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Neil Young & Crazy Horse tour may be the last, says guitarist

By | Published on Friday 19 April 2013

Neil Young

Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro, guitarist in Neil Young’s band Crazy Horse, has reasoned that the quartet’s June European tour, part of a world tour that started back in August 2012, may be their last ever together.

Talking to Rolling Stone, Sampedro says: “My gut tells me this is really the last tour. I hate saying their ages, but I’m 64 and I’m the baby of the band. I love playing and we’re playing as good as we ever did, but at any time something could go down with any one of us”.

He adds: “Our shows are physical. It takes a lot of energy to play that much. It just seems at some point something is going to break. I already had an operation on my thumb. Neil’s wrist bugs him, and he has to tape it when he plays. You can’t fool time. You can’t count on this happening again in five years”.

Young, Sampedro and co will – thumbs, wrists and guts allowing – start the Britain-based length of their tour on 10 Jun at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, this being a means of presenting new LP ‘Psychedelic Pill’.