Music icon Neil Diamond cancels tour, announces retirement over medical diagnosis

Even the best things can’t go on forever.

Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, known for hits like “Cracklin’ Rosie” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” announced his surprising retirement on Monday, citing his recent diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease as the cause.

(Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File).

In a statement, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer said the disease had made it difficult to travel and tour, prompting the “Heartlight” singer to cancel the third leg of his 50th Anniversary Tour, which was set to hit Australia and New Zealand this March.

“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” Diamond said. “I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years.”

The music icon pledged to remain involved in music through “writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.”

(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP).

In his announcement, Diamond thanked fans.

“You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’” he said, making allusion to the lyrics of his classic song “Sweet Caroline.”

Contemporaries including Nancy Sinatra, Barry Manilow, and the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, expressed their heartfelt feelings for the star.

Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, got his start in the music business writing songs for other artists, which included penning the Monkees hit “I’m a Believer.”

He soon made a name for himself as a performer in his own right, moving audiences with his soft, introspective style.

Neil Diamond in 1969. (Photo Credit: Screen Capture).

The artist has sold over 130 million albums worldwide, and performed 55 shows to sold-out crowds on his recent 50th Anniversary Tour alone.

Upon hearing news that fans in Australia and New Zealand were donating refunds from their concert tickets to charity, Diamond expressed admiration.

In addition to his music, part of Diamond’s legacy is what he represents–one of the few remaining men with class in show business.

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