BMHOF Class of 1992
There are not many area entertainers that can boast of fans from a couple generations. Parents remember Lance Diamond from shows at The Executive in the mid 70's. Their kids know him as the guest vocalist, with the Goo Goo Dolls. However, both of these generations still go see him perform today and consider Mr. Diamond to be the best dressed and hardest working showman in Buffalo Music.
Lance started performing in 1970 with the Pneu Breed. In the 70's and 80's he traveled across the U.S. and to Japan with Isaac and the Lance Diamond Show. During this time he opened for such national artists as James Brown, Bill Cosby, 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. This merger of a Las Vegas-style show performer and fast-paced, almost thrash style of the Goo Goo Dolls brought him local and national notoriety. With the Goo Goo Dolls he has done performances from NYC to LA, receiving fan mail from all points between, along with being featured in almost all national Rock publications.Several major record companies have expressed interest in signing Lance to record with them and under the production of Van Taylor and has completed demo songs featuring musicians the likes of George Puleo and Kenny Hawkins.
Lance passed away on January 4, 2015 at the age of 69. However, the legend of Lance Diamond continues...
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Lance Diamond Way
JUly 1, 2016
On Friday, July 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm, a group of local representatives from Robby Takac's Musis is Art Foundation, as well as government officials, including Buffalo mayor Byron Brown, gathered at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and West Utica Streets. This was the location of the former Elmwood Lounge (now Milkies) where Lance was a regular performer and devloped a very large, loyal following.
The Corner of the street was dubbed "Lance Diamond Way" and is a fitting tribute to Lance and for all to remember the great music that Lance performed at the Elmwood Lounge.
At the event, Tracy Shattuck, Executive Director of Music is Art, announced a student scholarship in Lance's name. High School students in grades 9-12 can apply for the scholarship. You can get more information on this scholarship by clicking here.
Lance was affectionately known to all as "The Hardest Working Man in Buffalo Show Business". He may have left us, but his memory, legacy and music will last forever.