Veteran pop star Neil Diamond is heading back to his old stomping grounds in Brooklyn, New York to perform a free concert at his alma mater on Monday night (29Sep14).

The Sweet Caroline hitmaker, 73, took to his blog on Monday morning to break the news to fans, revealing he will be playing his first ever gig in his hometown to celebrate the upcoming release of his new album, Melody Road.

He simply tweeted, "Back to Brooklyn, back to school....", alongside a poster advertising his show at Erasmus Hall High School, which he attended from 1954 to 1956.

Assistant principal Jacob Daty tells local news station 1010 Wins, "We're proud of the history of the school and we're excited that Neil Diamond wanted to come back because he's part of the nostalgia and history of the place. So, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity and we were happy to help facilitate it."

Tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis from Monday afternoon.

Diamond isn't the only Erasmus Hall pupil who went on to find fame - music mogul Clive Davis and Barbra Streisand also attended the school during their youth.