The Today Show reports:
Neil Diamond has announced he will stop touring due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The legendary singer and songwriter announced on his website Monday that the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform. He cancelled upcoming dates in Australia and New Zealand from his 50th anniversary tour.
“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” Diamond said in a statement. “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.
The announcement came three days before Diamond’s 77th birthday on Thursday, and six days before he is set to receive a lifetime achievement award at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. He has sold more than 150 million albums in his career and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. And while the “Sweet Caroline” singer is no longer touring, he said he will continue making music.