by Peter Mongillo
Fans of Willie Nelson grew worried over the weekend when reports out of Denver had the 79-year-old musician in the hospital with breathing problems. A scheduled benefit performance in the area was canceled.
Nelson’s publicist Elaine Schock confirmed Monday morning that the red-headed legend is currently not in the hospital and will not cancel any upcoming shows, including stops this week in Dallas, New Orleans and an Austin-area show Saturday at the Backyard.
Nelson has shown few signs of slowing in recent years. He continues to release music, including the recent album “Heroes,” on which he collaborates with his son Lukas as well as Kris Kristofferson and Snoop Dog, among others. He also lives on tour. His current schedule has him playing consistently through September; after a short break he heads back out in October with Jamey Johnson, Band of Horses and John C. Reilly on the Railroad Revival Tour, which takes him from coast to coast by train for eight stops.