Neil Young has cancelled the remainder of his British and European tour due to an injury suffered by Crazy Horse's guitarist.
The singer called off seven concerts, including gigs in London and Liverpool, to give Frank "Poncho" Sampedro time to heal a broken hand.
"[Sampedro has] a mild fracture," a representative for Young told Rolling Stone on Thursday. The accident appears to have taken place following the group's performance in Oslo on Wednesday night. "He's expected to make a complete recovery in time for the North American tour [on 31 August]."
Although Young and Crazy Horse have already visited the UK this summer, these additional gigs were hotly anticipated: both shows were added due to high demand. They were also scheduled to perform in Gothenburg, Bergen, Copenhagen, Dresden and as headliners at Belgium's Pukkelpop festival. "We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes to our fans or the festivals where we were scheduled to appear," Young said in a statement. "As you must be, we too are disappointed at this unfortunate turn of events."
In an interview earlier this year, Sampedro admitted that time had begun to catch up with Young and Crazy Horse. "My gut tells me this is really the last tour," he said back in April. "I love playing and we're playing as good as we ever did, but at any time something could go down with any one of us." Young apparently has to tape his wrist when he plays, and Sampedro previously had an operation on his thumb. "It just seems at some point something is going to break," the guitarist said.
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