Yet another legendary musician gets a devastating diagnosis. On January 22, "Sweet Caroline" singer Neil Diamond revealed that he's been battling Parkinson's disease. The neurodegenerative disorder has also forced Neil to retire from concert touring, which is leaving fans heartbroken.
“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,” said Neil in a statement on his website.”My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows. 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.”
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Luckily, Neil has every intention of giving his fans more music, without the burden of performing night after night. "I plan to remain active in writing, recording, and other projects for a long time to come," he says. Unfortunately since "the onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis," his doctors advised him to rest. Therefore "the third leg of Diamond’s 50th Anniversary tour, set to land in Australia and New Zealand this March, has been canceled."
He also made sure to include refund information for fans that had purchased tickets to the tour, which had sold out shows all over the world. "Tickets purchased by credit or debit card will be refunded in full (including your ticket insurance premium, if relevant) and you do not need to take any action. Please allow up to 10 working days for the refund to appear in your account. Patrons who purchased tickets with cash or EFTPOS, Ticketek will be in contact to arrange a refund."
Neil remains enthusiastic about the future, and he really does have so much to look forward to. "On January 24, Diamond will celebrate his 77th birthday and on January 28, The Recording Academy will honor him with its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award," said the statement. We can't wait to see him accpet the well-deserved honor.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Closer Weekly.