Neil Young & Crazy Horse have cancelled the last seven European dates of their Alchemy tour, due to a hand injury suffered by guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro. Further details on the nature of the injury are unclear at this time, although there were some reports that he broke his hand.
A tour source was quoted by Rolling Stone as saying, “It’s a mild fracture. He’s expected to make a complete recovery in time for the North American tour.”
Good news for American fans who purchased tickets for what are expected to be the final shows of Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s Alchemy tour. Those begin August 31st (at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic in Dundas, Ontario), and run through September 7th (at the Interlocken Festival in Arrington, Virginia). Unfortunately, the cancelled shows in Europe are currently not expected to be rescheduled.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse released the following statement through the artist’s official website today:
Due to an accident involving Crazy Horse, the remaining dates on the Neil Young and Crazy Horse tour of Europe and the British isles have been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes to our fans or the Festivals where we were scheduled to appear. As you must be, we too are disappointed at this unfortunate turn of events.
– Neil Young and Crazy Horse
The Alchemy tour began last fall with a series of North American arena shows, before continuing on to Australia and Europe throughout 2013.