Merle Haggard Hospitalized Again, Cancels March Tour Dates

Country Music Hall of Fame Member Continues to Battle Pneumonia

Merle Haggard is hospitalized again with pneumonia and has canceled his March tour dates, his publicist announced Tuesday evening (March 1).

“Due to a persistent reoccurring bout of double pneumonia, Merle Haggard is currently receiving treatment at a hospital in California and has had to postpone his concert dates in March,” according to the statement released by Tresa Redburn. “He looks forward to seeing his fans on his next tour in April. However, per doctor’s orders, he is going to take one more month off from life on the road to rest and recover from his latest bout with pneumonia.”

It’s the latest chapter in a series of hospitalizations and concert cancellations that began when the 78-year-old was hospitalized in December. He canceled several concerts in early February, but after announcing that all of his tour dates for the month were either canceled or being rescheduled, he returned to the stage on Feb. 6 and continued touring.

Haggard’s March schedule included performances Tuesday and Wednesday (March 8-9) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.