Neil Young Has Seen the Placards and the Damage Done, Cancels LA Show in Support of Stagehand Strike

Did you have plans to see Neil Young tonight at the Los Angeles Forum? Well, you don’t anymore. Unfortunately, Canada’s favorite singing caveman has canceled his performance in lieu of a strike by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), Local 33. According to Billboard, union members are currently engaged in a contract dispute with the venue’s owner Faithful Central Bible Church and had planned to picket tonight’s show. Young, who is a lifelong honorary member of the IATSE, has placed his support with the workers and will honor the picket line.

“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. “I will miss playing in Los Angeles and apologize to my fans for the inconvenience this has caused.”

The LA show will be rescheduled sometime in 2009, and ticket holders may receive refunds at points of purchase. But hey, even though you unlucky Angelenos don’t get to see Neil Young tonight, at least the season premiere of 30 Rock is on tonight! Plus I’m pretty sure It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is new, too! See? Every cloud has a silver lining, even when Neil Young is involved.

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