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Is Willie doing OK?  I saw him on a late night show a few months back and he seemed very winded.  He subsequently canceled some dates then went back on the road.  This clip from the CMA Awards makes me wonder if he's struggling with a lung issue.  He just seems low on energy and isn't singing well (although he nailed the high notes).

Oh yeah, Kacey.  Hubba.

 

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I think he's had lung issues for a while.  Was touting the effectiveness of stem cell therapy a while back in an interview with Dan Rather or someone. 

He was painful to watch last night. 

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5 minutes ago, Jerry Callo said:

I think he's had lung issues for a while.  Was touting the effectiveness of stem cell therapy a while back in an interview with Dan Rather or someone. 

He was painful to watch last night. 

This.  It's been widely rumored for a while he has lung issues.  

Saw him at ACL Fest a couple years back and it was quite noticeable.  His guitar playing was on point, but he was hardly singing mostly speaking the lyrics.  

It made my heart hurt. 

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For the first minute or so of that video, you can visibly see him gasping for breath.  Then they focus more on Kacey.  

That was tough.

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Ugh.  Really difficult to watch. 

Last time Willie performs at the CMA?  Probably.  The looks of those in the audience tell you it was and they were trying to embrace it as much as possible. 

God bless that man.

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42 minutes ago, PRONG HORN said:

We don't need a new thread every time someone realizes that Willie isn't immortal.  

OK, you be sure to police me and go ahead and post links to those other threads, because I searched to no avail, although it seems we are always beholden to formats with lousy search capability.  My bad, Dad.

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I saw his show a couple of year ago and posted on TOS that he needed to retire, and got negged to Bolivia. 

He needs to retire. 

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He doesn't have anything to prove or preserve.  Memory, legacy, all that crap.  He doesn't need to do anything but whatever he wants.  Some people think that fading ability is sad or shameful.  Ass.  

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Well, I'd prefer Willie (and Keef) keep playing long after I depart this particular way station in life.  Watching him struggle makes me . . . sad.

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45 minutes ago, jimmyjazz said:

Watching him struggle makes me . . . sad.

 

A truly great artist doesn't engage the struggle.  They merely express themselves with what they've got.  

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27 minutes ago, PRONG HORN said:

 

A truly great artist doesn't engage the struggle.  They merely express themselves with what they've got.  

WTF are you trying to say?  I haven't come close to criticizing Willie.  Go shit on some other thread.

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I’m going to his show at Billy Bob’s tomorrow night. Taking my old man. Our first concert together was Willie at Stubb’s. 

My dad is in horrible health as well. This will most likely be our last concert to attend. Hopefully Willie can put on a decent show. 

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I’m going to his show at Billy Bob’s tomorrow night. Taking my old man. Our first concert together was Willie at Stubb’s. 
My dad is in horrible health as well. This will most likely be our last concert to attend. Hopefully Willie can put on a decent show. 

You’re getting a show from an 86 year old man. Calibrate you’re expectations appropriately.

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1 hour ago, PRONG HORN said:

You're triggered.  Idk why.  

Not sure.  Maybe because you called me an ass.

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50 minutes ago, jimmyjazz said:

Not sure.  Maybe because you called me an ass.

 

That wasn't you.  You aren't the ass.  Idk what you are. 

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He's 10 feet taller than any man or woman on this thread.  PRONG, I don't know you but you can fuck right off.  I'm triggered.

 

 

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10 hours ago, irishtexan said:


You’re getting a show from an 86 year old man. Calibrate you’re expectations appropriately.
 

I understand he is 86. I know what to expect. 

I’ve seen Willie many times over to past 20+ years. I figure this may be the last time I see him play, and it most certainly will be my dad’s last. I am hoping a couple of songs sound great, and he makes it through his set without having to be helped off the stage. To me, that would be a good show. 

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Dude wants to die onstage, I’d say he’s getting close. I, for one, will enjoy every last second of him drawing breath. He’s a goddamn national treasure and if he wants to stand there and wheeze out Rainbow Connection, then goddamnit let the man wheeze out Rainbow Connection. At least he had the balls to stand there and wheeze instead of lip syncing like that coward Garth Brooks. 

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what he needs to do is get off the road, get in to a sauna every day, sleep 10 hours at a clip, and save up every ounce of energy he possibly can for one last july 4th picnic, and do it at DKR.  at night. 9pm start.  2020.  A line in the sand.  I would like to see all the remaining titans of the 20th century call it next year.  The sunset.

Go out on top..

Together.

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Willie's an 86 year old hard partier.  The tick tock keeps ticking and eventually he will become another lost Austin treasure. Like I always say, if I died right now I would have to say that I have lived better than most.  Willie's gonna keep being willie as long as he can, and I hope it's a while longer.

 

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On 11/14/2019 at 1:43 PM, jimmyjazz said:

This clip from the CMA Awards makes me wonder if he's struggling with a lung issue.  He just seems low on energy and isn't singing well (although he nailed the high notes).

COPD is no joke. In its advanced stages, it's a fight to move or even breathe as one can seemingly never get enough air. It is progressive and incurable.

I'm no doctor, but from the video you posted, that'd be my guess as you can see him gasping just standing there while Kacey sings.

The man's a legend and wants to go out performing. Enjoy him while you can.

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On 11/14/2019 at 5:53 PM, Gil Bang said:

I saw his show a couple of year ago and posted on TOS that he needed to retire, and got negged to Bolivia. 

He needs to retire. 

Negged

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The sports radio guys yesterday morning went with a "breaking news...Willie Nelson" and my jaw dropped fearing the worst. But it was just a joke to announce the no smoking.  I was not amused.

 

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He will probably go like Colonial Bruce Hampton who died on his birthday, during a show at the Fox Theater.   During the encore are a 4 hour show. People thought he was faking it. 
https://www.npr.org/sections/therecord/2017/05/02/526538126/colonel-bruce-hampton-dies-after-collapsing-on-stage-during-his-own-birthday-con
 

We can only hope we are all so lucky.

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Personally, I'd prefer to keel over front and center while Aaron Neville sings "Amazing Grace", or maybe while Paul Westerberg sings "Skyway", but I damn sure don't want to go out at a jam band concert.

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12 hours ago, PantsTent said:

The sports radio guys yesterday morning went with a "breaking news...Willie Nelson" and my jaw dropped fearing the worst. But it was just a joke to announce the no smoking.  I was not amused.

 

Was listening to the same program and had the same reaction.

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On 12/5/2019 at 9:43 AM, jimmyjazz said:

Personally, I'd prefer to keel over front and center while Aaron Neville sings "Amazing Grace", or maybe while Paul Westerberg sings "Skyway", but I damn sure don't want to go out at a jam band concert.

Well, I was speaking generally about a player going out playing, but hey, if you want to sling some shit at jam bands in the process, be my guest. 

Though I have to say, I'm really sad I never saw the Allman's and I saw Dead & Co. this summer and had a real good time.

 

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On 12/6/2019 at 11:33 AM, jimmyjazz said:

I'd have liked to have seen the Allman Brothers.

Gregg Allman was at Gruene Hall around 2010 and I still kick myself in the ass for not going to that...or hell, for not even making an attempt to go.

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