Aaron Neville Announces Retirement From Touring

By Scott Bernstein May 6, 2021 12:00 pm PDT

Acclaimed musician Aaron Neville shared a note on his social media pages revealing his decision to retire from touring. The New Orleans native was a road warrior throughout his career which dates back to the 1960s.

“The time has come for me to stop ripping and running on the road. I waited for someone to invent a way to beam me from show to show but no such luck,” the 80-year-old vocalist wrote. “I love singing for others, it provides so much joy for me, at least as much as for those listening, if not more. Unfortunately, the grueling nature of travel and the schedule needed to make a tour work has become less than desirable.”

Aaron explained he made the decision as part of a series of “realizations” that “the current climate of our world” brought to him. “Life is short and I’d like to spend my remaining time on this earth being less hurried,” Neville explained.

Neville left the door open for future recordings and live appearances. “Don’t see this as a permanent goodbye, by the grace of God, I will keep making more music and may show up at a special event or concert down the road,” Aaron added.

Read the full text of Aaron’s note below:

Dear Friends…

I have had such an incredible and blessed journey as a musician, singer and human. The time has come for me to stop ripping and running on the road. I waited for someone to invent a way to beam me from show to show but no such luck. I love singing for others, it provides so much joy for me, at least as much as for those listening, if not more. Unfortunately, the grueling nature of travel and the schedule needed to make a tour work has become less than desirable.

The current climate of our world brought me many realizations. Life is short and I’d like to spend my remaining time on this earth being less hurried. Don’t see this as a permanent goodbye, by the grace of God, I will keep making more music and may show up at a special event or concert down the road.

Thank you to my band, crew, managers, the talented artists I’ve performed with, my wife and family. Most of all, Thank you to my fans. Your support has been invaluable and the memories are countless and cherished.

It is my prayer that all the music I’ve recorded over the years will continue to provide enjoyment! May the beat go on…

With love and deep gratitude,
Aaron

Neville spent much of the four years before the pandemic touring in support of Apache, a 2016 studio album. Aaron also played a number of livestream concerts from home while locked down.

[Hat Tip – Relix.com]

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