Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Willie Nelson didn’t show signs of fatigue Tuesday at House of Blues
He was the same Red Headed Stranger we remember.
DALLAS The 79-year-old Texas country legend Willie Nelson, who was hospitalized over the weekend in Colorado, showed no hint of illness or ailment at his Tuesday night show at House of Blues in Dallas.
Fans cheered Nelson as if he were their best friend, yelling “go Willie” in encouragement during the hour-and-a-half set. Many audience members belted the words to “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" as Nelson turned the mic over to the crowd for a singalong.
And when he played “Crazy,” fans really did go crazy, dancing and cheering for the Red Headed Stranger.
He looked and sounded like the same old Willie – with his slight vibrato while he sing/talked some songs – but he didn’t appear ready to pass the country torch. His songs were colored with experience like usual, growing ever more distinctive as he ages.
Nelson burned through the relatively quick set at a rapid pace, but fans seemed content with the length of the show. Some even made bets before the show on how long his set would go. (The consensus between two fans was about an hour and a half – right on target.)
Whatever Nelson’s fountain of youth is, he’s been able to keep up with his younger competition in the Texas country scene, easily serving as a grandfather to the genre. Nelson didn’t seem like he wants to sit still anytime soon.
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