Neil Diamond has cancelled his Australian concerts - and is retiring from touring - after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

Singer Neil Diamond. Photo: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

American music legend Neil Diamond has cancelled his 50th anniversary shows in Australia and New Zealand in March following diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

The entertainment veteran, whose 1972 double album, Hot August Night, spent 29 weeks at number 1 on the Australian album charts, turns 77 tomorrow. The singer said he will continue to write and record music, but cancelled the Australian leg of his tour based on his doctor’s advice.

“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,” said Diamond on his website.

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

“My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.”

Neil Diamond concert tickets purchased by credit or debit card will be automatically refunded in full (including ticket insurance premium, if relevant), without ticket holders needing to do anything within the next fortnight, while Ticketek will be in contact with anyone who bought tickets using cash or EFTPOS to arrange a refund.

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