Willie Nelson cancels tour, cites ‘breathing problem’; was to be in Grand Rapids Friday

Posted at 8:30 AM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 13:58:04-04

NEW YORK (AP/FOX 17) — Willie Nelson has canceled his tour because of a “breathing problem.”

The 86-year-old singer apologized on Twitter late Wednesday, writing “I need to have my doctor check out.” Nelson had just finished performing with Alison Krauss in Toledo, Ohio, and he was next scheduled to appear Friday in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Van Andel Arena officials said Thursday afternoon that the concert is officially canceled and that ticket holders can get refunds at their point of purchase.

He wrote “I’ll be back.”

Nelson was due to perform at the Farm Aid concert with John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and Bonnie Raitt on Sept. 21. His tour was scheduled to end on Nov. 29 in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Nelson canceled his appearance at the Outlaw Music Festival due to illness last summer. He also was forced to cancel several dates in 2018.