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Neil Young says he’s not ready to play live shows just yet: ‘I don’t think it’s safe in the pandemic’

Neil Young has said he’s still not ready to play live shows.

Responding to a fan letter on his website over the weekend, the 76-year-old singer said he wasn’t “ready yet” to play live shows.

“I will not be with Farmmaid [festival] this year,” Young wrote. “I’m not ready for that yet. I don’t think it’s safe in the pandemic. I miss it a lot.”

The last time Young performed live was in 2019.

In December 2021, the “Harvest Moon” singer told Howard Stern that he would not tour again until Covid-19 was “beaten”.

“I don’t care if I’m the only one who doesn’t,” he said.

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Earlier this year, Young also asked Spotify to remove its music from the streaming service because of its partnership with Joe Rogan.

He was also joined by his former bandmates David Crosby, Graham Nash and Stephen Stills.

In a since-deleted letter posted to his website Jan. 24, Young wrote that he didn’t appreciate Spotify’s affiliation with Rogan and his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, whom he accused of spreading “false information” about Covid-19 vaccines.

Addressing his management team at LookoutManagement and Warner Bros, Young wrote: “Please notify Spotify immediately that I am actively canceling all my music availability on Spotify as soon as possible.

“I’m doing this because Spotify is spreading false information about vaccines – potentially causing death for those who believe the disinformation is being spread by them,” he wrote.

Earlier this month, the music of Crosby, Stills and Nash returned to Spotify, having previously been removed in solidarity with Young, their former bandmate.

When asked by a fan why the band’s music had returned to Spotify, Crosby wrote, “I don’t own it [the music] now and the people who do it are in business to make money.”

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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