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Neil Young Furious That Bob Dylan Double-Bill Is Sponsored By Barclays

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Neil Young is “furious” with the organizers of his upcoming July 12th double bill with Bob Dylan at the British Summer Time at London’s Hyde Park concert. Young has called the premature announcement and ticket sales a, quote, “massive f***up” — primarily due to the show’s main corporate sponsor, Barclays, which Young deems to be a “fossil fuel finding entity.”

Young posted on his official site, NeilYoungArchives.com (NYA), “I had no idea the announcement was coming that day. 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.”

Regarding Barclays sponsoring the show, Young wrote, “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. . . There’s no doubt about it. It’s been a massive f*** up!”

Young added: “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. We are quite confident that nothing like this will ever happen again. We’re sorry for this situation — it is — and shall remain an anomaly.”

RollingStone.com reported: “The post includes lyrics from Young’s 1988 anti-corporate sponsorship song ‘This Note’s For You’ (‘I ain’t singing for Pepsi/Don’t sing for Coke/I won’t sing for nobody/Makes me look like a joke’) along with an image of the Barclays eagle logo covered in oil and the words ‘Barclays The Dirty Bank.’ The bank has been criticized in the recent past for funding oil pipelines from Canadian tar sands.”

Young’s longtime manager Elliott Roberts posted separately on NYA, writing, “To say we fell short of our obligations on the announcement and pre-sales for the Hyde Park show is an understatement and we disappointed a lot of people. I personally really must apologize for this lapse because working as the custodian of Neil Young Archives is very serious to me. Neil’s life’s work has been mine as well. We will make every effort to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”

Photo Courtesy of Scott Streble

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