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Neil Diamond bows out because of Parkinson’s - check out his last Belfast gig

The America singer said he will continue to write and record music.

Neil Diamond performing on stage at the SSE Arena during his 50 year anniversary tour. Sunday 8th Oct 2017 Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Neil Diamond performing on stage at the SSE Arena during his 50 year anniversary tour. Sunday 8th Oct 2017 Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Neil Diamond performing on stage at the SSE Arena during his 50 year anniversary tour. Sunday 8th Oct 2017 Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Neil Diamond performing on stage at the SSE Arena during his 50 year anniversary tour. Sunday 8th Oct 2017 Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Neil Diamond performing on stage at the SSE Arena during his 50 year anniversary tour. Sunday 8th Oct 2017 Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Neil Diamond performing on stage at the SSE Arena during his 50 year anniversary tour. Sunday 8th Oct 2017 Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Neil Diamond performing on stage at the SSE Arena during his 50 year anniversary tour. Sunday 8th Oct 2017 Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Neil Diamond performing on stage at the SSE Arena during his 50 year anniversary tour. Sunday 8th Oct 2017 Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Neil Diamond performing on stage at the SSE Arena during his 50 year anniversary tour. Sunday 8th Oct 2017 Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Neil Diamond performing on stage at the SSE Arena during his 50 year anniversary tour. Sunday 8th Oct 2017 Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Jessica Gamble and at Neil Kelly at Neil Diamond for his performance at the SSE Arena during his 50 year anniversary tour. Sunday 8th Oct 2017 Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Bronagh McAree, Francis McAree and Mick Corr at Neil Diamond for his performance at the SSE Arena during his 50 year anniversary tour. Sunday 8th Oct 2017 Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Wendy Todd and Mark O'Neill at Neil Diamond for his performance at the SSE Arena during his 50 year anniversary tour. Sunday 8th Oct 2017 Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

US musician Neil Diamond has announced he is retiring from touring following a recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

The Sweet Caroline singer, who turns 77 on Wednesday, said he had made the decision with “great reluctance and disappointment” and thanked fans for their support.

The onset of the disease is said to have made it “difficult” for Diamond to “travel and perform on a large-scale basis”.

However the singer reassured fans that he plans to continue to write and record music “for a long time to come”.

“It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring,” he said in a statement on his website.

“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 was due to embark on the third leg of his 50th anniversary tour in Australia and New Zealand in March.

The gigs followed concerts in Europe, including the UK and Ireland, and the US in 2017.

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