No one can ever accuse Neil Young of not walking it like he talks it, no matter what side of the fence he’s on. The outspoken rock legend has never been shy about airing his beliefs, whether it’s meant coming out in favor of Ronald Reagan’s policies or rush-releasing an album as a scathing protest of the Iraq war.
Taking a position of solidarity with the striking workers of the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees, a union in which he is an honorary lifetime member, Young canceled a concert that was to have taken place tonight at The Forum in Los Angeles, out of respect for the union’s picket line. Young wasn’t happy about having to bow out on either his fans or the striking union workers ("I am extremely disappointed to have to choose" he said), but when push came to shove, the outspoken rocker voted with his feet. At least those forlorn fans can take some solace in the fact that Young’s album Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House 1968 is set for a November 25 release.