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Neil Diamond makes rare appearance singing Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park during Boston Red Sox game


Neil Diamond makes rare appearance belting out classic Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park during Boston Red Sox game

Neil Diamond sang his classic Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park on Saturday during the Boston Red Sox game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The iconic singer, 81, performed the 1969 song for the first time in nine years at the ballpark, where the song has been a staple over the past 25 years, as the team plays it during the eighth inning.

The New York City native last sang at the famed ballpark April 20, 2013, which marked the Red Sox first home game in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The latest: Neil Diamond, 81, sang his classic Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park on Saturday during the Boston Red Sox game against the St. Louis Cardinals

The latest: Neil Diamond, 81, sang his classic Sweet Caroline at Fenway Park on Saturday during the Boston Red Sox game against the St. Louis Cardinals

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was seen donning a red Red Sox letterman jacket with black and white sleeves as he sang his classic alongside Broadway star Will Swenson.

Diamond said in a tweet Sunday, ‘Thank you @thewillswenson and the cast of @beautifulnoise for joining me in singing last night at Fenway! “Good times never seemed so good!”‘

The performance received positive responses on social media, as one user said, ‘Glad to see Mr. Diamond doing what he does best especially since he’s been battling Parkinson’s.’

Journalist Katie Woo wrote: ‘Seeing/hearing/experiencing Neil Diamond lead “Sweet Caroline” live at Fenway Park was the ultimate baseball bucket list item I never knew I needed until today.’

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was seen donning a red Red Sox letterman jacket as he sang his classic alongside Broadway star Will Swenson

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was seen donning a red Red Sox letterman jacket as he sang his classic alongside Broadway star Will Swenson 

Diamond sang alongside Swenson, who is slated to play him in the upcoming musical A Beautiful Noise, the Neil Diamond Musical

Diamond sang alongside Swenson, who is slated to play him in the upcoming musical A Beautiful Noise, the Neil Diamond Musical 

Diamond sang alongside Swenson, who will play him in the upcoming musical A Beautiful Noise, the Neil Diamond Musical, which is slated to play in Boston from June 21-July 31 ahead of its run on Broadway later this year.

The musical will include tracks such as America, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers and Song Sung Blue, the Boston Herald reported.

Diamond has not been active on the touring circuit for more than four years, as he retired from the road after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The musical will include tracks such as America, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers and Song Sung Blue

The musical will include tracks such as America, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers and Song Sung Blue

Diamond has not been active on the touring circuit for more than four years, as he retired from the road after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Diamond has not been active on the touring circuit for more than four years, as he retired from the road after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Diamond took to Twitter in the wake of the well-received outing

Diamond took to Twitter in the wake of the well-received outing  

He said in a January 22, 2018 statement on his website: ‘It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. 

‘I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years.’

Diamond said that Parkinson’s disease ‘made it difficult to travel and perform on a large-scale basis,’ adding that he’d planned ‘to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.’

The sentimental outing received a warm reception on Twitter

The sentimental outing received a warm reception on Twitter 

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