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Neil Young and Crazy Horse bassist suffers stroke ahead of European tour

Neil Young & Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot suffers stroke
Neil Young & Crazy Horse bassist Billy Talbot suffers stroke
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Neil Young & Crazy Horse bass player Billy Talbot has suffered a stroke. The news comes just prior to Young and his long-time backing band commencing a summer European tour leg.

According to a media release posted at Warner Brothers official press release site on June 30 at press/wbr.com, the 70-year-old bassist is expected to make a full recovery. However, Talbot's doctors have advised the veteran musician to sit out the upcoming European leg in order to make a full recovery.

Talbot will be replaced on the tour by long-time Young associate Rick Rosas. The Los Angeles session player has performed with Young in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, as well as the reunited Buffalo Springfield along with various Young solo line ups. Talbot's backing vocals will be supplied by Dorene Carter and YaDonna West, best known for their memorable work with their own group Mahogany Blue.

This is the second health related incident the Young & Crazy Horse has suffered in as many tours. The "Cinnamon Girl" hitmakers had to cancel multiple Alchemy Tour dates in Europe and North American in 2013 due to a hand fracture suffered by Crazy Horse guitarist Frank "Poncho" Sampedro. Many of the European dates scheduled on the forthcoming summer trek were make up dates from last year's axed outings.

Neil Young recently released a new studio album titled "A Letter Home," which contains low-fi acoustic renditions of classic songs by a range of artists which influenced the legendary Canuck singer-songwriter in his formative years. The two-time Grammy winner will kick off the tour with Crazy Horse on July 7 at Reykjavik, Iceland Laugardalshöllin and will be back in North America for his annual appearance at the Bridge School Benefit on Oct. 25 - 26. See NeilYoung.com for more details.

Did you know? Crazy Horse started with Neil Young in 1969 and has been co-credited on 11 studio albums and numerous live albums by the two-time Grammy winner.