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Willie Nelson Back Onstage for 4th of July Concert: God Bless America

After missing several concerts of the Outlaw Music Fest due to an unspecified illness, Willie Nelson made a triumphant return to the stage for his annual Fourth of July Picnic. The event was held outside of Philadelphia in Camden, New Jersey, on Thursday, where Nelson was welcomed with roaring cheers from an enthusiastic audience.

During Nelson’s absence, his son Lukas Nelson stepped in, performing his father’s songs on the Outlaw Music Fest tour. The tour also features notable artists such as Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, and others. All these artists performed at the Fourth of July Picnic, including additional acts like Celisse, Maren Morris, and Mavis Staples. Notably, this concert marked the first time in 14 years that Nelson’s Independence Day picnic was held outside of Texas.

Late last month, Nelson’s social media accounts revealed that the legendary country singer-songwriter was “not feeling well” and had to miss several Outlaw dates on doctor’s orders. However, just a couple of days before the event, a post indicated that “Willie Nelson is looking forward to seeing everyone in Camden on July 4.”

In May, Willie Nelson also released his 75th album, The Border. This new work is his 14th full-length album in the last decade, highlighting his enduring prolificacy. The title track has been described as one of Nelson’s most moving and cinematic recent recordings, which tackles the complexities of the immigration issue with striking emotional impact, as noted by Rolling Stone.

Celebrated for both his resilience and creativity, Nelson’s return to the stage was a significant highlight for fans who had been eagerly waiting for his recovery and presence.

Source: Rolling Stone