By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Classic rock ‘n’ roll will be in the spotlight this weekend at the Civic Auditorium.
The Tupelo Concert Association is presenting The Diamonds, the pop quartet who soared to the top of the charts in the 1950s and ‘60s with hits like “Little Darlin’” and “The Stroll.”
Members of the original line-up have died or moved on, but a group of musicians, including Gary Owens, have kept The Diamonds’ signature sound alive.
The new line-up stays busy touring all over the world.
“We just finished touring four states, and in a few days we’ll start a tour with 11 shows in 14 days in nine states,” Owens said in a phone interview with the Daily Journal. “We do 120 to 140 dates a year.”
The Diamonds promise an evening full of doo wop and classic rock and pop music.
“We’ll do The Diamonds’ best-known hits, and some of the lesser-known hits that only die-hard (fans) would know,” he said. “We also pay tribute to the other greats, like The Four Freshmen, The Beach Boys, Bobby Darin.”
The show can introduce young fans to an older style of music, and can remind the music’s original fans of their teen years, Owens said.
“When we do ‘Unchained Melody,’ I tell people you’ll remember who you were with. It brings back memories,” Owens said. “They’ll take you back to who you were with, what you were doing when you heard the song.”
• Who: The Diamonds
• When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
• Where: Tupelo Civic Auditorium
• Cost: $25, or $50/season pass
• Info: (662) 842-3173, (662) 840-2658