Willie Nelson walks off stage due to illness

Singer will reschedule show for Charlotte, NC

Willie Nelson was forced to cancel his performance during his Outlaw Music Festival tour in Charlotte, NC on Saturday night (May 26th) due to illness. Concertgoers report the singer walked on stage twice before throwing his hat into the crowd and walking off stage the second time. The singer never sang or played a note, as the video shows below.

Live Nation Carolina tweeted, “Due to illness, Willie Nelson was unable to play tonight at the Outlaw Music Festival at PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte. Fans are asked to please hold on to their tickets until the new date is announced.”

Nelson’s publicist confirms to The Music Universe that the legendary country singer has a stomach bug and will make up the performance at a later date. He will perform Sunday night (May 27th) at The Anthem in Washington, DC with Sturgill Simpson.

This is one of numerous times Nelson’s health has forced him to cancel appearances over the past couple of years, including three dates last year at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, which were unable to be rescheduled.

Nelson’s most recent album, Last Man Standing, was released in April via Legacy Recordings. The album, comprised entirely of songs newly-penned by Willie Nelson, and longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon, is the worthy successor to Nelson’s God’s Problem Child, which showcased seven Nelson-Cannon compositions and debuted at No. 1 on the country charts. The pair have been working together since 2008 with Cannon producing more than a dozen of Nelson’s albums.

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