Neil Young/Dylan London Concert: Problem Solved

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The original advertisement for the concert, with Barclaycard listed as the sponsor (at top)

The scheduled July 2019 concert co-headlining Neil Young and Bob Dylan is back on track now that Barclays has withdrawn as its sponsor. Young had complained on his website several days ago that he was unaware that the bank was involved with the show (see report below) and explained why he was unhappy that “the fossil fuel funding company” was attached to it.

Now, Barclays is out and the concert is not sponsored by any single entity. In a new post on the Neil Young Archives page, a graphic makes Young’s pleasure with the latest development clear.

The new post on the Neil Young Archives page makes Neil’s pleasure apparent

The concert was a quick sell-out. Re-sale tickets are available here.

Following is our original article…

The announcement, in late November, that Bob Dylan and Neil Young would share a bill at a mega-concert in London’s Hyde Park seemed straightforward enough. We at Best Classic Bands, along with  many other media outlets, passed along the information that the two singer-songwriters would perform July 12 and provided a link for ticket purchases.

Turns out it wasn’t quite that simple: Someone forgot to tell Neil Young that the announcement was coming—and he wasn’t pleased when it did. In a notice posted to his website the Neil Young Archives,  Young stated not only that the announcement “jumped the gun,” but that he had issues with the concert’s sponsor, Barclays, which he called “a fossil fuel funding entity.” The NYA site displayed a graphic calling Barclays a “dirty bank” to get the point across.

Young and friend on stage at New York’s Madison Square Garden for Dylan’s 30th anniversary concert in 1992

The post, headlined “HYDE PARK: To my greatly appreciated NYA,” partially reads as follows:

“That doesn’t work for me. I believe in science. I worry about the climate crisis and am deeply concerned about its massive global ramifications and my beautiful grandchildren’s future…There’s no doubt about it. It’s been a massive fuck up!

“At the moment, we are trying to rectify the situation and will soon update you on the status of the Hyde Park show. We have been talking about requiring a different sponsor as one option. We are quite confident that nothing like this will ever happen again. We’re sorry for this situation—it is—and shall remain an anomaly.”

Related: Our review of Young at 2016’s Desert Trip

Young also quoted lyrics from his 1988 song “This Note’s For You”: “I ain’t singing for Pepsi/Don’t sing for Coke/I won’t sing for nobody/Makes me look like a joke.”

The post fell short of stating that Young would pull out of the planned event. He left off with an assurance that, “All of us here at NYA are continuing to work to provide you with the best, no bullshit, immersive quality experience, exactly what you deserve, without compromising our integrity. It’s on the line.”

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