Just days before his 77th birthday, singer and songwriter Neil Diamond has announced that he's retiring from touring on his doctor's orders after he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He also name checks his own hit song "Sweet Caroline" in the announcement, because Neil Diamond knows everybody in the world loves the hits.
Diamond said he will continue writing and recording music. 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". While the disease makes it hard for Diamond to travel and perform, he'll still be able to write, record and get involved with new projects.
Parkinson's Australia CEO Steve Sant told 9news.com.au there remained a high level of ignorance about the disease in Australia, despite a number of high-profile cases including Diamond, Michael J. Fox, and Muhammad Ali.
Neil Diamond has not only cancelled the next leg of his 50th anniversary tour, he will retire from touring.
Australian and New Zealand tour dates have been canceled, according to a statement on his website.
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At a tour stop in Nashville last April, the singer's famous baritone was a "little grittier" wrote The Tennessean, "but at points, it was hard to tell a difference between the voice echoing through Bridgestone Arena and the one put to tape in the '70s".
Later this week, Diamond will turn 77 and on Sunday the Recording Academy plans to honor him with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
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The musician sent out his "sincerest" apologies to fans and anyone who purchased a ticket in hopes of seeing him live.