Willie Nelson celebrated his 90th birthday in style with a two-night birthday bash at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The event, which took place on April 30th and May 1st, featured a star-studded lineup of performers paying tribute to Nelson’s legendary career.
The lineup included appearances from fellow country stars like George Strait, Chris Stapleton, and Miranda Lambert, as well as Snoop Dogg, Keith Richards, and more!
One of the event’s highlights was when George Strait joined Nelson on stage for a rendition of the classic song “Pancho and Lefty”.
“Pancho and Lefty” is a song written by Townes Van Zandt in 1972 and first recorded by him in 1972. The song tells the story of two bandits, Pancho and Lefty, and the betrayal that leads to Pancho’s death. The song has been covered by many artists over the years, but Nelson’s version with Merle Haggard became the most well-known and popular rendition of the song.
Willie & George Strait singing Pancho & Lefty; Willie & Snoop singing “Roll Me Up & Smoke Me When I Die”; Willie also played “Happy Birthday To Me” pic.twitter.com/SMY2T5uVVH
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Nelson, who turned 90 on April 29th, has been a fixture in the country music scene for over six decades and has recorded over 70 studio albums.
“I can’t think of a better way to spend my 90th birthday than being surrounded by family, friends, and of course the fans who made this all possible,” Willie shared ahead of the show. “It’s an honor to perform with such an incredible group of artists at such an iconic venue.”
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