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Lance Diamond

Buffalo, New York, United States | SELF

Buffalo, New York, United States | SELF
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Lance Diamond @ Elmwood Lounge

Buffalo, New York, USA

Buffalo, New York, USA

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Lance Diamond @ Elmwood Lounge

Buffalo, New York, USA

Buffalo, New York, USA

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Lance Diamond @ Elmwood Lounge

Buffalo, New York, USA

Buffalo, New York, USA

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Watching Lance Diamond perform is like watching a Vegas performer in a movie: He croons, blows kisses at women in the audience and slaps the hands of passing listeners.

Diamond is likely the closest thing Buffalo has to a legend and he works hard to maintain that image.

"I try to exude class and a lot of stage presence," he said. "It keeps me able to do all the things I can do."

Diamond has been a fixture in the Buffalo music scene for more than 20 years. He remembers wanting to sing even when he was a child.

"My uncle was a balladeer, and he'd come home from Canada or wherever, singing old songs like `Mona Lisa' and Nat King Cole-type songs," he said.

After studying sociology at the University at Buffalo, Diamond served eight years in the U.S. Navy, some of them in Vietnam. Returning home, he found himself lacking direction.

"I was lost and didn't know what I wanted to do. I'd seen so much death and destruction," he said.

A job at J.C. Penney brought him back to music: A band manager overhead him singing in the stockroom and gave him an audition. The gig sent Diamond around the country, playing major hotels.

Despite his travels, which included tours in Europe, Diamond yearned for Buffalo and returned home to play his music. His time finally came in 1988, when he was runner-up male vocalist at the Buffalo Music Awards.

"I've done a lot musically in this city," he said. "The last few years, doors have opened up for me that I couldn't open for 20 years."

Diamond and his band have since been named to the Buffalo Music Awards Hall of Fame and been recognized by Nite Life Magazine, the Buffalo Common Council and the Buffalo News.

Though he has played such venues as the Olympic Torch Relay party and has recorded four songs with the Goo Goo Dolls, Diamond said he also likes to perform at area venues to keep in touch with the people of Buffalo.

He plays weekly at the Steer/Montana Room by the University at Buffalo on Wednesday nights and at the Elmwood Lounge on Friday nights.

His music runs the gamut. On a recent Friday night, Diamond sang a three-song tribute to Barry White in the same set as songs by Billy Ocean and Prince. All songs are performed in classic, Lance Diamond-style.

Entertainer is a good word for Diamond, for he does much more than just sing. Even an interview is a sort of performance for him. During the interview for this story, he came dressed in a red tuxedo with red sequin vest and a tony black hat. Some responses to questions seemed to be rehearsed and he came close to tears when talking about performing in Buffalo.

But Diamond is sincere.

"The Goo Goo Dolls call me to go on the road. My friends in Las Vegas and Atlantic City say to come. I could go all over the world," he said.

Staying in Buffalo gives Diamond the pleasure of recognition that a local celebrity receives. While the photographer shot photos for this story, two different young people shouted his name in passing.

Diamond is frequently a guest on a morning radio show on WEDG 103.3 and the hosts seem as excited to have him as he is to appear. He appeared at that station's Edgefest concert at Melody Fair Theatre this summer -- alongside mainstream alternative bands.

"It's so nice to go somewhere and be recognized for someone who has worked hard at his craft," Diamond said.

Many musicians talk about the early days in the business when they had to do weddings to survive. Diamond considers weddings the ultimate gig.

In August, he performed at an outdoor wedding on Bidwell Parkway.

"People pick me to come to their wedding reception and make it a blow out," Diamond said. "Marriage, to me, is a lifelong commitment. There's a privilege that goes along with planning for someone's wedding."

Diamond also makes it a practice to rotate his band members so that more young musicians have a chance to use his name to help them get ahead. Last year, 23 musicians worked through the shows.

Current members of the Diamond Band are: keyboards, Dave Schultz; bass, Richard Koons; guitar, Bill Texido; and drums, Alvin Smith.

"I gave them a chance," Diamond said. "My biggest wish is to have been really huge so I could help (young musicians).

"I want to be known as an entertainer, as the No. 1 entertainer in this city. I consider myself not on the top but in the middle rung of the ladder. It's a young person's market; if you get to the top you have a tendency to get lax."

- Tracey Rosenthal Drury - Business First


If there is a performer whose show is synonymous with Buffalo, it's Lance Diamond. Lance is an iconic figure, one who has been playing the Buffalo scene for as long as we've had a music scene. He's mixed it up with the Goo-Goo Dolls, treated us all to Holiday CD releases, claimed fame at the notorious Elmwood Lounge, and treated many a bride and groom to his groovy shows.

Lance's music captures the raw sounds of Tom Jones, while smoothing out his tunes with hints of Barry White. But there's no one like Lance. His vocals appeal to both young and old, and once you are in his grasp, nothing can stop you from hittin the dance floor. Along with the 24 Karat Diamond Band, Lance engages his audience like no other. His shows are nonstop motion and have been featured at Buffalo's Concert in the Square and the New Year's Eve Ball-Drop Party. You haven't really experienced Buffalo until you've experienced a Lance Diamond Show.

Fortunately, after so many years, the Lance Diamond Show can still be caught at the Elmwood Lounge (Elmwood Avenue and Utica) Friday nights at 11:30 and Saturday nights at 11:30. He has also recently picked up another high-profile gig at Niagara Falls? Seneca Casino every Friday from 3:00 to 7:00 in the evening. The Falls Show, performed at Club 101, has turned into a real showstopper, and fans travel from all over the region to catch it. You would think that Lance would be busy enough with this non-stop schedule, but this performer has only one thing on his mind and that is to entertain.
This entertainer is so devoted to his show that you can catch him twice on Saturday. Once at The Lounge, and once on the air. Yes, the man now has his own radio show that is broadcasted every Saturday night directly into your home. 96.1 WJYE has recently unveiled the Lance Diamond Saturday Night Fever Show, which you can catch from 6:00pm to 12:00am by just tuning in to the station.

Whether you are heading to The Lounge, The Falls, your radio, or any of the numerous special events that he devotes himself to, Lance is the name that is on the lips of Western New Yorkers everywhere.

- Queenseyes of Buffalo Rising Magazine


Discography

Gold
Lance Diamond Christmas

CD Coming Soon "Lancification Pt 1"

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Bio

Entertainer and Showman
The Incredible

Lance Diamond
is a legend in Western New York. There aren’t many entertainers that can boast of fans from more than one generation. People remember Lance from shows at the Executive in the mid 70’s. Today’s generation know him as the guest vocalist with the Goo Goo Dolls. All generations still go to see him perform today and consider him the best dressed and the hardest working showman in Buffalo Music.

Lance has one thing on his mind and that is to entertain beyond the best of his ability. Lance started performing in the 70’s with the New Breed. During the 70’s and 80’s he traveled across the U.S. and Canada. He also traveled to Japan with Isaac as the Lance Diamond Show. During this time he opened for such national artist as James Brown, The Righteous Brothers and many others. He came to the attention of a new generation of fans when he recorded with the Goo Goo Dolls. He recorded “Down on the Corner” and “Never Take the Place of Your Man” with the Goos for Metal Blade, Warner Brother Records. In 1995, Lance was featured on MTV with the Goo Goo Dolls to raise AIDS Awareness for the No Alternative Album, along with Soul Asylum and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, performing the Rolling Stone’s classic: “Bitch”. This song has made an appearance online and in chat rooms all over the world. Lance has also recorded his own cd’s, “Gold” and “A Lance Diamond Christmas”.

Lance engages his audience like no other. His shows are highly charged non-stop motion, his golden voice and platinum wardrobe have won him a devoted following of which he so lovingly refers to as his family. People travel from miles around to be taken in by the warmth and the style of a Buffalo Legend. Lance can be seen at the Elmwood Lounge on a regular basis. Lance has entertained in every major club in the WNY area toured the world with the USO entertaining troops. Lance has been a featured artist at Buffalo’s Thursday at the Square, the Buffalo New Years Eve Ball Drop, The Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel, and countless other establishments. Lance made a national appearance on A&E’s (Arts & Entertainment Television) show Confessions of a Matchmaker during 2007. To Lance's many credit, he has appeared in the Time Warner Do You DVR commercial and the Time Warner Do You Phone Home commercial of which first aired during the 2008 Superbowl.

Lance also has the #1 radio show on Saturday night in WNY. "Saturday Night Fever with Lance Diamond" airs every Saturday night on WJYE 96.1FM from 6pm-12mid.

RECENT AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

2009 Legends Award
2009 Radio Personality-Entertainer of the Year
Award
2009 Artvoice Best Weekly Live Act
2009 Time Warner Commercial
2008 Time Warner commercial
2007 Artvoice King of Charisma
2007 Spin Magazine 101 Top Shows - Saturday Nite
2006 Time Warner Commercial
2005 Artvoice Best Entertainer
2004 Appreciation of Black History Month ECC North

1997 Top Pop Rock/Top 40 Club- Lance Diamond
1996 The Al Tinney Award for Outstanding Career
Achievement - Artvoice Music Awards
1996 The Muddy Water Award-Blues Society of WNY
& Blues Beat Magazine
1995 Top Pop Rock/Top 40 Club featuring Lance
Diamond - Buffalo Music Awards
1994 Entertainer of the Year - Buffalo Music Awards
1993 Entertainer of the Year - Nightlife Music Awards
1993 Lance & The Goo Goo Dolls features on MTV's
Alternative Nation via live video simulcast
from NYC

On November 23, 1992, the Buffalo Common Council declared the day "Lance Diamond Day" for his dedication to entertaining his audience.

1992 Inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Buffalo
Music Awards
1992 & 1991 Coveted Best Band - Buffalo Music
Awards
1991 Top Male Entertainer - Nite Life Peoples Choice
1991 Top Male Entertainer - Buffalo Music Awards
1989 & 1988 Male Vocalist Runner Up - Buffalo
Music Award