Willie Nelson Recovers from Illness in Texas and Cancels January Shows

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Willie Nelson is recuperating in the Lone Star State following the cancellation of all of his concerts within this second week of January due to illness. He had begun to perform the opening song of his concert event at Harrah’s Casino in California over this past weekend (January 6) when the 84-year-old had to abruptly end the performance, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

A number of concert-goers told the Union-Tribune how Nelson was coughing and appeared to be suffering from difficulty breathing as he left the stage during the performance of “Whiskey River.” Since then, all his concerts for this week following were canceled, according to a representative.

Confirming the matter on social media, Nelson’s son Lukas posted to Twitter: “Apologies all, Dad has the flu so we canceled this week’s gigs in Cali and Vegas. If you have tickets, please contact the venue for a refund and we hope to see you on the road again soon.” There are no further concerts scheduled for Nelson until February when he has eight shows which his fans are anticipating throughout the course of the month. He released the CD “God’s Problem Child” back in April of 2017, and since then, has managed his 44th annual 4th of July picnic in Austin as well as assisted with Hurricane Harvey relief. His efforts to help the common man have not gone unnoticed and his fans have recently shared many words of positivity and hope on social media outlets, praying for a return to good health for the country gentleman.