Hag’s Farewell Tour?

Country legend Merle Haggard explained recently that much of his tour stint in 1998 could be billed as his Farewell Tour. Haggard’s manager, Lance Roberts, told the Billboard Bulletin that the artist has about 120 dates booked for next year, including gigs with both Willie Nelson and Johnny Paycheck. His dates with Nelson will be billed as “Pancho & Lefty,” while his Paycheck dates will be dubbed “The Working Man Tour.” Haggard has played close to 100 dates annually for approximately 30 years. His ’98 concerts begin January 12th and 13th in Santa Ana, California.