UPDATE: Just hours before the show was set to begin, Willie Nelson canceled his show at the City Bank Auditorium in Lubbock, Texas last night (Nov. 15). Currently, the date has not been rescheduled. This is the second consecutive concert he has postponed due to an unnamed illness.
Don’t do this to us, 2016. Don’t you dare. Willie Nelson just announced a postponement of his upcoming Texas show due to illness. The show was set to take place Sunday, Nov. 13, but Nelson had to postpone the same day.
The Wagner Nöel Performing Arts Center in Midland, Texas made the announcement but did not disclose the specific illness. The venue did, however, say the performance would be rescheduled and advised those with tickets to hang onto them.
Nelson appeared only days earlier on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing “Heartaches by the Number.” It’s just another part of the 83-year-old’s crazy busy schedule. He recently released a Ray Price tribute album called For The Good Times: A Tribute To Ray Price.
In addition to all his TV appearances and recording, Nelson keeps a healthy schedule of touring, which can take a toll on just about anybody. He could simply be under the weather from his non-stop work.
In 2015, Nelson revealed that he had undergone stem-cell surgery in relation to lung issues he’s dealt with for most of his life. He canceled shows around that time as well, but didn’t reveal the reason until later. Hopefully, Nelson doesn’t need anything nearly as drastic to get back on the road.
After all, 2016 was a cruel year for the arts. We lost musical legends ranging from Glenn Frey, David Bowie, Merle Haggard and Prince all the way to Leonard Cohen and Leon Russell just a few days ago. Hang tough Willie, we need you now more than ever!