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While [a]Robbie Williams[/a] careers headlong towards presenting [B]The Generation Game[/B], [B]Diamond[/B]'s eternally travelling Vegas show is never going to end.

A perma-tanned, silver-haired, sparkling shirt-clad superstar is gently rotating on a stage reminiscent of the UFO in Close Encounters…. The atmosphere’s thick with the smell of cheap hairspray and slightly damp Marks & Spencer cardies. Suddenly the 10,000-strong audience are ignited with the rock’n’roll star’s protestation. [I]”I’m never gonna stop till I’m DEAD.”[/I]

Neil Diamond (50-something Vegas legend and the man who wrote ‘I’m A Believer’ for The Monkees) strikes up the band: there’s no orchestra, but a lot of electric guitar, a brush of metallic strings and then the voice. Close your eyes and you could be watching The Verve, ‘Love On The Rocks’ is a ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ for the golf club scotch’n’soda generation.

Onwards and upwards he pushes, pausing only to spotlight the odd 50-year-old teenager in the crowd and blow her a kiss. Through ‘Song Sung Blue’ and ‘America’ he keeps us wide-eyed and enraptured, even though he does this just about every night.

For Neil Diamond there are no such things as little songs. While Robbie Williams careers headlong towards presenting The Generation Game, Diamond‘s eternally travelling Vegas show is never going to end because, well, he’s got th