Willie Nelson concert in Independence will go on without Merle Haggard

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JANUARY 24: Musicians Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard pose backstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — When Willie Nelson comes to Independence in April, fellow singer Merle Haggard will not be coming with him. The two were set to perform in The Willie Nelson & Family tour at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena on April 11.

Haggard is not well, though. He received doctor’s orders to complete his recovery from double pneumonia.

“I want to thank my fans for their prayers and well wishes. I hope to be back on the road in May, but I’m taking it one day at a time,” said Haggard in a news release.

Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham will perform ahead of Willie Nelson instead.

For more information, contact Silverstein Eye Centers Arena at 816-442-6100 or click here for ticket information.