Grammy-winning singer-songwriter\u00a0Neil Diamond\u00a0today announced his retirement from touring due to his recent diagnosis of Parkinson\u2019s disease. Based on his doctors\u2019 advice, the third leg of Diamond\u2019s 50th Anniversary tour, scheduled for Australia and New Zealand in March, has been canceled. Rolling Stone Diamond said in a statement that he plans to continue writing and recording. He will turn 77 on Jan. 24 and four days later will be honored at the Grammy Awards when the Recording Academy presents him with its Lifetime Achievement Award. \u201cIt is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,\u201d he said. \u201cI 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. WSET.com \u201cI plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come. \u201cMy thanks go 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 \u2018so good, so good, so good\u2019 thanks to you.\u201d Long Island Music Hall of Fame Diamond\u2019s 50th-anniversary tour launched in April and carried on for some 55 dates across North America and Europe (with just a month off between the two tour legs), wrapping Oct. 19 in London. Diamond has been a vibrant live performer and a formidable box-office draw for decades, not least because his love of performing is so apparent.\u00a0\u00a0At a Los Angeles show in August,\u00a0he told the crowd: \u201cMy job is the greatest job in the world. I sing. You hear. You applaud. I sing louder. I go wherever the noise is.\u201d In making the announcement of the tour\u2019s cancellation, Paul Dainty, president\/CEO of tour promoter TEG Dainty, said, \u201cI am devastated and saddened to hear the news of Neil\u2019s illness and his retirement from touring. I have had the honor of promoting Neil\u2019s numerous tours in Australia and New Zealand, he is one of the world\u2019s greatest artists and we and his thousands and thousands of fans here will miss seeing him tour down under.\u201d Rolling Stone Diamond\u2019s most recent studio album, apart from a 2016 Christmas outing, was 2014\u2019s \u201cMelody Road,\u201d which was entirely self-written and united him with an intriguing production team, Don Was (Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, latter-day Rolling Stones) and Jacknife Lee (U2, R.E.M.). The pair revived the lush arrangements of Diamond\u2019s classic work from the late 1960s and 1970s yet kept the stripped-down and direct songwriting of the two albums he recorded with Rick Rubin in the 2000s, \u201c12 Songs\u201d and \u201cHome Before Dark.\u201d At a time when most of his peers either phone in their new albums or have abandoned making them all together, Diamond\u2019s latest find him still challenging himself, making music because he wants to, not because he has to. (Source: Variety) Listen\u00a0to our favorite Neil Diamond songs NEXT and enjoy! https:\/\/youtu.be\/1vhFnTjia_I https:\/\/youtu.be\/QhEaHcQgyLs https:\/\/youtu.be\/wTSLRbm8L9E https:\/\/youtu.be\/aVLonpBtkH0 https:\/\/youtu.be\/UbvxP08FlMs More music on NEXT page... https:\/\/youtu.be\/RQwqQwD6OOw https:\/\/youtu.be\/MGemtjVtfZM https:\/\/youtu.be\/K0MIKngHn_c https:\/\/youtu.be\/98mxTslGjbs https:\/\/youtu.be\/ebqlSNgbb1c https:\/\/youtu.be\/iGn8TVp3Xig AND THIS STORY IS GREAT!!!...\u00a0 https:\/\/youtu.be\/55RX1yhh5Oc What's your favorite Neil Diamond song? I love them all!