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Willie Nelson Touches Down at the Frost Amphitheater for a Can't-Miss Show of the Season

Jeanne Cooper | October 9, 2019 | People Culture

Charismatic Willie Nelson brings his music to Frost Amphitheater.

Among the causes Nelson has supported as an activist are Farm Aid, the legalization of cannabis, animal welfare rights and LGBT issues.

For all his laid-back, twin-braided charm, music icon, activist, author and actor Willie Nelson, 86, makes everyone else look like slackers. Nelson’s 98th studio album, Ride Me Back Home, recently became his 30th album to reach the top 10 on Billboard’s country music chart. His 1980 crossover hit “On the Road Again,” one of Nelson’s 20 singles to reach No. 1, remains an appropriate slogan for an artist who performs about 100 nights a year, including Oct. 12 at Stanford University’s Frost Amphitheater, where those with Stanford Live Bing Memberships, (from $7,500 annually), receive reserved parking, access to prime seats and a VIP lounge, and more. “His energy level is great,” notes harmonica player Mickey Raphael, Nelson’s bandmate since 1973. “The concert changes every night. We don’t rehearse; we don’t work up songs; we just follow Willie.” General admission tickets $69.50, 351 Lasuen St., Stanford, 650.498.9365,

Photography by: DAVID MCCLISTER