Neil Diamond, who turned 77 on Wednesday January 24, has cancelled his 50th anniversary Australian tour in March and April and has retired from performing due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” said Diamond in a statement on his website. “I have been so honoured 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.”
The Australian tour, the third leg of the world tour, was set to start with outdoor stadium shows in Townsville and the Sunshine Coast followed by arena and outdoor winery concerts across the country.
“My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world,” he said. “You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”
While Parkinson’s disease has made it difficult for Diamond to travel and perform, he plans to continue writing, recording and developing other projects.
Meanwhile, Sir Elton John has announced that he will retire from touring after a final 300-show world tour.
The 70-year-old singer said prior to his announcement, “I’ve finally decided where my future lies… the road awaits, a journey begins” and at a press conference streamed online, he announced that he would retire from touring after almost half a century.
“It’s time to come off the road so I can fully embrace the next important chapter of my life. My priorities have changed,” he said, adding that he wants to focus on his children and his husband David Furnish. “In 2015, David and I sat down with a school schedule … I don’t want to miss too much of this.”
John’s final Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will start in the USA in September and will stretch out to 300 shows which may take several years to complete. “Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe. I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour.”
“Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe. I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour,” he added. “After the tour finishes, I’m very much looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to life on the road. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children.”