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Willie Nelson Expected to Recover from Illness in Time to Play Texas Shows

Following multiple concert cancellations, country legend Willie Nelson should be recovered from recent illness in time to perform at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

Nelson recently axed several big performances, including two of his five nights at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The singer then put off all three shows in Bakersfield, Calif., and two more concerts in Arizona and New Mexico.

While fans are concerned about his health, Nelson's publicist told Fox 7 he's getting ready to return for San Antonio's yearly party. Willie Nelson & Family take the stage at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, in what should be one of the week's biggest performances. Other artists lined up to play the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo include Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Cody Johnson and The Band Perry.

Once Nelson plays San Antonio, he takes a brief break before hitting the road again in March. One of the most relentless performers in music, the 83-year-old Nelson has scheduled dates through August 2017.

But a few Willie Nelson health scares left fans concerned for the singer. He famously suffers from serious lung issues compounded by his years of smoking. The singer underwent stem cell surgery in 2015 for his lungs. He returned to the road for most of 2016, but then sidelined several shows again near the end of the year.

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Still, Nelson treks on with shows, not to mention multiple television and film appearances. He recently appeared in Woody Harrelson's live film Lost In London, as well as on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and an episode of The Muppets.

Nelson releases his next album on April 29, one day after his 84th birthday. Titled God's Problem Child, the new record features performances from the late Leon Russell and a tribute to his departed friend Merle Haggard.

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