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Willie Nelson performs on his birthday in SW Florida

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Willie Nelson performs on his birthday in SW Florida

By Barry Miller. CREATED Apr 30, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr 30, 2013

ESTERO, Fla.- A country music legend has landed in southwest Florida. Willie Nelson took the stage at Germain Arena Tuesday night. But it wasn't just for a concert, Willie is also celebrating his 80th birthday.

Fans piled in by the hundreds to see country music icon Willie Nelson take the stage and celebrate his special day
"Happy birthday Willie I appreciate all the years of music." Fan Rick Kirk said.

He's 80 years old, spent decades performing and produced countless hit songs that have touched the lives of each and every one of these adoring fans.

Patti Colts said her and Willie go way back.

"Since I was a little girl the first time I saw him I was 13. The 2nd time was at a Willie nelson fourth of July picnic I was 17, my mother saw me dancing in a bathing suit i was in big trouble."

She said the music has been on her mind ever since
" I can't believe we are all here it's amazing." Patti Colts said.

An amazing run, that keeps on going. Fans said with each year that passes, Willie's songs sound a little bit sweeter.

When you really think about it 80 years old still playing these large venues large crowds to come to south Florida to play for us I just want to thank him."Ken Colts said.