Birmingham reacts: Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson’s, retires from touring

Neil Diamond has announced his retirement from touring. The announcement came after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

In a statement, the Solitary Man singer said, “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows.”

The 76-year-old has said that he intends to continue writing and recording for as long as he can.

The singer last performed in Birmingham in October 2017.

The degenerative disorder of the brain mainly affects the motor system. Several personalities including the likes of Robin Williams and Pope John Paul II had also been diagnosed with the illness.

Barack Obama honours Neil Diamond at The White House (2011). Video: The Daily Conversation

Throughout a career that’s unfolded over half a century, Diamond has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has enviously topped charts with 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums. He also has 40 Gold albums, 21 Platinum albums and 11 multi-platinum albums against his name.

The Los Angeles-based singer is all set to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys on January 28th.

”This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”

 

Brummies are reacting to the sad news:

As an international star, Neil Diamond’s music was certainly appreciated by many Brummies, as tweeted by themselves:

Reactions have also been coming on from all over the world.

DIAMOND IN THE SKY: OUR FAVOURITES

Cracklin’ Rosie (Tap Root Manuscipt, 1970)
Sweet Caroline (1969)
America (The Jazz Singer, 1980)
Cherry Cherry (The Feel of Neil Diamond, 1966)
Solitary Man (The Feel of Neil Diamond, 1966)

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