Monday, September 6, 2010

Review of Willie Nelson at Red Rocks

Last night I got to go to my favorite venue one last time for Willie Nelson. This was a show that did not disappoint. The opening bands were Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real and Ryan Bingham and Dead Horses.

Lukas Nelson is the son of Willie Nelson. I absolutely love these guys a lot. Lukas sounds just like his father, just younger. He brings a lot of energy to the stage and plays a bit of country rock and blues. I had a chance to see them last year at Farm Aid and I must say that while he was good then, he was phenomenal last night. His voice exudes confidence and raw power. He definitely feels right at home on stage.

Next up was Ryan Bingham, while I knew nothing of him it was clear he had a huge fan base. There were plenty of posters around saying that people loved him, plus a lot of people were dancing and screaming for him. While I am not a fan of what he was playing, he was definitely talented. I think he would have been better as an opener for Lukas Nelson and not the other way around. That was just too hard to follow up.

Finally, it was time for Willie Nelson. There is a reason this man has been playing for so many years. His songwriting is top notch and you can tell he absolutely loves playing for people. After each song he would thank the audience and go into the next song. The set included some of his classics like On the Road Again, Whiskey River, Mama's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys, and Crazy. There was even a blues song he played with his son and you could really hear how similar their voices were.

If you are a fan of Willie, go see him as soon as you can. While he was playing you really got the feeling he wouldn't be around much longer. He is 77 and doesn't look good as he used to. He played with his little sister and his son the entire night and you really got the feeling that he was ensuring that his son knew all of his stuff to pass the reigns down to him.

The show was phenomenal, the atmosphere was another beautiful red rocks evening, and I enjoyed every last second of the show. It was a real treat to see such a legend from the 6th row.

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