Andreas Terlaak/©2016 Neil Diamond ArchiveNeil Diamond will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his music career next year with a major tour that’s mapped out from an April 7 in Fresno, California, through an August 12 show in Inglewood, California.

In a new Rolling Stone interview, the legendary singer/songwriter reveals that the new concerts are selling very well, while noting that he’s very proud fans still are interested in coming to see him perform after a half century in the business.

“It’s been very heartening to me,” he tells the magazine. “I’ve been doing this 50 years and to have an audience that’s out there and anxious and enthusiastic is exciting.”

Diamond admits that when he started out, he never could have imagined that he’d still be a performing and recording artist five decades later.

“[W]hen I started having hit records you think your career might be one or two or three records. And that’s it,” he says. “You were finished when one bombed. That’s all the chance you got. Next!”

The 75-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer says that the upcoming concerts will be packed with hits, of course, while noting that he also likes to include some lesser-known tunes in his sets.

“They have to work real good to get into that club,” he maintains. “But we find a way to get them in.”

Diamond tells Rolling Stone that he likely will include a few songs he didn’t write in his shows, among them Joni Mitchell‘s “Chelsea Morning,” and perhaps Leonard Cohen‘s “Suzanne,” as a tribute to Cohen, who passed away last month at age 82.

Neil says he realizes he could have retired from the road a long time ago, but he feels “addicted” to all aspects of touring.

Check out all of Diamond’s 2017 tour dates at NeilDiamond.com.

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