Country Music Hall of Fame Willie Nelson attended Charlotte's PNC Music Pavilion on Saturday night to shape his Outlaw Music Festival and then play or sing without a single touch – leaving fans confused, angry and disappointed.
Live Nation issued a press release after 11pm Saturday night, simply saying, "Because of illness, Willie Nelson could not play tonight at the Outlaw Music Festival at the PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte Fans are asked to keep their tickets until the new one Date will be announced. "  Due to illness, Willie Nelson could not play tonight at the Outlaw Music Festival in the PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte. Fans are asked to keep their tickets until the new date is announced.
In a video that was posted Saturday night by a YouTube user named Michael, Keim, 85-year-old Nelson, may slowly be pushed onto the scene take a guitar, put the guitar back, beats his cowboy hat in the crowd and then shuffles back from the stage.
The caption On Keim's video he noted – as well as others – that he came out and went twice.
Several concertgoers reported on Twitter that they stood around for an hour until they were told that Nelson would not be coming back and that the show was over.
It was a tough year for Nelson. He has also canceled several concerts in February because of the flu, although – fortunately for the fans in these cities – he has made good the call in advance.
On Saturday night, the fact that he appeared and disappeared several times made some fans suspicious. A Twitter user said afterwards: "This is someone p —– off, not something else."
Whatever the case, Nelson's abrupt departure was the most significant of many significant blows to the festival, in which Elvis Costello withdrew in April for "a non-life threatening intervention" and Brandi Carlile retired before two Withdrew weeks "due to unexpected family responsibilities abroad".
In the end, fans listened to sets by old-country creator Sturgill Simpson, the American String Band's Old Crow Medicine Show, and on The cast of Wild Feathers and Mitchell Lee, then got a few glances at Willie Nelson and stood around a lot.
We will update this story when a make-up date is announced or more information about Nelson's disease is spread …