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Neil Young cancels Oct. 30 Inglewood Forum show

October 29, 2008 | 10:19 pm

Neil300 Neil Young has called off his concert scheduled for Thursday night at the Forum in Inglewood rather than ask his fans to cross a picket line that the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees said they would set up at the arena, which has a long history of labor disputes with IATSE.

“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 issued late tonight (Wednesday) from San Diego, where he was performing on his way to L.A.

“I will miss playing in Los Angeles and apologize to my fans for the inconvenience this has caused,” Young’s statement said. Young and his wife, Pegi, are honorary lifetime members of IATSE.

The L.A. show will be rescheduled for next year, according to his publicist. Those holding tickets to the Forum show may get refunds at the point of purchase.

--Randy Lewis

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