Legendary performer and country superstar Willie Nelson canceled a performance in Charlotte, Michigan. Nelson's performance was set for Aug. 22, but a scheduling conflict apparently came up despite the date being only six weeks away. The concert was planned to benefit a senior center in the area. The Eaton Area Senior Center worked diligently to promote the show and will have a difficult time recovering the expenditures for its efforts--estimated by the Battle Creek Enquirer to be $25,000. That doesn't include efforts like creating documentation and outreach like this carefully prepared letter made for a 2013 Willie Nelson performance--a show that also had to be canceled because the musician sustained an injury and couldn't play.
Willie Nelson is himself a senior, of course. At 81, he's been one for decades. As goes the scheduling conflict, Nelson has forgotten things before--a problem many seniors can relate to. Nelson once forgot, for example, to pay his taxes for the better part of a decade--a situation he resolved by performing and singing to pay back the IRS. In Nelson's case, a lifelong devotion to marijuana puts him doubly at risk for forgetfulness, so the cancellation can't come as a complete surprise. Nelson is also well known for his widespread generosity: it's likely that the Eaton Area Senior Center will get another Willie Nelson concert on its schedule. And it will send him daily reminders that it's coming up.
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