Neil Diamond Retires After Parkinson's Disease Diagnosis

Neil Diamond Retires After Parkinson's Disease Diagnosis

Neil Diamond has announced his retirement from concert touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

The prolific pop singer was sanguine as he announced his retirement, canceling the third leg of his 50th Anniversary Tour. The tour was set to hit Australia and New Zealand this upcoming March. All ticket holders are being given a full refund.

Diamond made the announcement in a press release from his personal website.

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

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The “Sweet Caroline” crooner is one of the best-selling artists of all time and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. He is being presented with the Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammy’s this upcoming weekend.

Diamond went on to thank his many millions of fans across the globe for their support. “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.”


A tweet from Diamond’s wife and manager, Katie, revealed that many Australians and New Zealanders are using their ticket refunds to make donations to various charities, including those researching a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

“Wow, I’ve received a bunch of messages from people in Aus & NZ who are donating their ticket refunds to good causes: Parkinson’s research, animal rescue groups, fire victim funds, etc,” Katie wrote. “My heart is so full of joy to see this silver lining. Faith in humanity = restored. Thank you!”

Diamond responded to the tweet with his heartfelt appreciation for the gesture.

“This makes me smile,” the singer wrote. “Thank you. Thank you to everyone for your outpouring of love and support. It makes a difference.”

Diamond turns 77 on Wednesday, January 24th.


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