Neil Diamond gave a heartbreaking statement of retiring from Touring and also shocked the fans by disclosing The Parkinson diagnosis.
Retirement of the legend from touring.
Neil Diamond, 76 gave the shocking statement of having being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and that he would no longer go for touring. It came as a heartbreak for fans as it would mean no more live concert, though he would still continue recording and writing songs. He posted on his official website about the doctors orders and reason behind cancelling the 3rd leg of his 50th Anniversary tour. As per schedule the tour was supposed to end in March after Australia and New Zealand. He wrote:
“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.”
He also thanked all his audiences over the years who have been the reason for his motivation. He appreciated the audience for their support and encouragement.
Diamond’s 50th Anniversary tour.
Neil’s sad news came during his 50th Anniversary celebration tour. He had a busy year touring Across Europe and North America. It started in April 2017 and he has already travelled to 55 places. He took only one month off between the two parts. The 2nd leg of the tour ended in London on 19th October 2017. The tour has been rated as one of the most successful set of concerts ever. The 3rd and the last leg of the tour was going to end in Australia – New Zealand in March 2018 but the same stands cancelled owing to Neil’s Parkinson’s disease – A central nervous system disorder which affects the movement sometimes causing tremors.
Twitter flooded with fan reactions.
Within minutes of Neil’s statement being released, the Twitter was flooded with sweet bitter comments from the fans.
@NeilDiamond I'm very sorry to hear that a performer whose voice is still in top form has to retire from touring. You were amazing in Philly, and I'm glad you'll still be recording.
— Will Bozarth (@WillBozarth) January 23, 2018
So sad about Neil Diamond, I will think of him every time “Sweet Caroline” is played at every sporting event at my school.
— Sasha (@sasha_p_xo) January 23, 2018
I hate seeing a good man like @NeilDiamond suffered a crippling ailment. You're a good man Neil, what a ride indeed. Happy retirement.
— David77 (@speeddemon807) January 23, 2018