Willie Nelson cancels tour: medical issue

Willie Nelson has had to cancel his latest US tour citing breathing problems.
Willie Nelson has had to cancel his latest US tour citing breathing problems.

Willie Nelson has cancelled his latest US tour due to a "breathing problem," the country singer-songwriter has announced on Facebook.

"To my fans, I'm sorry to cancel my tour, but I have a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out. I'll be back," he wrote on Wednesday.

Fresh off the release of his latest album Ride Me Back Home, Nelson had just expanded his 2019 Outlaw Music Festival tour with a number of new dates in New York City, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, Raleigh and Cincinnati among others.

As of the announcement, Nelson was scheduled for almost thirty more concert appearances across America.

Nelson has a history of emphysema and has previously cancelled or rescheduled a number of shows over the past couple of years, including one in January 2018 in which the country singer also cited breathing difficulties.

At 86, Nelson is a country music icon with more than 65 albums to his name.

He first skyrocketed into fame with a series of critically acclaimed albums including Shotgun Willie (1973), Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978).

Australian Associated Press