Neil Young Sideman Talbot Suffers Stroke; to Sit Out Tour

Posted on June 30, 2014 | by Jason Walsh

Longtime Neil Young and Crazy Horse bassist-guitarist Billy Talbot has suffered a mild stroke that will force him to miss the band’s upcoming European tour.

“Though Talbot's doctors expect him to make a full recovery, they have advised Talbot to sit this tour out and recover his strength,” according to a statement from the band’s label, Warner Bros.

Talbot, 70, has been a Crazy Horse staple since launching the band with drummer Ralph Molina and guitarist Danny Whitten in 1968—that’s when the trio changed the name of their earlier group, the Rockets, to Crazy Horse after being enlisted to play with Neil Young on his sophomore solo album, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. While better known for powering many of Young’s more raucous recordings, Talbot and Crazy Horse have backed the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer on many of his acoustic-edged albums such as the above-mentioned Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1968), After the Gold Rush (1969), Comes a Time (1978), and Americana (2012).

Picking up the Crazy Horse bass duties on the tour, which kicks off in Reykjavik, Iceland on July 7, will be Rick Rosas, who's played with Young in later incarnations of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Still, Nash & Young.

The month-long tour wraps up August 8 in Alsace, France. No North American dates have been scheduled yet for the band this year.

For a taste of Talbot on acoustic bass, check out the native New Yorker discussing his approach to “Cowgirl in the Sand" in the above clip from 2013.

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