first concert tour in around six years. The tour is expected to kick off around Valentine's Day and she has already teased her legions of fans with some details on her Twitter account.
"Oh my God!! Just saw the sets 4 the show!!! I cant show u cause you’d never 4give me!" she tweeted recently. "There's so much magic I am breathless!"
The tour comes at a good time for the "If I Could Turn Back Time" singer. She is getting ready to release her first new album in more than 10 years this Christmas, and she has already let leak that one of the tunes is a duet with none other than Lady Gaga.
Cher's most recent album was 2001's Living Proof, which performed relatively well and cracked the top 10 on the Billboard 200 charts. Despite her long time away, it would be unwise to doubt Cher's ability to rise to prominence once again; she's done it time and time again throughout her career.
Most everyone remembers her most recent comeback, which was sparked by the release of her 1998 megahit Believe. Paced by the popular title track, the album went on to sell 20 million albums across the globe (her best selling album) and earned a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.
A comeback tour seems like the next logical step for Cher, who has become increasingly more visible in recent years. Most notably, she starred in the 2010 film “Burlesque” alongside Christina Aguilera, which was her first movie role since 2003.
At 66, Cher is one of the most well-known and experienced stars in the entertainment industry, and though she's quickly approaching 70, there's no telling how long she'll be performing.