Merle Haggard has canceled his upcoming shows in Mescalero and Farmington, N.M. due to health concerns, according to a statement from the singer.
The shows at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero (Jan. 30) and the Farmington Civic Center Ballroom (Jan. 31) were sold out, but all ticket holders will receive refunds in the coming days. Haggard is in the midst of a large tour that still has nearly 30 more dates through July.
Though he canceled a string of four shows last December, no other dates have been canceled as of yet. He’s scheduled to hit the road with Willie Nelson in April for a tour that was delayed last year when Nelson underwent stem cell surgery for a lung infection.
Haggard was recently hospitalized for two weeks with pneumonia, a condition that the singer admits “nearly killed him.”
“I had double pneumonia… they couldn’t tell whether I had cancer, or whether I just had pneumonia,” Haggard told a radio station last December. “They had to wait ’til they got the pneumonia under control before we could tell. So it’s been kind of a tough couple of weeks, but I’ve got so many people to thank.”
If the 78-year old singer resumes his tour schedule on time, he’ll do so Feb. 2 in Riverside, Cali. before joining another country legend, Kris Kristofferson, for a Feb. 3 date in Beverly Hills.