Haggard sick with pneumonia
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
– Merle Haggard is hospitalized in Georgia with pneumonia. The illness forced The Hag to cancel his remaining January tour dates.
"His January dates are being rescheduled for April. His late February dates are still on," his publicist said via email. "He is expected to be released in a few days."
Haggard, 74, was taken to a hospital Tuesday after canceling a Macon show. Rolling Stone reported Haggard "was about to take the stage for a show on Tuesday night when it was determined that he was too sick to perform."
Tour Manager Frank Full said Haggard was ill when he left his California home. "He thought he was well enough to work and he did work three dates, and he got progressively worse," said Mull in the Rolling Stone piece.
Haggard canceled shows in Columbus, Ga. tonight, Paducah, Ky. Tomorrow night, Lula, Miss. on Jan. 20, Fort Worth, Texas on Jan. 21 and Tulsa, Okla. on Jan. 22.
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