Neil Diamond has cancelled his upcoming 50th Anniversary Show at Townsville’s 1300 SMILES Stadium (scheduled for 20 March), along with all dates on his upcoming Australia/ New Zealand tour, due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.
The disease causes the nervous system to degenerate at an accelerated rate and affects motor functions in particular. On his website, Neil announced that while his doctor had advised him to retire from touring, it would not stop him from continuing to write and record music.
“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,” said Neil.
“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.”
For those who purchased tickets by credit or debit card, the purchase amount will be refunded in full (including ticket insurance premium if relevant) over the coming weeks. For those who purchased tickets via cash or EFTPOS, Ticketek will be in contact to arrange a refund.
HUXLEY Press wishes Neil good health and looks forward to hearing more about his upcoming projects. For more information on Parkinson’s disease or to donate to the Brain Foundation, click here.