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Neil Diamond celebrating 50 years with tour; concert planned in St. Paul

ST. PAUL -- Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first hit with a world tour that stops by St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center on May 24.

ST. PAUL -- Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first hit with a world tour that stops by St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center on May 24.

Tickets are $149.50, $99.50, $59.50 and $39.50 and go on sale at noon Dec. 9 through Ticketmaster . American Express cardholders have access to a pre-sale that starts Monday.

There were no other concert dates set in the upper Midwest for his tour so far.

The 75-year-old Brooklyn native actually released his first single in 1963, but he found his initial success as a songwriter at the famed Brill Building, penning “I’m a Believer” and “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” for the Monkees. In 1966, Diamond again tried his hand at a solo career and hit the charts with “Solitary Man” and “Cherry, Cherry

Many of Diamond’s biggest hits followed, including “Red, Red Wine,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Holly Holy” and “I Am, I Said.” He hit his first career peak in 1972, when his live album “Hot August Night” went double platinum, Diamond’s biggest seller to date. It also established him as a must-see concert performer, and he continues to perform many of the “Hot August Night” songs.

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This will be the seventh time Diamond has played the X. He drew a sold-out crowd of more than 13,000 on his most recent visit, in April 2015.

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