Saturday, February 18, 2006

Let's not "bad mouth" Willie over his "Gay Cowboy" song

Willie Nelson Plays Long Set for Soldiers
By T.A. BADGER, Associated Press Writer Fri Feb 17, 10:27 PM ET

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -
Willie Nelson warmed up for his Friday night concert for paying customers by playing a long freebie gig for soldiers injured in
Iraq.

It was the second straight year that Nelson squeezed in a show at Brooke Army Medical Center while he and his band were in San Antonio to play at the city's annual rodeo.

"I have a lot of respect for the military," said Nelson, himself an Air Force veteran. "I like to show them that I support them every chance I get. ... We get as much out of it as (the soldiers)."

Last February the 72-year-old singer wore out his voice singing 11 songs at the Army hospital, and he had to cancel his performance at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

He said part of the reason he came back was that he felt bad his soldier concert was so short, never mind that it was also at no charge to listeners.

"I didn't feel that I gave them a very good show," said Nelson, who was coming down with laryngitis at the time. "I figured one year later, my throat was back and I'd give it another shot." Rest at.

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