Country great Merle Haggard has been forced to scrap American concert dates as he fights respiratory problems.

The 68-year-old singer/songwriter was due to play nine dates in October (04), with more shows to be added, but he has been ordered to rest up.

A spokesman for the country star says, "He's just not feeling well and I think he needs to take some time off."

23/09/2004 21:13