Days after Neil Diamond canceled the remainder of his concert tour due to his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis, the singer is thanking his fans for donating their ticket refund money to charity. “Wow, I’ve received a bunch of messages from people in [Australia and New Zealand] who are donating their ticket refunds to good causes: Parkinson’s research, animal rescue groups, fire victim funds, etc. My heart is so full of joy to see this silver lining. Faith in humanity = restored. Thank you!” Neil’s wife, Katie McNeil Diamond, 46, tweeted on Tuesday, Jan. 23.
Then, Neil himself took to Twitter to thank his fans for their generosity. “This makes me smile. Thank you. Thank you to everyone for your outpouring of love and support. It makes a difference,” the 77-year-old star wrote.
Neil and his wife, Katie, in 2016.
Earlier this week, Neil revealed in a message on his official website that he is battling Parkinson’s disease and is retiring from touring on his doctor’s orders. “It is with great reluctance and disappointment that I announce my retirement from concert touring. I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” the “Sweet Caroline” singer penned online.
“My sincerest apologies to everyone who purchased tickets and were planning to come to the upcoming shows. 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,” he continued.
Neil performing in concert.
Luckily, Neil assured he’s not retiring from music altogether, just giving up touring at this time. “I plan to remain active in writing, recording, and other projects for a long time to come,” he said. Unfortunately since “the onset of the disease has made it difficult to travel and perform on a large scale basis,” his doctors have advised him to rest. Therefore “the third leg of Diamond’s 50th Anniversary tour, set to land in Australia and New Zealand this March, has been canceled.” We’re thinking of you, Neil!