Diamond Sets Tour, Internet Pre-Sale

Neil Diamond will kick off the U.S. leg of his world tour Sept. 28 in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets for most shows on the trek, which comes in support of his forthcoming Columbia album, "Three Chord Opera,"

Neil Diamond will kick off the U.S. leg of his world tour Sept. 28 in Columbus, Ohio. Tickets for most shows on the trek, which comes in support of his forthcoming Columbia album, "Three Chord Opera," will be available to fans via a special Internet pre-sale opportunity through Ticketmaster.

Beginning today (July 17), fans can register for the pre-sale via a specially created Web site (www.neildiamond.ticketmaster.com), where they will receive a password allowing them to purchase up to eight tickets the day before they go on sale to the general public. Only announced shows in Chicago, Rockford, Ill., West Valley, Utah, and Oklahoma City, Okla., are not part of the promotion.

In addition to the tour, Diamond will perform for free July 27 in New York's Rockefeller Plaza as part of NBC's "Today" show's Friday concert series. Part of Diamond's set will be broadcast on the show, which airs daily from 7-10 a.m. ET/PT.

The following evening, Diamond will turn out a two-hour "Live by Request" performance for cable network A&E. That live broadcast will also be simulcast over the Jones Radio Network.

As previously reported, "Three Chord Opera," due July 24, is the first album on which Diamond has composed all of the words and music since 1974's "Serenade."

Diamond says that after 1996's "Tennessee Mountain," which paired him with several of Nashville's top songwriters, he decided he was done writing songs with others. "I guess I got [co-writing] out of my system," he tells Melinda Newman in Billboard's July 21 issue. "That was a wonderful experience, but I have no intention, no ambition, to write with other people again. I think it's time for me to just come out and say what I have to say."

Here are Neil Diamond's tour dates:

Sept. 28: Columbus, Ohio (Schottenstein Center)
Sept. 30: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
Oct. 2: Boston (Fleet Center)
Oct. 5: Detroit (Palace of Auburn Hills)
Oct. 8: Chicago (United Center; no pre-sale)
Oct. 11: New York (Madison Square Garden)
Oct. 14: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
Oct. 17: Philadelphia (First Union Center)
Oct. 20: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Van Andel Arena)
Oct. 23: Rockford, Ill. (Rockford MetroCentre; no pre-sale)
Oct. 24: Moline, Ill. (Mark of the Quad Cities)
Oct. 26: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
Oct. 29: Fargo, N.D. (Fargodome)
Nov. 1: West Valley, Utah (E Center; no pre-sale)
Nov. 9: Omaha, Neb. (Omaha Civic Auditorium)
Nov. 12: St. Louis, Mo. (Savvis Center)
Nov. 14: Milwaukee (US Cellular Arena)
Nov. 17: Dayton, Ohio (Ervin J. Nutter Center)
Nov. 18: Indianapolis (Conseco Fieldhouse)
Nov. 20: Nashville (Gaylord Entertainment Center)
Nov. 23: Oklahoma City, Okla. (Myriad Convention Center; no pre-sale)
Nov. 25: Dallas (America Airlines Center)
Nov. 27: Phoenix (America West Arena)
Nov. 29: San Diego (Cox Arena)
Nov. 30: Bakersfield, Calif. (Centennial Garden Arena)
Dec. 2: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden Arena)
Dec. 5: Seattle (Key Arena)
Dec. 8: Sacramento, Calif. (Arco Arena)
Dec. 9: San Jose, Calif. (Compaq Center at San Jose)
Dec. 21: Los Angeles (the Forum)