Musings from Diamond Mountain Movie Producer/Director Steve Tatone:
“Diamond Mountain” was originally conceived as a long-overdue homage to the hard working artists who have dedicated themselves to the music of an American songwriting Legend – Neil Diamond. But since I started filming this tuneful, cinematic journey last summer, what was once a simple little documentary has grown dramatically in size and scope into an opus on the Tribute Artist Industry at large and a worldwide Celebration of Mr. Diamond’s lyrics and melodies in particular – as depicted by 13 amazing performers who chase their Dream as live concert entertainers on stages large and small on 4 continents.
Our filming so far has enriched my understanding of the massive impact that tribute artists have on the worldwide Music scene, as evidenced through iconic figures like Frank Kielb – one of the godfathers of the Tribute industry, an early presenter of Beatlemania way back when…and current promoter of East Coast-based Curt Real Diamond DiDomizio’s Real Diamond Band and so many other great acts.
So if you’re thinking that Diamond Mountain is nothing more than a mishmash of the ‘Greatest Hits of Neil Diamond’ kind of movie – think again. Instead, it’s the untold, warts and all, behind-the-scenes Story from the trenches about a small group of guys who share their talent and reveal their heart and soul to explain how and why they do what they do – and how the Gift of Song, as presented over the decades by a solitary man from Brooklyn, has changed their lives…and the lives of those they cherish most.
My sincere thanks to all who are rooting for our film to break through to a wide audience. Believe me – it’s not the Story some think it is…or even the tale I wanted to tell when I started.
It’s so much more now. It’s both a real-life Musical Drama playing out on a global stage and a reverent Prayer offered up individually by each Cast member that will both enlighten and entertain…whether you’re a lifelong Diamondhead like me or not! Thanks for following along – and please SHARE what we’re up to with Family and Friends.”
– STAY TUNED for more updates from the road from our Director. Upcoming Diamond Mountain cast members to be filmed include Rob Garrett – Las Vegas; Bob Drury – Canterbury, UK; Peter Byrne – Sydney, Australia & Carlos Reyes Picasso – Santiago, Chile.