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Virginia singer performs tribute concert to Neil Diamond at Theatre Victoria

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Jan. 11, 2012 at 8:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 10, 2012 at 7:11 p.m.

Doug James, 51, sings tribute songs to Neil Diamond and Elvis Presley. On Friday, he will perform at Theatre Victoria for the "King of Diamonds" concert.

Doug James enjoyed the classic hits, "Sweet Caroline," and "Cherry Cherry," growing up in Richmond, Va.

He really didn't know who Neil Diamond was, but he learned to develop an appreciation for the songwriter-singer later.

"I really became a fan of his after doing research and performing the floor show," James said in a news release.

Music lovers can hear James pay homage to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame member during the "King of Diamonds" tribute at Theatre Victoria on Friday. His concert is scheduled to be two, 40-minute acts.

James has performed with his band for the last 27 years. However, this time, he will be performing his solo act. "You've got the band in your hand," he said.

His sound and appearance seem to represent two different icons.

"He sounds like Neil Diamond, but he looks like Johnny Cash," said Staci Robbins, the theater's executive director.

James agreed.

A keyboardist in James' band said the 51-year-old father of three had an uncanny resemblance to Diamond, as well as sounding like the star.

So it was natural that, in 1999, James began performing tributes to the 70-year-old music legend.

James, whose home is in Roanoke, Va., does most of his shows on the East Coast, but he has recently ventured out West. He said he is excited about coming to the Crossroads for the first time.

James said the audience is in for a real treat. "If they like Neil Diamond, they're going to love this show," he said.



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