Fans of Neil Young can breathe easy because the singer is going to be just fine.
Concerns about the legendary singer/songwriter’s health arose Wednesday when it was announced he was pulling out of Friday’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony due to an undisclosed illness. The 71-year-old was scheduled to induct Pearl Jam before falling ill.
However, a rep for the singer spoke out Thursday saying while Young, “has not been feeling well,” there’s no reason for us to hit the panic button because, “his illness is nothing major.”
The relationship between Young and Pearl Jam dates back decades. Fans of a certain age will remember when the powerhouses shared the stage for a scorching performance of Young’s hit, “Rockin’ In The Free World” at 1993’s “MTV VMAs” and they’ve collaborated several more times over the years.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced yesterday David Letterman will be stepping up to replace Young at Friday’s ceremony. Pearl Jam and the retired late night host also have a longstanding relationship with the band, having appeared on “The Late Show” several times over the years. Eddie Vedder also performed on Letterman during the late night host’s final week hosting the show in 2015.
Meanwhile, back in November 2016 Young celebrated his 71st birthday by performing at Standing Rock.