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by: Braley Dodson
Singer, songwriter and actor Willie Nelson is coming back to the Corn Palace.
It’s believed to be the second-ever Mitchell show for the 80-year-old performer. The concert, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, has sold about 1,850 of 2,500 available tickets. Tickets start at $47.50 and are available at the Corn Palace box office.
Nelson’s previous concert at the Corn Palace, which sold out, occurred during the Corn Palace Festival in 2003.
Nelson has released close to 300 albums. He is an original organizer of Farm Aid, a nonprofit organization committed to assisting family farms. The bandana-wearing star is considered a country music rebel and has performed with artists such as country star Toby Keith and rapper Snoop Dogg. Nelson’s biggest hits include “Crazy,” “On the Road Again” and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.”
Schilling said Nelson’s first show at the Corn Palace produced a sellout and a learning experience.
“It made us look at things differently,” Schilling said.
Afterward, modifications were made for future shows. Some of the lasting impacts of the 2003 concert are the use of large screens during festival performances, changes in the handicap seating area and a change in the seating plan that eliminated seats on the floor, added seats in other areas and led to a net loss of about 20 seats.
“Those weren’t good seats, anyway,” Schilling said.
The concert is expected to last more than two hours, while other headliners usually perform for 75-90 minutes. Nelson’s daughter, with the Paula Nelson Band, will open the show.
The concert is part of an effort to bring more acts to the Corn Palace. Schilling said there was a desire for Nelson to perform that, coupled with him touring in the area, birthed the concert. Earlier this week, he played in Iowa, and he is scheduled to perform in Minnesota on Friday and Saturday.
Schilling sees the concert as a chance for those who missed Nelson the first time he performed at the Corn Palace to see him.
“Willie is just one of those legends,” Schilling said. “Look for a great show.”
Thanks to Buddy Prewitt, for sharing this great photo that Kevin Smith took.
“Willie played this song for me on his bus a couple of months ago before a concert in Wichita Falls, Texas. It’s one of my favorite of all his recordings, and I love them all. Willie and Merle singing together… does it get any better than this?” — Ruth Buzzi
Willie Nelson fan and Laugh-In star Ruth Buzzi stopped by Willie Nelson’s bus before the show in Wichita Falls, Texas, last October.
She stopped by the crew bus too and made some fans happy. “I asked her to hit me with her purse and she did.” Budrock Prewitt, Willie Nelson’s Lighting Director Ruth is very active on Twitter — you can follow her at @Ruth_A_Buzzi. She has a very entertaining youtube channel, too; it’s like a variety tv show. She posts videos, and comments on them — like this NYE show with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra: “I guess as long as there’s an Internet this’ll come back every New Year’s Eve. That’s alright with me…nobody had more fun that night than I… and the memories we made together will last my whole lifetime. Rest in peace, my dear friends, Frank and Dean.” This is her youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/RuthBuzzi1
She stopped by the crew bus too and made some fans happy.
“I asked her to hit me with her purse and she did.” Budrock Prewitt, Willie Nelson’s Lighting Director
Ruth is very active on Twitter — you can follow her at @Ruth_A_Buzzi.
She has a very entertaining youtube channel, too; it’s like a variety tv show. She posts videos, and comments on them — like this NYE show with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra:
“I guess as long as there’s an Internet this’ll come back every New Year’s Eve. That’s alright with me…nobody had more fun that night than I… and the memories we made together will last my whole lifetime. Rest in peace, my dear friends, Frank and Dean.”
This is her youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/RuthBuzzi1
Kevin Smith, Albert Besteiro
The best thing to happen to country music since Hank Williams was — and is — no doubt Willie Nelson. And now Epiphone is along for the ride, too.
Check out the cool photo of Nelson bassist Kevin Smith and pal Albert Besteiro from Del Castillo with their Epiphone Jack Casady basses! The best bass ever? That’s what the pro’s say. From Hot Tuna to Paul McCartney to the Stone Roses, the Epiphone Jack Casady is the axe for the serious bassist.
But if you’re not sure if the rock and roll life is for you, read Willie’s new memoir, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, for sage advice on jams, jokes, and (music) joints.
Thank you so much to Monique, from the Hague, for her great photos from the Willie Nelson and Family Show at Floores Country Store last Thursday. Monique and Husband Mark are in the US on vacation meeting friends and enjoying some great music in Texas.
Willie Nelson welcomed everyone to Farm Aid XXVII in Hershey, PA, and then he introduced friend and fellow Texan Dale Watson, who kick-started the annual concert with some honkytonk music. Watson received a special invitation from Farm Aid Board Member John Mellencamp to perform, and was joined by Willie Nelson & Family band members Mickey Raphael and Kevin Smith.
Thank you, Dale Watson, for your support of family farmers, and Farm Aid!
Visit Dale’s Website at www.DaleWatson.com, to learn more about Dale and his music, and purchase a cd.