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Honoring a Buffalo Icon: Lance Diamond Memorial Services

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On the evening of Sunday, January 4th, Buffalo’s iconic entertainer, Lance Diamond passed away. Diamond has been a staple for the Western New York music scene for decades and has touched the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of watching him perform.

Whether it was a late night at the old Elmwood Lounge or a summer-time concert event, “The Love Doctor” himself made the people of Buffalo smile.

He treated people with respect both on and off stage and his showmanship will not be forgotten.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of dear friend Lance Diamond,” says Robby Takac and Johnny Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls. “He was a mentor as well as a friend. He would always lighten any situation with  quick wit and huge heart.”

Public memorial services have been announced to honor the life of Lance Diamond. The joy he helped spread to our city will be celebrated this weekend.

Friday, January 9th – A musical tribute will be at Kleinhans Music Hall from 6-8PM.

Saturday, January 10th – A wake and funeral will be taking place at Kleinhans Music Hall. The wake begins at 11AM and the funeral begins at noon.


We asked our followers on Facebook and Twitter to share some of their most memorable moments with Mr. Diamond. Here are some of our favorites:


@KeithEberl: “I first saw him many years ago at a Goo Goo Dolls show at a small dingy club somewhere around Buffalo. This was back when the Goos were still a punk/garage band. He was dressed in a dapper grey suit with white gloves, handing out roses to the ladies before doing a cover set with the Goos. That night I got his autograph on their Hold Me Up album feating Lance covering Prince’s ‘Never Take The Place Of Your Man.’ Very sad to see him go.”


@TinaTerhune: “I was a former roadie in my teens when I roadie’d for Lance & The Hernandez Band (prior to 24k Diamond Band) at Club Utica. I carried cables, stands, keyboards, mics and drums. We all were close! Had dinner/breakfast at Denny’s. Lance would insist on paying for a table of 25.”


@MarcellaJames: “Grew up watching Lance Diamond performing all over, The three Coins, Anchor Bar, Elmwood & Utica Club and various other places. He was a great entertainer!”


@SandraMarciniak: “Buffalo’s finest. The spirit of Lance’s life will live on. We’ll all miss you. THANK YOU for the many years of entertainment, you were everywhere, and made a lot of people Happy. God bless. RIP.”


@RyanMarieReed: “He was kind every time I saw him, just a habitually kind man, always a gentleman.”


@RoseGlenn: “I am so sad. He was so much fun and he could make anyone smile. What a pleasure it was to see and hear him sing. I’m gonna miss him. RIP.”


@MarthaCarmella: “I remember it was the summer of 2011. I was eating dinner with my husband at Templeton Landing for our anniversary. He walks out on the patio and gives us a surprise performance. My husband walked over to him and asked him to play our wedding song (Sam Cooke’s You Send Me). Without skipping a beat, Mr. Diamond wished us a very happy anniversary and began to sing our song. It was the last time I got to dance with my husband. He passed away later that year. Thank you so much Lance, for that wonderful memory.