Neil Diamond forced to retire from touring due to Parkinson’s disease

Published On January 23, 2018 | By Fatima Khan | News

By: Joe Amodio

Neil Diamond playing at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia

Legendary singer and songwriter Neil Diamond has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, forcing him to retire from touring all together.

The announcement comes midway through his 50th anniversary tour, which was set to resume in March. He last performed in the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of the tour.

Through his years performing and writing music, Diamond has gained recognition from music fans as a versatile artist in genres ranging from pop to folk music.

The 76-year-old, who is most well-known for the all too catchy hit song, Sweet Caroline released a statement two days before his birthday on his official website on Jan. 22.

“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” Diamond said.

Diamond also offered his apologies to fans who had plans of seeing him live.

“My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows,” he said.

Fans who purchased tickets will have the option of a full refund.

Diamond also extended his gratitude to his supporters and in doing so referred to one of his many hit songs.

“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 said.

But the legendary singer, songwriter isn’t putting down the guitar just yet. He added in his statement that he plans to be active in writing, recording and other projects “for a long time to come”.

Celebrities flooded twitter with support for the star with over 130 million albums sold worldwide.




Diamond will also receive a lifetime achievement award at Sunday’s Grammy Awards.

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