The man who told Howard Stern he vaporizes marijuana to â€œget normal,â€ who wrote â€œCrazy,â€ and who has played the same wonderfully broken-in guitar (Trigger) for his entire career, Mr. Willie Nelson has released a live DVD of one of his best musical performances on Live! At the US Festival 1983. Headlining the US Festival – a festival funded by Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak on June 4, 1983, in San Bernadino, California – this performance is a perfect demonstration of the talent, picking prowess, and jamming ability of Willie Nelson at his best.
The show opens with a young Willie playing hot â€œWhiskey Riverâ€ licks on a Trigger whose hole isnâ€™t quite as worn in as it is now.Â Heâ€™s rocking the bandana, the red white and blue patriotic guitar strap, and a stonerâ€™s smile. Â Soon, strings are vibrating in quick succession, having no choice but to succumb to Willieâ€™s relentless picking.Â From there, the show segues into a medley of Willieâ€™s greatest hits.Â With a precision backing band that lets him do his thing with the songs that made him famous, Willie is left to shine and expand upon the standard arrangements of his classic tunes.
Featuring all the hits, plus a guest appearance by fellow outlaw Waylon Jennings, this DVD doesnâ€™t disappoint.Â Steadily building to an encore trifecta of â€œAngel Flying Too Close to the Ground,â€ â€œOn the Road Again,â€ and â€œAlways on My Mind,â€ the show ends in classic, spectacular fashion.Â Through it all Willie, remains steadfast in his excellence and his ability to rouse a festival crowd with nothing less than his absolute best.Â Well done, Willieâ€¦well done.
Live! At the US Festival 1983 is out now on Shout! Factory.