Willie Nelson Family Band makes big changes to tour with positive COVID-19 case


The Willie Nelson Family Band was forced to postpone a tour stop in Franklin, Tennessee this weekend after a member of the band tested positive for COVID-19. Nelson, 89 also cancelled his performance at Sunday’s New Orleans Jazz Festival. Nelson’s team has not revealed which member of the group was positive.

Nelson and his band were scheduled to perform at the FirstBank Amphitheater in Franklin on Friday night and the Brandon Amphitheater in Brandon, Mississippi on Saturday. The Franklin date was moved to June 19, while the Brandon date was moved to June 17. “Both postponed shows will feature the entire original line-up including Willie Nelson and Family, Charley Crockett, and Drayton Farley,” Nelson’s Statement read.

Nelson’s fans were disappointed but they still wished him and his band well. “Oh, man. I was excited for the show. Get well soon. I’ll see y’all next month,”One fan wrote. “Prayers are sent for you and the band for a quick recovery, Willie! Stay safe and God bless you,”Another comment. “Get well soon. Postponing is the responsible thing to do. Thank you,”One more fan.

Nelson was supposed to perform at Sunday’s New Orleans Jazz Festival. However, that performance was canceled. According to reports, Nelson’s son Lukas Nelson with Promise of the Real is still scheduled to perform on Sunday Nola.com. Zac Brown Band will replace the Nelson Family Band.

Nelson wasn’t the only one to cancel their Jazz Festival appearance. After a member her road crew was positive, Melissa Etheridge cancelled her Saturday headline show. Mavis Staples took Etheridge’s spot.

Nelson will Return to the road on May 27,. The three-night stand of country music legends is set for the Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels (Texas) on May 27-29. He is also part the Outlaw Fest, which will be touring throughout the summer.

The “On The Road Again”The singer turned 89 on April 29th, the same day that he released his 72nd studio record. Beautiful Time. The album was critically acclaimed and featured covers of The Beatles. “With a Little Help from My Friends”Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song,”A recording of Chris Stapleton-written “I’ll Love You Till the Day I Die.”Nelson’s Family Band lineup now includes harmonica player Mickey Raphael (drummer Billy English), bassist Kevin Smith, and his son Lukas (guitar).

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