Veteran crooner Neil Diamond has been moved to write a new song inspired by the horrific Boston Marathon bombings last week (15Apr13).
The singer has long felt a special affinity to the city of Boston, Massachusetts after his classic hit Sweet Caroline was adopted as an anthem for the local baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, and played at every game at their Fenway Park stadium since 2002.
He thrilled sports fans at the venue on Saturday (20Apr13) by making a surprise appearance at the stadium to perform the song in person at the Red Sox's first home game since the attacks last Monday (15Apr13), and drew huge cheers as he stepped up to the plate to belt out the iconic 1969 tune.
Now Diamond, who hails from New York, admits he's been inspired by the atrocity to put pen to paper to convey his emotions in song and he headed into the studio to lay down vocals for the track before jetting from Los Angeles to Boston in time for the weekend game.
He tells RollingStone.com, "I'm writing now and obviously affected by this situation in Boston, so I'm writing about it just to express myself."
Diamond is unsure about whether he will share the composition with fans, but he reveals it covers more than just the explosions near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, which killed three people and left more than 170 injured.
He says, "I'm writing about the general situation, not just about this bombing in Boston, but what we're going through with all of these tragedies - shootings and so on and so forth."
The Boston bombings took place just months after a gunman opened fire in Newtown, Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School last year (12), killing 26 children and six adults. It was the latest bloody massacre to rock America within months, following another massacre at a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado in July (12).
Diamond isn't the only musician channelling his emotions into song after the Boston atrocity - Massachusetts-based punk rockers the Dropkick Murphys have also recorded a private tune about the tragic incident.