Singer Neil Diamond has retired from touring due to his health.
According to his website, Diamond has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which has made it difficult for him to travel and perform. As a result, doctors advised him to cancel the third leg of his 50th Anniversary Tour, which was planned for Australia and New Zealand in March.
Diamond said in a statement, “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. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.”
He continued, “I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.” Diamond added, “My thanks go 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.”
Read the full statement here.
Diamond, who turns 77 on Jan. 24, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys on Sunday.