Neil Diamond announces retirement and Parkinson’s diagnosis
Neil Diamond has announced his retirement from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The world-renowned singer made the announcement on Monday (Jan. 22), two days before his 77th birthday, and then cancelled the latest leg of his 50th anniversary tour, which was set to begin in New Zealand in March.
A statement on his website reads: “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. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.”
Moreover, the singer wrote “I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.” and “My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world.”
Diamond’s last performance was in New York’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve. The news of his retirement and his diagnosis comes days before he is scheduled to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammys this weekend (Jan. 28).