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There is nothing that a country artist hates more than cancelling dates, especially when that artist is Willie Nelson! Yet, on Feb. 5, that’s exactly what the music legend was forced to do — this time based on orders from his doctors.

“Willie Nelson has canceled his February tour dates as he requires a few extra weeks to recover completely from the flu,” representatives for the singer said in a statement to “People” magazine. “He is up and about and looks as healthy as ever, but his doctor has determined that his voice needs more time to recuperate to give the performances you all love seeing. Willie will resume the tour in early March.”

Willie then offered a brief, yet somewhat haunting message to his fans: “I will see you all down the road.”

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Indeed, Willie is scheduled to be back on the road on March 5 for a show in Greenville, South Carolina. The 84-year-old icon, who has had a number of health issues in recent months, has continued to persevere through it all, but this most recent illness has forced him to cancel all eight of his February concert dates, including six in Florida.

Of course, the news had many fans heading to Twitter to express their concern and love for the Country Music Hall of Fame member.

In a recent interview, Willie’s son Lukas weighed in about his dad’s touring habits compared to those of the incomparable Neil Young, with whom Lukas has also toured in the past.

“Dad travels better than anyone I’ve ever met,” Lukas said in the interview. “He’s really good a keeping his routine, sleeping a lot. Neil travels incredibly well. He’s got a whole exercise truck he brings along with him. He does Pilates every day. He keeps himself strong and fresh. He knows how to take care of his body. And that’s inspiring for somebody 72 years old, and dad being 85 almost.”

Inspiring indeed.

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“I’ve learned a lot being with both of them about stage presence, working a crowd, getting your equipment right on stage, making sure that everything is perfect,” Lukas added. He added that touring with Willie and with Neil “is just as magical, but in a different way. They’re different stylistically. Dad doesn’t get as rock ’n’ roll as we get sometimes. But he can if he wants to. His set is mellower.”

Everyone here at Rare Country joins all of Willie’s faithful fans in sending our most fervent get well wishes to him.

We can’t wait to see Willie back on stage very, very soon!

Willie Nelson cancels a month of shows due to illness AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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