Country legend Willie Nelson was forced to cut short a performance and cancel three more due to illness.
The 84-year-old took the stage at the Palm Desert’s McCallum Theatre on Saturday evening (Jan. 6). According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, only got through a segment of his first song, “Whiskey River,” before having to leave the stage due to breathing issues.
According to Nelson’s publicist, he is suffering from a “bad cold or the flu” and has been forced to cancel the remainder of his scheduled shows for this week. It is unclear if and when he will reschedule his stops at the McCallum Theater in Palm Springs, the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas and the Edgewater Hotel Casino in Laughlin, Nev.
Ticketholders for those cancelled shows can get refunds at their point of purchase.
Over the last two years, Nelson has been forced to cancel multiple shows due to health issues. Nelson’s publicist says that he will return to Texas to continue his recovery.
He is currently scheduled to resume touring on Feb. 7.
Wide Open Country will keep you informed of any further updates on his health as they occur.