‘We respect that it comes from the four of us’: Neil Young and Crazy Horse couldn’t go on without Poncho Sampedro

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Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot has reached out to disappointed fans, after another leg of the band’s on-going tour with Neil Young was cancelled because of an injury to guitarist Poncho Sampedro.

“I want to be sure each of you know that all four of us in the Horse are extremely disappointed in this turn of events,” Talbot says. “We’ve never had to cancel a show before.”

Sampedro’s hurt hand earlier scrubbed dates in Sweden and Belgium, though at that time band members hoped a series of planned North American concerts would still be held. Doctors have since apparently recommended additional healing time. The group last played August 7, 2013 at Oslo, Norway; the concert-closing “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” is embedded below.

Young and Crazy Horse began touring in August of last year, after releasing two complete studio efforts in 2012. Sampedro joined the group in 1975, just before Zuma. Crazy Horse has collaborated off and on with Young since 1969, and the Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere album.

Over that time, original member Talbot says Crazy Horse has developed an all-for-one attitude that makes it impossible to go on without someone like Sampedro.

“After being together for 40 years, we know there’s no way we can play without Poncho, or any one of us,” Talbot adds. “The four of us have to be there for it to be NYCH. If there’s any way that we could have played these shows, we would be there. This is an extremely hard twist of fate for us to accept. One of the reasons that we love what we’re doing and it rocks so much, is the fact that we respect that it comes from the four of us. A unified passion.”

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