Iconic singer and musician Neil Diamond has revealed that he will no longer be embarking on concert tours after recently being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
The singer, who turns 77 on Jan. 24, announced his illness on his website Monday.
“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.”My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.”
The statement confirms, “The onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis but will allow Mr. Diamond to continue his writing, recording and development of new projects. Based on his doctors’ advice, the third leg of Diamond’s 50th Anniversary tour, set to land in Australia and New Zealand this March, has been cancelled.”
Diamond added, “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 icon will be celebrating his 77th birthday on January 24th and on January 28th he will be honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy at the Grammy Awards.
One of Diamond’s last large scale performances was seen across the country on New Year’s Eve with Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square in which he performed “Sweet Caroline.”