Neil Diamond cancels Australian tour following Parkinson's disease diagnosis

Neil Diamond has retired from touring following advice from his doctor. 

Neil Diamond will no longer tour Australia and New Zealand after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, as revealed via his website

“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honoured to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” said Diamond. ”My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows."

But while all future plans for touring have been cancelled, Diamond plans on to continue releasing music - both writing and recording for "a long time to come." 

"My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world," said Diamond. "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 was due to visit Australia and New Zealand with his 50-year anniversary tour, that was set to travel to outdoor venues and wineries across the country. 

Refunds for the tour will be given in full to ticketholders automatically if purchased by credit card or debit card. If paid by cash or EFTPOS, Ticketek will be in contact to arrange a refund. 

A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honours bestowed upon songwriters.