Willie Nelson Playing Midwest Shows After All

After apparently changing his mind about canceling a series of concerts in the Midwest, Willie Nelson will be on the road again for a tour starting Thursday (Sept. 20) in Kansas City, Mo. The show at the Starlight Theatre was one of several dates Nelson canceled after appearing Sunday (Sept. 9) at the Farm Aid concert in New York City. Nelson’s representatives attributed the cancellations to exhaustion, concert promoters said. “He got bombarded with e-mails, calls and requests, and he decided he didn’t want to let the fans down,” promoter Jeff Fortier told WDAF-TV in Kansas City. Also back on Nelson’s schedule are shows on Sept. 21 in Lake Ozark, Mo., Sept. 22 in LaSalle, Ill., Sept. 25 in Sioux City, Iowa, and Sept. 26 in Rapid City, S.D. According to the Web site for the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua concert series in Bayfield, Wis., his Sept. 23 show is canceled there, although it was listed on the tour page of Nelson’s official Web site late Friday (Sept. 14).