Breathing problem prompts Willie Nelson to cancel tour dates, but September shows will go on


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MARCH 16: Willie Nelson performs at The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson produced by Blackbird Presents at Bridgestone Arena on March 16, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Essential Broadcast Media)

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — Willie Nelson says a “breathing problem” will force him to cancel several tour stops, but his show in central Indiana will go on.

The 86-year-old music legend announced on Twitter that he was canceling his tour after his show in Toledo, Ohio:

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



The producers of Nelson’s “Outlaw Music Festival Tour,” Blackbird Presents, said Nelson’s announcement only affects shows in August. He’ll be back on the road Sept. 6:

The Outlaw Music Festival featuring Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Lesh & Friends, Alison Krauss and many more will go on as scheduled this September. Unfortunately Willie had to cancel a handful of shows in August, but he’ll see you on the road again starting September 6 for the Outlaw Music Festival Tour!

– Blackbird Presents, Producers of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour

That means his Sept. 20 Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center will go on as planned as Nelson recovers.

Editor’s note: This story originally indicated that Nelson would cancel his Ruoff show in central Indiana. The tour producers later clarified that the cancellation only affected Nelson’s August performances.

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