Willie Nelson cancels shows due to ill health

84-year-old recently suffered breathing problems on stage

Willie Nelson has cancelled a number of tour dates after abruptly ending a show at the weekend after just one song.

Nelson, 84, was performing at the Harrah’s Resort SoCal in San Diego on Saturday (January 6) when he was forced to abandon his set after playing opening track ‘Whiskey River’.

Reports suggest that Nelson “was coughing and apparently experiencing some difficulty breathing as he left the stage”.


Nelson’s press representative has since confirmed that the country music legend has “a bad cold or the flu” and has returned home to Texas to recover.

He had been scheduled to play gigs in Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada this week, but all the shows have now been cancelled.

Nelson’s next scheduled performance is on February 7 in Macon, Georgia.

Last August, Nelson again had to cut a concert short after experiencing breathing problems.

Tweeting at the time, Nelson wrote: “This is Willie. I am very sorry to have to cut the Salt Lake City performance short tonight. The altitude just got to me. I am feeling a lot better now and headed for lower ground.”