Neil Young And Crazy Horse Cancels North American Dates

By Scott Bernstein Aug 20, 2013 9:00 am PDT

We were so excited for Neil Young and Crazy Horse to tour North America later this summer, but alas the dates have been cancelled. According to a just-released press statement, the injury to guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro’s hand requires additional time to heal.

Young’s upcoming performances at both The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY and the recently renamed Lockn’ Festival (formerly Interlocken) have been cancelled in addition to a pair of dates in Ontario.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes to our fans or the Festivals where we were scheduled to appear,” the band has said in a statement. “As you must be, we too are disappointed at this unfortunate turn of events.”

–Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Here’s the list of cancelled dates:

8/31 Dundas, ON Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
9/02 Port Chester, NY Capitol Theatre
9/04 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Folk Festival
9/07 Arrington, VA Interlocken Music Festival

UPDATE 8/20 8 a.m. PT: According to Neil Young fan site Thrasher’s Wheat, Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina shared his take on the situation with the Rusties Facebook group. “Dearest you all…not burned out, nothing going on, other than our guitar player cannot play for another month….crap happens…I can’t see the stones without Keith…believe you me, we are all so terrible sorry…it wasn’t an on purpose thing..we will play again…luv you all…,” wrote Molina. We’re glad to see he’s already thinking about future shows as Frank “Poncho” Sampedro warned Rolling Stone in April that this may be Crazy Horse’s last tour. 

9 a.m. PT: Greenbelt Harvest Picnic organizers have announced they will be offering partial refunds to ticket holders since Young & Crazy Horse won’t perform…

HAMILTON: September Seventh Entertainment Limited announced today at a press conference that that the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic will be offering partial discounts to Picnic ticket holders in light of the cancellation of Neil Young & Crazy Horse on Monday. Picnic Founder and Producer , Jean-Paul Gauthier, also stated that more acts are being added to the Picnic line up which will also include a second stage in the centre of the show field. This year’s line up includes Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Arkells, Whitehorse, Basia Bulat, Trixie Whitley, Rocco DeLuca, Harlan Pepper, Pegi Young & The Survivors and Ohnia:kara on Saturday August 31st at Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas, Ontario.

Gates open at 11AM and show starts at 12PM. The event serves to celebrate the importance of the Greenbelt, local farmers, art, the outdoors and the eat-local movement. Gauthier stated, “We are persevering with the 2013 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic despite the cancellation of Neil Young & Crazy Horse by offering ticket purchasers a partial refund of $40”. Gauthier added, “We will be announcing new acts in the days leading up to the Picnic and fans can expect another great event despite the disappointing news”. Ticket buyers will be receiving refunds at point of purchase.

Ticket buyers who purchased through TicketMaster will be contacted by TicketMaster. Ticket buyers who purchased from consignment locations, can pick up their refund beginning Saturday August 24th at 10AM. All buyers must bring photo ID and their tickets to receive their refund. SSEL also announced today that Harrison Kennedy has been added to the lineup. Kennedy is a multiple Juno and Maples Blues Awards nominee and multiple Hamilton Music Award winner. Kennedy was a member of the Detroit based band Chairman of the Board. In 2013, Kennedy released the album, Soulscape. Gauthier also announced today that the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic Pre-Party with Pegi Young & The Survivors at This Ain’t Hollywood on August 29th is completely sold out.

[via Thrasher’s Wheat]

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