NeilDiamond.comOn Friday, Neil Diamond finally was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony took place in front of the famous Capitol Records Building, and acclaimed singer/songwriter Randy Newman was on hand to introduce the pop legend before the marker was unveiled.
Praising Diamond's writing talents, Newman said, "He thought big in his songs, and they're expansive&****ip;with big ideas."
Newman also marveled that it took the Rock and Roll Hall of until 2011 to induct Diamond.
"What the **** were they doing?! What did he have to do exactly?!" he asked, incredulously, adding, "Anyway, I love him and so does the whole g****** country."
Diamond then took the podium, and proceeded to take a few moments to videotape the fans in attendance before delivering his acceptance speech.
The singer began by thanking the city of Los Angeles "for taking this kid from Brooklyn to their hearts and for being so wonderful to me."
He also declared that he planned to visit the star frequently, joking, "I'll walk by here often. If you're ever lonely or wanna say, 'Hi,' I'll be right around here just, maybe, playing my guitar."
The star unveiling took place the day before Diamond kicks off his series of shows at Los Angeles' Greek Theater commemorating the 40th anniversary of his classic live album Hot August Night. The concerts are scheduled for August 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25.
Footage of the ceremony was streamed live online, and will be archived at WalkOfFame.com.
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