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Garth Hudson & Neil Diamond: Back2Back (sort of) in #ldnont

- June 28th, 2012

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Bill Mailer, left, meets Garth Hudson & Maud Hudson backstage at the LPL’s Wolf Performance Hall after their performance at Wednesday’s London Music Awards. Bill Mailer worked with Garth at an organ-making business in London back in the day & was one of many old friends & family who enjoyed the chance to renew auld acquaintances etc. Courtesy of Dan Mailer.

Aside from being Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, Garth Hudson & Neil Diamond both appeared in 1976′s The Last Waltz . . . possibly the last time they have been in such approximate proximity before v. separate performances this week in London.

Garth Hudson was here on Wednesday to receive a lifetime of achievement award from the London Music Awards at the LPL’s Wolf Performance Hall. Having caught the last moments of Garth’s piano solo &  Maud’s fantastic of Tears of Rage with his accompaniment,  JBNBlog would say they were in top form. Later, there were many meetings with old friends, like Stratford guitar hero John Till. A favourite post-concert moment later at the Palasad had Garth laughing merrily upon hearing a London music fan dismiss Joan Baez’ cover The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Another moment had Maud at the Palasad singing I Shall Be Released with a young London group gathered around  her.

Congratulations to Scene Magazine & all involved.

Neil Diamond is here for Thursday’s show at the John Labatt Centre. Which could be historic too. Does anyone know if Neil Diamond has played here before? JBNBlog just donesn’t know . . . & so any help is greatly appreciated.

 

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2 comments

  1. georgina says:

    i don’t remember the year, was mid to late 60′s played at london arena with the guess who? i think. . i was back stage (don’t remember how i got there but i had my ways, i think i lied and said i was writing an article for the school paper). what fun!!!

  2. Thank you for the excellent posts!

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