Willie Nelson had to cut his Sunday night (8-13) concert at the USANA Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City short due to shortness of breath the country legend suffered during the performance. The 84-year-old was still in the early part of his set when he had to leave the stage and never returned. Willie was rushed to the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah in serious condition for treatment.
Though some reports said Willie did not even finish the first song at the concert, others insist it was during his fifth or sixth song when he began to suffer the breathing issues. Willie Nelson later personally addressed the issue via social media, saying, “This is Willie. I am sorry to have to cut the [Salt Lake City] show short tonight. The altitude got to me I am feeling better now & headed for lower ground.”
No word at the moment if concert goers will be refunded, partially refunded, or is a make up concert will be scheduled. Kacey Musgraves opened the show for Willie.
The news comes as Willie has suffered a rash of breathing issues affecting his performances at concerts. Willie Nelson canceled seven shows earlier this year due to what his publicist characterized as a bad cold. Then at a concert in New Braunfels, TX on April 22nd, Willie Nelson unexpectedly left the stage for roughly 20 minutes due to breathing issues.
Willie Nelson’s next scheduled concert is at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California on Tuesday, August 15th. At the moment the concert is still on.
Willie’s latest album God’s Problem Child will be released on April 28th. It includes the song “Still Not Dead” that makes light of the internet death hoaxes regularly swirling around Willie.