Times were not good for those on the Lake Christine Fire trail in Colorado, but legendary musician Neil Diamond thanked firefighters in a surprise concert on Saturday.
Diamond paraded a few hundred firefighters and rescue workers during a city hall Saturday, many of whom came to the area specifically to fight the fire. He took the stage with just an acoustic guitar and a microphone stand.
"I want to take you home, I want to give you a kiss, I want to make you a dinner, and I just want to thank the people in this area for coming down, and this city did not do it Happy since … I do not know, "Diamond told the crews before his appearance. "I've been here for 20 years and you've made everyone happier, the heaviness in our hearts is gone and we know the cavalry is here and we're thanking each of you for making this trip."
Firefighters have recently swung the fight against the Lake Christine Fire in their favor. The fire, which has burned out over 12,500 hectares, is now 48 percent contained.
The US Forest Service also says it expects the fire to be completely enclosed by August 2.
The singer "Sweet Caroline" lives in the area of Basalt, Colorado, where the fire is still burning after it started on July 3rd.
"We will thank everyone for saving our community," said Diamond's wife Katie, before releasing a version of his most famous song. Of course the crowd sang along.
Basalt is located in a popular ski resort, just a few miles from Snowmass and less than 20 miles northwest of Aspen.
Diamond, 77, announced that he would withdraw from the tour in January after being diagnosed with Parkinson's. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has received 22 albums of platinum (1 million sales) in the US, including live and greatest hit albums.