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Scary news out of the music world this morning as we report that country music icon Willie Nelson was forced to cut short his show at Salt Lake City’s USANA Amphitheater last night due to respiratory problems caused by high elevation. According to the Daily News Nelson, 84, was visibly struggling with the high altitude before stepping offstage with bandmates telling concertgoers that he needed a break; a few moments later, a woman appeared onstage and announced that the show was over, saying “Willie loves ya’ll. He wants you to get home safe, but the show’s over.”
He was taken to a local hospital for evaluation where at around 1am local time, he took to Twitter to apologize for cutting the concert short and to assure fans that he was “feeling better” and “headed for lower ground”.
This is Willie I am sorry to have to cut the SLC show short tonight The altitude got to me I am feeling better now & headed for lower ground
— Willie Nelson (@WillieNelson) August 14, 2017
As of now, no changes have been made to Nelson’s tour schedule; he’s slated to return to the stage tomorrow evening in Saratoga, California for a show at The Mountain Winery, though his official website promises to “post additional details as they are released”. Stay tuned to Society of Rock for more updates as they become available.
Willie, we’re so glad you’re feeling better – we wish you a full and speedy recovery and can’t wait to see you back where you belong: on the stage!
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