Willie Nelson abruptly cancels tours, leaves fans worried

AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) Texas legend Willie Nelson is off the road again, announcing late Wednesday on Twitter that he has canceled his current tour because of a “breathing problem.”

Willie Nelson abruptly canceled his tour Wednesday night. (File)

“To my fans,” Nelson wrote, “I’m sorry to cancel my tour, but I have a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out. I’ll be back Love, Willie.”

He posted the tweet just after he finished performing with Alison Kraus in Toledo, Ohio.

Nelson, 86, and Kraus were scheduled to play Friday night in Grand Rapids, Mich., before hitting the road for dates Saturday night in Huntington, W. Va., Monday night in Florence, S.C., Wednesday night in Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 16 in Greenville, S.C., and Aug. 17 in Greensboro, N.C., according to the tour schedule on his website.

He's also scheduled to perform on Sept. 21 at the Farm Aid concert with John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Neil Young and Bonnie Raitt on Sept. 21.

Thursday afternoon Farm Aid said Nelson will resume the tour on Sept. 6 and said he will perform at Farm Aid.

The tour is scheduled to end on Nov. 29 in Thackerville, Okla.

Last summer Nelson canceled his appearance at the Outlaw Music Festival because of illness and was forced to cancel several dates in 2018.

Nelson was born on April 30, 1933 in Abbott where his grandparents reared him.

His first public performance came when he was 5 and recited a poem he had written at a church picnic.

At 6 he began taking music lessons and in high school he formed his first band.

He says the first song he ever learned to sing was “Amazing Grace,” but he’s written plenty of his own in the years since.

He first charted in 1962 with “Willingly,” and notched his first No. 1 with “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” from his breakthrough album, “Red Headed Stranger” in 1975.

He’s also appeared in several films including "Honeysuckle Rose," "The Electric Horseman," Gone Fishin'," "and Wag the Dog."