77-year old American singer and songwriter Neil Diamond opens up regarding his retirement from touring, live performances, following his health problems.
The Sweet Caroline singer announced his retirement and diagnosis of Parkinson's disease on his website on Monday, January 22. Neil announced the cancellation of concert dates in New Zeland and Australia, which had been scheduled as a part of his 50th anniversary world tour in March.
Neil Diamond takes retirement from live performing amid Parkinson disease' diagnosis
Source: National Post
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.
Neil wrote on his website,
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.
Video: Neil Diamond announces retirement from live performances amid Parkinson's disease
And biggies of the Entertainment World bursts on the occasion with well-wishes to the man who has 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts and has 130 million album sells to his name, Neil.
Actor Micky Dolenz expressed his wishes to the singer, speaking to the PEOPLE as,
"I’m a Believer,” the song that launched the TV band to superstardom in 1966.
Needless to say, I am dismayed at the news that one of the greatest songwriter/performers of my generation is having to curtail his activities due to illness,
Through his music, Neil brought untold joy to countless fans and to the world in general. I wish you all the best, Neil, and a remain a ‘Believer’ in everything you do.
Others on the list are Neil Sedaka,
— Neil Sedaka (@neilsedaka) January 23, 2018
#Neil Diamond So,so sorry to hear about the great Neil Diamond’s illness. I’m rooting for you Neil! Fight on from another Brooklyn boy!
— Barry Manilow (@barrymanilow) January 23, 2018