Back Trouble Forces Haggard To Cancel Concerts

Veteran country artist Merle Haggard has canceled several concerts this month because of back trouble. "Merle said he is sorry about this inconvenience ... and he hopes everyone understands," his book

Veteran country artist Merle Haggard has canceled several concerts this month because of back trouble. "Merle said he is sorry about this inconvenience ... and he hopes everyone understands," his booking agent Lance Roberts said.

Haggard, 65, has four herniated discs in his back and is at home in California resting and getting medical care, according to Roberts. More concerts could be canceled, depending on what treatment is prescribed.

The artist was due to perform tonight (Sept. 24) in Verona, N.Y. at the Turning Stone Casino. September concerts had also been scheduled in Memphis and Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; Beckley, W.Va.; Marietta, Ga.; and Eureka Springs, Ark.

His next scheduled concert comes on Halloween at the Waroners Center in Fresno, Calif., followed by a few shows in Nevada and more in California. Haggard's tour dates come in support of his latest album, "Roots, Vol. 1," his second for the Anti label. Released last November, the set debuted at No. 47 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and reached No. 26 on the Top Independent Albums tally.


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