SANDALFORD Winery chief executive Grant Brinklow says he is devastated over the news that singer Neil Diamond has been |diagnosed with Parkinson’s |disease and has had to cancel his 50th anniversary world tour.
Diamond was due to perform at the winery in April but had to cancel his tour after advice from doctors.
Mr Brinklow said reaction from the public and ticket holders had been nothing but supportive.
“When I got the news I felt devastated for Neil,” he said.
“I met him and his wife when they were here on the last tour, so when you know them personally it makes it more real.”
Mr Brinklow said this year’s show would have been another incredible performance.
“Sandalford could have possibly been his last show in Australia,” he said.
“All those who purchased tickets either through Ticketek or through Sandalford will be refunded.”
He said the winery would announce another big name in the coming months for a performance later this year.
“Our priority now is to make sure everyone is refunded for their tickets,” he said.
“These concerts take around 12 months to organise,” he said.
He said he was planning a concert for the end of the year.
Diamond released a statement last week after the cancellation of the tour.
He said the onset of the disease had made it difficult to travel and perform.
“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 celebrated his 77th birthday on January 24.
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.