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Willie Nelson boxes Tex Cobb for charity

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Willie Nelson Boxes for Charity (December 1996)


Country Weekly
December 1996
by Andrea J. Fine

In this corner, wearing blue and purple Everlast trunks, is Randall “Tex” Cobb, 46, a former heavy weight boxer who once went 15 rounds with Larry Holmes.

In the other corner is…. Willie Nelson.

The 63-year-old, 5-foot-9-inch Willie Nelson, a country music heavyweight but a prizefighting novice, squared off for three rounsds against Cobb in Philadelphia.  While the match ended in a draw, it succeeded in raising more than $100,000 for scholarships and boxing charities.

No betting was permitted, but Willie was clearly the favorite of the Boxer’s Ball crowd at the Belleview Hotel.

As soon as he entered the hall, the room filled with shouts of, “Take it easy on him, Willie!” and “Go, Willie!”  And when he removed his short, black silk robe, with yellow trim, revealing his black boxing shorts and sleeveless Farm Aid T-shirt, the crowd clapped and cheered.  Ignoring his opponent, Willie reached through the crowd and picked up a glass of white wine from a nearby table and ceremoniously lifted it in a toast to the onlookers.

Maybe Wille’s nonchalance resulted from his training for the fight.  At a black-tie cocktail party before the main event, he told Country Weekly he’d been “training for the past few months, and Texas we have sparred a few times, too.  And I run a lot, anyway.”

Any special diet to gt in shape?  “Yeah,” Willie said, “I have a see-food diet:  I see food, and I eat it!”  Though the country singer estimated his opponent outweighed him “by a good 60o pounds,” he said that in the end, he would iwn.  “This is a survival, endurance test,” he said.


Tex had been a championship-level boxer, but he left the ring in the early 1980s and began a television and film career, appearing in almost 20 movies, incluidng Uncommon Valor, Diggstown and Ace Ventura, Pet Detective.

He predicted an easy win over Willie.  “He’s not going to be able to carry his golf clubs or his guitar in here,” Tex said, “so he’s going to have a lot more trouble than he might imagine.”?

The Boxer’s Ball supports amateur boxing.  Last year’s event attracted a ringful of boxing stars, including Holmes and ex-champion Joe Frazier.  This year, Cobb suckered Willie into the fray.

“Tex Cobb is a good firend of mine,” said Willie, a champion frundraiser.  “He called me a few months ago, told me about the event and his involvement and wanted to know if I’d come help him with it.”

Tex tells a slightly different story:  “I said, ‘Willie, how’d you like to hit me in the mount?’  Now, Willie thought this was a great idea.  So I said, “Well, do you mind if people come and watch?’ So we went at it from that angle.”

Why Willie Nelson?

“I needed a win,” Tex said, grinning.

But when the referee called both men to the center of the ring so the fight could begin, it was clear Tex was nervous.  “I don’t care if he hits me,” he told the official, “just as long as he don’t kick me.”

That’s just want WIllie did.  While ex waited for the right punch, Willie danced around him, swung and kicked.  Tex managed to dodge the blows.  Several times, both men fell into the ropes together.

When the bell rang for the end of the first round, Willie’s team tried to get him into his corner, but the singer reached back through the ropes in an attempt to retrieve that glass of wine.

The biggest drama came in the third round, when both men pulled the referee down.  Willie held him on the mat with his foot, while both fighters and the crowd counted to 10.  The two then lifted thier arms together and declared tehmselves both winners.

Tex got the Second Boxer’s Ball Belt for his efforts, then a gold medal was presented to “the gallant warrior:  Willie – On the Road Again – Nelson.”  Then everyone joined Wilile singing his signature song.


This day in Willie Nelson History: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, NYC (Dec. 5, 2014)

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Willie Nelson, Yoko Ono, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty celebrate in NYC #JohnLennon75


photo:  Theo Wargo
by:  Sarah Grant

Kevin Bacon hosted the tremendous, star-packed event — airing on AMC on Saturday, December 19th at 9:00pm ET/PT — which hit every note of Lennon’s songwriting personality, his interests, concerns and loves. In the first half of the show, Sheryl Crow played a rollicking serenade of “A Hard Day’s Night,” the Killers’ Brandon Flowers conducted an effervescent sing-along to “Instant Karma,” Latin pop sensation Juanes sang “Woman” wearing Lennon’s famous New York City shirt, and Train frontman Pat Monahan impressed the crowd with an acrobatic rendition of “Jealous Guy.” John Fogerty, the biggest Beatlemaniac in the room, kicked off the night with a striking one-two acoustic punch of “Give Peace a Chance” and “In My Life.”

“Rock & roll is here to stay!” Yoko Ono asserted on the stage of the Theater at Madison Square Garden Saturday night, telling the audience that’s what her late husband would have said in response to “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert.” Steven Tyler, Eric Church, Aloe Blacc, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and Tom Morello were just a few of the multi-generational luminaries who came together onstage to pay homage to the revolutionary Beatle — the Liverpool songwriter, lionhearted political activist, peacemaker and musical treasure, who would have been 75 years old on October 9th and who died 35 years ago this month. Put on by Blackbird Presents and AMC, the show benefited the poverty-fighting organization

The most memorable performances were by the least-well-known artists. R&B artist Aloe Blacc held the notes of “Steel and Glass” for breathtaking stretches. The song, from Lennon’s dark 1974 solo album, Walls and Bridges, is about psychological extremes. “How does it feel to be off the wall?” Blacc wondered with gravitas, standing in a zippered leather jacket with arms folded behind his back. Nashville singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton, who made a splash at this year’s CMAs, gave a titillating, bluesy take on “Don’t Let Me Down,” flanked by Crow and Flowers. Alt-rock band Spoon offered 10 minutes of full-octane rock & roll.

Lennon’s activist anthems shone especially bright. The Roots gave “Julia” a hip-hop treatment, while working-class heroes Kris Kristofferson, Tom Morello and harmonica legend Mickey Raphael performed a sobering, stripped-down set in front of a picture of Lennon towering over them with his arms crossed. Morello came back for an anthemic rendition of “Power to the People” with the New York Freedom Choir, which includes representatives of nine different charity organizations in the state. This was the peak performance for so many reasons. Morello’s guitar playing was incendiary. He raised his fist to the crowd in solidarity, and, more movingly, simply pointed upward toward the sky. He played his guitar flipped over so it revealed the word “IMAGINE” in all capital letters on the back, and then, after a climactic, toe-curling solo, rested the instrument on the stage in a symbolic gesture of laying down arms.


photo:  Kevin Mazur

“John Lennon wrote music that mattered because it said something,” said country star Eric Church, who called the evening a ‘bucket list’ night before launching into one of Lennon’s moodiest songs, “Mind Games.” Church rekindled the declamatory spirit with his new Nashville brother, Steven Tyler, his partner on a blazing “Revolution.” Everyone went wild for Tyler’s reprisal of his druggy role as frontman of Future Villain Band from the 1978 musical film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

“Every song has a story,” Ono said to the audience, sporting a whimsical bowler hat and Sgt. Pepper–style blazer with golden epaulets, after a clip played of the Plastic Ono Band singing “Attica State” on a talk show. Lennon and Ono sat on the show’s red step, singing about freedom with razor-sharp intent. The archival footage seemed to foreshadow 2015, a year marked by social violence in the United States. The song, like so many others shared that night, carried a message of brotherhood, solidarity and peace: “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” brought cheer with a children’s choir and a Peter Frampton–Crow-Blacc trio. Legendary storyteller Willie Nelson offered a magnificently serene “Imagine,” conveying the lyrics in a such a stark, plainspoken way, it was as if the song were being sung for the first time.

Yoko Ono; Birthday; Lennon
Theo Wargo/Getty

“Happy birthday, beautiful boy,” Paul McCartney said in a prerecorded video. It was a touching reminder of one of the last songs Lennon gave to the world, “Beautiful Boy,” an ode to paternal love that ends with Lennon whispering to his young son Julian, “See you in the morning, bright and early.” Hope, joy, and camaraderie filled the theater when the all-star roster joined together to deliver the simplest, truest advice Lennon offered in his lifetime: “Love is all you need.”


photo:  Kevin Mazur


Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real at “Band Together” concert benefiting fire relief (Dec 14, 2017)

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

 Corey McCormick:  “Absolutely stoked to announce that we are hosting the next #BandTogetherBayArea benefit concert to support #NorthBayFireRelief. I know I’m supposed to be off but this is a close to home gig and it means a lot for me to be a part of it!!
Mark your calendar for a night with us and Red Hot Chili Peppers on 12/14. Tickets on sale Friday, 12/1 at 10am PT:

“Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas benefit concert on September 22, 2017

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas is a benefit concert on September 22nd at the University of Texas-Austin’s Erwin Center. The special event features

Willie Nelson
Paul Simon
James Taylor
Bonnie Ratt
Leon Bridges
Lyle Lovett
And More ….

With Special Appearances from
Matthew McConaughey
Renee Zellweger
Luke Wilson
And more …

Event proceeds benefit Rebuild Texas, the fund established by Governor Abbott in partnership with Michael and Susan Dell.

How to Donate:

Text: “Rebuild TX” to 91999

Willie Nelson sings for farmers in Vermont

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Rodney Latstetter? @proviewsusa

“Bernie Sanders with Willie Nelson in Essex Jct., Vt at a concert to benefit Vermont farmers. 1990’s

Free Leonard Peltier

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Tickets went on sale on the 17th of Aug – if you’re supportive but can’t attend, please, go to the BOK Center website and buy a ticket – raising funds for Leonard’s defense is our sole purpose! Everything helps!

This day in Willie Nelson history: Lance Armstrong LiveStrong fundraiser, Austin, TX (10/24/2008)

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

On October 24, 2008, Willie Nelson performed at Lance Armstrong fundraiser in Austin.  Photos thanks to:

Brian Dowd, cancer survivor, was at the event, and posted at his blog

“After the guest speakers we then made our way out side to sit on bails of hay and listen to country music legend Willie Nelson.  All I can say is WOW!    Willie blew everyone away and I think converted a few people who were not into country music.

After Willie finished his set Lance came on stage to thank Willie and his band for performing and there was a funny moment. Lance said he could not go on Willie’s bus b/c he has a new job (i.e. back to cycling) which made everyone laugh.”

Bid on “Willie Nelson Special Edition” 2018 Honda Ridgeline, and help support Hurricane Harvey Relief

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

To place your Bid Please Call 512-443-4300 and ask for T.J or Cliff

Please bid on a one of a kind “Willie Nelson Special Edition” 2018 Honda Ridgeline that is being auctioned for Hurricane Harvey relief. The Honda features custom art by Martin Bros Customs, exclusive Willie Nelson hood art and the inside cab has been signed by Willie Nelson.

With your generous bid, all proceeds will benefit Harvey recovery efforts and a Family Farm disaster fund. Don’t miss out on this exclusive Special Edition created just for United Way.

If you are a Willie Nelson fan and want to own a part of history while helping those impacted by Hurricane Harvey flooding, this is your chance.

Auction Details
• “Willie Nelson Special Edition” 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E
• Proceeds benefit United Way Recovery and Family Farm Disaster Fund
• Custom Art by Martin Bros. Customs
• Custom Willie Nelson Hood Art
• Dual Action Tailgate and In-Bed Trunk
• Truck-Bed Audio System
• Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
• $41,620+ MSRP, with a Priceless Value

To place your Bid Please Call 512-443-4300 and ask for T.J or Cliff

This day in Willie Nelson history: Bridge School 30th Anniversary Concert (Oct. 16, 2017)

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017


Organized by musicians Neil Young and Pegi Young, the Bridge School Benefit Concert is an annual, all acoustic, non-profit charity event held every October at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. All proceeds directly benefit the operations of The Bridge School.

Our Mission

The Bridge School is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications and through the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative life-long educational strategies. The Bridge School is an internationally recognized leader in the education of children who use augmentative and alternative communication and has developed unique programs and trained highly skilled professionals in the use of state of the art assistive technology.

The first concert was held October 13, 1986.  This 30th anniversary concert last year, was their final.

Artists sing in support of Leonard Peltier – “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse” (Nov. 6, 2017) in Tulsa

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

November 6, 2017
BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Call (918) 894-4200

25 CMA Awards.
23 ACM Awards.
26 Grammy Nominations.

One night. One stage. One show.

Join us for a legendary night of music you’ll never forget as we welcome Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Arlo Guthrie, Rita Coolidge, Shooter Jennings, Joe Ely, Jessi Colter, The Doors’ John Densmore and more… including special appearances by Peter Coyote, Folk Uke, and others.

Tickets are available in person at the Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center (200 South Denver in Tulsa), over the phone at 866-7-BOKCTR, or safely and securely online at

All proceeds benefit the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. For more information, visit us online at

Cowboys for Indians and Justice for Leonard Peltier

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Support Texas and Louisiana Farmers: Bid on Willie Nelson Special Edition 2018 Honda #Floorauction #CentralTexasHondaDealers, #WilliesTruck,

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Austin, Texas– IHeart Radio and CBS Austin/Telemundo Austin invite you to bid on a one of a kind “Willie Nelson Special Edition” 2018 Honda Ridgeline that is being auctioned for Hurricane Harvey relief. The Honda features custom art by Martin Bros Customs, exclusive Willie Nelson hood art and the inside cab has been signed by Willie. United Way in partnership with remind bidding closes on October 9th at Midnight. Willie Nelson is One-of-a-Kind and so is this Honda.

With your generous bid, proceeds will benefit Harvey recovery efforts and a Family Farm disaster fund. Don’t miss out on this exclusive Special Edition created just for, Bidding has begun with minimum bids met. If you are a Willie Nelson fan and want to own a part of history while helping those impacted by Hurricane Harvey flooding, this is your chance.

Auction Details

• “Willie Nelson Special Edition” 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E

• Bid online at

• Proceeds benefit United Way Recovery and Family Farm Disaster Fund

• Bidding closes on October 9th at Midnight

• Custom Art by Martin Bros. Customs

• Custom Willie Nelson Hood Art

• Dual Action Tailgate and In-Bed Trunk

• Truck-Bed Audio System

• Bluetooth HandsFreeLink

• $41,000+ MSRP, with a Priceless Value

United Way and wish to thank all our sponsors and donors especially The Central Texas Honda Dealers that are made up of Howdy Honda, First Texas Honda, Round Rock Honda, Honda San Marcos, Greg May Honda, Cleo Bay Honda, and Allen Honda.

#CentralTexasHondaDealers, #WilliesTruck, #FloodAuction, #WillieNelsonForPresident, #OneWillieFan

Texas Strong

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Bid on rare Willie Nelson Honda, and other items, and help out familes in need following hurricane

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017
Please check out in partnership with United Way; lend a helping hand to make an impact for those in need after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The bid list includes generous, unique donations from Texas, Louisiana and beyond, including a 2018 Honda Ridgeline styled as the “Willie Edition.”  

Specially created by the Central Texas Honda Dealers, proceeds from the bids on the Willie Nelson-edition truck are being donated to Family Farm Disaster.

For your chance to win the 2018 Honda Ridgeline “Willie Edition” while taking part in a great cause, visit A $1, $5 or $10 donation is requested (and appreciated) upon registration to bid. The auction is now live and ends October 9th. And be sure to check out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information and updates.

Bid on These and a whole lot more:

For the Country Music enthusiast, bid on a complete DVD set of classic Country Artists of The Opry, filmed on 35 mm film in the 1950s.


Hit a home run by bidding on Texas Ranger Tickets.

Or if you are in or going to Austin – Hop aboard your own bus at Ninja Bus Tours and tour the great State of Texas Capital in style. Speaking of style stop by Adorn Salon for a complete make over.

See all the cool items and generous donations made at




Help Willie Nelson Help Texas with hurricane relief

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017