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Young postpones Edmonton benefit concert

Neil Young has postponed his July 3 concert at Rexall Place, without explanation, according to the Edmonton Journal.

The 69-year-old singer issued a statement on Monday noting, “I am sad to say that I must postpone the July 3 Honour the Treaties concert at Edmonton’s Rexall Place in support of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations legal defence. The Honour The Treaties Tour will be rescheduled and new dates will be announced in the very near future.”

B821505985Z_1_20140119135831_000_GT215KFDJ_2_Content No further explanation was given by Young or his label, Warner Music.

Young has been a vocal supporter of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations’s fight against oilsands development in Alberta, and has staged similar benefit concerts across Canada, including in Calgary. Blue Rodeo was set to open for the veteran rocker.

Honour the Treaties is, according to their site, “an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of Indigenous communities through art and advocacy. We do that by funding collaborations between Native artists and Native advocacy groups so that their messages can reach a wider audience.”

According to LiveNation, tickets purchased online and by telephone will be automatically refunded. Tickets purchased in-person t will be refunded at point of purchase.

July 3 Honour the Treaties benefit concert in Edmonton

Singer Neil Young speaks during a press conference for the Honour the Treaties tour in Toronto, Sunday January 12, 2014. Photograph by: Mark Blinch , THE CANADIAN PRESS

Singer Neil Young speaks during a press conference for the Honour the Treaties tour in Toronto, Sunday January 12, 2014.
Photograph by: Mark Blinch , THE CANADIAN PRESS

Neil Young announced he will perform a concert July 3 in Edmonton to benefit the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Legal Defense Fund.

Young will be joined at Rexall Place by Canadian band Blue Rodeo, according to Global News Canada.

Young has been a vocal supporter of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in its fight to stop oilsands development.

Last year, he held similar Honour the Treaties concerts in cities across Canada, including Calgary, the article stated.

“It’s the greediest, most destructive and disrespectful demonstration of something run amok that you can ever see,” Young said of the Alberta oilsands in January 2014. “There is no way to describe it. It’s truly a disaster.”

In 2013, Young came under fire for comparing Fort McMurray, Alberta to the Japanese city destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945.

Chief Allan Adam welcomed news of another benefit concert by Young.

“With the support of Neil Young and fans we are creating more accountability from our governments for the safe guarding of our lands, rights and future generations in Alberta, Canada and beyond,” said Adam, in a release.

“Our people, our climate and our planet can no longer afford to be economic hostages in the race to industrialize the earth. We must act now for the future generations.”

Tickets for the Edmonton concert start at $45 and go on sale May 1.

Read the article at: http://globalnews.ca/news/1963076/neil-young-to-play-honour-the-treaties-benefit-concert-in-edmonton/

Another article by the Edmonton Journal: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Neil+Young+announces+anti+oilsands+concert+Edmonton/11007757/story.html

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