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Why Neil Diamond will continue to make music but not play it in front of fans

Neil Diamond performs at the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala on Feb. 11, 2017, in Beverly Hills. Diamond is retiring from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Neil Diamond performs at the Clive Davis and The Recording Academy Pre-Grammy Gala on Feb. 11, 2017, in Beverly Hills. Diamond is retiring from touring after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Invision

Neil Diamond played at Golden 1 Center last year as part of his 50 Year Anniversary World Tour.

However, as of Monday, his touring days are over.

Diamond – an American singer-songwriter known for the hits “Sweet Caroline,” “Cracklin’ Rosie” and “Heartlight” – announced on his website that he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which is causing him to retire from touring.

“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” Diamond said in a release. “I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years.”

Diamond, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, said he will still write and record music.

The announcement comes just two days before Diamond’s 77th birthday. He’s receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 60th Grammy Awards on Sunday in New York.

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