NEIL Diamond has cancelled his tour, including his show at Sandalford Winery after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
The legendary singer-songwriter was due to perform at the Swan Valley winery in April on his 50th Anniversary world tour.
The decision to cancel the tour comes after advice from Diamond’s doctors.
He said the onset of the disease had made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis.
“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” he said.
“I have been so honoured 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.
“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.”
Diamond will celebrate his 77th birthday tomorrow.
The Australian and New Zealand leg of the tour was announced by TEG Dainty in November.
TEG Dainty president and chief executive Paul Dainty said he was devastated over the news.
“I am devastated and saddened to hear the news of Neil’s illness and his retirement from touring. I have had the honour of promoting Neil’s numerous tours in Australia and New Zealand, he is one of the world’s greatest artists and we and his thousands and thousands of fans here will miss seeing him tour down under,” he said
All tickets purchased by credit or debit card will be refunded in full through Ticketek.