Willie Nelson, 91, Cancels Tour Appearance On Doctor’s Orders

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Willie Nelson is booked solid through the summer with the Outlaw Fest featuring a slew of rotating list of music guests. His social media team shared on June 21 that the iconic singer, who turned 91 this year, had to drop out of a few shows on the advice of his doctor. What’s going on with his health? Keep reading for what we know so far.

Willie Nelson, 91, Cancels Tour Appearance On Doctor’s Orders

Bob Dylan, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are on the first leg of the Outlaw Fest touring the U.S. this summer. Plant and Krauss are replaced by John Mellencamp for dates later in the tour. Sheryl Crow and Maren Morris also join the tour for a few stops.

But concertgoers at the next few Outlaw Fest shows might not get a chance to see Willie Nelson perform. He has been forced to take it easy for the next four days on orders from his doctor.

Willie Nelson/Credit: YouTube
Willie Nelson/Credit: YouTube

A message posted on all of Nelson’s social media accounts, including Twitter and Instagram, reveal that the “Crazy” singer is feeling under the weather. He is expected to rejoin the tour next week. The next few shows include a stop in Virginia Beach, two stops in New York state and one in New Jersey. It’s unclear if Willie Nelson will have recovered enough to perform at those shows.

According to the social media post, his son, Lukas Nelson and the Family Band will take the stage in Willie Nelson’s place until he can return.

Country Fans Slam Social Media Announcement

The social media post was flooded with well wishes for the iconic singer-songwriter. But many fans also took issue with the wording of the post. They particularly had a problem with the first sentence of the post. “We regret to inform you that Willie Nelson….”

One social media user replied to the tweet announcement, “Jesus you scared the heck out of us. Professionally speaking, if he is gonna be ok, do not start off with we regret to inform you about a 91 year old.”

Another fan wrote, “You could have just removed the first line and spared us all from the heartbreak.”

Willie Nelson celebrated his 90th birthday with a CBS special that aired in December 2023. The special is available to stream on Paramount Plus. He just turned 91 in April and vowed to continue touring as long as possible.

Sending all the well wishes to Willie Nelson!

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