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Topic: Keith did Dead Flower and The Worst yesterday at Willie Nelson's tribute Return to archive
04-15-02 09:13 AM
CS Makin' music with his friends
Staff Writer

''It's a good thing that I'm not a star,'' Willie Nelson once sang, but last night his place among the icons of popular song was difficult to refute.

Rolling Stone Keith Richards, hit band matchbox twenty, rockers Jon Bon Jovi and Sheryl Crow, country performers Lee Ann Womack and the Dixie Chicks, R&B crooner Brian McKnight, Americana queen Emmylou Harris and numerous others joined Nelson on the Ryman Auditorium stage, paying tribute to a man they praised as having changed popular music for the better.

Television cameras captured the concert for the USA Network. Willie Nelson & Friends: Stars and Guitars is slated to air on May 27.

Sheryl Crow performs with Willie Nelson during last night's taping of Willie Nelson & Friends: Stars and Guitars at the Ryman Auditorium. The tribute concert is to be aired May 27 on the USA Network

''I grew up listening to Willie and Waylon Jennings and Conway Twitty and Merle Haggard,'' said Rob Thomas, who fronts matchbox twenty and wrote several songs on Nelson's new The Great Divide album. ''People like Willie are why I started writing songs. He's such a legend. Being around him, I feel like I'm 10 years old.''

Bon Jovi, who joined Nelson and Richie Sambora for a harmony-drenched version of You Were Always On My Mind, has known Nelson since the mid-1980s.

''When I met him, we (meaning the band Bon Jovi) only had two albums out, but he treated me like I was a rock star,'' Bon Jovi said. ''Anybody who plays and sings, to Willie you're an equal. But if you have any sense of being a man, you realize you're not actually an equal. I wish I could be half as cool for half as long.''

Highlights included Richards performing the Stones classic Dead Flowers with Nelson, Ryan Adams and Hank Williams III, Harris teaming up with Nelson on Rodney Crowell's 'Til I Gain Control Again and the Nelson/Dixie Chicks conjunction on Bloody Mary Morning.

''This is the best jam session I've ever been a part of,'' Nelson said backstage.

McKnight, who reprised his Don't Fade Away duet from Nelson's new album, concurred.

''I got a thrill just walking in. When he saw me, he knew my name and said, 'Hey, Brian.' Tonight is once-in-a-lifetime. It's something to tell the grandkids about one day.''
04-15-02 09:21 AM
CS It will be broadcast first May 6th on A&E
04-15-02 03:17 PM
Larry Dallas The show is supposed air on the USA Network in late May. The A&E story was wrong. In addition to Dead Flowers, Keith , Willie and Sheryl Crow performed "The Worst." I hope some tapes begin to circulate.
04-15-02 03:56 PM
Stonesmillenium2001 are there any pictures from the show? if so please add them. its very important to the boards and to mathijs for his guitar site also.
04-15-02 04:25 PM
Larry Dallas Willie has a nice website. However, it's not been updated to show last night's pictures. Just check on the link Pedernales Poo Poo if you visit His daughter keeps a road diary and fills it with pictures from the road. As far as Willie and Keith are concerned, there is one link in the Poo from 1999 in Conn. when Keith joined Willie and Family on stage.

Don't forget to try Willie's whiskey if you get a chance. It's so gooooood and it's made here in Kentucky (Nelson County)!
04-15-02 04:47 PM
Gazza Poo Poo???

04-15-02 06:15 PM
Cardinal Fang
Larry Dallas wrote:
there is one link in the Poo from 1999

Shouldn't somebody flush that toilet by now? Three year old "Poo link's" CAN'T be good ?

Later, Cardinal Fang
04-16-02 12:18 AM
VoodooChileInWOnderl Crazy for Willie Nelson: Friends Fete Country Star at Ryman
Jay Orr

When he was a lad growing up in Texas, Willie Nelson drew inspiration from artists as diverse as Ernest Tubb and Frank Sinatra. An equally broad range of musical colleagues has come to regard Nelson as a primary influence, and many of them gathered Sunday night (April 14) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to give voice to their feelings for him.

There were no spoken tributes during the concert, titled Willie Nelson & Friends: Stars and Guitars, and taped for broadcast May 27, Memorial Day, on the USA Network cable channel. Film actor Vince Vaughn, host for the evening, called Nelson “an American treasure” and “a musical pioneer.”

Instead, over more than three hours, the artists paid their respects to Nelson with songs. Some did his songs -- or songs from his repertoire. Some did songs of their own. The loudest cheer of the night -– on a night where lusty cheers were routine –- came for Nelson and the rowdy trio of Keith Richards, Hank Williams III and Ryan Adams when they finished the Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers.”

Nelson always has stood for musical honesty and spontaneity. Mistakes don’t faze him; he treats errors as if they were a natural part of the presentation. The tone of the evening was in keeping with his philosophy. A flubbed verse on the opening number, Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” sung with Sheryl Crow, was not a problem. Nelson started early on “Mendocino County Line,” with Lee Ann Womack, and made it work.

Duetting with Ray Price on “Night Life,” Nelson, after one of his signature guitar breaks, looked up expecting to watch Price sing “listen to what the blues are saying.” Instead, he saw Price waiting for Nelson to take the line, which he did, a couple of beats late and as natural as you please.

Only one performance needed repeating –- Emmylou Harris and the Dixie Chicks on “Roses in the Snow” –- because Harris wanted more vocal and guitar in her ear monitor. Since Nelson did not perform with the quartet of women -– bassist Glenn Worf and guitarist Richard Bennett were the only other players on stage –- and since the song does not come from Nelson’s repertoire, “Roses in the Snow” was the most puzzling inclusion of the night.

Vince Gill, on “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” and Womack, on “Crazy,” were the only other artists to perform a number without a contribution from Nelson.

The Chicks did sing with Nelson on “Bloody Mary Morning." Their four-part harmony on the choruses was as bracing as a stiff drink at the start of the day, and Nelson traded salty instrumental breaks with Emily Robison, Martie MaGuire and his harmonica specialist, Mickey Raphael.

Womack stayed on stage to sing “Mendocino County Line” with Nelson. The track appears on his new release, The Great Divide. Also re-creating pairings from that set were Brian McKnight, who warbled beautifully with Nelson on “Don’t Fade Away,” and matchbox twenty’s Rob Thomas, who teamed with Nelson on “Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me)” a song he wrote. Thomas came back later with the other members of matchbox twenty to sing “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.”

Toby Keith, towering over Nelson in a white cowboy hat, played the part of Waylon Jennings on the Waylon ‘n’ Willie classic, “Good Hearted Woman.” Jon Bon Jovi and his partner and guitarist, Richie Sambora, also sported cowboy hats when they came out to turn “Always on My Mind” into a power ballad.

Most of the night, Nelson and his guests had musical support from a band that included keyboardist Jimmy Cox, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Worf, guitarist Bennett, harp man Raphael and steel player Dan Dugmore. At the end of the evening, Nelson’s own touring band joined him for “On the Road Again” and “The Great Divide.” On the latter, twin guitar work with Jody Payne drew applause.

For the finale, Nelson and the musicians started a bluesy version of Hank Williams Sr.’s “Move It On Over.” The entire cast soon returned to the stage to sing the response to Nelson’s “move it on over” and “drag it on over.” Richards, especially, seem to take delight in finding himself in Nelson’s presence, on the stage of the Ryman, singing a country classic in the presence of the songwriter’s grandson, Hank III. It was Nelson, however, who was the evening’s big dog, and everyone in the audience and cast knew it.

Set List for Willie Nelson & Friends: Stars & Guitars

“For What It’s Worth,” Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow, with Vince Gill on guitar

“Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me),” Willie Nelson and Rob Thomas

“Crazy,” Lee Ann Womack

“Mendocino County Line,” Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack

“Bloody Mary Morning,” Willie Nelson and Dixie Chicks

“Don’t Fade Away,” Willie Nelson and Brian McKnight

“Whiskey River,” Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow

“Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” Willie Nelson and matchbox twenty

“Lonestar,” Willie Nelson and Norah Jones

“Dead Flowers,” Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams, Keith Richards and Hank Williams III

“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” Vince Gill

“’Til I Gain Control Again,” Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris

“The Harder They Come,” Willie Nelson and Ryan Adams

“Always on My Mind,” Willie Nelson, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora

“Stardust,” Willie Nelson and Aaron Neville

“Good Hearted Woman,” Willie Nelson and Toby Keith

“Night Life,” Willie Nelson and Ray Price

“Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,” Willie Nelson and Patty Griffin

“Roses in the Snow,” Dixie Chicks and Emmylou Harris

“Most Unoriginal Sin,” Willie Nelson and John Hiatt

“The Worst,” Willie Nelson, Keith Richards and Sheryl Crow

“On the Road Again,” Willie Nelson and Family

“The Great Divide,” Willie Nelson and Familiy

“Move It On Over,” Willie Nelson and cast (finale)
04-16-02 08:21 AM
Cardinal Ximinez Sometimes I wish I lived in Nashville.
04-16-02 04:43 PM
Tom By Bob Lebzelter (Starbeacon)

[Edited by Tom]
04-16-02 04:56 PM
nankerphelge Very nice shot.
Keith is looking ready to roll...
04-16-02 06:52 PM
JaggaRichards GREAT PIC!!!!!!!

Can't wait to watch the show!!
04-17-02 09:54 AM
Larry Dallas wrote:
The show is supposed air on the USA Network in late May. The A&E story was wrong.

No, it was NOT wrong, it was the original project

Nelson Tribute Moves to USA Network

Willie Nelson: Stars & Guitars will air Memorial Day, May 27, on the USA Network. Early reports had the tribute concert airing on cable channel A&E. The special tapes Sunday (April 14) at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with a cast that includes Ryan Adams, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora, Sheryl Crow, the Dixie Chicks, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, Norah Jones, the Mark Knopfler Band, Rob Thomas of matchbox twenty, Dave Matthews, Brian McKnight, Aaron Neville, Ray Price, Keith Richards, Hank Williams III and Lee Ann Womack. Actor Vince Vaughn (Psycho, Swingers, The Lost World: Jurassic Park) will host the show.

04-17-02 10:19 AM
Larry Dallas No offense CS. I was just reporting that A&E had a public relations nightmare when the network had to say that the show was going to be on USA. It seems that the public interest in the show was far beyond what was expected and A&E had to explain itself.
04-17-02 10:50 AM
CS Hi Larry! No, no offense taken, your message sounded nice to me since the beginning I just wanted to explain what happened.
04-18-02 11:32 AM
moy from the official willie nelson site

more here

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