Willie Nelson Cancels Festival Performances For Health Reasons

Country Music icon Willie Nelson, 91, cancelled his performance at the Outlaw Music Festival on Friday for health reasons, according to a statement released on his social media platforms.

“We regret to inform you that Willie Nelson is not feeling well and, per doctor’s orders, has been advised to rest for the next four days,” the statement said. Thankfully, Nelson is expected to “make a full recovery and join the Outlaw Music Festival tour next week.”

Willie Nelson Cancels Festival Performances For Health Reasons

Nelson was scheduled to perform Friday in Georgia as part of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour, which he is headlining. The 91-year-old was scheduled for back-to-back performances on Friday and Saturday in North Carolina before the cancellation.

“I am thrilled to get back on the road again with my family and friends playing the music we love for the fans we love,” the music legend said in February when the tour was announced. The tour, which has become a popular summer outing for fans of Classic Rock and vintage Country, first began as a standalone event in Pennsylvania in 2016.

Additional acts on this year’s iteration of the tour include Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

After Nelson was forced to step away under doctor’s orders, the tour announced that his son Lukas Nelson and guests would perform a “special set” including Nelson’s classics. Nelson hopes to be back on stage when the tour moves to Virginia and New York on June 26 through June 29.

Additional details concerning the “On The Road Again” singer’s health have not been disclosed as of this report.

Shortly after his 90th birthday in April 2023, Nelson stated that he has no plans to retire and hopes to continue working on albums and performing on tour. His latest album, “The Border,” debuted in May.