Neil Young cancels concert due to picket
IATSE strike forces cancellationNeil Young's concert in Los Angeles at The Forum scheduled for Oct. 30 has been canceled at the request of the artist.
After the Bridge School Benefit Concert this past Sunday, Young was advised that the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union, Local 33, planned to picket his show at the Forum. Striking workers at the indoor arena are engaged in a contract dispute with the venue's owner, Faithful Central Bible Church.
Young elected to cancel the performance rather than cross what IATSE told his representatives would be a picket line at his show. Young and his wife are honorary lifetime members of the IATSE.
"I am extremely disappointed to have to choose between satisfying my fans or backing my brothers and sisters of the IATSE," Young says in a statement from San Diego. "I will miss playing in Los Angeles and apologize to my fans for the inconvenience this has caused." Young's song "Union Man" was on his 1980 album "Hawks & Doves."
Young's Los Angeles date will be rescheduled for sometime in 2009. Ticket holders will be able to get refunds at place of purchase.