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Fri., May 30, 1997
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Press Release: Neil's Finger Injury

(Also see: --> The Rustie Reaction.)
The press release below was released by Warner Brothers Records on May 29, 1997.

BURBANK, Calif., May 29 -- A five-week string of European tour dates which were to bring Neil Young and Crazy Horse to audiences in sixteen European countries has been postponed due to a recent household accident. The tour was set to start Monday, June 9, at the ice skating rink in Luxembourg. Dates included concerts in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and France.

    Young accidentally cut the tip of his left index finger while slicing a ham sandwich at his Northern California home a few days ago. While the wound is healing nicely, Young's doctors insist that he not play guitar for several weeks, so as to not aggravate the problem and slow down the process of recovery.

    Young will be heading this summer's North American H.O.R.D.E. tour which kicks off mid-July. His doctors have concluded that he will be able to fully participate in that tour if he adheres to their no fretting/strumming/picking proviso in the interim. It is hoped the European dates can be re-set for the fall, following the conclusion of the H.O.R.D.E. tour.

    Reached at his now guitar-free home environment today, Young commented, "I'd have eaten the thing in one piece if I'd known that cutting it in half would jeopardize the tour. It's macaroni and cheese from now on."

    Last year's Neil Young and Crazy Horse Tour has been documented on Year of the Horse, a two-CD set from Reprise to be released on June 17. Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch directed a documentary film on the same subject, with the same title, which recently premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival. It is expected to be theatrically released this coming fall.

SOURCE: Warner Bros. Records Inc.

CONTACT: Bob Merlis of Reprise Records, 818-953-3224









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