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Willie Nelson’s birthday concerts coming theaters

By KRISTIN M. HALL, Associated Press
Published: May 18, 2023, 6:00am
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Willie Nelson performs at the Producers & Engineers Wing 12th Annual Grammy Week Celebration on Feb. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles.
Willie Nelson performs at the Producers & Engineers Wing 12th Annual Grammy Week Celebration on Feb. 6, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Richard Shotwell/Invision) Photo Gallery

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If you missed out on Willie Nelson’s 90th birthday concerts last month in Los Angeles, you can see all the special performances honoring the 12-time Grammy winner in a limited theatrical run.

“Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90” will be shown in theaters on June 11, with encore presentations June 13 and 14. Recorded at the Hollywood Bowl over two nights in April, the concert film will include performances by Nelson, Keith Richards, Neil Young, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Snoop Dogg and many more.

Nelson, who was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year, is having a banner year as a nonagenarian. He was honored with an educational endowment at the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs and will have a new book about his songwriting called “Energy Follows Thought: The Stories Behind My Songs,” coming out on Oct. 31 through William Morrow.

Nelson spent time as a DJ in the Pacific Northwest with his “Western Express” radio show on KVAN, broadcast from Vancouver. After becoming a star as a teenage disc jockey in his birthplace of Texas, Nelson hit the road and settled for a few years in Vancouver. As a 23-year-old, Nelson became a hit on the local airwaves; he even had his own fan club.

The Texas actor, activist and songwriter penned hits like “Crazy,” “Funny How Times Slips Away” and “On the Road Again” over his seven-decade career, as well as co-founded Farm Aid.

Tickets for the concert film, presented by Blackbird Presents, Joe Hand Promotions and Nelson’s manager Mark Rothbaum, are on sale at willienelson90experience.com.

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