Canadian rocker Neil Young is furious with the organizers of the concert that he’s scheduled to play in London’s Hyde Park, with Bob Dylan, on July 12th, 2019.
The show was announced a couple of weeks ago and tickets are already on-sale, but Young - via a post post on his Neil Young Archives website - wrote all that was premature:
I had no idea the announcement was coming that day. I was still finessing the art for the poster and trying to make sure that all of the details of the show were agreeable to me. Then, suddenly, someone jumped the gun. The tickets were put on sale and the announcement was made, all without my knowledge.
The artist is upset because tickets were offered to the general public before Neil Young Archives subscribers; moroever, the show is sponsored by the “fossil fuel finding entity” Barclays. He wrote:
That doesn’t work for me. I believe in science. I worry about the climate crisis and am deeply concerned about its massive global ramifications and my beautiful grandchildren’s future…There’s no doubt about it. It’s been a massive fuck up!
He also suggested that the current arrangement is untenable:
At the moment, we are trying to rectify the situation and will soon update you on the status of the Hyde Park show. We have been talking about requiring a different sponsor as one option. We are quite confident that nothing like this will ever happen again. We’re sorry for this situation – it is – and shall remain an anomaly.