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Published: 2013/08/20

Crazy Horse Drummer Ralph Molina Comments on Tour Cancellation

Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina has commented on the band’s recent tour cancellation in a Facebook group. JamBase has noted that The Thrashers Wheat blog is reporting that Molina posted a comment in the Rusties group that reads:

Dearest you all…not burned out, nothing going on, other than our guitar player cannot play for another month….crap happens….I can’t see the stones without Keith…believe you me, we are all so terribly sorry…it wasn’t an on purpose thing…we will play again…luv you all…

The big news in that comment is that Crazy Horse intends to play again. Sampedro, whose injury is responsible for the cancelled dates, told Rolling Stone earlier this year that he was worried this tour would be their last.

As previously reported, Neil Young & Crazy Horse cancelled their North American tour—including their appearance at the upcoming Lockn’ Festival—yesterday due to an injury sustained by guitarist Poncho Sampedro. The news came shortly after the band cancelled their remaining European tour dates.

Here’s a look at Crazy Horse’s cancelled North American performances

August 31 Dundas, ON—Greenbelt Harvest Picnic
September 2 Port Chester, NY—Capitol Theatre
September 4 Ottawa, ON—Ottawa Folk Festival
September 7 Arrington, VA—Lockn’ Music Festival


There are 30 comments associated with this post

jackie August 20, 2013, 11:29:30

Neil is as loyal and pure as they come, there are many players that could have filled that spot so they can play and make $$, for Neil and CH it’s about the teamwork and bond of the band.

Eric August 20, 2013, 11:35:52

Right Jackie, 99% of the audience wouldn’t have noticed Poncho wasn’t there. Right on Neil!

Andrew Croke August 20, 2013, 11:40:50

Pegi will still be at the festival. I’ve got ten bucks that says Neil will be there too, unbilled, and will sit in with a band or two.

Rufus Sarsparilla August 20, 2013, 11:54:15

Let’s get something straight: no one gives a rat’s ass if Crazy Horse plays or not. No one wants to hear shit from the latest album anyway. In fact, with the possible exception of “Rockin’ In The Free World,” no one wants to hear anything after 1979. Stop being a dick Neil, and show some love for the people who put you where you are today.

Brian August 20, 2013, 12:26:49

Rufus, You proven you know nothing about Neal. Check that off your list, take up crochet and spend some time in a light blue room.

Todd August 20, 2013, 12:37:32

Rufus, speak for yoursself. No one appointed you spokesperson for Neil Young’s fans. You are the one putting out hostile comments and actimng like a dick. “Show some love”, how about you stop showing your ass?

cheryl August 20, 2013, 12:41:21

I think they should get someone else to take his place, its not about egos or loyalty, its about the show going on.

lee August 20, 2013, 12:49:27

Neil could have done some solo shows instead and knocked the audience on their a**. Too bad really.

NKP August 20, 2013, 12:51:58

Cheryl: if Mike or Page broke their hand, should Phish just “get someone else to take his space?” Absolutely not. Crazy Horse is a complete band, not just Neil’s backing band. Long live the Horse!

Matt August 20, 2013, 13:00:14

A lot of folks would be very excited to play a set on his own and have some folks sit in with him. I bought my tickets hoping to see Neil Young play. Neil’s hand isn’t broken—he is one of the headliners. His wife is there. If he doesn’t at least make an effort, that’s really poor form on his part.

how bout August 20, 2013, 13:01:52

1. Solo acoustic. Yes, it is partly about the show going on and mostbfans are there to see/hear Neil Young sing so he is the focus
2. Crosby, Stills, Nash and….? Either of these would be a nice effort after cancelling Crazy Horse 2 weeks before the show as the big headline act

Matt August 20, 2013, 13:02:56

NKP, I’ll take a shot at your question. If Phish was scheduled to play and Mike or Page broke his hand, I bet Trey would do a Trey solo show and that is way better than bailing—especially if you are there anyway and have nothing else booked. If he doesn’t show, it’s pretty piss poor on his part.

Adam August 20, 2013, 13:13:24

If they are going to play again then why cancel? Postpone the Port Chester show to a later date. That’s the right thing to do.

Peachhead August 20, 2013, 13:20:06

Are you kidding Rufus? Have you seen neil lately? The difference between crazy horse and a regular neil show is night and day. Crazy horse shows are 100000000x better

tom August 20, 2013, 13:28:46

How bout some common sense.It is a 4 day festival featuring 15 or so bands,some playing on 2 or 3 different days.How would you possibly know that Neil was the “focus”.He canceled Crazy Horse because a guy in the band broke his fuckin’ hand,you seem to be faulting him for that with your “two weeks before the show” comment.I’m sure Crosby,Stills and Nash are just sitting home waiting for Neil to call and are ready on a minutes notice to go perform a show in front of a paying festival crowd.Also what would make you think CSNY is a viable replacement for Crazy Horse,I certainly wouldn’t want to hear that lame shit.Have you heard CSN lately,it’s just awful.

soul stu August 20, 2013, 13:29:02

I probably see close to 200 shows a year, and Neil with Crazyhorse is at the top of that list. Never seen a sicker rock n roll show in my life. Pancho is a key member of that ensemble. Even if he is the new guy (only been with em for 30 years). Very sorry to hear about his hand. Heal Up Pancho! If Neil still played with his own band, it’ll still be great, not Horse great, but fans will still enjoy it. Hope they can work out something!

Archivist August 20, 2013, 13:30:07

Actually Neil and Crazy Horse’s last album is amazing, Rufus.

NKP August 20, 2013, 13:30:40

I agree with Peachhead. It’s the same as comparing Trey solo to Phish. Night and day. If Phish had to cancel and Trey played solo instead, that would be a HUGE insult to the rest of Phish. I’m pretty sure that’s how Neil feels about the Horse. All or nothing.

dk70 August 20, 2013, 13:38:46

Rufus knows a great deal about music. Especially what Neil Young should be doing at this very moment in his career. Said no one, ever.

John August 20, 2013, 13:43:52

Crazy horse’s new album kicks ass! Saw them last year twice. If they bailed, it was for a good reason. It would be nice to see a solo Neil tho. But the good news is they will play again eventually.

Rufus Is Dumb August 20, 2013, 14:06:53

Rufus should just stick to country concerts. He’s not real bright.

Knocked on a$$ August 20, 2013, 14:10:57

Already knocked on a$$...have you seen their ticket prices??? You’re takin’ it if you’re payin’ it.

MarZaPhiGar August 20, 2013, 14:52:46

Fwiw: 3 yrs ago Gutwillig broke his hand (backstage at the Egg) & the DBs got Tom Hamilton to take over- that said, if I’m paying three digits for a ducat, I expect to hear CRAZY HORSE, not some hastily thrown together ensemble that just runs thru the hits.

timmy August 20, 2013, 16:00:15

Once again, I completely understand the tour cancellations. The band isn’t able to perform. They are one of the greatest rock bands in history, and I consider them separate from Neil’s other music including CSNY, Buffalo and Pearl Jam. However, Lockn’ is a very, very special festival as anybody can clearly see. It is unprecedented in the way it is put together with the continuous music, no side show DJ tents, and thankfully no teenage EDM bros. Crazy Horse was supposed to be the pinnacle of this, and now that is removed. I would still like to see Neil make an appearance whether it is a last minute new lineup (very doubtful) or an appearance with Peggi. If not, what is Gregg Allman, Butch and Jaimoe doing that weekend? Warren and Derek will be there. Pleeeaase.

Timothy August 20, 2013, 16:20:20

I would like to see Neil and crazy horse and it sucks they cant be there but what can you do. Get well soon

wookertee. August 20, 2013, 17:43:51

The guy on the left? Anyone ever encountered this tool personally? I was backstage as a performer at a festival years ago hanging out with the likes of genius musicians like John Medeski and Jeff Sipe, most gracious fellows indeed, and i recognized this fuckface from Neil’s band and tried to say hello. He was most unfriendly. Than he sucked on stage. Now his colleague cant do his job either and we care? Why does Neil even perform with a band that makes him sound so awful anyway?

Don I August 20, 2013, 18:26:06

If it talks like a wook( it DOES!) then it must be a wook. Don’t mind him, just give him something for free and he’ll go away Long live NYCH

timmy August 20, 2013, 20:54:32

^Ditto. You clearly are a wook and proud of it, wookertee. Wow, you were actually back stage? How cool and important you must be. Maybe he was unfriendly to you because you are a self righteous dick.

Joshua Kat August 20, 2013, 23:04:13

I agree with Rufus. Ozzy went on exactly one week to the day after Randy Rhoads was killed. I was there and grateful after traveling 10 hours in a snowstorm to make it. Love Neil but wouldn’t know Pancho from amy one else…

Andrew Croke August 21, 2013, 09:12:10

“what is Gregg Allman, Butch and Jaimoe doing that weekend?” Allmans are booked in the northeast friday and saturday. I looked that up as soon as the festival was announced in the spring.

Mariam August 21, 2013, 13:09:25

It’s their call. Crazy Horse is Crazy Horse- Has been Crazy Horse. If Neil and the band don’t feel they can give what their fans deserve, they have the right to wait until they can and THEN do it!

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