Saturday, July 20, 2024

Neil Young Stops Tour for Now Because of Illness in Group: Tied to Willie Nelson Health Issue?


Neil Young and Crazy Horse have cancelled the rest of their tour– for now. (I’m so glad I got to see them back in May.) The reason? They say some of members of the group are ill. Is it COVID? Sounds like it. They got sick at Detroit’s Pine Knob. “Health is Number 1,” the announcement emphasizes. Neil is almost 79 years old, his Crazy Horse bandmates look pretty aged on stage. The only young guy is Micah Nelson, son of Willie, who may be off to join brother Lukas on Outlaw Music Festival tour. Lukas’s band is subbing for dad, Willie, 91, who’s ailing and off the road. The conspiracy theorist in me thinks maybe all of this has something to do with Willie’s situation. Let’s hope not. Let’s pray everyone gets better fast. The cancellation will be a disappointment since most of those July dates are in Canada, where Neil is a national icon. But he’ll be back. The show I saw in May was brilliant.
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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