Friday, April 01, 2005

Neil Young cancels Juno Awards appearance

Rocker Neil Young, one of the most famous musicians that Winnipeg, Manitoba likes to call its own, has cancelled his appearance at the annual Juno Awards, due to his ongoing recovery from a brain aneurysm.

The 59 year-old musician received treatment this past Tuesday from a New York hospital and remains hospitalized.

After the induction ceremonies for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, Young experienced blurry vision. The aneurysm was then discovered.

Usually wary of award shows, Young did say that if the Juno Awards (think of them as Canada's Grammy Awards) were ever held in his hometown of Winnipeg, he would be happy to perform on the show.

I can't think to too many musicians who have been as respected, as prolific and most importantly, as relevant for as long as Neil Young. He has a lot of contemporaries but no one would describe Young as a dinosaur or a hasbeen.

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