Neil Diamond Sings ‘Freedom Song’ For Boston

View Comments
Neil Diamond

Jim Rogash/Getty Images Interviews
Mercury Nashville Kacey Musgraves
(JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD/AFP/Getty Images) Gene Simmons
(Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Barneys New York) Courtney Love
Radio Stations
bestof2013sofar dl 625 r2 Neil Diamond Sings Freedom Song For BostonBEST OF 2013 (SO FAR)
ooocarousel 150x150 radio 100 ash Neil Diamond Sings Freedom Song For BostonRADIO.COM 100
310x310-radioEssentials_profilesARTIST PROFILES YT Button[2]RADIO.COM CHANNEL

Neil Diamond is continuing to show his support for Boston Marathon bombing victims, this time with a new song benefiting charities One Fund Boston and the Wounded Warrior Project.

“Freedom Song (They’ll Never Take Us Down),” due out July 2, comes after the singer surprised Bostonians with a performance at a Red Sox game in the week following the bombings. He performed Fenway favorite “Sweet Caroline” for fans and subsequently donated all royalties from its surge in sales to the One Find Boston.

“I was moved by the unity and the attitude of the people in Boston,” Diamond told Billboard. “And that’s really all a songwriter needs, is to be inspired. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does you have to follow that muse and I did.”

Diamond will perform the patriotic song for the first time on July 4th, first at the Nationals-Brewers game in Washington D.C. and again in his special appearance at the PBS-broadcast “A Capitol Fourth.” The Independence Day celebration is beamed live from the U.S. Capitol and can also be heard over NPR affiliate radio stations.

Diamond told Billboard that he felt compelled to pen the track after his visit to Boston, wanting to lift the city up in the wake of tragedy.

“I didn’t know exactly what would happen with this song, but I did know I had to write it,” Diamond said. “So I set out on that creative journey of writing something that would lift people up, lift their spirits in the way that mine was lifted when I flew to Boston to sing at the Red Sox game.”

“Freedom Song” will be available July 2 on iTunes and Amazon, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project, and One Fund Boston, which has already raised over $58 million for bombing victims.

- Nee-Sa Lossing,

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus