Neil Diamond – I Am I Said

Neil Diamond says he’ll tour until he can’t…

Neil Diamond, whose Canadian leg of his Melody Road world trek begins this week, says he’s going to stay working and on the road as long as his voice and body hold out.

In other words, use it or lose it.

“That whole concept has become part of me as I get to be older,” said Diamond, 74, in a teleconference interview with music writers from around North America recently.

“That’s one of the things that motivates me now, the time is limited and I’m touring now because I’m in good voice. I don’t know if I’m going to be in good voice in five years from now. I’m just taking advantage of every moment that I have to make music.”

The famed Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter, who released the folk-pop inspired Melody Road – his first album on new label Capitol after 40 years with Columbia – is certainly challenging himself on this current trek.

In total he’ll visit ten countries around the world this year.

Diamond says he’s up for it.

“When I started to put this tour together I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be a challenge for me to do a tour that had one show for each of my years?’ I knew (my 74th birthday) it was coming up (Jan. 24, 2015) and I thought, I’m going to try to get as close to 74 shows and cities as possible. And we did. It’s a huge undertaking. It’s a little bit nervy for me and it’s a little bit scary, but I know that, from past experience, that as I do these shows in a tour, I don’t wear down, I get stronger.”

What’s on your mind tonite…?