Willie Nelson, still recovering from the flu, cancels more tour dates

Willie Nelson performs in Helotes near San Antonio in 2014.
Willie Nelson performs in Helotes near San Antonio in 2014. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Willie Nelson has canceled or postponed eight more tour dates as he recovers from the flu.

The country music legend needs a few more weeks to completely get over his bout with this season's especially powerful flu, according to a statement from Nelson's manager, Elaine Schock.

Nelson left the stage early during a January show in San Diego. He reportedly had breathing problems as he opened the set with the crowd favorite "Whiskey River" at Harrah's Resort SoCal.

At the time, Schock said Nelson would return to the stage on Feb. 7 for a show in Macon, Ga. Now that show, one in Biloxi, Miss., and six more on a run through Florida, have been canceled.

"He is up and about and looks as healthy as ever," Schock said. "But his doctor has determined that his voice still needs more time to recuperate to give the performances you all love seeing."

The 84-year-old last played in Fort Worth in a two-night booking at Billy Bob's Texas in November 2017.

His next active tour date is currently scheduled for March 5 in Greenville, S.C. The next Texas date on his tour schedule is March 12 at the Amarillo Civic Center.

Schock said she was unsure whether Nelson got a flu shot this season.

Matthew Martinez: 817-390-7667; @MCTinez817

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