Willie Nelson isn't on the road again, yet. After canceling concerts in January because of the flu, his team reported that he has to cancel eight more shows in February to recover. It's been a devastating flu season in D-FW and beyond, with some of the worst still to come, say Dallas County officials.
The next concert at which Nelson is expected to appear is now March 5 in Greenville, South Carolina, which means the 84-year-old Texas legend will have taken off about two months of concerts due to flu. He has canceled dates here and there due to altitude sickness and colds in the past year.
We found his July 2017 concert at the Outlaw Music Festival to be one of his best local shows in years.
Variety reports that Nelson is "up and about and looks as healthy as ever" but his voice needs more time, his doctor said. Despite his illness, Nelson has said, "'I will see you all down the road,'" Variety reports.
The canceled February concerts would have been in Georgia, Mississippi and Florida. Nelson's website marks them as "Postponed: Stay tuned for a new date."
Nelson's last few performances locally were in November at WinStar World Casino and at Billy Bob's Texas.
Let's end this thing on a high note: The Texas Institute of Letters elected Willie Nelson into its elite club in late January.
Read a celebration of Nelson's long history in Texas in this interactive story about his career.