On the road again: Willie set to return after missing two shows

Willie Nelson performs to an adoring crowd at The Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 9, 2016.  (Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman)

Willie Nelson performs to an adoring crowd at The Austin City Limits Music Festival on October 9, 2016. Tamir Kalifa for American-Statesman

If you’ve seen reports that Willie Nelson missed a couple of shows this week because of illness, here’s the good news: His publicist reports today that the country legend’s current tour is set to get back on track with a Wednesday date in the Houston suburb of Stafford.

Nelson called off concerts scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Midland and Lubbock, respectively, because he was “feeling under the weather,” according to a Lubbock Avalanche-Journal report. A brief email from Nelson’s publicist on Tuesday morning stated that “Willie resumes touring tomorrow.”

After the Stafford show, Nelson has weekend dates in Louisiana and Mississippi before returning to Texas for two San Antonio shows next week. His next Austin appearances are his traditional New Year’s Eve shows at ACL Live Dec. 29-31. Two shows in Dallas were just announced today for Jan. 3-4, 2017.

Nelson, who turned 83 in April, has had an eventful 2016, releasing a tribute album to Ray Price and another to George & Ira Gershwin (after receiving the prestigious Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress last year). His annual July Fourth Picnic drew huge crowds to the Austin360 Amphitheater for the second straight year.

READ MORE: The Year in Willie, 2015 edition, and The Year in Willie, 2014 edition

 

 


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