On Saturday night (May 26), there were some disappointed fans in Charlotte, NC, after Willie Nelson had left the stage without playing a single song, and did not return.
The 85-year-old country legend was to perform a headlining set as part of the Outlaw Music Festival Tour Date at the PNC Music Pavilion. The fan-shot video above captures the moment when he steps onto the stage, carefully advancing and acknowledging the clank of the crowd with a wave.
He goes to his guitar stand and fetches his guitar strap and then Trigger, his brand battered guitar. But before he straps the guitar around his shoulders, he puts her back in the stand, takes off the cowboy hat and throws it into the audience before leaving the stage from the stage. He sees him stepping through the stage door while his confused band members stay on stage wondering if he will return or not.
The video footage explains that Nelson had attempted to enter the stage for the second time on Saturday night. then left without playing. The producers of the concert later turned to social media to announce that it was redeploying the date:
Several concertgoers complained online that they would have waited an hour or more after Nelson left the stage had before the announcement did not come back to execution. To make matters worse, Brandi Carlile and Elvis Costello have canceled their scheduled performances before the show. After Charlotte Observer Costello retired in April, calling "a non-life-threatening surgical procedure" while Carlile canceled overseas two weeks ago for unexpected family responsibilities. Fans Can Do Sets from Old Crow Medicine Show and Sturgill Simpson, but also Wild Feathers and Mitchell Lee, but with some major draws missing, some fans turned to Twitter and asked for reimbursements for the festival.
Fans did it.
Nelson has been fighting emphysema and other health issues, and has canceled or postponed a series of shows over the past year. Most recently, he had to cancel all his tour dates in February so he could recover from a terrible flu attack.
Nelson's publicist tells The Music Universe that Nelson has canceled his gig on Saturday's Stomach Beetle, but he is currently scheduled for his scheduled performance on Sunday (May 27) at Anthem in Washington, DC to continue with Sturgill Simpson.
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