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Neil Young Banned by Canadian Radio Station

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Neil Young is the latest performer whose political views have come back to haunt him.

The Canadian Press reports that a radio station in Fort McMurray, Alberta banned his songs for a day — and counting — after Young compared the oil sands boomtown to Hiroshima after the atomic bomb. The iconic rocker did not stop there, adding, “There’s fumes everywhere. You can smell it when you get to town.”

Rock 97.9 deejay Chris Byrne asked listeners if, based on Neil’s statement, the radio station should drop his music. Though a majority said to keep playing Neil, Byrne noticed most of those E-mails came from out of town. Sensing local opinion ran the other way, the jock determined that Neil Young had become persona non-grata around Fort McMurray.

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