Despite health concerns, Merle Haggard will play a trio of Texas dates in October, but will cancel his plans tour for the rest of the year. The 68-year-old country music legend is suffering from respi

Despite health concerns, Merle Haggard will play a trio of Texas dates in October, but will cancel his plans tour for the rest of the year. The 68-year-old country music legend is suffering from respiratory problems.

Earlier today (Sept. 23), it was announced that Haggard would cancal all 2004 touring, including nine confirmed dates and a November run in the planning stages

The lynchpin date is a Dallas booking on Oct. 2 at the Cattle Baron's Ball, a benefit for the American Cancer Society that also has Willie Nelson on the bill.

"Even though he doesn't feel very well, Merle felt a commitment to the American Cancer Society and Willie, so he decided to go ahead and play that date," says Bobby Roberts, president of the Bobby Roberts Co., Haggard's booking agency. "And since he already would have his band in that part of the country, he will play San Antonio on Oct. 1 and Paris, Texas, on Oct. 3."

Unless something changes, these will be the last Haggard dates of the year, Roberts says.

As previously reported, Haggard has been working on a new album, which will mark his return to Capitol Records, where he spent much of his early career. His most recent studio album is last year's "Haggard Like Never Before," released on his own Hag label through Compendia. The set debuted at No. 40 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

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