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Willie Nelson to resume summer tour after 'breathing problem'

The 86-year-old country music legend had initially canceled the remainder of his summer tour.
Willie Nelson
The legendary Willie Nelson revealed he had a "breathing problem" on Monday, which caused him to cancel some of his summer tour performances.Getty Images
/ Source: TODAY

Willie Nelson is going back on the road after he initially canceled his summer concert tour.

On Monday night, the 86-year-old "On the Road Again" singer took to Twitter and explained to his fans that he needed to take a break from life on the road due to a respiratory issue.

"To my fans, I’m sorry to cancel my tour, but I have a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out," he wrote.

But on Tuesday afternoon, Nelson's Facebook page was updated again. This time, the message to fans read, "Update: Willie is resting and feeling better."

Immediately following the good news was an even more exciting update, "The tour will resume on September 6 in Gilford, NH. Thanks to all the fans for the continued support!"

The beloved country music legend has been performing with opening act Alison Krauss since the June release of his 69th studio album, "Ride Me Back Home." He still had 30 shows ahead of him when he made the cancellation announcement just hours after wrapping up a performance in Toledo, Ohio.

Nelson was forced to cancel or postpone several performances due to illness last year, and in August of 2017, he cut a show in Salt Lake City short mid-concert due to respiratory issues that he attributed to "the altitude."

Live performances are important to Nelson, because he knows they're important to his faithful fans. Earlier this year, he sat down with TODAY's Al Roker and talked about the simply reason those fans keep coming to his shows. It's all about good music.

"That's what people drive a long way and pay a lot of money to clap their hands and to hear — me, or anybody, sing good music," he said. "It's therapeutic; it's healthy."