From 1957 until today, the music of The Diamonds has enriched the lives of at least three generations of music lovers. The Canadian music icons gave songs to the world that will never die. The current quartet appeared at the Pearson Lakes Art Center Thursday night and gave a superb show to the nearly sold out audience.
As we all know, the original Diamonds have all passed away. However Gary Owen has been one of the performing group members for 45 years now. He has a great voice and can really play the saxophone. He was joined on stage by another of that generation's beautiful voices, Jeff Dolan, who also plays trombone and does most of the emcee chores for the group.
The other two Diamonds are Michael Lawrence and Adam Marino, 27 and 25 years of age respectively. They bring a whole new generation of '50s and '60s music lovers to the show. It was wonderful to see their enthusiasm, vocal/instrumental talent and dance moves. It was very evident they love what they do and the songs they perform.
It was a magical evening as the quartet serenaded us with the hits of the Beach Boys, Beatles, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, the Supremes, Elvis and more. Of course, we loved their renditions of the original Diamonds hits we came to the PLAC to hear.
We snapped our fingers, clapped along, sang vigorously, hand jived and danced in our seats to song after song. The quartet was backed up by pianist (Bob) and drummer (Earl). But they also sang with no accompaniment and showcased their harmonic talents in such songs as "In My Room."
We did not hear a song we couldn't sing along to all night long. Some were fast, some were slow and clever choreography was included in all the numbers. They went from bright blue jackets, to black, to sequined bright blue and finally to red. They didn't miss a beat, and we didn't either.
Our toes got a workout tapping and so did our hands as we clapped and clapped. A long standing ovation brought them back out for a couple more memorable tunes before we reluctantly left the theatre. I heard several people tell the PLAC staff they wanted to see them again and soon. Bob Kirschbaum, executive director, assured them efforts would begin immediately to get them back.
I cannot pick out a favorite tune for the night. I loved them all!
It was one of the best shows I have seen at PLAC in a decade. Thanks to everyone who made is possible. If you didn't make it to the show, you missed an awesome night of entertainment!