Willie Nelson posted a brief message to his fans on social media Wednesday night stating that he was canceling his tour. He wrote that the reason is due to breathing problems that require his doctor’s attention. But, the 86-year-old promises to be back.
To my fans,
I’m sorry to cancel my tour, but I have a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out.
I’ll be back
— Willie Nelson (@WillieNelson) August 8, 2019
This isn’t the first time the “Always On My Mind” singer has canceled tour dates. In August 2017, he ended a concert in Salt Lake City early due to respiratory issues. In January 2018, Nelson left the stage in San Diego after singing just one song and canceled the remainder of his January dates and all of his February dates.
At the time, the singer’s publicist stated via a press release that the singer-songwriter was suffering from the flu and required “a few extra weeks to recover completely.”
Despite periodic health issues, Nelson continued to schedule concert dates and performs and records regularly. In addition, he has secured his status as one of the most influential advocates for legalized marijuana by launching his own cannabis brand, Willie’s Reserve. It’s safe to say that Willie has no intentions of slowing down until he has to.
Willie’s own Outlaw Festival Tour’s second leg begins September 6, and Blackbird, the festival’s promoters just released this statement:
“The Outlaw Music Festival featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Robert Plant, Luke Combs, Bonnie Raitt, The Avett Brothers, Nathaniel Rateliff, Alison Krauss, and many more will go on as scheduled this September. Unfortunately, Willie had to cancel a handful of shows in August, but he’ll see you on the road again starting September 6 for the Outlaw Music Festival Tour!”
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