NEIL DIAMOND RETIRING FROM PERFORMING CONCERTS

NEIL DIAMOND RETIRING FROM PERFORMING CONCERTS

Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie BLOG 23rd January 2018

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY

 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.

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, having completed concerts in Europe, including the UK and Ireland, and the US in 2017.

Comedian Billy Connolly is another sufferer of this cruel very debilitating disease.

For Track of the Day I have chosen “I Am..I Said” by Neil Diamond.

“I Am… I Said” took Diamond four months to compose. One of his most intensely personal efforts, Neil Diamond told Mojo magazine July 2008 that this song came from a time he spent in therapy in Los Angeles. He said: “It was consciously an attempt on my part to express what my dreams were about, what my aspirations were about and what I was about. And without any question, it came from my sessions with the analyst.”

In the same month, he told Q that the song was written “to find [him]self” and added, “It’s a tough thing for me to gather myself after singing that song.”

But Diamond has also given another inspiration for this song: an unsuccessful tryout for a movie about the life and death of the comedian Lenny Bruce. Author David Wild interviewed Diamond for a 2008 book and he discussed how his efforts to channel Lenny Bruce evoked such intense emotions that it led him to spend some time in therapy.

INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…lazing to a Neil Diamond album

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

Q: Did you hear about the kidnapping at school? A: It’s okay. He woke up.

LOVE IS…

Love is…what costs nothing and is worth everything

TRACK OF THE DAY

I Am I Said – Neil Diamond

Highest Chart Position: No.4 12th June 1971