Diamond tribute a ‘Real’ show stopper

Appearing on the Colonial stage in South Hill on Saturday Sept. 17 at 8 p.m., Real Diamond, one of the world’s best Neil Diamond tribute bands, will entertain audiences for one night only.

Real Diamond consists of lead singer Curt DiDomizio, eight band members and three “Diamondettes” — the group’s female backup singing trio.

“Real Diamond is dead-on,” Colonial Executive Director Earl Horne said, noting that as a Neil Diamond fan he was impressed by the talented group. “I think we really hit a home run with this one.”

The group will be performing some of Neil Diamond’s most popular hits from his impressive music career.

“One of my favorite numbers that we will be performing in South Hill will be ‘Holly Holy,’” DiDomizio said of the popular Diamond song.

DiDomizio said he has been signing since he was about 8 years old and has always enjoyed music.

Although a professional Diamond tribute singer now, DiDomizio said he actually did not start off doing Diamond.

His uncle was in the military with Elvis Presley and remained friends with him after being discharged. DiDomizio said he met Elvis and became instantly star struck. He went on to begin performing Elvis songs at different venues after that.

“After a show one night, this little old lady came up to me and said, ‘You know, you sound just like Neil Diamond trying to do Elvis,’” DiDomizio said. “So I started doing Diamond after that.”

In 2007 DiDomizio began putting his group together. By 2008 they started touring.

Real Diamond has performed all over the United States, from Florida to Texas to Vegas and more, and was even featured in a movie.

Real Diamond was chosen to be one of 13 featured bands in a movie released last year called “Diamond Mountain.” The film features 13 different Neil Diamond tribute bands from all over the world and documents their music, struggles, triumphs and everything in between.

“We actually kind of stole the whole film,” DiDomizio said of his band.

DiDomizio said he is excited about coming to South Hill and playing the Colonial.

“We are really looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s going to be so much fun. People will be dancing in the aisles. Diamond’s music brings back so many good memories.”

Tickets for this outstanding performance have already gone on sale and are selling fast.

Tickets can be obtained by calling (434) 262-4170 or stopping by the box office, located at 220 S. Mecklenburg Avenue in South Hill or by visiting www.colonialcanterva.org.