The Hag stays off the road
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
– Merle Haggard is staying off the road through April.
Haggard was recommended to continue resting to complete his recovery from double pneumonia.
"I want to thank my fans for their prayers and well wishes. I hope to be back on the road in May, but I'm taking it one day at a time," the Hag said in a press release.
Haggard, 78, has been having health issues since December. He cancelled tour dates in March and some in February, although he also played several shows then in California.
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