Merle Haggard Cancels April Tour Dates
Fan who were hoping to see Merle Haggard back on the road beginning in April won't be so lucky. The country legend has canceled all of his April tour dates due to continuing health issues.
Haggard was scheduled to join Willie Nelson for a series of shows in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas throughout early and mid-April; however, he has been battling double pneumonia since late last year, and his recovery time has forced him to stay off the road.
"I want to thank my fans for their prayers and well wishes," the singer says in a statement. "I hope to be back on the road in May, but I'm taking it one day at a time."
Haggard first postponed some December tour dates after originally entering the hospital due to his bout of pneumonia, then canceled two concerts in New Mexico in late January as he continued to recover. After a last-minute cancellation on Feb. 2, Haggard made the decision to cancel all of his February tour dates as well, and after re-entering the hospital, he canceled all of his March tour dates.
“I’m really lucky to be alive,” Haggard said in February. “… I had a pain that went all the way around from my belly button all the way around to my back. I asked the doctor, ‘What was that pain?’ He said, ‘It was death.'”
In a recent interview, "the Hag" revealed that his family wants him to quit touring all together.
“I feel it’s a double-edged sword,” Haggard tells Garden & Gun magazine. “It’s what keeps me alive and it’s what f--ks up my life."
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