Steve specializes in the earlier, classic Neil Diamond songs. A partial song list, in no particular order, includes:
I Am I Said
Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
Love On The Rocks
Hello Again Hello
You Don't Bring Me Flowers
I'm A Believer
You Got To Me
Thank The Lord For The Night Time
Song Sung Blue
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon
Forever In Blue Jeans
A Beautiful Noise
Red, Red Wine
the "Diamond Jubilee" Band
Countless hours are spent by each musician listening to the songs & watching concert footage, learning to not only replicate, but interpret, and, in some cases update, the original arrangements. In many cases, Neil himself has made changes to his own arrangements, and Steve and his band select the "best of", providing their audiences with the freshest, yet most memorable, versions of their favorite songs...a sort of hybrid of the original recordings and best concert performances!
Musical Director David Moscoe
The "glue" that keeps this all together is our musical director/keyboardist DAVID MOSCOE.
David Moscoe is a phenomenal keyboardist/pianist, and has been a regular on the So Cal music scene for decades. It's safe to say that, at one time or another, he has backed just about every performer who has graced a stage here, and he has worked with Steve in his various bands and productions for nearly a decade. He leads the band with energy and focus, and is a delight to play with, as well as serving as a sometimes "comedy foil" for some of Steve's off-the-cuff-improv-style humor that is woven throughout the show. He's a musician that not only "plays the song", but "plays the singer", which in THIS band is a crucial distinction, as Steve will, on occasion, veer into "uncharted territory" with complete confidence that Dave will not only follow, but lead the rest of the band on this musical exploration.
The rest of the band is a rotating roster of some of the finest professional and in-demand players on the Southern California scene. Each individual member has a resume that would fill an entire website. They are all veterans of casinos, festivals, fairs, nightclubs, corporate events, fundraisers, theatres, performing arts centers, concerts, theme parks, cruise ships, film, TV, radio, commercials...events of any and every size and capacity. Because of the demands of their individual careers, it is necessary to have a "pool" of highly-qualified musicians from which to draw for each show. Each musician has performed countless shows with Steve, so the quality of the show remains consistent, regardless of who is onstage.
Here is just a partial list of some of the players:
Craig Stull, Fino Roverato, Craig Copeland, John "Gunsmoke" Snoke, Jon Woodhead, Dan Sawyer, Billy Watts.
Vince Tividad, Bill Markus, Mick Mahan, Brad Hayman, Bruce Lett, Randy Landas, Jimmy Harris, Jonathan Pintoff.
Gary Gibbons, Tom Fillman, Tom Walsh, Slammin' Sammy K, Dave Burns, Jim McCarty.
Gary Bivona, Mike Nelson, Dan Sawyer, Rick Kellis
Susan Ritter (guest star), CeeAnna Ellner, Nikki Dana, the entire band.
Susan Ritter is an amazing vocalist/guitarist who, in addition to her own busy career, sings in most of Steve's shows (schedule permitting).
Frequently joined by CeeAnna Elner for the Neil Diamond Tribute show, she sings and arranges the backing vocals, duets with Steve, and is in charge of rounding up and wrangling the "Wadding-tones"...the fun and often hilarious impromptu backup singers for the occasional song.