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Neil Diamond sells out the Forum

Neil Diamond sells out the Forum

April 5, 1983: “It’s not like I’m without the doubts and fears… But I do feel more at ease,” says a playful Neil Diamond. His upcoming concerts had sold out.

This photo by staff photographer Larry Armstrong was taken in his West Hollywood rehearsal studio during an interview with Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn. Diamond was promoting his upcoming, but already sold-out, June 13-19 concerts at the Forum in Inglewood.

In the April 17, 1983. Los Angeles Times, Hilburn reported:

Neil Diamond smiled broadly when asked if he was surprised that he was able to sell out a record seven nights at the 18,600-seat Inglewood Forum almost as fast as tickets went on sale.

“Surprised?” he said. “Stunned was more like it. When Jerry (manager Jerry Weintraub) said we could do that many nights, I didn’t believe him. I still find it hard to believe because the only thing I can relate it to is when Elton (John) did a series of nights at the Forum, and he was sizzling at the time.

“The surprising thing for me is I don’t feel like I’m anywhere near that point right now.. I don’t even feel like I’m particularly warm. It’s just like a normal period or something.” …

After a seven-year absence, mainly due to illness, pent-up demand for Neil Diamond live performances was so strong that 130,000 tickets were sold.

June 13, 1983: Neal Diamond in concert at the Forum in Inglewood. This photo was published in the June 15, 1983, Los Angeles Times. Credit: Tony Barnard/Los Angeles Times

As Hilburn reported in the June 15, 1983, Los Angeles Times, Diamond’s concerts were a big success:

They came, they paid, and there were willingly conquered.

In his first local appearance since his celebrated Greek Theatre engagements in the mid-’70s, Neil Diamond put on a show Monday night at the Forum that was flashy, generous and impassioned.

At least that’s the likely view of the Diamond fans who reportedly paid brokers $300-$500 each for front row seats to the opening of Diamond’s seven-night stand at the 18,600-seat arena–the longest run there by any performer. …

The tickets originally sold for $15.50.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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