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Merle Haggard cancels April show in Kansas City

Merle Haggard performs at the 2015 Big Barrel Country Music Festival in Dover, Del.
Merle Haggard performs at the 2015 Big Barrel Country Music Festival in Dover, Del. Invision/AP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country icon Merle Haggard has canceled his April concert dates – including one in Kansas City –as he recovers from a recurring bout of double pneumonia.

Haggard was to perform April 11 with Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham at the Silverstein Eye Center Arena in Independence.

“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,” the singer said in a statement from his publicist on Tuesday.

The 78-year-old singer of hits like “Okie From Muskogee,” “Mama Tried” and “Workin’ Man Blues” also canceled dates in February and March.

He had a battle with lung cancer in 2008 but still keeps up an ambitious touring schedule.

The Willie Nelson and Family show will still go on.

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