Willie Nelson has canceled the remainder of his tour, citing breathing problems requiring medical attention.
Nelson made the announcement following his gig in Toledo, Ohio on Wednesday, which turned out out to be his final performance for the time being. The country legend shared the news with fans on social media.
“I’m sorry to cancel my tour, but I have a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out,” he wrote.” He concluded the message by assuring fans he’ll be back on the road again, to have life imitate art.
To my fans,
I’m sorry to cancel my tour, but I have a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out.
I’ll be back
— Willie Nelson (@WillieNelson) August 8, 2019
Nelson had 30 more dates on his extensive itinerary with Alison Krauss, including a collection of Outlaw Festival gigs with artists like Bonnie Raitt, Brothers Osbourne, Luke Combs, Robert Plant and son Lukas Nelson. His schedule also included a headlining slot at Milwaukee’s Farm Aid Festival alongside Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews.
The now-nixed tour was set to visit markets like Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Raleigh, and Fresno before wrapping in Thackerville, Oklahoma on November 29. Tickets will be refunded for all canceled dates.
This isn’t the first time Nelson, now 86, has had to cancel shows due to his health in recent years. In 2017. he encountered the same breathing issue that forced him to exit the stage mid-show and canceled a stretch of gigs last year with a bout of the flu.
Stay tuned here for any updates on future Willie Nelson tour dates once the singer is fully recovered.