Neil Diamond sings ‘Sweet Caroline’ at Boston Red Sox game – watch

Singer appeared in tribute to the victims of Boston Marathon bombings

Neil Diamond surprised those in attendance at the Boston Red Sox baseball game on Saturday (April 20), when he appeared in person to lead the home crowd through a version of his hit ‘Sweet Caroline’, the US team’s unofficial theme tune.

The track has been played during the eighth inning at every home game at Boston’s Fenway Park since 2002. On Tuesday night (April 16), every Major League Baseball park in the country played the song in tribute to Boston, where a day earlier three people were killed and 176 were injured when two devices exploded at the Boston Marathon. At Saturday’s game, Diamond appeared in person on the pitch at Fenway Park to sing the song – click the video above to watch.

Speaking to Los Angeles Times on Tuesday about Tuesday’s tribute, Diamond said: “What resonates for me tonight is the way music can offer comfort to people in times of joy or sorrow. With a tragedy like this, there are no words, but if people can find healing in music, this is the reason I’ve been doing this for the last 50 years. It goes beyond what I ever imagined.”

Meanwhile, local band Dropkick Murphys (pictured above) have raised nearly $100,000 for the victims and families of the Boston bombings by selling a new tribute T-shirt. The shirt is priced between $24.99 and $26.99, based on its size, and is available from their website. The front reads “For Boston” against a backdrop of the city’s skyline, while the back has the official city seal and the note, “Thank you, to all who purchased this shirt. All proceeds go to the victims and families of the Boston Marathon bombings. Love, Dropkick Murphys”.