Neil Young posted on his Neil Young Archives website last Wednesday (August 18) that he has decided to pull out of Farm Aid 2021 due to concerns about the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Young, who is a co-founder and board member of Farm Aid, was set to play the festival in Connecticut next month alongside Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson and others.
“I find myself wondering whether Farmaid will be safe for everyone with the Covid pandemic surging…I don’t want to let anybody down, but still can’t shake the feeling that it might not be safe for everyone,” wrote the singer-songwriter. “My soul tells me it would be wrong to risk having anyone die because they wanted to hear music and be with friends.”
“No matter where you are. I am with you,” Young told his fans. “Do what you must, but think it through. We will be back. There is much work to do together.”
“While I respect Willie, John and Dave’s decisions to stick with it and play, I am not of the same mind. It is a tough call. As time passes, I hope the path ahead will become clear. be well love, ny,” he added.
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