Neil Diamond has abruptly canceled all remaining dates on his 50th Anniversary tour due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
The news was announced via Diamond’s official website and included the following statement from Diamond:
“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. 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 was in the middle of the third leg of his 50th Anniversary tour in Australia and New Zealand when he announced his retirement from touring.
Diamond is set to receive the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy on January 28.
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.