Willie Nelson is home after canceling shows due to illness. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, the 84-year old performer left the stage of his January 6 concert in San Diego. Nelson was playing at Harrah’s Resort SoCal but only made it through one song before ending the show. Fans described him coughing and noted that he seemed to be having difficulty breathing.
Nelson was on a short run of tour dates when the illness struck. He was scheduled to play January 9 at the McCallum Theater in Palm Springs. Then he had shows the next three nights at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, followed by one date at the Edgewater Hotel Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. All of those shows were canceled, according to his representative.
Fans who purchased tickets to the truncated San Diego show will have their ticket purchase refunded.
Cold or Flu
Nelson’s publicist issued a statement that the “On The Road Again” singer is recovering from either “a bad cold or the flu.” He is now at his Texas home recuperating. Nelson is currently scheduled to be back on the road early next month. He has a February 7 concert in Macon, Georgia.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Nelson has canceled shows due to illness in recent years. In February 2017 he cancelled a handful of performances (that illness was not specified). Then he gave fans a scare in August 2017 after experiencing altitude sickness in Utah. After that cancellation, he issued a statement to his audience: “This is Willie. I am very sorry to have to cut the Salt Lake City performance short tonight. The altitude just got to me. I am feeling a lot better now and headed for lower ground.”
A Quick Recovery
Nelson is certainly the comeback kid when it comes to his health, but there’s no denying his advancing age. With 84 years to his credit, he has already outlived many of his contemporaries. The fact that he continues to tour at all is amazing. Hopefully he will recuperate quickly and return to the public who cherishes him so deeply.