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Willie Nelson off the road again after canceling more shows due to flu

Willie Nelson off the road again after canceling more shows due to flu

Willie Nelson
After canceling all of his January shows, Willie Nelson announced he will not perform in February, either. Photo by James Minchin

Beloved Texas country music icon Willie Nelson has canceled his February concert dates so he can recuperate from the flu. In a February 6 release, a publicist for the singer-songwriter says the 84-year-old Nelson “requires a few extra weeks to recover completely from the flu.”

“He is up and about and looks as healthy as ever, but his doctor has determined that his voice needs more time to recuperate to give the performances you all love seeing,"  the publicist’s release says. "Willie will resume the tour in early March. Willie Nelson says, ‘I will see you all down the road.’”

Nelson has been battling health issues over the past few months. In early January, he became short of breath at the outset of a show in Southern California and canceled his remaining tour dates that month, according to Variety. In August 2017, the singer was briefly hospitalized following an appearance in Salt Lake City. Nelson later blamed his respiratory distress on the high altitude.

Wilson splits his time between his Spicewood ranch near Austin and his home on the Hawaiian island of Maui. No word on where the musician will be recuperating. 

Here’s a list of Wilson’s canceled February concert dates:

  • February 7 — Macon, Georgia
  • February 9 — Biloxi, Mississippi
  • February 10 — Panama City, Florida
  • February 12 — Estero, Florida
  • February 13 — Pompano Beach, Florida
  • February 15 — Clearwater, Florida
  • February 17 — Cocoa, Florida
  • February 18 — Saint Augustine, Florida