Willie Nelson Greenlit for Outlaw Music Festival Comeback

Willie Nelson Cleared for Eagerly Awaited Return to Music Stage.

by Nouman Rasool
Willie Nelson Greenlit for Outlaw Music Festival Comeback
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After a health scare forced him off the tour in August, country music legend Willie Nelson is scheduled to be back on stage Friday for the Outlaw Music Festival co-headlined with Bob Dylan. Nelson's slurred his words in the video, but he and his staff made it clear...

doctors advised him to get back on the road. He will re-join the festival roster on March 14 onwards meaning he can perform at those hotly anticipated concerts. According to a more recent update, Nelson won't be taking the stage at this weekend's gigs in Syracuse and Long Island or Holmdel, N.J..

That brings his total to missing seven shows. During his absence, Nelson's son Lukas has been playing a set of songs from the elder Nelson's extensive back catalog and giving fans a chance to hear tracks they've longed for.

Nelson's Festive Comeback

Moving forward, you can find Nelson back on the road July 2 in Mansfield Massachusetts.

Thank goodness, because it means we'll soon be seeing him at his iconic annual 4th of July picnic. This year it's in Philly, with performances by Bob Dylan (doing full sets of Blood on the Tracks and Desire), Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, along with special guest Maren Morris.

Featuring a rotating lineup of stellar acts both with and without the presence of Nelson and Dylan, this edition runs through September 20. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, accompanied by Celisse will perform for the first set of dates on the tour.

John Mellencamp, followed by alternates of Brittney Spencer and Southern Avenue will play the second half. Moreover, bluegrass wunderkind Billy Strings will play the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington on Aug. 10 — a venue that also houses Freak Night and Paradiso annually One of the Outlaw Music Festival series continues to be a must-see event for music lovers, as iconic names and modern stars keep packing it in at exclusive locations across America.

The comeback is a major milestone for the festival, as well as confirmation to its fans that Nelson remains dedicated music and live shows.