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

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 1083 -- Pictured: Musical guest Willie Nelson performs on June 18, 2019 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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.

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  • lml25

    In my experience,Grand Rapids has the most cancellations of any city in the country. Big stars always catch some bug before coming here…lol .Then they cancel.I’m actually shocked Willie was touring–he was on Fallon’s lousy show recently(I only watched to see Willie)and there just isn’t much left to him.Could barely walk or sing.Sad to see but after all– he IS 86.Bless him for a great career.

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