Young cancels LA gig over union picket

Young cancels LA gig over union picket

Neil Young decided he wouldn’t be Rockin’ In The Free World after all when he cancelled a concert rather than cross a union picket line.

The picket line was scheduled to form at The Forum in Los Angeles during Young’s show last night.

The 62-year-old rocker-activist said he was told a local faction of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union planned to picket the show.

Young and his wife are honorary lifetime members of the union, which is in a contract dispute against The Forum’s owner, Faithful Central Bible Church.

Young, whose hits include 1989’s 'Rockin’ In The Free World', said he was “extremely disappointed to have to choose between satisfying my fans or backing my brothers and sisters of the IATSE”.

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