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.

Linda Ronstadt shares Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

Grammy-winning singer Linda Ronstadt has revealed to AARP that she has Parkinson’s disease.

In an interview to be published next week on AARP.org, Ronstadt, 67, says that she realized something was wrong eight years ago when she found herself unable to sing and didn’t know why.

“I knew it was mechanical. I knew it had to do with the muscles, but I thought it might have also had something to do with the tick disease that I had,” she said. Although the interview excerpt didn’t specify the tick-borne illness Ronstadt has, the AARP linked to a page on Lyme disease.

Ronstadt says she also experienced shaky hands, but thought it was because of an operation she had on her shoulder.

“Parkinson’s is very hard to diagnose, so when I finally went to a neurologist and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked. I wouldn’t have suspected that in a million, billion years,” she revealed. “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease, no matter how hard you try.”

Ronstadt, 67, said that she was diagnosed eight months ago, long after her symptoms first emerged. According to the AARP interview, she now uses a wheelchair when traveling, and has aid poles to assist her when she walks.

The list of accolades she’s earned is a mile long.  She has earned eleven Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, in addition to Tony Award and Golden Globe nominations.

I grew up with Linda’s music. She is very much the soundtrack of my life.  My best thoughts are with her and her family. I celebrate her, her spirit and her music.

(via NBC)