Last Night: Willie Nelson At Verizon Wireless Theater

Willie Nelson & Family Verizon Wireless Theater April 28, 2011

See Willie Nelson's extended Houston family in our slideshow.

There are few times you don't want the Rolling Stones in your head. A very few. But on your way to a Willie Nelson show trying to fight off the insinuating strains of "The Last Time" is one of them.

Not to be morbid, but the Red Headed Stranger is getting up there. It could be the last time. He looked stiff and, well, aged walking onstage at Verizon at 9 p.m. sharp Thursday night. He ought to; he turns 78 on Saturday. "Little sister" Bobbie had to be escorted to her grand piano.

Then Willie starts to play, and a different realization sets in: The man is eternal. Ain't it funny how time slips away.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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