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Diamond Rings Is The Coolest Gay One-Man Rock Band Ever, Except For One Thing

Everyone has been raving about Canadian rocker Diamond Rings’ debut album Special Affections. And while everyone likes his deep synths, drum machines, and sincere lyrics now, we totally talked to him at last year’s Gay Bi Gay Gay, back before he became all popular. So while you may already love Diamond Rings (real name: John O’Regan) for his glamorous locker room fantasy or the video of him tromping around his neighborhood in eye-makeup, zebra print leotards, and purple hightops, don’t let his glittery appearance fool you. According to multiple sources he is not gay, just incredibly laid back, open-minded, and friendly—making the fabulous one-man rocker almost everything a queer music fan could wish for. Here Queerty‘s Daniel Villarreal interviews Diamond Rings about his great makeup, his gay fanbase, and writing love songs for everyone.

By:           Daniel Villarreal
On:           Mar 17, 2011
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  • 8 Comments
    • Mikey
      Mikey

      He was a terrible opener for Robyn. His set lacked energy, dude has no rhythm, and his songs all blended together. No thanks.

      Mar 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      He was horrible on itunes… very self indulgent….

      Mar 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Rick
      Rick

      Agree, he opened for Robyn at the Rams Head in Baltimore as well. Horrible! The first chick group was good, got the audience pumped then he came on and deflated the room. Robyn brought it back though!

      Mar 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Drew
      Drew

      I have to disagree with all of you. I saw him when he opened for Robyn at Rams Head in Baltimore and I thought he was amazing. I bought one of his albums off itunes while he finished his set. He was not what I expected but I totally got into it. I would see him again any day and plan on seeing him the next time he is in the area. Sad to find out he isnt one of us, but it doesnt make me like him any less.

      Mar 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joe
      Joe

      MEH…

      Mar 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan brickman
      alan brickman

      he had the most negative comment on canada itunes and I agree…amateur and self indulgent…

      Mar 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scotty
      Scotty

      So basically he’s another Houston Bernard?

      Mar 18, 2011 at 11:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • VirtualSoundNW
      VirtualSoundNW

      I saw him out on an excellent show at the Vera Project and blogged about it with some video here: http://virtualsoundnw.blogspot.com/2011/03/diamond-rings-ps-i-love-you-and-noddy.html

      Mar 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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