Neil Young’s rep tells EW the rock legend’s recent illness is “nothing major.”
Young was scheduled to induct Pearl Jam into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Friday but canceled this week because he fell sick. David Letterman replaced the 71-year-old and will handle Pearl Jam’s induction. (The band performed on Letterman’s The Late Show seven times between 1996 and 2006, and frontman Eddie Vedder returned to the show in 2015 to perform during Letterman’s last week before retiring.)
Young’s ties to Pearl Jam go back to 1995 when he recorded an album titled Mirror Ball with some of the band’s members. More recently, Vedder covered Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” before President Barack Obama’s farewell address this past January.
Young’s most recent solo album was 2016’s Peace Trial.