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Willie Nelson coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

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We should know better than to think any tour might be Willie Nelson's last.

When he played the Florida Strawberry Festival this spring, it came on the heels of a handful of canceled dates, which made you start to wonder. But of course, Willie rocked that show and came back strong — so strong he's already looking ahead to 2018.

Today, the Red-Headed Stranger announced he's returning to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Feb. 15, a venue he sold out in 2016 and 2014. He'll be nearly 85 at the time. Tickets start at $68.75 and will go on sale soon. Click here for details.

REVIEW: Willie Nelson, well-preserved as always, hits the road again at the Florida Strawberry Festival

Ruth Eckerd Hall's website says Los Lonely Boys will open the show — which makes sense, considering they also have other dates listed with Willie next spring — although the Heaven trio has recently come under scrutiny after police raided drummer Ringo Garza Jr.'s home as part of a child pornography investigation. Garza has slammed what he says are "false allegations."

Click here for all the news on Willie Nelson's show in Clearwater.

— Jay Cridlin

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