Willie Nelson was forced to cancel a fundraiser appearance in Denver on Saturday night (8/18), following breathing issues that rendered him ill.
KUSA-TV in Denver reported that the 79-year-old singer failed to show for Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ, an event benefiting the Denver Dumb Friends League. The audience was informed that Nelson was “suffering from breathing problems due to the high altitude and emphysema.” The station also reports that he was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
According to a statement this morning (8/20) from Nelson’s publicist, the artist is feeling fine this morning and not currently in any hospital. He is still planning to go forward with his show Tuesday (8/21) at the House of Blues in Dallas.
In other Nelson news, his latest album Heroes (Legacy Recordings) recently spent five consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Radio Chart. He is also taking part in the upcoming Railroad Revival Tour, that kicks off October 20 in Duluth, Ga., and will cross the country with via train with stops in Memphis, New Orleans, Oklahoma City and more. See dates here.