Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson's, retires from touring

Lawrence Kim
January 23, 2018

In a posting on his web site late Monday night, famed singer Neil Diamond announced his immediate retirement from live concert touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. The best-selling artist also announced his retirement Tuesday.

Neil Diamond was scheduled to play at Golden 1 Center later this year, but that show - and all of his others - have been canceled.

The singer said that although he could no longer tour, he vowed to continue making music, and thanked fans for their ongoing support throughout his career. "I have been so honoured to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years", Diamond said in the statement, offering apologies to those who purchased tickets to his upcoming shows.

Diamond, who was set to perform across the country from March for his 50th anniversary tour, has cancelled all his dates on doctor's advice.

Diamond's long-time Australian promoter Paul Dainty said "I am devastated and saddened to hear the news of Neil's illness and his retirement from touring. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement has been "so good, so good, so good" thanks to you".

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Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, is set to be presented with a lifetime achievement award at Sunday's Grammy Awards. "This ride has been "so good, so good, so good" thanks to you".

Diamond has sold more than 130 million albums worldwide and 38 of his singles have made it to the Top 40, according to the academy.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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