After last night's (July 7) concert at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, Willie Nelson announced via Twitter the cancellation of his current tour. The 86-year-old country music legend cites "a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out" as his reason for cancelling a then-unspecified number of dates.
At the very least, the news impacts an ongoing tour with Alison Krauss, from a show Friday in Grand Rapids, Michigan through Aug. 17. While many interpreted Nelson's post as a cancellation of all 2019 shows -- not just those on his current tour, in an email statement quoted by Taste of Country, Nelson's team confirmed that the cancellation only impacts August dates.
If that's the case, Nelson will not miss Farm Aid, held Sept. 21 in East Troy, Wisconsin, which he co-founded in 1985 with John Mellencamp and Neil Young. Additional 2019 dates continue through Nov. 29 and include multiple dates on the Outlaw Festival Tour, featuring Nelson, Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt and others.
It's not Nelson's first health scare in recent years. In 2017, he cancelled several shows early in the year and cut short an August set in Salt Lake City, Utah due to respiratory issues. He called off shows early last year after a reported bout with "a bad cold or flu."
Nelson seems to maintain his positive vibes, ending his post with an apology to fans and a promise: "I'll be back."
The pop culture icon recently celebrated the summer release of his best album in years, Ride Me Back Home, as well as the resurgence of a 2013 cover of CCR's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," sung with daughter Paula Nelson. Per Headline Planet, the cover song's featured use in the show Little Big Lies' season two finale and its spot on the season's soundtrack helped catapult the song thirty-five places to number 60 on the Billboard Artist 100.
Update: On Thursday, August 8, Nelson's team shared that the country legend is "resting and feeling better. The tour will resume on September 6 in Gilford, NH."
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