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Lightfoot stomps Neil elephant at Greenbelt

“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

“It took Gordon Lightfoot, the dean of Canadian songwriters and as close to a living legend as it gets, to knock the elephant off the stage of the third annual Greenbelt Harvest Picnic,” writes

Cathie Coward, The Hamilton Spectator

Cathie Coward, The Hamilton Spectator

According to the Hamilton Spectator, False rumors, fueled by the presence of Young’s wife Pegi in the Picnic lineup, persisted throughout the park, even into Saturday evening, that Neil would make a surprise visit. It didn’t happen, never was in the cards.

Instead, on Saturday, the 10,000 Picnic goers got Lightfoot. Normally a bucket-list item for any lover of Canadian music, Lightfoot was stepping into potentially hostile terrain. Let’s face it, at 74, his voice doesn’t even come close to what it was in its heyday. And Lightfoot’s understated delivery is light years away from the fiery garage guitar jams currently being served up by Crazy Horse.

“I would like to thank Mr. Lanois and Mr. Young for inviting us on this show,” he humbly told the crowd from the stage. “Thank you very much for having us.”

It didn’t satisfy all those angry Neil Young fans. Early in the day, one woman heckled Lanois, demanding he “come clean” and provide a full refund. She was quickly shouted down by those in the crowd around her.

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Gordon Lightfoot replaces Neil & CH at Harvest Picnic

Will he play “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald?”

Gordon Lightfoot, 74, has been brought in to replace Neil Young at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Gordon Lightfoot, 74, has been brought in to replace Neil Young at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Canadian-born singer Gordon Lightfoot will replace Neil Young & Crazy Horse at the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic on Aug. 31 at the Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas, Ontario, according to CBC Hamilton.

Lightfoot, 74, was brought in to replace Young after Crazy Horse’s guitarist Frank Sampedro injured his hand. The band has cancelled the North American leg of its current tour, including a headlining spot at the Ottawa Folk Festival, CBC reported.

Many have bemoaned the fact that they bought tickets to the picnic just to see Young and Crazy Horse. The organizers have offered a partial discount to ticketholders after the band pulled out of the show.

Organizers are offering a $40 refund. The new ticket price is $99.50.

“Ticket buyers who purchased through TicketMaster will be contacted by TicketMaster,” Gauthier said. “Ticket buyers who purchased from consignment locations, can pick up their refund beginning Saturday Aug. 24 at 10 a.m.”

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Ticket refund debate

So far one concert venue has issued a press release stating that ticket-holders who wanted to see Neil & The Horse play will received a partial refund.

201304011-niel-x600-1365729134September Seventh Entertainment Limited announced  at a press conference that the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic will be offering partial discounts to Picnic ticket holders in light of the cancellation of Neil Young & Crazy Horse.

A press release states more acts will be added.

Canceled tour dates include:  The August 31, 2013 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic at Christie Lake Conservation Area in Ontario; Sept. 2  with Patti Smith at Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY (promised to be the smallest place that Neil & the Horse would have played in recent memory); Sept. 4 Ottawa Folk Festival, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and Sept. 7 Interlocken Music Festival at Oakridge Farm in Arlington, Virginia.

Since they are all festivals it’s possible none of the ticketholders will get full refunds but we have to wait and see. The ticket question has sparked debate with disappointed fans.


Picnic with Neil

Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse will join Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois at the third annual Greenbelt Harvest Picnic at Christie Lake Conservation Area.

The 67-year-old Canadian rock icon will headline the daylong music, food, and fun fest that takes place Saturday, Aug. 31 at the conservation area in rural Dundas.

Young will conclude a European tour Aug. 21 at London’s O2 arena and then return with Crazy Horse to North America for the Harvest Picnic, his only southern Ontario stop of the summer.

“As I look at this year’s lineup for Greenbelt Harvest Picnic,” said Lanois, “I can say that my dream has come true. I’m surrounded by artists who I love, many of whom I’ve made records with. This year’s Harvest is truly a homecoming.”

Lineup: Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Whitehorse, Rocco DeLuca and Trixie Whitley (more to be announced in upcoming weeks)

Associated Press file photo

Associated Press file photo

Tickets go on sale Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m., with general admission prices of $139.50 (children 10 and under get in free; for youth 11 to 15, it’s $19.50). Gauthier said the first 1,000 ticket buyers would receive a discounted price of $129 on general admission.

More info is at:

Tourdates 2013 on BNB.

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So I got bored and left them there, They were just deadweight to me Better down the road without that load
by -- Neil Young

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