Variety just reported that Neil Diamond has officially announced his retirement from touring. Diamond, who will be 77 on Wednesday, cited a Parkinson's Disease diagnosis.
In a statement, he said "It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” he said. “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 go 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 spent much of the past year on his 50th Anniversary Tour. From April through October this past year, Diamond performed 55 concert dates across North America and Europe. Planned dates in Australia and New Zealand have now been cancelled.
He did say he plans to continue writing and recording.
The Grammys are coming up Sunday and Neil will be receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award that evening. So, a retirement announcement from touring, a birthday, and a Grammy award - a wild week for this iconic performer.