The 84-year-old legend Willie Nelson stopped 'Whiskey River' the opening song of his performance over the weekend in San Diego following a coughing fit from which he couldn't recover. His publicist later described Willie's condition as a "bad cold or flu". The spokesman said Willie would return to Texas to recover, and canceled all further January shows.

After appearing in a suit and tie during the early days of his career, Nelson led an anti-Nashville 'Outlaw Movement' during the 1970's in the country music scene. His breakthrough album Red Headed Stranger started the revolution and made him one of the worlds most recognized singers.