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“Hands / Touchin’ hands / Reachin’ out / Touching me…”. Don’t say you didn’t start humming along; everyone knows the words.

Get ready to belt those legendary lyrics out alongside ‘Nearly Neil’, The Ultimate Neil Diamond Legacy show arriving at The Pub in two days of massive performances in mid-April.

Coming direct from Canada to the Airlie Beach Hotel, Bobby Bruce and The Solitary Band will play two shows on Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16, from 2pm to 5.30pm at local’s favourite local in a legacy show unlike any other.

The Vancouver-based band have been bearing the name and the heritage of Neil Diamond for almost two decades as The Ultimate Neil Diamond Legacy show, being led by superb singer Bobby Bruce.

His Happy Tunes have astonished and amazed packed houses across America, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and Asia – and now he’s touring Down Under, stopping in at Airlie Beach for a double-header of shows.

“Passionate, exhilarating and vocally brilliant,” Bruce and his band are a five-star salute to the music of the Brooklyn-born singer and one of the best-selling musicians of all time.

The power and purity of Bobby’s voice have put him in a legacy league of his own, making his performance much more than a tribute – it’s a revival.

It’s as close to the authentic experience of sitting front row at a Diamond concert as you can get – particularly in the case of the strutting theatrics. Bruce glides through a powerful package of Diamond hits in his completion of the famed-singer’s repertoire: from Cracklin’ Rosie and Kentucky Woman to Cherry Cherry and everyone’s favourite, Sweet Caroline.

Bobby Bruce has continued to “stretch the meaning of tribute band”, bringing an unrivalled flair to his shows which have led him to enjoy the best numbers he’s ever seen in his ‘Down Under’ tours.

Australians have increasingly recognised the talent - Bobby’s mastery of music - and its little wonder he has been nominated two years running for the best international touring artist for the Australian ACE Awards.

Decked out in rhinestone dress trousers and white, beaded fringe shirt, Bruce meets Diamond’s raspy stridency in such favourites as Solitary Man and I Am I Said. His passion and energy connect him with the audience and his infectious warmth sets him in a league of his own – don’t miss him when he arrives at the Airlie Beach Hotel for two free shows.

What: Nearly Neil, The Ultimate Neil Diamond Legacy

When: Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and April 16, from 2pm to 5.30pm

Where:  The Airlie Beach Hotel

Nearly Neil The Ultimate Neil Diamond Legacy show is coming to the Airlie Beach Hotel on April 15 and 16

The world-class performance is led by a world class performer, Billy Bruce

Head to The Pub for the free show in just over a week’s time

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