MEETING ROSE DIAMOND - NEIL'S MOM!

WE WERE PLAYING A CONCERT AT THE WARNER CENTER PAVILION IN WOODLAND HILLS, CA. ON SUNDAY JULY 31, 2005. THERE HAD TO HAVE BEEN UPWARDS OF 4000 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE PARK ON A BEAUTIFUL SOUTHERN CAL NIGHT. AFTER OUR FIRST SET WE WERE TOLD THAT NEIL DIAMOND'S MOM WAS IN THE AUDIENCE AND ABSOLUTELY LOVING THE SHOW! OF COURSE, WE DIDN'T BELIEVE IT (and if you knew the source, you wouldn't either)!

WE FINISHED THE SHOW, STARTED PACKING UP, AND SURE ENOUGH NEIL DIAMOND'S MOM, ROSE DIAMOND, IS ESCORTED BACKSTAGE WITH A FEW FREINDS. SHE WANTS TO MEET THE BAND! WHAT A THRILL! SHE WAS THE NICEST LADY, VERY COMPLIMENTARY AND GENUINELY SEEMED TO REALLY ENJOY OUR SHOW! SHE SAID, "OUR SHOW REMINDED HER OF HER SON'S PERFORMANCES!". I SAID, "I DON'T LOOK ANYTHING LIKE NEIL, SO I SURE HOPE IT SOUNDED GOOD"! SHE LAUGHED AND SAID, "WELL, FROM WHERE WE WERE SITTING, YOU LOOKED JUST LIKE HIM - AND IT SOUNDED GREAT"! HER ONLY REQUEST WAS THAT WE GET ALEXANDRA (OUR KEYBOARD PLAYER) TO SING "YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS" WITH ME NEXT TIME! I TOLD HER WE'VE BEEN TRYING FOR YEARS - BUT SHE'S TOO CHICKEN!

WE GOT A GREAT PICTURE WITH ROSE DIAMOND, AND SHE ASKED IF I WAS GOING TO SEE HER SON IN LOS ANGELES. I TOLD HER I WILL DEFINETLY BE THERE. SHE SAID "WEAR THAT SPARKLY BLUE SHIRT, AND I MIGHT JUST SPOT YOU!" THANK YOU ROSE! IT WAS A PLEASURE MEETING YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS - AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN ONE DAY!

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