Sunday 22 April 2018

Diamond retires from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson's

Neil Diamond on NBC’s ‘Today’ show in New York, in 2014. Photo: Brendan McDermid/ Reuters
Neil Diamond on NBC’s ‘Today’ show in New York, in 2014. Photo: Brendan McDermid/ Reuters

Jon Herskovitz in New York

US singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, one of pop music's all-time best-selling artists, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and plans to retire from touring.

The onset of the disease has made it difficult for him to travel and perform on a large-scale, a statement on his official website said, adding he will be cancelling upcoming concert dates in Australia and New Zealand and offering refunds.

"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," Diamond said in the statement, offering apologies to those who purchased tickets to his upcoming shows.

Diamond, known for hits including 'Sweet Caroline' and 'Cracklin' Rosie', said he plans to remain active in song-writing and recording.

Diamond will turn 77 later this week and on Sunday the Recording Academy plans to honour him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

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.

"My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world.

"This ride has been 'so good, so good, so good' thanks to you," he said.

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