Saturday, June 15, 2024

Neil Diamond Announces Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis, Retires from Concert Tours But Not Recording, Writing


Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond announced today he’e been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. He’s immediately giving up touring, and has canceled shows in Australia and New Zealand.

Diamond, who will be 78 this week, says he will continue to write and record, however.

“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,” he says .”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 will be honored this weekend by the Grammy Awards with a tribute on Sunday night’s show and a lifetime achievement award. His massive number of hits include “Sweet Caroline,” “I’m a Believer,” “Solitary Man,” “Song Sung Blue,” “Cherry Oh Baby,” “Coming to America,” and so on and so on.

Parkinson’s is not a death sentence, as demonstrated by Michael J. Fox, the late Muhammad Ali, and so many others who’ve courageously fought it. Neil Diamond certainly isn’t going to let it get the best of him!



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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