Lance Diamond, Thank You!

Consumate Professional Lance Diamond was dubbed the "Hardest Working Man In Buffalo Showbusiness"- Photo via www.wgrz.com

Consumate Professional Lance Diamond was dubbed the “Hardest Working Man In Buffalo Showbusiness”- Photo via http://www.wgrz.com

2015 rang in sadness as the City of Buffalo lost her beloved entertainment star Lance Diamond on January 4th from heart complications. Lance was scheduled to perform at his annual New Year’s Eve Celebration, but the show was abruptly cancelled as he fell ill. Though we didn’t get to see the colorful and lively entertainer and his 24 karat gold band perform one last time, it’s impossible to forget the 40-plus years of entertainment Lance Diamond gave the City of Buffalo and her people.

When you think of Buffalo you think of wings, sports and Lance Diamond. Lance was a staple at the Elmwood Lounge every Friday and Saturday Night. He also had a gig every Friday from 3-7 at the Seneca Niagara Casino. He brought uniqueness to his 70’s style funk/rock music. Each show was a treat, and you were guaranteed to be entertained especially the ladies! His nickname was the Love Doctor, and he knew how to work the crowd. He loved his fans who he called family. Everything he did, he did for them. He always said connecting with his fans is better than sex! There’s no better feeling in the world than playing a show where he and the fans were one. Lance was a colorful character and full of life. By colorful I’m obviously referring to the awesomely loud attire he donned nightly! Lance was very proud of his wardrobe that was hand made by his tailor. Though not always the most comfortable or flexible as he often couldn’t sit down in the outfits; he looked sharp! It was impossible to not have a smile on your face when he was around.

Lance in 1990 - Photo via www.buffalomusicawards.com

Lance in 1990 – Photo via http://www.buffalomusicawards.com

Some of his memorable performances included another local Buffalo band named Goo Goo Dolls. He met Robby Takac while living in the same apartment building. They teamed up for a number of live shows and recordings, some of which can be found in a quick internet search.

I remember seeing Lance onstage with the Goo Goo Dolls at Pilot Field in the late 90’s. That was my first introduction to Lance Diamond. I saw him a few more times after that at the Elmwood Lounge and caught his New Year’s Eve show twice. I enjoyed listening to Lance during interviews on local TV and radio. I always thought it was pretty cool that Buffalo had a local celebrity like that. He brought a Las Vegas type show atmosphere to a town quite the opposite of Vegas.

Rest in peace, Lance Diamond, and thank you for bringing smiles and entertainment to so many for so long. You truly are and were the hardest working man in Buffalo show business! Thank you for following your dreams and doing what you love.

By: Jason Sins

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