Merle Haggard Cancels Shows Over Health Issues
Merle Haggard, 78, has announced that he is forced to cancel his upcoming tour due to illness. Haggard is also making headlines after sharing his thoughts on Donald Trump.
Merle Haggard is cancelling his tour due to illness. On February 2nd, via his representative, the Country Music Hall of Famer revealed that his concert in Riverside, California was cancelled and the remainder of the month’s scheduled shows were also annulled. The “Old Man from the Mountain” singer’s publicist said that he was suffering from pneumonia, and added:
“He is still feeling weak from his recent struggle with double pneumonia and has decided to seek further treatment. Merle is hopeful he will be back on the road later in the spring.”
This is the second set of concerts cancellation for fans of the singer. The tour was initially set to begin late January in New Mexico, but his team feared that the state’s high elevation would trouble the crooner prompting them to cancel the first two dates.
Haggard, who spent 11 days last month in California’s Eisenhower Medical Center, recently opened up about his health issues to Rolling Stone saying:
“I’m really lucky to be alive. It could’ve gone in another direction had I messed around a little more.”
Haggard, who has had trouble breathing while performing, told the magazine:
“It was like suffocating, like having a pillow in your face. It’s a terrible thing; people die from it all the time.”
Haggard also decided to share his thoughts on candidate for president Donald Trump, he explained:
“He’s not a politician. I don’t think he understands the way things work in Washington, that’s what worries me about him. I don’t think he realizes he can’t just tell somebody to do something and have it done, you know. I think he’s dealing from a strange deck.”
Haggard is set to play a handful of shows in the south beginning in March and is hard at work on an album with Willie Nelson.
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