Neil Young’s concert tonight (Oct. 30) at the Los Angeles Forum has been canceled at the request of the artist.
After his annual Bridge School Benefit Concert over the weekend outside San Francisco, Young was advised that the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) union, Local 33, planned to picket his show at the Forum. Striking workers at the indoor arena are engaged in a contract dispute with the venue’s owner, Faithful Central Bible Church.
Young elected to cancel the performance rather than cross what IATSE told his representatives would be a picket line at his show. Young and his wife are honorary lifetime members of the IATSE.
“I am extremely disappointed to have to choose between satisfying my fans or backing my brothers and sisters of the IATSE,” Young says in a statement from San Diego. “I will miss playing in Los Angeles and apologize to my fans for the inconvenience this has caused.”
The Los Angeles date will be rescheduled for sometime in 2009. Ticket holders can obtain refunds at points of purchase.