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Neil Diamond celebration show slated Jan. 21 in Brainerd

Showrunners say it's "more than a tribute."

I Am....He Said is a concert celebrating the music of Neil Diamond. Contributed / Central Lakes College

“I Am ... He Said” presents the music of Neil Diamond, and as part of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center’s Cultural Arts Series, the show will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, in the Gichi-ziibi Center for the Arts at Brainerd High School.

Matt, Jeff and Tommy Vee, nephew and sons of the legendary Bobby Vee, respectively, join forces with their family and friends to celebrate Diamond’s music.

“This is not a typical tribute show,” Tommy Vee said in a news release. “This is a celebration of an amazing musical icon, one we all love and respect. We have been fans since we were in grade school and have performed Neil’s tunes over the years in various bands. We have recruited an incredible group of singers and players and have gone back to the original records. It is all about the vocals and Matt absolutely nails it. It’s going to be a rockin’ night.”

Diamond is an iconic performer, with songs like "Cracklin' Rosie," "Song Sung Blue" and "Sweet Caroline.” He was also a prolific songwriter, writing songs recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Deep Purple and, of course, the Monkee’s classic, “I’m A Believer.”

Tickets for are available from the CLC Theatre Box Office at 218-855-8199 or online at

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