Retirement has announced by singer Neil Diamond from touring. It is due to recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Diamond celebrated his 77th birthday on Wednesday and announced his cancellation of the tour scheduled in March for New Zealand and Australia due to medical advice. The singer was midway through his tour of the 50th anniversary. He said in a statement that he made this decision with great unwillingness and discouragement. He added that “I have been so honored in bringing my shows to the public during the last 50 years. My deepest apologies to everyone who bought tickets and planning to come to my shows”. Parkinson’s has been considered a progressive condition in which the brain can be damaged. It can originate tremors, difficulty in movement, and most often memory problems.

Neil Diamond

A post on his website has indicated that Diamond has planned to continue writing and recording for some time to present. He said in his post that “I thanks to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. They will always have my appreciation for their encouragement and support”. Diamond has sold more than 130 million albums in the world. His website has indicated that he is now set to collect a lifetime achievement award at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. The singer performed in Ireland and the UK in the month of October as part of his 50th anniversary world tour. But, the Parkinson’s disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis.