When my pal BrooklynBS called to let me know he had an extra ticket to Neil Diamond at Madison Square Garden, I knew something special was called for. With seats on the floor, we would be close enough to throw rose petals at his feet.
But, c'mon! This was Brooklyn-bred Neil Diamond, we were talking about. Damn straight, I wasn't bringing him flowers no more.
The only thing a bona fide Jewess could do was add an bag of mini-bagels to her FreshDirect order to make sure she had something on hand that was more befitting this Judaic god of schmalzy pop. (And, yeah, I know these aren't even Lender's, but they were all FreshDirect had.)
I'd originally planned to fling them on the stage when he sang "America," but then thought better of it. I didn't think the Haddasah crowd in the audience would approve. Besides, the New York Times had just revealed that Diamond was very picky about his diet and concerned about his electrolytes. Didn't want to throw his nutritional balance out of whack, lest he'd refuse to sing "Forever in Blue Jeans."
Then inspiration struck.
A new form of concert photography was born. One that could truly capture the essence of this dynamic performer.
Behold: Pictures of Diamond in concert, snapped through the hole of a mini-bagel...
Good thing I didn't bring Matzoh.