If Neil Young had only reached for the leftover fruit salad, none
of this would have happened. Instead the godfather of grunge made himself a ham
sandwich a few nights ago, tried to cut it in half, and in the process sliced
open the tip of his left index finger.
When Young picked up his guitar to
practice for his upcoming European tour the next day, he felt enough pain to go
see a doctor. The physician told him to lay off the pointer digit for several
weeks, thus forestalling the tour.
In a written statement announcing the
cancellation Young joked Thursday, "I'd have eaten the [sandwich] in one piece
if I'd known that cutting it in half would jeopardize the tour. It's macaroni
and cheese from now on."
The European jaunt, scheduled to begin on June 9
at a Luxembourg ice rink, would have taken Young through 16 countries in five
weeks. The master of the one-note guitar solo is expected to be in fine form by
the time the H.O.R.D.E. festival kicks off in the U.S. in mid-July. The
European dates are being tentatively rescheduled for fall.
release, the live double CD Year Of The Horse, lands in stores on July