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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A Celebration of Neil Diamond – Starring Matt Vee

DES MOINES, IA ― Des Moines Performing Arts is thrilled to announce that the musical celebration, “I Am, He Said” – A Celebration of Neil Diamond – Starring Matt Vee, will be coming to the Temple Theater for two performances on Monday, Nov. 2, 2019 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets to “I Am, He Said” – A Celebration of Neil Diamond – Starring Matt Vee will go on sale Monday, April 8, 2019 at 9 a.m. and can be purchased at, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300.

A Celebration of the Music of Neil Diamond - Starring Matt Vee, nephew of 60's Pop-Star Bobby Vee - With songs like “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” “America,” “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show,” and “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond sold over 130 million records worldwide, and produced musical hits spanning five decades.

“We are saying what HE said,” laughs Matt Vee referring to the one and only Neil Diamond. Matt along with cousins Jeff and Tommy Vee, both founders of The Killer Vees and sons of the legendary Bobby Vee, celebrate the music from a timeless catalog. As a Brill Building songwriter in the mid 60s, Neil Diamond penned songs recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley to Deep Purple and, of course, the Monkee’s classic, “I’m A Believer.”

“This is not a tribute show,” says Tommy Vee. “This is a celebration of an amazing musical icon, one we all love and respect. We have recruited an incredible group of singers and players and have gone back to the original records,” he explains, “It is all about the vocals and Matt nails it! It’s a Rockin’ show!”

Joining the Killer Vees band are Tommy’s son Bennett Vee on guitar, Matt’s wife Julie Velline on vocals, veteran Minnesota musicians Mark Levandowski, Kurt Rodman, Dennis Kennedy and Dr. Frank Plachecki, as well as a very special surprise for the finale!

For more information, please visit or Follow Matt on Facebook (/iamhesaid).

About Des Moines Performing Arts

Des Moines Performing Arts is a private not-for-profit organization celebrating 40 seasons of presenting the performing arts to Iowa and the surrounding states on four stages in Des Moines – the Civic Center, the Stoner Theater, the Temple Theater and the newly renovated outdoor space, Cowles Commons. Des Moines Performing Arts is a presenter of major Broadway and educational touring companies, performers and groups, and is home to many local and regional groups, including the Des Moines Symphony. All performances of the Broadway Series are supported by Willis Auto Campus. All performances at the Temple Theater are supported by Prairie Meadows. All performances of the Family Series are supported by Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield. For more information, visit

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