Neil Diamond announces retirement from concert touring after Parkinson's diagnosis

Neil Diamond has officially announced his retirement from touring due to his recent Parkinson’s diagnosis.

The third leg of his 50th Anniversary tour, which was set to launch in March across Australia and New Zealand, has been cancelled as was medically recommended from his doctor. Fans who already purchased tickets will be refunded in full.

“I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come,” the singer wrote in a statement Monday (Jan. 22) on his website. “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.”

The icon will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy at the Grammy Awards Sunday (Jan. 28). 

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CHICAGO - APRIL 9: Singer songwriter Neil Diamond poses for a portrait on April 9, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ed Caraeff/Getty Images)
American singer and songwriter Neil Diamond in a recording studio, circa 1975. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
1963: Singer Neil Diamond sings in to a microphone in the recording studio in 1963. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Neil Diamond (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: Neil Diamond performs live on stage in Amsterdam, Holland circa 1975 (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond during 17th Annual American Music Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD: NEIL DIAMOND ON STAGE (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3038 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical guests Neil Diamond and Brian Wilson perform on November 14, 2005 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Neil Diamond performs live in concert at the Conseco Fieldhouse on July 29, 2008 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joey Foley/FilmMagic)
UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 29: GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL Photo of Neil DIAMOND, Neil Diamond performing on the Pyramid Stage (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Honoree Neil Diamond arrives at the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute to Neil Diamond at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rick Diamond/WireImage)
Singer Neil Diamond arrives at the 26th Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, California October 20, 2012. The event benefits the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
Actor and honoree George Clooney (R) sings along with performer Neil Diamond during the 26th Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, California October 20, 2012. The event benefits the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
2011 Kennedy Center Honorees cellist Yo-Yo Ma (L) and singer-songwriter Neil Diamond chat after a gala dinner at the U.S. State Department in Washington December 3, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Singer, songwriter and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree Neil Diamond speaks to reporters on the red carpet at the Kennedy Center for the gala performance for the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, December 4, 2011. REUTERS/Molly Riley (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS)
Singer Neil Diamond poses at the "Stand Up To Cancer" television event, aimed at raising funds to accelerate innovative cancer research, at the Sony Studios Lot in Culver City, California September 10, 2010. The one-hour live commercial-free fundraising event was aired across multiple broadcast and cable channels at the same time. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH HEADSHOT SOCIETY)
American entertainer Neil Diamond waves to the media from to the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House March 27 prior to a press conference. Diamond is on a concert tour of Australia and New Zealand
American entertainer Neil Diamond waves to the media from a Harley Davidson motorcycle which he rode to the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House March 27 prior to a press conference. Diamond is on a concert tour of Australia and New Zealand. NEIL DIAMOND
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: A general view of atmosphere at the ceremony honoring musician Neil Diamond with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held in front of the famed Capitol Records building on August 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 10: Musician Neil Diamond (L) and wife, Katie McNeil attend the ceremony honoring him with a Star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame held in front of the famed Capitol Records building on August 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 03: Neil Diamond performs during the A Capitol Fourth 2012 Independence Day Concert rehearsals at the National Mall on July 3, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: Recording artist Neil Diamond points to the crowd during eighth inning of the 84th MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 04: Neil Diamond performs during A Capitol Fourth 2013 Independence Day Concert on the west lawn of the US Capitol on July 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Capital Concerts)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: Singer Neil Diamond performs during the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The American League defeated the National League 3-0. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: Neil Diamond performs at Erasmus Hall High School for a Special Performance And Announcement on September 29, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Neil Diamond and Melissa Etheridge visit SiriusXM Studios on September 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
BOSTON - MARCH 23: Neil Diamond plays TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts March 23, 2015. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Neil Leslie Diamond (* 24. Januar 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, Amerikanischer S�ger und Songwriter)'Melody Road'-TourLanxess-Arena K�ln (Photo by Brill/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JULY 07: Neil Diamond performs at The SSE Hydro on July 7, 2015 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ross Gilmore/Redferns via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Neil Leslie Diamond (* 24. Januar 1941 in Brooklyn, New York, Amerikanischer S�ger und Songwriter)'Melody Road'-TourLanxess-Arena K�ln (Photo by Brill/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Singer Neil Diamond (R) and wife Katie McNeil attend Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Gala at Capitol Records Tower on November 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Neil Diamond performs at the 84th Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center on November 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Singer Neil Diamond attends Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Gala at Capitol Records Tower on November 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Singer Neil Diamond attends the Capitol Records 75th anniversary gala at Capitol Records Tower on November 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Recording artist Neil Diamond performs onstage at Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Neil Diamond and President of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Neil Portnow attend Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 14: Neil Diamond performs during 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Singer Neil Diamond attends the Clive Davis annual Pre-Grammy Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
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