Neil Young Is Upset Over Hyde Park Show Sponsor
Neil Young is upset that his show at Hyde Park, London on July 12, 2019, with Bob Dylan was announced without his consent.
Tickets for the show, which was announced nearly two weeks ago, are already on-sale. However, in a post on his Neil Young Archives website, the singer says that the announcement was premature.
“I had no idea the announcement was coming that day,” he writes. “I was still finessing the art for the poster and trying to make sure that all of the details of the show were agreeable to me. Then, suddenly, someone jumped the gun. The tickets were put on sale and the announcement was made, all without my knowledge.”
He also complained as members of the Neil Young Archives should have had first access to pre-sale tickets. He also criticized the fact that Barclays Bank being the main sponsor, calling them “a fossil fuel funding entity.”
“We promised you that you would learn first at Neil Young Archives about all of my activities and have first access to pre-sale tickets. You didn’t. I was angry.”
“In addition, I leaned that the show had a sponsor, Barclays Bank – a fossil fuel funding entity. That doesn’t work for me. I believe in science. I worry about the climate crisis and am deeply concerned about its massive global ramifications and my beautiful grandchildren’s future.”
“At the moment, we are trying to rectify the situation and will soon update you on the status of the Hyde Park show. We have been talking about requiring a different sponsor as one option,” Young added.
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