Neil Diamond announces retirement from touring: "The ride has been so good"

The 'Hello Again' star is saying goodbye.

Neil Diamond has cancelled his upcoming live dates, announcing his retirement from touring in the process.

The legendary performer's career spans over half a century, but live shows will not be part of his future, with Neil citing ill health as a reason for his decision. Neil was midway through his 50th anniversary world tour, and the remaining shows in Australia and New Zealand will no longer go ahead.

“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring," explained the 76-year-old. "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.

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."

Neil's official statement explains that due to Neil's recent diagnosis with Parkinson's disease, "the onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis". However, Neil is not retiring from music altogether, with plans to remain active in writing and recording new music.

Neil Diamond has scored two Number 1 albums in the UK (1992's The Greatest Hits 1966-1992, and 2008's Home Before Dark) and the Top 10 singles Cracklin' Rose and Sweet Caroline. Click here to view his full UK chart history.

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