Fisher Stevens, the man who pays tribute to Neil Diamond like no other, will be back for two performances in Paphos over the weekend.
Stevens, who also pays tribute to Elvis Presley, will once again captivate the audience with Diamond classics, while combining powerful vocals with a great sense of humour.
Diamond is a recording artist and songwriter whose compositions produced hits for himself and for many others. With over 120 million albums sold worldwide, he is the third most successful adult contemporary artist ever in terms of Billboard chart success – which means Stevens has a lot of material to work with and a huge responsibility when it comes to making his talent shine, just like Diamond.
Stevens is the winner of the Grampians ‘Star in their Eyes’ 2001, and first choice for the leading role in the Barbra Streisand and Neil Diamond European Theatre Tour run by Easy Theatres in 2014 and 2015. During the tour Stevens covered hits from the past five decades, including ‘Solitary Man’ and ‘Cherry Cherry’.
It all started, Stevens says, when he bought a set of drums as a teenager. “Ronnie Tutt, who was Elvis Presley’s and later Neil Diamond’s drummer, was a huge inspiration to me as a budding musician. I played with many bands and was very much in demand. Drumming was a real passion and I loved playing with rock’n roll bands. Being a front man or a lead singer never occurred to me as I was very shy.”
Things changed when he went to Las Vegas and entered a talent show. His rendition of Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ took him through to the next round, where he sang Presley’s ‘I Just Can’t Help Believing’. And after that he came out on top with the first prize.
Recalling his beginnings, the singer says: “Although it was the first time I had sung in public, I was amazed at the response I received. Thanks to this experience, I began a career in entertainment and haven’t looked back since.”
“Today I am honoured to be respected as an excellent entertainer and impersonator. Offering world-class tributes to the incredible Elvis Presley and Neil Diamond, I have performed on local and national television, BBC Radio, London Theatre and on cruise ships,” he added.
Stevens has now been performing for over 18 years, and during this time he has perfected an authentic tribute show employing an extraordinary vocal range, a sense of humour, and a stage presence that sparkles.
Neil Diamond tribute concert. March 10-11. Colosseum Restaurant, 101 Danaes Street, Olympian Complex, Paphos. 7pm. €22 including a three-course meal. Tel: 26-962415