Willie Doll with Janelle, and another friend at the Fillmore. It was her 59th concert, but who’s counting?
We go to the shows see Willie Nelson and Family in concert, but a bonus is the cool fans you get to meet and hang out with before during and after his shows. Everyone is so happy to get to see Willie and his band.
Nancy and a friend.
The Fillmore was fun because some of the same people came night after night, and the party would pick up where it stopped the night before. The Fillmore is general admission, and Janis from Texas and I would get up front about 6:30, and that’s where we’d stay until Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real came on at 8:00, followed by Willie Nelson and Family about 9:00. We did this for five days, and hung out with other fans who were there for all the shows, and other fans who were there just for the night.
After five nights, I started to understand what it must feel to be at a Trekkie convention, without the costumes. We were swapping Willie Nelson stories and concert gossip and it was five days of all Willie all the time. Every night we’d be on the lookout for folks who were attending their first Willie Nelson concert (Willie Virgins) and we’d warn them their lives were about to be changed forever.
Janis from Texas, with Robin, from California, who was all dressed up in a suit and tie for the show. Robin found Janis and I upfront every night, and there was always room to squeeze him into the front row beside us.
Lana Nelson took this picture of fans, and posted it with others she took of her dad and the band from her unique backstage vantage point, at www.WillieNelson.com.