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Neil Diamond Announces Immediate Retirement From Touring Due to Parkinson’s Disease

Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond announced via his official website that he would no longer do concerts as he has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The soon-to-be 77-year-old — his birthday is Wednesday — was scheduled to tour New Zealand and Australia on the third leg of his 50th Anniversary Tour. Those dates have now been canceled.

Below is a statement from his 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,” said Neil Diamond.”My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.

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.”

Diamond is scheduled to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards this upcoming Sunday.

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