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Willie Nelson Cancels Las Vegas Shows Due to Illness

Willie Nelson canceled two shows in Las Vegas this week due to illness. However, three of the five Las Vegas shows scheduled will go on, officials said.

Nelson scheduled a five-show run at The Venetian, a popular five-star hotel on the Vegas strip. He canceled a Saturday and Sunday performance for Jan. 28 and 29, but still has three more scheduled: Feb. 1, 3 and 4.

Fans who purchased tickets should check availability for the other shows, promoters said. But don't expect make-up shows for the canceled dates. Of course, all fans can receive refunds for their purchases too.

This isn't the first time Nelson had to cancel shows in the past few months. The country legend ran into several health issues recently, leading to several cancellations and postponed shows on the road. Nelson turns 84 on April 29.

Most times, Nelson's team doesn't release details about the singer's health. When he moved shows last November, they simply said he felt "under the weather." However, Nelson revealed a surprise stem cell surgery on his lungs in 2015 after similarly canceling shows.

The singer's lungs reportedly suffered serious damage from years of smoking. And of course, his busy tour schedule keeps him on the road nearly constantly. He received the state-of-the-art treatment from the Lung Institute in 2015. Unfortunately, other health issues kept cropping up over the next year, leading to other cancellations.

Willie Nelson's return to Las Vegas certainly received fanfare. The cancellations put a bit of a damper on the occasion, but he'll still certainly deliver for his other performances.

Nelson used to regularly perform at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, especially in the 1980s. But the singer since kept his focus on smaller markets around the country before scheduling the five performances at The Venetian.

The Red Headed Stranger still has quite a few shows schedule in 2017, too. He'll be in California immediately after Vegas, before heading to Florida in March. For other dates, check out his tour schedule. Get well soon, Willie!

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