Fans of country legend Willie Nelson were treated to more bad news, as the singer announced the cancellation of February dates “as he requires a few extra weeks to recover completely from the flu,” according to a release from his management covered by Variety.
“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. Willie will resume the tour in early March. Willie Nelson says, ‘I will see you all down the road.’”
Nelson, 84, cancelled dates throughout January following a very brief appearance on stage in San Diego early in the month. According to coverage by local media, Nelson departed the stage “coughing and having difficulty breathing” shortly after beginning his opening number “Whiskey River.”
Soon after, his management canceled the remainder of his scheduled shows for January. There was hope that he would be back in action this week, but the day’s announcement dashed those hopes.
The newly canceled shows are as follows:
Feb 7 Macon, GA Macon Centreplex Coliseum
Feb 9 Biloxi, MS IP Casino Resort & Hotel
Feb 10 Panama City, FL The Marina Civic Center
Feb 12 Estero, FL Germain Arena
Feb 13 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
Feb 15 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
Feb 17 Cocoa, FL Space Coast State Fair
Feb 18 Saint Augustine, FL Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
On Willienelson.com/tour, the dates are marked with a notation that they are “postponed: stay tuned for a new date.” His next scheduled show is on March 5 at Peace Concert Hall in Greenville, SC. There are 18 dates scheduled on his website from early March through October 20, not including any postponed dates which may be rescheduled.
Nelson’s last completed performance was on New Years Eve. He has reportedly been recovering at his Texas home since that time.