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Willie Nelson's Austin Concert Now a Benefit for Fertilizer Plant Explosion Victims

Image courtesy of Danny Clinch (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Danny Clinch (via ABC News Radio)

Willie Nelson' s scheduled concert in Austin, Texas, on April 28 is taking on new meaning following the devastating explosion at a fertilizer plant in the Texas town of West on Wednesday night.

Willie, who turns 80 on April 30, says the concert will serve as a benefit for victims of the explosion, which injured more than 160 people. The number of fatal casualties is not yet known.

Willie, who owns a residence in his hometown of Abbott, not far from West, says in a statement, "I was born and raised here and it was my backyard growing up.  This is my community. These friends and neighbors have always been and are still a part of my life.  My heart is praying for the community that we call home."

Proceeds from the show will benefit the West Volunteer Fire Department. Visit WillieNelson.com for more info.

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