Legendary singer Neil Diamond announced his retirement from concert touring in an announcement on his website on Jan. 22. Diamond’s reason for retiring is due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, which makes it difficult for the performer to travel and perform. The third leg of Diamond’s 50th Anniversary tour set for Australia and New Zealand this March has been canceled, based on his doctor’s advice.
Diamond posted a statement of regret at having to retire along with the announcement, saying, “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.” The crooner apologized to anyone who had purchased tickets and had planned to come to his shows.
While Diamond is retiring from touring, he intends to continue to write and record music for a long time. Diamond’s early recognition came as a songwriter before he became one of the most successful recording artists in the world.
Diamond will be 77 years old on Jan. 24 and has enjoyed a career that spans six decades. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. His biography on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website states Neil Diamond is among the greatest pop songwriters of the modern age.”
The baritone singer will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy at the 60th Grammy Awards on Jan. 28. The singer has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards over his career. He won the Grammy for Album of Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special for Jonathan Livingston Seagull in 1973.
The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates artists who have made significant contributions to the field of recording. Neil Diamond has a solid record of achievement, having sold over 130 million albums worldwide. The singer has dominated music charts for more than five decades, according to a statement from the Recording Academy.
Diamond as a long list of Billboard chart-topping hit songs from his musical career, including “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” with Barbra Streisand, “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” “Lov On The Rocks,” “Sweet Caroline,” “I Am…I Said” and more.