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Neil Diamond retires from touring, following Parkinson’s diagnosis

By | Published on Tuesday 23 January 2018

Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond has announced that he is retiring from touring, following a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Taking immediate effect, the announcement means the cancellation of the remainder of his 50th anniversary tour.

In a statement, Diamond said: “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”.

He assured fans that he was not retiring from music altogether, saying: “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 had been scheduled to perform a string of shows in Australia and New Zealand in March and April this year.