“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 Diamond in a heartbreaking statement. “My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.”
Those were the words that broke millions of hearts Tuesday morning. The legendary singer had plans to perform in Australia and New Zealand in the months to come. Which would have been the third leg of the Diamond’s 50th Anniversary tour. It’s so sad to hear it all come to an end. Neil has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and showcased many classic hits, including ‘Sweet Caroline’; and ‘Love On The Rocks’. And many other hits, including his recent album, released during Christmas time of 2016.
Luckily, the rock ‘n roll hall of Famer has assured his fans that he will continue his work as long as he can. Parkinson’s Disease will be tough, he can expect some difficulty with his speech and memory, which can delay any future songs he may be working on. Neil has a huge support system along with devoted fans around the world, let’s keep him in our prayers to help him through this tough time.
“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.”