Rob Garrett is ‘America’s #1 Neil Diamond tribute Artist’. Like his iconic counterpart, Rob was born and raised in New York City. His main musical influences while growing up were Elvis, the Beatles, and quite naturally Neil Diamond. In 1974 he moved to Las Vegas along with his parents and younger brother. In 1980 he formed the group ‘Rock 'n' Roll Heaven’ and for 15 years achieved prominence
as the leader and front man of that city's premiere ‘oldies’ and classic rock group.
Rob first saw Neil Diamond in his first Las Vegas concert engagement when he made his Las Vegas
debut opening the ‘Theater for the Performing Arts’ at the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in 1976. Garrett said, “He held the audience including myself spellbound, and broke all existing Las Vegas concert records at that time. I had been a fan since the first time I heard “Sweet Caroline” and I’d always thought that he had written some of the most poignant lyrics I'd ever heard and I knew he had a way of expressing his lyrics and music in a way that no other singer/songwriter had done so before or since".
In 1995 Garrett was personally hired by Paul Revere (of 'The Raiders’) to portray Neil Diamond in the ‘Legends In Concert’ show in Honolulu, Hawaii, that city’s biggest theatrical
show and most popular ‘impersonation’ type show in the world. What was to be a two-month ‘trial’ engagement for Rob, ended up being 3 years. “Neil's a phenomenon as witnessed by any of his recent sold out concerts. Anytime he decides to hit the tour circuit he breaks attendance records and always ends up as one of the top money grossing concert attractions of the year. He has become this polished consummate performer who doesn't rely on big production and choreography to make his show work. He's
the last of the breed that I refer to as minstrels, the performers who get on the stage for two hours with just their guitars and backup band and can still bring an audience to their knees.
He's still got it, but unfortunately it seems as if he's touring less often these days and when he does tour it's in select places and always sold out way in advance. A lot of people who would
like to, never get the chance to see him perform. I love the challenge of re-creating the ‘live’ performances of this great musical legend who I hope still has many years of performances
left in him."
In August of 1998 Rob returned home to Las Vegas. In 2000, he opted to part company with ‘Legends in Concert’ and since then, has kept on a steady pace of tours and 1-nighters, performing in more towns & cities across the country than any other tribute artist in the industry, earning him the title…“King of Diamonds”.
On May 28th 2008, Rob was presented with the “Male Musical Tribute Artist of the Year” award by the Entertainment Network in Las Vegas, marking the first time a Neil Diamond tribute act had received such an honor.
Since January 2009, Rob and his 8-piece band have been performing on rotation at the Cannery Casino/Hotel in Las Vegas. On January 22, 2011, they performed a sold out, SRO, show to over 500 people as a special tribute concert commemorating Neil Diamond’s 70th birthday and forthcoming induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Long time Las Vegas columnist, Norm Johnson, wrote:
“Of all the tribute artists running around Las Vegas (and elsewhere), there is none better than Garrett”.
- Neil Diamond the Tribute - ROB GARRETT - "KING OF DIAMONDS"