Willie Nelson’s doctor ordered him to make one move that has fans fearing the worst

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When people think of iconic American country singers one of the first that comes to mind is the legendary Willie Nelson.

He’s been touring and performing his songs to adoring fans for decades.

But now Willie Nelson’s doctor ordered him to make one move that has fans fearing the worst.

Willie Nelson misses “Outlaw Music Festival Tour” appearances

The Outlaw Music Festival made its first stop at the Ameris Bank Amphitheater in Alpharetta, Georgia on June 21, but the show went on without Willie Nelson.

Just a few hours before he was set to appear, the legendary 91-year-old country singer said he would not be able to perform through a social media statement.

According to Nelson’s official X account, the statement read, “We regret to inform you that Willie Nelson is not feeling well and, per doctor’s orders, has been advised to rest for the next four days.”

“He is expected to make a quick recovery and join the Outlaw Music Festival tour next week,” the statement continued.

After the announcement went public, a representative for Nelson gave a health update in an email statement to TODAY.com.

“Willie will be fine. I live in Los Angeles and will fly next week to see the performances on the East Coast. I can’t wait,” they said.

Meanwhile, Nelson’s son performed a “special set” with his band, Lukas Nelson and the Family Band.

The set included covers of some of his father’s classic tunes, as well as other songs.

Other artists who did appear at the festival on the first night of the tour included Bob Dylan, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, and Celisse. 

Although Willie was ordered to rest for four days by his doctor, he has not yet announced exactly when he plans to return to the stage for more performances.

Meanwhile, the Outlaw Music Festival continued on June 22 in Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 23 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and continued on June 26 in Virginia Beach, Virginia after a short break.

The festival was first announced on social media in February, when Nelson shared an Instagram post saying that it would celebrate “an incredible lineup of legendary artists.”

The biggest festival thus far

Nelson expressed his excitement about the Outlaw Music Festival Tour publicly prior to his doctor’s orders, touting it as “the biggest and best yet,” per a statement on the tour website.

“I am thrilled to get back on the road again with my family and friends playing the music we love for the fans we love,” he said.

The festival first debuted in 2016 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and featured artists like Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow, and others.

Nelson isn’t the only major artist who is missing tour dates this year over health issues. 

Bruce Springsteen postponed several European concert dates after being ordered by doctors to “not perform for the next ten days” at the end of May.

Springsteen also postponed his remaining tour dates in September 2023 when he was recovering from peptic ulcer disease. 

Nelson almost canceled his On the Road Again Tour over a “breathing problem” in August 2019, but after a brief hiatus, he later resumed the tour.

US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.