Willie Nelson sparks health concern after axing gig mid-set

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Willie Nelson ends San Diego concert after a song, cancels his shows this week

Willie Nelson quickly pulled out of a concert in San Diego Saturday evening after singing one song, prompting concern for the Texas native's well-being. 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.

According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Nelson kicked off his show with the song "Whiskey River" and abruptly ended his performance after the opening number.

Tyler Gambrell, spokeswoman for Spectre, which operates the Macon Auditorium, said Tuesday there were no plans to cancel the upcoming show, which will mark the start of a 10-day tour including seven more shows.

All of the singer's show originally scheduled for this week in Palm Springs, Las Vegas and Laughlin, NV, have been canceled.

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Ticketmaster promptly told fans it was going to refund the costs of tickets and fees. Nelson is now scheduled to resume touring on February 7 with a show at Macon, Georgia's Macon City Auditorium.

It's not the first time Willie has battled with his breathing, in 2017 he was forced to axe his Salt Lake City show due to suffering with respiratory issues, caused by the altitude.

Willie Nelson has postponed several concerts after falling ill with flu.

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