April 18, 2013 |
The day after a fertilizer plant exploded in central Texas, killing at least 11 people and injuring more than 160, country music icon Willie Nelson announced he would hold a benefit concert for the victims. Nelson was born about five miles from the site of the disaster in West, Texas. “West has been in my backyard all my life,” Nelson tweeted Wednesday night. “My heart is praying for the community that we call home.” Nelson still keeps a house in his birthplace, Abbott, Texas.
August 20, 2012 |
Willie Nelson “feels much better, and no other tour dates are being postponed” after the 79-year-old country singer skipped a performance over the weekend near Denver, his spokeswoman said Monday. He had been slated to appear at a benefit Saturday for the Dumb Friends League animal shelter, but he reportedly experienced problems related to the city's altitude, and had to cancel. He was not, however, hospitalized because of breathing difficulties, as had been widely reported, said his daughter, Amy. “The papers have apparently blown things out of proportion,” Amy Nelson told The Times on Monday.
August 23, 2009 |
Willie Nelson's famous face is tanned and weathered. White whiskers increasingly dominate his two-day stubble, and streaks of gray color the waist-length braid trailing down his back. The country music legend is sitting on a bench seat inside a tour bus parked behind the bullpen at Diamond Stadium in Lake Elsinore, waiting to take the stage at this, one stop on a summer tour of minor-league baseball parks with Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp. He displays a youthful vitality that many younger men would envy.
January 19, 2011
STAGE Cavalia Opening tonight, this circus-themed equestrian show features highbrow horseplay conceived by Cirque du Soleil cofounder Normand Latourelle. Cavalia's cast includes 49 horses and nearly as many human performers, among them riders, aerialists, acrobats, dancers, musicians and a vocalist. White Big Top, 777 N. Front St., Burbank. 8 p.m. $39-$199. (866) 999-8111. http://www.cavalia.net . MUSIC Dashboard Confessional Chris Carrabba made a generation of sad-panda punk kids pick up acoustics and emote from the depths of their LiveJournals a decade ago with "The Swiss Army Romance.
September 29, 2012 |
[ Updated at 2 p.m. Oct. 5: The 2012 Railroad Revival Tour has been canceled. Ticket holders will receive a full refund by Oct. 21.] Willie Nelson is going on the road again -- with his fans. Band of Horses , Jamey Johnson , John Reilly & Friends and other performers join him on stage next month for a series of concerts from Duluth, Ga., to Oakland. Folks can ride along on seven individual legs of the Railroad Revival Tour 2012 by buying tickets that come with a sleeping berth, concert tickets and some VIP perks, too. The private rail tour begins Oct. 19 in New Orleans and shuttles to Duluth, home of the vintage Southeastern Railway Museum (you get a private tour)
September 5, 1998 |
"Teatro" opens with a melancholy guitar-keyboard meditation, and the first words Nelson sings on the album are, "The sun is filled with ice and gives no warmth at all." The music might eventually thaw with the odd arrival of catchy, Caribbean-flavored percussion, but the lyrics remain preoccupied with loss, heartbreak and worse--revisiting his morbid 1965 single "I Just Can't Let You Say Goodbye," Nelson sings of killing his ex-lover.