Willie Nelson Shows Perfection at the Shubert Theater

Willie Nelson
Shubert Theater, New Haven, CT
June 18, 2012

It always amazes me when I see Willie Nelson perform live.  Each year, the living legend gets older and I half expect him to sound a bit less like himself or to perform a shorter set.  Yet, each year he surpasses my expectations and sounds exactly like the man I have grown up listening to.  On Tuesday night, at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, CT, it was no exception.  Not only did Willie sound perfect, but he belted out a thirty song set chalk full of hits new and old. 

He started the show in all black from his cowboy hat to his t-shirt and pants – and in typical fashion, sang “Whiskey River”.  A few notes into the song a giant Texas flag draped the entire backdrop of the stage.  He showed his skillful guitar picking on “Still Is Still Moving To Me” and performed a folksy rendition of his #1 duet with Toby Keith, “Beer For My Horses”.  Willie did not speak too much between songs, but was full of thanks and smiles. 

Most pleasing and surprising was that Willie sang several newer and humorous tracks such as “Superman”, a duet he recorded with rapper Snoop Doggy Dog as well as “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die”, a song he recorded again with Snoop as well as Jamey Johnson and Kris Kristoferson on his newest album, “Heroes”. He had the crowd cracking up to “You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore” and cheering to a song he had written with Waylon Jennings called “Write Your Own Song”.  That track was written as an insult to the record executives who tried to push around artists in Nashville.  Willie does not get pushed around by anyone nowadays and that song really made you think about how Waylon and Willie rebelled against the system back in the day. 

Of course, Willie did not leave out some of his biggest and most legendary hits, such as “Always On My Mind”, “On The Road Again” and “Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground”.  He even performed a beautiful guitar solo that reminded me of a Spanish Guitar Melody as an intro to his old classic, “I Never Cared For You”. But no matter what Willie Nelson sang into the microphone at the intimate Shubert Theater, it was a real reminder that Willie is still at the top of his game and has no signs of slowing down. 

SETLIST:

  1. Whiskey River
  2. Still Is Still Moving to Me
  3. Beer For My Horses
  4. Time Slips Away
  5. Crazy
  6. Nightlife is No Good Life
  7. Listen to the Blues That Are Playing
  8. Down Yonder (piano solo by Bobby Nelson)
  9. Me and Paul
  10. Help me Make it Through the Night
  11. Good Hearted Woman (Waylon Jennings Cover)
  12. On the Bayou (Hank Williams Cover)
  13. Hey Good Looking (Hank Williams Cover)
  14. Move It On Over
  15. Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
  16. Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground
  17. On the Road Again
  18. Anything You Ask Me To
  19. Georgia on a Fast Train
  20. Georgia On My Mind
  21. Window Faces the South
  22. Cold War
  23. Superman
  24. You Don’t Think I’m Funny Anymore
  25. Write Your Own Song
  26. Solo – Spanish guitar
  27. I Never Cared For You
  28. Fly away
  29. Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die
  30. I Saw The Light

VIDEOS:

Beer For My Horses
Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die

 

Superman
On The Road Again

Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys

Guitar Solo
Always On My Mind