An unknown illness has forced Willie Nelson to once again cancel his upcoming tour dates.
According to Bakersfield.com, the country legend has scrapped three shows scheduled at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakerfield, Calif. due to an undisclosed illness. The venue is currently working on rescheduling the dates, but refunds will also be available for ticket buyers beginning 11 a.m. Wednesday at the point of purchase. All three shows were sold out.
Just last month, Nelson cancelled three dates of a five-show run at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Although he did not play his previously scheduled shows on Jan. 28 and 29, he returned to the stage for his Feb. 1, 3 and 4 concerts.
Nelson has canceled multiple tour dates over the past few months due to illness. No official comment has been made about the status of his health. But Nelson did reveal that he had undergone a surprise stem cell surgery on his lungs in 2015 after cancelling multiple shows. The procedure came after Nelson spent years smoking, which caused serious health complications.
Even with his health challenges over the years, Nelson has kept a consistent touring schedule. His website currently lists dozens of dates across the U.S. and Canada scheduled through August. Nelson will also perform at his second annual Luck Reunion, held at his Texas ranch, along with his son Lukas, Margo Price, Brent Cobb, Kelsey Waldon and more.
We here at Wide Open Country will keep you updated with the latest on Nelson’s condition. Get well soon, Willie!