Neil Diamond Offers Fans a Coronavirus Version of 'Sweet Caroline'
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The 'Heartlight' hitmaker has followed in the footsteps of other musical acts, including Liam Gallagher and Brandon Flowers, in reworking their classics to be handwashing anthems amid the pandemic.

AceShowbiz - Neil Diamond has come out of retirement for the second time in two weeks to share a new version of his hit "Sweet Caroline", which encourages fans to stay safe during the coronavirus crisis.

A day after Liam Gallagher and Brandon Flowers reworked Oasis and The Killers classics into handwashing anthems in an effort to encourage fans to adopt better hygiene to combat the spread of COVID-19, Diamond has offered up a new version of his beloved tune.

Performing in front of a roaring fire while on lockdown at home, Diamond launched his new version with a video message, stating, "I know we're going through a rough time right now, but I love you, and I think maybe if we sing together well, we might feel a little bit better."

He then sang his reworked version of "Sweet Caroline", which featured the lyrics, "Hands, washing hands, reaching out, don't touch me, I won't touch you."

Diamond, who announced he was retiring from touring in 2018 after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, also performed "Sweet Caroline" as part of a short set at a Las Vegas benefit gala on 7 March.

He sang seven of his greatest hits as he took the stage at the 24th annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love gala at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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