Neil Diamond, Diagnosed With Parkinson’s Disease, Will Retire From Touring

Neil Diamond

Pop music legend Neil Diamond has announced that, due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, will retire from concert touring.

From The New York Daily News:

“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. My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows,” Diamond said in a statement on his website.

“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.”

The Brooklyn native will wrap up his 50th anniversary tour in October in London, but the third leg of the tour, scheduled for Australia and New Zealand, has been canceled.

Diamond is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy at the Grammy Awards Sunday.

George Clooney “duets” with Neil Diamond

OUT.com shares this cute video of George Clooney and Neil Diamond.

While attending the Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills last Saturday, the Oscar-winning actor was coaxed by singer Neil Diamond into singing a few bars of his hit “Sweet Caroline.”

Clooney, who was honored with the Brass Ring award for his humanitarian efforts, had been assured by Diamond that he wouldn’t be put on the spot to sing along. US magazine reports Diamond joking to the crowd, “I promised him that I wouldn’t [ask him to sing], but I lied.”

Singer or not – watching this reminds me what a good looking guy Clooney is. I know that’s redundant to even say, but, damn…