Merle Haggard to Tour Again After Brief Illness

Country music legend Merle Haggard is gearing up for the road again after a brief illness that had him sidelined for several shows.

The dates that were postponed in January are now rescheduled for April, and Haggard’s previously booked tour with his longtime band, The Strangers, will begin as planned on February 28 in Tucson, Arizona, at the Fox Theatre.

“I’m feeling good and ready to get back on the bus," Haggard said in a press release. "Thanks to all for their powerful prayers that led to my speedy recovery. I’m rehearsing with the band and looking forward to playin’ and singin’ again.”

Haggard's new album, Working in Tennessee is available now.

Merle Haggard on tour 2012:

  • 2/28 Tucson, Arizona Fox Theatre
  • 2/29 Anaheim, CA The Grove
  • 3/1 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre
  • 3/2 Laughlin, NV Edgewater Casino
  • 3/3 Rancho Mirage, CA Agua Caliente Casino
  • 3/5 & 3/6 Folsom, CA Three Stages at Folsom Lake College
  • 4/11 Nashville, TN The Ryman Auditorium
  • 4/12 Pigeon Forge, TN Country Tonite Theatre
  • 4/13 Florence, IN Ballerra Casino & Resort
  • 4/14 Greensboro, NC War Memorial Auditorium
  • 4/15 Columbia, SC The Township Auditorium
  • 4/16 Annapolis, MD Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
  • 4/17 Shippensburg, PA The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center
  • 4/19 Torrington, CT Warner Theatre
  • 4/20 Portsmouth, NH The Music Hall
  • 4/21 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah’s Atlantic City-The Concert Venue
  • 4/22 Springfield, OH Clark State Performing Arts Center
  • 4/25 Macon, GA Macon City Auditorium
  • 4/26 Paducah, KY Four Rivers Center
  • 4/27 Lula, MS Isle of Capri Casino

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.