Willie Nelson Returns to Concert Stage: Watch

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Willie Nelson (photo by James Minchin, used with permission)

On Jan. 6, Willie Nelson left the Harrah’s Resort SoCal stage abruptly after singing just one song at his concert  in Southern California. 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 difficult breathing. He left the stage and did not return.

Nelson canceled three more dates he was scheduled to play that week. His longtime publicist stated at the time that Nelson had “a bad cold or the flu” and was headed back to his home in Texas to recuperate.

Nelson has not only rescheduled those canceled dates, he’s added many more for what looks like a busy 2018 calendar for the Country and Americana music legend who turns 85 on April 29.

To coincide with that landmark event, Legacy Recordings announced on Feb. 16 Nelson’s newest studio albumLast Man Standing, for April 27.

Nelson’s first rescheduled performance took place on Feb. 28. By the looks of the clips below, the red headed stranger sounds as good as ever. Dates with Alison Krauss have been scheduled for May.

And he’s also scheduled his annual 4th of July Picnic for Austin, TX, with guests that include son Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Edie Brickell, and others.

Watch Nelson on his second performance back, on March 2

Watch Nelson perform a favorite on March 3

Watch “On the Road Again,” from March 6

And one more from that same show…

Willie Nelson & Family 2018 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Mar 10 – Durant, OK – Choctaw Grand Theatre
Mar 12 – Amarillo, TX – Amarillo Civic Center
Apr 10 – Omaha, NE – Baxter Arena
Apr 11 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
Apr 13 – Dubuque, IA – Five Flags Center
Apr 14 – Rockford, IL – Coronado PAC
Apr 15 – Cape Giradeau, MO – Show Me Center
Apr 17 – Owensboro, KY – Owensboro Convention Center
Apr 18 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House
Apr 20 – New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheater
Apr 21 – New Braunfels, TX – Whitewater Amphitheater
May 16 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
May 18 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
May 19 – Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
May 20 – Alpharetta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
May 22 – Champaign, IL – State Farm Center
May 23 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center

Jun 26 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino (with John Fogerty and ZZ Top)
Jul 04 – Austin, TX – Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic at Austin 360 Amphitheater

Oct 12 – Laughlin, NV – E Center
Oct 17 – Rohnert Park, CA – Graton Resort and Casino
Oct 19 – Las Vegas, NV – The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
Oct 20 – Las Vegas, NV – The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan
Nov 09 – Biloxi, MS – IP Casino Resort (rescheduled from Feb. 9)
Nov 10 – Macon, CA – Macon City Auditorium (rescheduled from Feb. 7)
Nov 12 – Estero, FL – Germain Arena (rescheduled from Feb. 12)
Nov 14 – Panama City, FL – Marina Civic Center (rescheduled from Feb. 10)

Watch Willie Nelson & Family perform “Whiskey River” at 2017’s Farm Aid

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