Neil Diamond steps up for shooting victims
Donates all merchandise money to relief funds
"Good" just switched to "awesome." He played near Denver on Thursday night, days after the horrific movie theater shootings. And via Twitter, he let fans coming to his sold-out show know that every penny they spent on merchandise at the concert would go straight to the victims of the shooting. That's 100% of the gross sales -- not "a portion of the proceeds" or the net profit after his costs. If you bought a $30 t-shirt, that $30 went straight to the victims. Diamond ate the cost of the merchandise itself, the cost of paying his merchandise sellers, etc. And with the show sold out, it wasn't just a publicity stunt to drum up last-minute ticket sales. It was just a damn good thing to do.
Diamond has long loved the state and for years had a ranch near Aspen (and may still, as far as I know). Perhaps in the big picture it's a small act of kindness, but acts of kindness are pretty much needed these days.
Thanks, Mr. Diamond, for being there to help in a way that most of us could not.
For some reason I really wanted to post a comment after reading this. I have LOVED Neil Diamond my entire life, for so many different reasons. I just recently saw him when he played in Atlanta and everything this article states about him is so true. But...........how often do you find this kind of generosity. It is pure and good and I love that I admire him even more than I did before!
You are the "Greatest of All" Neil.
Momma loved you so much she danced to your music with a broken ankle one year at a concert in Colorado. God rest her soul.