Neil Diamond Superfan Says Blackpool Gig Will be Best on UK Tour - Sunday 29th March 2015

Neil Diamond superfan Ian Graham has a busy year planned as he will follow the Sweet Caroline star to 18 concerts across Europe and two in the US in 2015. He's spent almost £250,000 going to Neil Diamond gigs across the world, his four cats are named after his songs, he has NLD (Neil Leslie Diamond) as his car number plate, his loft is bursting with memorabilia and he's met the great man several times. And the concert 60-year-old Ian is most excited about this year is Blackpool as it's the last night of the UK leg of the World Tour and is his only open-air gig while in the UK. Ian, who lives in Sutton just outside London, has been following Mr Diamond since 1971 and when he visits Blackpool on 23 July it will be his 230th concert - in fact he has only missed four UK gigs since his first in 1971. For wife Jenny the Blackpool concert marks her 100th gig. Retired police officer Ian first discovered his love of Neil Diamond when he heard a song played by him at a Hearts FC match in Edinburgh in 1968. Speaking about his love of all things Neil Diamond, Ian, 60, said 2015 is going to be a great year for him and other fans. He said: "I just love everything about him. On stage he's this great flamboyant character who entertains everyone and then when you meet him off stage he comes across as this great genuine guy. "I have been lucky enough to meet Neil and he is so good to his fans and really appreciates the support." Ian is always easy to spot at Neil Diamond concerts as he wears a specially designed jumper with a frog logo and the words "Neil Diamond, the frog who dreamed of becoming a King." "I get recognised by this jumper as I wear it to every concert," added Ian. "It's very symbolic to me as the words are taken from a line in 'I am, I said'. "I'll be wearing it at Blackpool as I will on every other night of the tour this year. It's great that the last night of the UK tour is in Blackpool at a new venue that is open air. Every Ne - Sutton United Kingdom - Sunday 29th March 2015 (4 images)

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