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More diamond than Diamond?

Bobby Bruce aka Nearly Neil plays the ACT Nov. 22. - Contributed
Bobby Bruce aka Nearly Neil plays the ACT Nov. 22.
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Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band will bring the living legend of Neil Diamond to life on stage in Maple Ridge in two weeks.

Nearly Neil (aka Bobby Bruce) is an electrifying performer who has spent the last 11 years rocking thousands of screaming fans throughout North America, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with his amazing tribute to Neil Diamond.

Bruce's incomparable talent for impersonating the American singer-songwriter was discovered in 1994 and he hasn't looked back since.

Given Diamond's amazing collection of Billboard toppers, it takes a truly special talent to deliver a true-to-life tribute experience.

For 18 years, Bruce's genuine, heartfelt connection to both the music and the audience has created a phenomenon that recreates the excitement of a living legend at his very best.

With a captivating stage presence paired with stunning vocal delivery, Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band are a memorable tribute in a league of its own.

Focusing on the early days of Neil Diamond's rise to fame, Nearly Neil tantalizes and mesmerizes with a string of songs from his heyday including America, I Am ... I Said, Sweet Caroline, You Don't Bring me Flowers, Solitary Man, Cherry Cherry, Holly Holy, September Morn, Crunchy Granola Suite, Forever in Blue Jeans, Kentucky Woman, Desiree and Cracklin' Rosie.

Bruce has played for some very impressive audiences, from corporate giants to the King and Queen of Malaysia - and  his largest audience to date - 30,000 people in Calgary.

The Solitary Band features Sandra Volodoff, Kyle Radomsky, Dave Corman, Craig Zurba and Marlow Holder.

• Nearly Neil and the Solitary Band play the ACT Thursday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets at www.theactmapleridge.org or 604-476-2787.

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