Archive for April, 2011
Happy Birthday, Willie Nelson!
Some reports show Willie’s birthday as being on the 30th of April, but daughter Lana tells this story. I say, start celebrating early and carry it through the weekend!
“Dad celebrated his birthday on the 29th of April until he was 18 years old and went into the Air Force. He had to finally get a birth certificate and it said he was born on the 30th. Not to argue with the government we celebrated his birthday on the 30th for about 40 years
One day while visiting with his cousin, who was there the night he was born, Mildred said no, he WAS in fact born a few minutes before midnight on the 29th and Dr. Simms didn’t record the birth until after midnight. As it turns out we get TWO days to shower Dad with love and tell him how much he means to us.”
by Linda Cain
“Happy birthday, Willie!” reads the huge banner made from bedsheets and hung from the balcony of St. Louis’ Keil Auditorium. It was four days before Willie would turn 45 years young (he was born in Abbott, Texas on April 30, 1933) and the celebrating had already begun.
Willie’s fans throng to the stage, foregoing their $7 – $10 seats to stand for the entire show, just to be near their idol. At his sneakered feet they shower gifts, flowers and hats of all descriptions. A tall man stretches upwards and hands Willie a half-full bottle of Jack Daniels. Willie chugs it. The audience hoots and hollers.
Removing his beaded Medicine Man hat, Willie replaces it with a ten-gallon Stetson and elicits unanimous cheers. Someone tosses their own cowboy hat at him. Willie smiles, picks it up, autographs it and hands back the treasure.
Many fans try to stand on each other’s shoulders to climb onstage. Two adoring, denim-clad females actually make it up, on separate occasions. Each time, roadies are forced to interrupt the ladies’ lengthy kisses and tight embraces. In order for the show to continue, the women are literally peeled off Willie.
His reaction? “Oh, I love it,” he admits after the show, while signing autographs for lucky fans who managed to sneak backstage. ‘The girls are the best part,” he adds.
Willie poses for pictures and a teenaged cowboy approaches the stage from below in the empty auditorium He hollers to get Willie’s attention. Willie sees him, smiles and waves. “Hey, Willie! We love you man” is the response.
Willie Nelson loves his fans as much as they love him. The Rollin’ Smoke Review (no kidding, it’s stenciled on their equipment) has been hoping to rent a huge barge, float up and down the Mississippi and pull into harbors for free shows along the way. Lead guitarist Jody Payne came up with the idea and has been trying to put his plan into action with no luck. “There’s just no way,’ he explained. “I was told there would be problems with crowd control. And it would cost too much money.” They are still open for ideas. “We’d really love to do it,” he adds.
Crowd control has become a problem, ever since Willie started packing them in, 80,000 strong, at his annual Austin picnics. This summer, Willie will hold several picnics in different parts of the country to try and spread the good times around a bit. Renowned British guitarist Eric Clapton had expressed a desire to open one of Willie’s picnics, but it is doubtful the two will be able to coordinate schedules, according to Payne.
“The idea of having the picnic goes back to the outdoor country music festivals,” Payne relates. Only now they bring beer and dope instead of just chicken and ribs in their baskets.”
Like their hero, Willie’s fans are known for their partying. “Do you know that every town we’ve been in, for a week solid before Willie’s birthday, they have had a party for us?” Payne announces. Willie’s personal manager and confidant, known to all as “Snake,” joins the birthday talk. “Usually we try to hit Willie with a cake,” explains the tall, slinky sidekick. “We always play Baton Rouge on his birthday. Last year we tried to hit him with a cake the size of a bed. We carried it onstage and were about to heave it at him, but he ran underneath it.”
Payne and I discuss Willie’s interests, which include reincarnation, yoga, martial arts, postive thinking and Edgar Cayce. I jokingly tell him: “Willie seems to be from another world.” Payne wholeheartedly agrees. “Yes, I think he is from another world. He’s the smartest man I’ve ever seen. He really is.” At that moment, Willie climbs aboard.
His presence is taken for granted by the crew, who are busy celebrating his birthday, early. As he slowly heads toward the remaining empty seats at the back of the bus, a joint waved in his path brings him to a halt.
www.WillieNelson.com posted this picture taken on Willie Nelson’s bus, after the Houston, Texas show (4/28/2011).
Willie Nelson’s annual Fourth of July Picnic concert will take place in Fort Worth, Texas, home to the famous gathering in 2004, 2005 and 2006. The Fourth of July Picnic coincides with the final night of Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown tour. The tour’s headliners will perform on the outdoor stage of Billy Bob’s Texas, while other artists will perform inside the air-conditioned venue. Additional artists on the Country Throwdown include Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Craig Campbell, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Drake White. Meanwhile, the picnic will feature friends and family like Ray Price, David Allan Coe, Paula Nelson and more. Tickets are $30. Because of the unique inside-outside nature of this year’s event, organizers have set a headcount limit and expect a quick sellout.
The All American Cannabis Club (A2C2), a San Jose medical cannabis collective, is holding its first membership party Saturday, April 30th at 12:30 pm at 1082 Stockton Avenue in San Jose to celebrate the 78th birthday of country music legend Willie Nelson.
The party will feature a free barbeque with meat and vegetarian options, a raffle giveaway, and birthday cake for Mr. Nelson. The country music icon will not be in attendance, but there will be a birthday card members can sign that will be delivered to him through the official Santa Clara County Willie Nelson Tea Pot Party. The barbeque begins at 1 pm and the raffle giveaway will be held at about 4:20 pm.
“Willie is an inspiration to us all,” says Dave Hodges, founder of A2C2. “His life and career prove to the world that ‘stoners’ are not lazy, unmotivated people. At the age of 78 he’s still rocking hard.”
Members of the San Jose medical marijuana collective are encouraged to attend the event and join in on the festivities and learn more about the latest happenings with medical cannabis in San Jose including the city’s agenda, possible shutdowns, and how members can help the cause.
Although there are efforts to reduce the locations where medical cannabis can be secured, A2C2 is dedicated to providing safe and reliable access to the medication that Californian medical cannabis patients need.
“Things are about to get crazier in San Jose, but don’t worry we will never stop providing cannabis in San Jose,” said Hodges. “A2C2 is dedicated to protecting the right to get and use medical cannabis. They’ll have a really hard time getting rid of me.”
For more information about A2C2, or any of A2C2′s products or services, call them at (408) 217-0339 or visit them on the web at www.medicalmarijuanasanjoseca.com.
About All American Cannabis Club (A2C2)
All American Cannabis Club (A2C2) is a San Jose medical marijuana collective that specializes in flowers, concentrates, and edibles. A2C2 serves the entire San Francisco Bay Area and will deliver within San Jose. A2C2, formerly SJCBC – the San Jose Cannabis Buyers Collective, was the first cannabis collective in San Jose, and is located at 1082 Stockton Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110.
by Chris Gray
Still Is Still Moving To Me
Beer For My Horses
Good Hearted Woman
Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away
Down Yonder (Bobbie Nelson solo)
Me & Paul
If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time
Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain
Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground
On the Road Again
Always On My Mind
Hey Good Lookin’
Move It On Over
Rainy Day Blues
Georgia On My Mind
City Of New Orleans
To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before
Will the Circle Be Unbroken/I’ll Fly Away
Nobody’s Fault But Mine
Bloody Mary Morning
I Gotta Get Drunk
You Asked Me To
Phases and Stages (Theme)
I Saw the Light
Read his review here.
Willie Nelson & Family has rescheduled shows cancelled earlier this month due to illness. The Willie Nelson show, originally scheduled for April 22, at Two Rivers Convention Center, has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, 2011. The show scheduled in Dodge City, Kansas on April 23, will now be on September 20, 2011, and the show in Cheyenne, at the Cheyenne Civic Center on April 21, 2011, will not be on September 24, 2011.
Anyone who has tickets to the original performance will have their tickets honored for the rescheduled date. Keep your tickets — there is no need to exchange. Contact your ticket seller for a full refund, if you need one, or contact the venue for more information.