Believe it or not, today is Neil Diamond’s 70th birthday. It’s going to be a big year for The Diamond. In March he’ll finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a massive world tour kicks off next month in Auckland, New Zealand.
Check out the clip above of his performance of “Dry Your Eyes” at The Last Waltz in 1976. A persistent rock & roll legend states that when Diamond walked offstage he saw Bob Dylan and triumphantly said, “Top that!”
“Something like that happened,” Diamond told Rolling Stone last year. “Actually, it was before we both went on. He was tuning his guitar and I came over to him and I said, ‘You know Bob, those are really my people out there.’ He kind of looked at me quizzically. I said it as a joke, but I think it spurred him a little bit and he gave a hell of a performance… It was a good night and an exciting night. I was glad to be a part of it.” He hasn’t performed the song since.