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Neil Diamond celebration coming to Temple Theater in November

“I Am, He Said” — A Celebration of Neil Diamond — Starring Matt Vee,” will be coming to the Temple Theater in Des Moines for two performances on Monday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale Monday, April 8 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased at, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300.

Vee, the nephew of 1960’s pop star Bobby Vee, will deliver such timeless gems as “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” “America,” “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show,” and “Sweet Caroline,” in true Diamond fashion. Diamond has sold over 130 million records worldwide, and produced musical hits spanning five decades. As a Brill Building songwriter in the mid 1960s, Diamond penned songs recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Deep Purple and the Monkee’s classic, “I’m A Believer.”

“We are saying what HE said,” laughs Matt Vee referring to Diamond. Vee, along with cousins Jeff and Tommy Vee, both founders of The Killer Vees and sons of the legendary Bobby Vee, celebrate the music from a timeless catalog.

“This is not a tribute show,” says Tommy Vee. “This is a celebration of an amazing musical icon, one we all love and respect. We have recruited an incredible group of singers and players and have gone back to the original records.”

Joining the Killer Vees band are Tommy’s son, Bennett Vee, on guitar; Matt’s wife, Julie Velline, on vocals; veteran Minnesota musicians Mark Levandowski, Kurt Rodman, Dennis Kennedy and Dr. Frank Plachecki; as well as a very special surprise for the finale.

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