United States: The American artist announced the cancellation of his tour for health reasons.
American singer and songwriter Neil Diamond announced Monday that he was immediately ceasing his tours because he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His career has earned him, among other things, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the rock pantheon.
Neil Diamond has retired from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease https://t.co/fL6UZp4Fap
— TIME (@TIME) January 23, 2018
Following the advice of his doctor, this native of Brooklyn who will celebrate Wednesday his 77 years will not travel in March to Australia and New Zealand where he was to give concerts on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the beginning of his career. In a statement, however, the artist states that he intends to “remain active for a long time in writing, recording and other projects”.
“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce that I am retiring from concert tours. I have been so honored to present my shows to the public over the past 50 years, “writes Neil Diamond, apologizing to the fans waiting for the shows to come.
Singer Neil Diamond announces retirement from touring due to recent Parkinson’s diagnosis: “This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.” https://t.co/RiySnuoDfM pic.twitter.com/9L3O3niHRM
— ABC News (@ABC) January 23, 2018
The singer had already given 55 concerts as part of his 50th anniversary tour, singing in front of packed halls across North America and Europe. Neil Diamond, who dropped out of college at New York University to begin a career as a composer for stars like The Monkees, gained personal fame in the late ’60s after emerging from the folk scene.
His career then earned him entry to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the rock pantheon. Neil Diamond is to be honored again on Sunday by receiving a trophy for his entire Grammy Award career, the American Music Awards.