Neil Diamond has announced his retirement from touring due to a recent diagnosis Parkinson’s disease. The onset the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale, therefore, based on doctors’ advice, has canceled the third leg his 50th Anniversary Tour, set to hit Australia and New Zealand this March. Diamond will still continue to write, record and develop new projects.
“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,” Diamond says in a statement.
“I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.
“My thanks goes 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.”
The Australia and New Zealand leg the 50th Anniversary Tour was scheduled to visit a number outdoor stadiums as well as arena and winery shows in Australia and New Zealand. This would have been the third leg the 50th Anniversary tour with Diamond selling out shows in the U.S. and Europe throughout 2017.
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On January 24th, Diamond will celebrate his 77th birthday and on January 28th, The Recording Academy will honor him with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.