Neil Young Grounded By Ham Sandwich

May 30 [10:00 EDT] -- A ham sandwich has come between Neil Young and his European tour.

While at home awaiting the launch of a five-week trek across Europe, the legendary guitarist sliced the tip of his left index finger while cutting the aforementioned snack.

"I'd have eaten the thing in one piece if I'd known that cutting it in half would jeopardize the tour," Young said in a statement announcing the cancellation. "It's macaroni and cheese from now on."

Young was scheduled to kick off his tour in Luxembourg on June 9, and to visit 16 countries including Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Finland before wrapping up.

However, Young's doctors have urged him to stay away from guitars while the finger heals.

Young expected to be fully recovered in time to anchor this year's H.O.R.D.E. tour, which begins its journey in mid-July. Young hopes to play the canceled European dates after the

H.O.R.D.E. tour wraps up in the fall.

Young's return to the road will coincide with the release of a live double-CD set called "Year of the Horse," which hits stores on July 17. That title also graces a Young concert documentary from filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (1996's "Dead Man" with Johnny Depp) which is expected to find a theatrical release this fall.