In Castle Pines Village just south of Denver, Colorado, everything was set for country icon Willie Nelson to perform for a fundraiser Saturday evening for the Denver Dumb Friends League, an animal shelter. The band and backup singers arrived on schedule, but Nelson never made it, according to local television station KUSA (9 News). Instead, Nelson, 79, was transported to a local hospital due to respiratory problems caused by the “high altitude and emphysema”, according to an announcement made to the assembled crowd.
Over the weekend, neither Nelson’s handlers nor promoters AEG Live offered any additional comment. However, this morning, Elaine Shock, a representative for Willie Nelson, denied reports that the country singer was hospitalized, said he was feeling better, and would be resuming his schedule with no further cancellations.
Back in May, Willie Nelson released his 66th studio album Heroes, featuring guest vocals from two of his sons, along with the likes of Kris Kristoffersson, Sheryl Crowe, Merle Haggard and Snoop Dogg (now “Snoop Lion”). Nelson has remained active on the touring circuit with no signs of slowing down; his tour schedule includes three shows this week, including the House of Blues in Dallas, TX Tuesday night.