Merle Haggard: Tour of a Legend

Published: 2004-05-19
Legendary country performer Merle Haggard kicked off the Canadian leg of his tour yesterday in Prince George. Haggard will then be touring for the rest of May in Canada, crossing the country from west to east. After he finishes up in Ottawa, the singer will take a month long break before beginning the U.S. portion of the tour.

Merle Haggard is one of the original performers to bring an edge to country music. Along with Johnny Cash he is one of the premiere songwriters at bringing the feeling of life behind bars to an audience that has never gone near a prison. Haggard even spent time in the famous San Quentin Penitentiary before he was 21 years old. Lucky for the music world, prison would not become the be all and end all of Merle Haggard's life.
Haggard has released more music albums than anyone would care to count, but honestly, it's a helluva lot. Merle first appeared on the music scene in 1965 with his debut album 'Strangers', and still continues to record and release music today. His latest album is titled 'Like Never Before', which was released late last year. Still the social agitator he always was, the album contains a single that criticizes media coverage on the war in Iraq. Boy did he manage to create some buzz with that one, especially for a senior citizen.

Merle's remaining dates:

May 19 Grande Prairie – Crystal Centre
May 20 Edmonton – Skyreach Centre
May 21 Calgary – Pengrowth Saddledome
May 22 Regina – Centre For The Arts
May 23 Winnipeg – Centennial Concert Hall
May 25 Toronto – Massey Hall
May 26 Hamilton – Copps Coliseum
May 27 London – John Labatt Centre
May 28 Peterborough – Memorial Centre
May 29 Ottawa – Corel Center

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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