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“Bad cold or flu” for Willie Nelson. Back On Stage in February

Willie Nelson’s San Diego-area concert at Harrah’s Resort SoCal was cut short after the country music legend experienced breathing problems due to a “bad cold or flu” while performing his first song of the night reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

But fans fear not: although his California and Nevada shows for this week have been canceled, Nelson’s publicist told the newspaper that the 84-year-old musician and activist is heading back to his Texas ranch home to recover and is still scheduled to play later shows. The next one is Feb. 7 in Georgia.

Concert attendees who will receive ticket refunds said that Nelson was coughing and wheezing as he exited the stage, said Union-Tribune reporter George Varga.

Breathing issues for Nelson were first noticed last winter when he canceled some shows in January and early February due to another cold. But representatives dismissed thoughtless rumors of Nelson being “deathly ill.”

“He’s perfectly fine,” his publicist, Elaine Schock, had told the Associated Press last March.

However, he returned to the stage just after Valentine’s Day to play for a San Antonio audience that year.

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