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Merle Haggard Cancels February Tour Due to Illness

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Country legend Merle Haggard has cancelled all scheduled tour dates for the month of February to continue recovery from a recent bout with double pneumonia.

“He is still feeling weak from his recent struggle with double pneumonia and has decided to seek further treatment for it,” Haggard’s publicist Tresa Redburn said in a statement to CMT. “Merle is hopeful he will be back on the road later in the spring.”

On Feb. 2, Haggard cancelled his performance in Riverside, Cali. just moments before he was set to take the stage. Many fans voiced their frustrations online about the cancelled show, which was originally scheduled to take place in January, but was moved due to Haggard’s hospitalization.

Earlier this week, Haggard described the severity of his illness in a revealing interview with Rolling Stone Country.

“I’m really lucky to be alive,” the 78-year-old artist explained. “It could’ve gone in another direction had I messed around a little more. I’m just hoping I’m fully able.”

Merle Haggard’s Cancelled February Tour Dates:

2/6/16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Safari Club International Annual Convention – Mandalay Ballroom
2/8/16 – Palm Desert, California @ McCallum Theatre
2/10/16 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Wells Fargo Center
2/11/16 – Lemoore, CA @ Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino

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