In a sudden and shocking development, singer, songwriter, and recording artist Neil Diamond announced his retirement from live performing, just midway through his celebrated 50th Anniversary tour. The shows he was to perform in New Zealand and Australia in March have been canceled. Diamond received the devastating news that he has Parkinson's disease and his doctor made it clear that he cannot continue the hectic pace that touring requires.
Diamond is upset at having to cancel his performances, and has issued a statement to his fans:
“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,” the singer wrote. “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, singer of such beloved songs as, "Sweet Caroline," "Cracklin' Rose,' and "I am, I said," has been in the public eye for five decades and fans can rest assured that he is not sailing off into the sunset just yet. From the sounds of his statement, he plans to continue doing what he loves, just not live in front of his fans.
We wish Neil Diamond the best as he moves on to the next stage of his prolific career. We also extend a heartfelt "Happy Birthday" as he celebrates his 77th Birthday. Here's to many more years doing what he was born to do - sharing his love of music and his God-given vocal talents with the world.
To hear Neil Diamond's classic live performance of his signature hit, "Sweet Caroline," just click on the video, below. Enjoy!!