Willie Nelson cancels 2 of 5 Las Vegas shows due to illness

Musician Willie Nelson launched Old Whisky River Bourbon, inspired by his 1978 hit song, "Old Whiskey River."

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Country music icon Willie Nelson is canceling two Las Vegas shows due to illness.

Nelson's publicist, Elaine Schock, said Thursday that Nelson has a bad cold and won't play Saturday or Sunday.

He plans to play the remaining three shows -- Feb. 1, 3 and 4 -- at The Venetian resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

The canceled shows have not been rescheduled, and ticket-holders were advised to seek refunds from the point of purchase.

Nelson is 83 and lives in Austin, Texas.

The singer-songwriter behind hits such as "On the Road Again" and "Always On My Mind" told The Associated Press recently that he will have a new album out this spring, called "God's Problem Child."

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