Neil Diamond gives surprise performance after Parkinson’s forces retirement

More than two years after Parkinson’s diseased forced Neil Diamond to retire from touring, the “Sweet Caroline” crooner returned to the stage Saturday night for a thrilling performance.

Diamond, 79, performed at the 24th annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love gala at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, singing a 7-song set which included, “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Hello Again,” “Forever in Blue Jeans,” Love on the Rocks,” “I Am … I Said,” “September Morn” and, of course, “Sweet Caroline” the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The “Cherry, Cherry” singer announced his diagnosis in January 2018. Though he said he would give up hitting the road, he wouldn’t let the degenerative disease stop him from performing.

“Well, I’m doing pretty well. I’m active. I take my meds. I do my workouts. I’m in pretty good shape. I’m feeling good. I want to stay productive. I still have my voice. I just can’t do the traveling that I once did, but I have my wife there supporting me (and) friends,” he said in an August 2018 interview.

“It does have its challenges, but I’m feeling good and I feel very positive about. I’m feeling better every day,” he added. “Just dealing with it as best I can, and just keep the music coming.”

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