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Neil Diamond quits touring due to Parkinson's

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Image captionNeil Diamond's concert career spanned half a century

Singer Neil Diamond has announced he will retire from touring, after a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, cancelled his March tour dates for Australia and New Zealand on medical advice.

The Solitary Man singer was midway through his 50th anniversary tour.

In a statement he said he took the decision "with great reluctance and disappointment".

"I have been so honoured to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years," he said.

"My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows."

Parkinson's is a progressive condition in which the brain becomes damaged. It can lead to tremors, difficulty moving, speech changes and eventually memory problems.

Diamond hopes to continue writing and recording for some time to come, a post on his website reads.
 

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Hope he could return after disease stabilisation if ever possible.
 

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I used to listen to him a lot in my younger days. He had great range but a few years ago I listened to a recent concert and he had lost much of that voice. He didn't have the breath to carry the notes like he used to. It's sad to see such good performers lose it.
 

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I used to listen to him a lot in my younger days. He had great range but a few years ago I listened to a recent concert and he had lost much of that voice. He didn't have the breath to carry the notes like he used to. It's sad to see such good performers lose it.
I like watching his younger performances on YouTube. He really had it all. I bet he got a lot of tail in those days.
 

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Hate to see someone lose their craft.
Neil Peart said it best in the song "Losing it"

"Some are born to move the world
To live their fantasies
But most of us just dream about
The things we'd like to be
Sadder still to watch it die
Than never to have known it
For you, the blind who once could see
The bell tolls for thee..."
 

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Same disease that silenced Linda Rondstadt .

It's a shame .
Yes, it is and it took Linda's singing career rather early in life.
 
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