Several years ago Paul Shaffer, who is the bandleader from “The Late show with David Letterman”, heard Brian La Blanc singing a Neil Diamond song. He was amazed at how much he sounded like Neil Diamond! He suggested that Brian start a Neil Diamond tribute band. Shaffer had recently heard another Neil Diamond impersonator and thought that Brian blew him away! Brian’s wife Rosanne La Blanc quickly came up with the name “Simply Diamond” and the journey had officially begun. Since that time, Simply Diamond has toured across the United States and around the world.
Simply Diamond is a tribute to the music of Neil Diamond. Though you will see the famous sequin shirt on stage, Brian and the band really focus on the music first and foremost. They pay great attention to the detailed song arrangements that Neil and his collaborators created. Brian said, “All of the talented musicians in our band often marvel about the complexities of Neil Diamonds’ songs and arrangements. They may sound like simple songs sometimes but when you really dig into the arrangements, they are far from simple. The songs are brilliantly crafted from beginning to end.” Though Simply Diamond is true to Neil’s song arrangements, they often put they’re own stamp on many of his songs. One song in particular that has really become a staple of their show is Holly Holy. Brian says, “We really try and take this song to another level by rocking it out and the crowd seems to love it!”
Brian La Blanc is not just another Neil diamond impersonator. Simply Diamond is the most musically authentic Neil Diamond tribute band and Paul Shaffer agrees! There are many Neil Diamond impersonators but only one, Simply Diamond, shines above the rest!