CANCELED - Tonight's Los Angeles Concert
Neil Young has canceled tonight's Oct. 30 Los Angeles/Inglewood Forum concert.
Neil Young has called off his concert scheduled for Thursday night at the Forum in Inglewood rather than ask his fans to cross a picket line that the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said they would set up at the arena, which has a long history of labor disputes with IATSE.
"I am extremely disappointed to have to choose between satisfying my fans or backing my brothers and sisters of the IATSE," Young said in a statement issued late tonight (Wednesday) from San Diego, where he was performing on his way to L.A.
"I will miss playing in Los Angeles and apologize to my fans for the inconvenience this has caused," Young's statement said. Young and his wife, Pegi, are honorary lifetime members of IATSE.
The L.A. show will be rescheduled for next year, according to his publicist. Those holding tickets to the Forum show may get refunds at the point of purchase.
I'm proud to be a union man
I make those meetings when I can, yeah
I pay my dues ahead of time
When the benefits come I'm last in line, yeah.
I'm proud to be a union man.
-"UNION MAN" from Hawks And Doves (1980) - Human Highway Lyrics Database
More on the labor dispute, union busting, and religious greed on Justice at the FORUM.
Also, see Neil Young 2008 Fall North American Tour and Concert Reviews.