WASHINGTON DC (WUSA 9) -- The Washington Nationals says Neil Diamond's performance of his latest single "Freedom Song (They'll Never Take Us Down)" during the Nationals-Brewers game at Nationals Park on Thursday. This will be considered the first time Diamond performs the song live, which he was inspired to write in the wake of April's Boston Marathon bombings and his visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
"I, like so many other Americans, felt helpless during the recent attacks in Boston and wanted so much to reach out and not only help those people affected in a direct way but to lift their spirits as well and let them know they were not alone; that the entire American community felt a close kinship with them," says Diamond in a press release on Thursday. "I was inspired to devote myself to the creation of a new song which expressed my love for this country and its two greatest assets: the spirit of its people and the freedoms it has afforded us all by law."
A main priority for the Nationals is military outreach. The team partners with multiple military groups through the baseball season to develop special opportunities that focus on the indelible spirit of our nation's military forces. This results in this exclusive performance that will take place during the Nationals In-Game Military Salute, a tradition that happens for the team every game.
"Freedom Song (They'll Never Take Us Down)" will be released on July 2, with 100% of the purchase price equally benefiting One Fund Boston and the Wounded Warrior Project. The new and original song will be released on Columbia Records and available on iTunes (iTunes.com/NeilDiamond) and Amazon MP3.
Nationals fans who don't want to miss this special performance must have a valid ticket for the July 4 Nationals-Brewers 11:05 a.m. game. Tickets may be purchased online at nationals.com/tickets, by calling 888.632.NATS(6287) or by visiting the Nationals Park Main Box Office at Half and N Streets, SE.
Fans that will be unable to make it to Nationals Stadium can tune into WUSA 9 to view the performance live.