Neil Diamond Diagnosed with Parkinson's ... Retiring from Touring

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Legendary singer Neil Diamond has canceled his upcoming concert tour of Australia and New Zealand after announcing he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

The American singer, who turns 77 this week, cancelled the remainder of a world tour celebrating the 50th year of his career but said he meant to continue recording. "My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows", the singer wrote.

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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.

Diamond, famous for hits such as "Sweet Caroline" and "I'm a Believer", said in statement that he was sorry and disappointed to have to retire from the stage. The onset of the disease forces Diamond to conclude his travels and end his performances on large scales.

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His popularity has also propelled him into a number of pop culture moments, including performing during The Band's farewell concert (and Martin Scorcese's film) The Last Waltz, and more recently in the film Saving Silverman, which saw its main characters perform as members of a Neil Diamond cover band with a cameo by the man himself late in the action. The release on his website says all ticket purchases will be refunded. "I have had the honor of promoting Neil's numerous tours in Australia and New Zealand, he is one of the world's greatest artists and we and his thousands and thousands of fans here will miss seeing him tour down under". The news of his retirement and his diagnosis comes days before he is scheduled to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammys this weekend (28Jan18).

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