PopWatch: Who’s the person you want to see in concert before you die?
Billy Currington: How about this: For forever, I’ve been like, I got to see this one particular person. It’s Willie Nelson. I gotta see Willie before I die, before whoever dies first.
I just happened to be in this little tiny juke joint in Hawaii about a month ago. Just out in this hippie town, nothing there. And I start hearing these rumors that Willie Nelson is gonna play there tonight. I’m thinkin’ whatever, yeah. Later on, they come to the table and they’re like, “We need $30.”
I’m like, “$30 for what?” “We’re tellin’ you, Willie’s fixin’ to play here. ” I’m like, no way. But I believed them for some reason, and sure enough, $30 and 30 minutes later, Willie shows up with his family, who are players themselves, and plays for two or three hours in this little nowhere town.
In that moment in time, my dream was fulfilled. It was awesome. I mean, I was five feet away, hangin’ on a wall, just watchin’ Willie play electric guitar and burnin’ it up.