Willie Nelson fans attending his San Diego concert this weekend became concerned after the singer abruptly ended his show during the first song.
Nelson took the stage singing “Whiskey River,” but almost immediately began violenting coughing. The “On The Road Again” singer appeared to be experiencing breathing difficulties before he was whisked off stage by security.
According to concert attendants, say 84-year-old Nelson exited the stage in the midst of concert opener – and did not return.
Nelson’s publicist told the paper that the icon has either “a bad cold or the flu” and would be returning to Texas to recover.
The representative also confirmed that Nelson would be canceling the remainder of his shows scheduled for January. He was slated to perform in Palm Springs, Las Vegas, and Laughlin, Nevada.
An email explaining the cancellations from Ticketmaster says in part that “[u]nfortunately, due to illness, Willie Nelson’s performance concluded early.” source
Nelson’s next scheduled dates begin February 7 in Macon, GA, with seven other performances expected throughout the month. His next Texas performance is planned for April 20.
Get well soon Willie!