Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard Postpone Tour Dates Due to Medical Issue
"We have just been informed that Willie Nelson has a medical issue and will be rescheduling the first half of his tour dates,” states Nick Hooker, senior marketing manager for the Florence Civic Center in Florence, S.C., where Nelson and Haggard were scheduled to kick off their tour on Thursday (Oct. 15). “We know this is last-minute, and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, but our hearts and best wishes go to Willie Nelson and his family during this time of health concern."
Hooker's statement also notes that the venue has been informed that Nelson's condition "is not life-threatening, but will require several weeks to fully recover."
Nelson's rep has confirmed the news to The Boot, noting that in addition to the Florence show, Nelson and Haggard's concerts in Roanoke, Va., on Oct. 16 at Berglund Center Coliseum, and in Reading, Pa., on Oct. 17 at Santander Arena, will be affected. She confirmed that the rest of their tour is on schedule, and had no additional details as to Nelson's health issue.
Nelson and Haggard will now begin their trek on Oct. 21 in Bloomington, Ind. Their Django and Jimmie Tour date in Florence has been rescheduled for April 6, 2016. Fans planning to attend the April show can keep their current tickets, but those who are not able to make it will be issued a refund. Information about rescheduled dates for the Roanoke or Reading concerts has not yet been released.
Nelson and Haggard announced their joint tour at the beginning of August. It is in support of their recent No. 1 collaborative record, Django and Jimmie.
The Boot extends our warmest best wishes to Nelson as he focuses on getting better!
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