Neil Diamond, on Monday, revealed that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and so the legendary musician has decided to retire from touring. As per his official statement posted on his website, the musician explained that as per his doctor’s orders, he would be cancelling the third leg of his 50th Anniversary tour, which is scheduled to stop in New Zealand and Australia in March.
Diamond said in a statement, “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honoured to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.” The tickets purchased will be refunded back.
Although he will not be touring, the singer still plans to continue writing and recording songs for projects in the future. He further said, “I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come. My thanks go out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you,”
Diamond will turn 77 on Wednesday, and the Recording Academy will honour the musician with Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys on Sunday.
After Diamond’s official statement was released, his fans posted bittersweet reactions about the star. This sad news comes after a busy year of touring across North America and Europe. Diamond’s 50th Anniversary Tour began in April 2017 and had him going to 55 places to perform with only a month break in between two parts. On October 19, the tour ended in London and had proven to be a successful set of concerts.
Well, we wish the best to the ‘Sweet Caroline’ singer and everyone who have been affected by his disease and retirement during this tough time.