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Neil Diamond retires from touring after Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

Neil Diamond performs at the Forum.
(Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)

Neil Diamond is retiring from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he said.

Days shy of his 77th birthday, the rock legend is canceling his tour dates in Australia and New Zealand for March. He was on his 50th anniversary tour.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer offered his “sincerest apologies” to those who planned to go to his shows and said he plans to still write, record and work on other projects “for a long time to come.”

Diamond’s numerous hits include “Sweet Caroline,” “America,” “Love on the Rocks” and “Hello Again.”

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Diamond turns 77 on Wednesday and will receive the lifetime achievement award at Sunday’s Grammy awards.

"It's not like I'm without the doubts and fears.... But I do feel more at ease," said a playful Neil Diamond on April 17, 1983.
(Larry Armstrong / For The Times )

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