Last of the Breed Tour in York, PA (9/7/07)


Willie announced on his weekly call in to the Bill Mack Show on xm radio Wednesday that he and Ray Price and Merle Haggard would be touring again with their Last of the Breed Tour.  Here’s an announcement from the York, PA paper about the show there in September:

He’s 74 and he’s on the road again, and for the first time since 1988 country music legend Willie Nelson will perform at the York Fair Grandstand in September.

Nelson, along with country legends Merle Haggard and Ray Price, will play at the fair at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, as part of their “Last of the Breed Tour.”

Fair officials announced the country concert yesterday after more than four months of working to nail down the billing.

“This is a big time show,” said Creston Ottemiller, entertainment director for the fair. “They’re really big time people.”

The concert announcement is the latest in a star-studded lineup at the fair in September. Country music star Carrie Underwood is performing at the fair Saturday, Sept. 8, Trace Adkins is performing Monday, Sept. 10, and southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform Tuesday, Sept. 11.

It’s been almost 20 years since Nelson last performed at the fair, Ottemiller said. Nelson performed at the fair several times in the 1980s, but hasn’t played there since 1988.

Nelson is now 74, Haggard is 70 and Price is 81 years old.

“They look a little older, but so do I,” said Ottemiller, who attended Nelson’s last concert at the fair.

Ottemiller said he doesn’t think Haggard or Price has ever performed at the fair before.

Haggard became famous in the 1960s with a long line of country hits, including “Mama Tried,” “The Legend of Bonnie and Clyde,” “Hungry Eyes” and “Okie From Muskogee.” Price’s music career began in the 1940s, and he later led famous country band the Cherokee Cowboys and had hit songs including “The Same Old Me,” “For the Good Times,” “You’re the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me.”

Despite the big names, Ottemiller said he doesn’t expect the tickets to sell out immediately when they become available Sunday.

“It’s hard to sell the grandstand out with the 11,000 seats we have,” Ottemiller said.

Tickets go on sale for the concert at 1 p.m. Sunday at the fair’s box office on Carlisle Avenue, by phone at 848-2033 and online at

Tickets for the show are $32 to $35 and there is a processing fee for phone, mail and Internet orders. The concert tickets do not include admission to the fair which are $5 or $4 for reduced price adult gate admissions.

— Reach Brock Parker at 505-5434 or

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