Willie Nelson returning for Assembly Hall concert

CHAMPAIGN – Country music icon Willie Nelson is "on the road again," returning to the home of his first Farm Aid concert 23 years ago with a concert in December at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall in Champaign.

Appearing with the 75-year-old singer-songwriter-actor-activist will be another musician-songwriter with a long list of movie credits, Billy Bob Thornton, and his band, the Boxmasters.

Nelson, who first caught national attention during the outlaw country movement of the 1970s, has won nine Country Music Association Awards, five Association of Country Music Awards, seven American Music Awards and eight Grammy Awards, including one last February for best country collaboration with vocals for his duet with Ray Price on "Lost Highway."

His hits include "Crazy," "Always On My Mind," "Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys," "Georgia On My Mind" and "On the Road Again."

Tickets for the Dec. 6 show will go on sale at 10 a.m. next Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Assembly Hall box office and all Ticketmaster outlets, including ticketmaster.com.

Tickets are $35 and $45 with a $5 discount for UI students.

Those wanting more information can visit online at www.uofiassemblyhall.com/, or they can call the box office at 333-5000.

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