By Anita Goswami
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: Country music star Willie Nelson has devoted his life to creating beautiful music for his fans. The legend is now set to celebrate his 90th birthday with his friends and family on April 29, at an all-star event, in which many musical icons, including Neil Young, 77, will perform. This is the first time Young will be performing live since 2019.
Young will be joined on the stage by Allison Russell from Montreal and Orville Peck from Canada. The Hollywood Bowl will host the two-night ‘Nelson celebration’, also called ‘Long Story Short’ on April 29 and 30. Other performers include Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett, Miranda Lambert, Rosanne Cash, Snoop Dogg, The Chicks, Kacey Musgraves, and many more.
The other artistes that will perform include Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Tyler Childers, Warren Haynes, Ziggy Marley, Sturgill Simpson, Beck, Billy Strings, Bobby Weir, Charley Crockett, Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sheryl Crow, The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and Nelson’s sons, Lukas and Micah, who performs as Particle Kid.
Young’s return to performing live comes after he cancelledhis appearance at the Farm Aid festival in Hartford, Connecticut in 2021 when the Delta variant of Covid-19 was rampant. He reportedly said at that time that he felt it would be wrong to place people at the risk of contracting Covid, especially children who had not been vaccinated, by attending the event. However, he admired his musical peers, including Nelson, who went on with that sold-out benefit concert for American farm workers.
The singer-songwriter, author and activist has been working for six decades and is still going strong. His new album, ‘I Don’t Know a Thing About Love’ will be released in March along with a five-part documentary that will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted him twice – in 1995 as a solo artist and in 1997 as a member of Buffalo Springfield. In 2000, Rolling Stone placed Young at 34 on their list of the 100 greatest musicians.
People can buy tickets to Nelson’s star-studded 90th birthday concert from January 28.