Neil Diamond has cancelled his upcoming Australian tour and announced his retirement from touring due to his recent Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.
The onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis.
Fifty-two years since his debut album, Diamond's hugely successful anniversary tour was due to stop in at Hunter Valley's Roche Estate on April 7. Based on his doctors’ advice, the third leg of this tour, including the Hunter stop, has been cancelled.
“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honoured to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” Diamond said.
“My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.
“I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.
“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.”
Diamond plans to continue his writing, recording and development of new projects.
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.
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The now cancelled NZ-Australia tour itinerary
- CHRISTCHURCH – Tuesday, March 15, at AMI Stadium
- NAPIER – Tuesday, March 17, at Mission Estate
- TOWNSVILLE – Tuesday, March 20, at 1300 Smiles Stadium
- SUNSHINE COAST – Thursday, March 22, at Sunshine Coast Stadium
- BRISBANE – Saturday, March 24, at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre,
- SYDNEY – Tuesday, March 27, at Qudos Bank Arena
- VICTORIA – Saturday, March 31, at Sutton Grange Winery
- MELBOURNE – Tuesday, April 3, at Rod Laver Arena
- HUNTER VALLEY – Saturday, April 7, at Roche Estate
- ADELAIDE – Wednesday, April 11, at Botanic Park
- PERTH – Saturday, April 14, at Sandalford Estate, Swan Valley