Willie Nelson announces 2018-19 tour in North America
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Music fans are getting an early Christmas present, as the legendary Willie Nelson announced on his website that he plans to tour throughout North America in the rest of 2018 and into 2019. Fans can get tickets to several of his newly announced concerts here at AXS.

Though Nelson celebrated his 85th birthday this year, he's still going strong as an icon not only in music but in American culture overall. The Country Music Hall of Famer released his sixty-eighth album My Way in September, putting his country spin on a number of songs previously performed by Frank Sinatra. Not many artists could take on Sinatra's classics, let alone be able to shift them into another genre, but Nelson was able to accomplish both.

He's also continued to use his voice to address national issues. His most recent single "Vote 'Em Out" was also released in September, as an anthem to motivate music fans to vote in the midterm elections that took place this week. Nelson debuted the song live at a rally supporting Texas Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke - not only supporting a cause important to him but continuing his history of being more than an average musician.

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What has made Nelson so important in music history is the same reason audiences shouldn't miss the more than two dozen new shows he's announced. They won't be just concerts. Willie Nelson is a singer and songwriter, but his music is meant to do more than just entertain.

He has songs with a purpose, songs that pay tribute to people who have influenced or affected him, and songs that just reflect what it means to be an American today. A Willie Nelson concert captures the world we live in, and there's no reason not to see one now that he'll be on the road through February.

AXS now has tickets on sale to two of the first three concerts on Nelson's tour. Tickets for his Nov. 12 performance at Hertz Arena in Estero, Florida are available at its AXS event page, while tickets to his Nov. 14 concert at Marina Civic Center in Panama City, Florida can be purchased here. Fans who don't want to wait to see this living legend live will want to check out either of these shows.

Fans can also purchase tickets to Nelson's Feb. 25 concert at Saenger Theatre Mobile in Mobile, Alabama through that AXS event page. That's the penultimate show of the tour, so audiences can either catch his tour near the beginning or the end. Whichever concert you attend, though, seeing Willie Nelson live is something every music fan will enjoy.

Below are all of Willie Nelson's upcoming tour dates, with tickets to select concerts on sale through AXS using the links below:

Nov. 10 - Macon, GA - Macon City Auditorium
Nov. 12 - Estero, FL - Hertz Arena (Tickets)
Nov. 14 - Panama City, FL - Marina Civic Center (Tickets)
Nov. 16 - Ft. Worth, TX - Billy Bob's Texas
Nov. 17 - Ft. Worth, TX - Billy Bob's Texas
Nov. 23 - Bossier City, LA - Horseshoe Riverdome
Nov. 24 - Thackerville, OK - WinStar World Casino and Resort
Nov. 25 - Sugar Land, TX - Smart Financial Centre
Dec. 10 - Carmel, CA - Sunset Cultural Center
Dec. 11 - Carmel, CA - Sunset Cultural Center
Dec. 13 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
Dec. 14 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
Dec. 15 - Cupertino, CA - Flint Center for the Performing Arts
Dec. 29 - Austin, TX - ACL Live Moody Theater
Dec. 30 - Austin, TX - ACL Live Moody Theater
Dec. 31 - Austin, TX - ACL Live Moody Theater
Jan. 2 - Shreveport, LA - Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
Jan. 4 - Marksville, LA - Paragon Casino Resort
Jan. 5 - Memphis, TN - Orpheum Theatre
Jan. 7 - Chattanooga, TN - Tivoli Theatre
Jan. 9 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Jan. 10 - Knoxville, TN - Tennessee Theatre
Jan. 12 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
Feb. 23 - Newkirk, OK - First Council Casino
Feb. 25 - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre Mobile (Tickets)
Feb. 27 - New Orleans, LA - The Fillmore

For more on Willie Nelson, visit his artist page at AXS.