By: Debbie Hall AXS Contributor Oct 11, 2014
Courtesy of Rob Garrett
While rumors keep coming about Neil Diamond coming to Las Vegas for a residency show, Rob Garrett opened Neil Diamond The Tribute show at the Westgate Resorts in Las Vegas for Diamond’s fans and those who love his music.
Garrett along with the K.O.D. Band covers all of the Diamond’s greatest hits along with interacting with the audience. Dressed in Diamond’s signature sequin-accented shirts and holding his guitar like Diamond, Garrett creates a Diamond concert in the 21st century.
Garrett has been impersonating Diamond since 1995 when he was hired to portray Diamond in the Legends in Concert show in Honolulu. The Legends in Concert franchise, which includes Las Vegas, only hires tribute artists who can actually sing like the artists they are impersonating. All music in the show is live.
Born and raised in New York City, Garrett moved with his family to Las Vegas in 1974.
According to his bio, Garrett first saw Diamond in his first Las Vegas concert engagement when he made his Las Vegas debut opening the Theater for the Performing Arts at the Aladdin Hotel & Casino in 1976. “He held the audience including myself spellbound, and broke all existing Las Vegas concert records at that time. I had been a fan since 1969 and I’d always thought that he had written some of the most poignant lyrics I’d ever heard and I knew he had a way of expressing his lyrics and music in a way that no other singer/songwriter had done so before or since.”
Since 1998, Garrett, known as the King of Diamonds returned to Las Vegas and has continued to perform as a Neil Diamond tribute artist. Garrett received the Male Musical Tribute Artist Award at the annual Celebrity Impersonator Convention in 2008.
Neil Diamond The Tribute show performs at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday and dark Monday and Tuesday. Tickets start at $45. Nevada locals can receive 2-for-1 pricing and tickets for military personnel are $19. For more info, click here.
Booking information: https://neildiamondthetribute.com/contact/