Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Willie Nelson Cuts Show Short After Suffering Breathing Issues

Willie Nelson Cuts Show Short After Suffering Breathing Issues

According to the San Diego Union Tribune, several people reported that Nelson had barely made it into the song when he started coughing and appeared to be having trouble breathing. According to published recollections from fans in attendance, the singer began performing his customary opening number, "Whiskey River", but was coughing and appeared to be having hard breathing. The shows for the rest of the week have also been canceled, giving Nelson time to recover.

Nelson's publicist told the Union-Tribune that the 84-year-old country legend was suffering from either "a bad cold or the flu" and was returning to Texas to recuperate.

Fans who purchased tickets to the aborted Harrah's show will receive refunds. It reads: "Unfortunately, due to illness, Willie Nelson's performance concluded early. It should post to your account within 7-10 business days". Upcoming dates this week have been canceled, including shows Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas and Sunday in Laughlin, Nevada. He was forced to cancel a number of tour dates early a year ago due to an undisclosed illness.

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Despite the setback, Nelson is expected to take the stage next in Macon, Ga. on February 7, 2018.

This is the third time Nelson has cut concerts short.

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