Willie Nelson, with Lucas Nelson

When: Mon., April 19 2010

The first time I saw Willie Nelson live, it was 1973 and he was playing by himself for a group of college football coaches and media. One drunken coach hollered out, "So, Willie, how many songs have you actually written?" Willie calmly shot back, "Well now, how many do you think I've written?" The coach answered, "Oh, 12 or 15. So how many is it?" Willie said, "Hmm, about 700," shutting up the coach for good. No telling how many thousand songs Nelson has written by now, but he and his Family will be here at 7 tonight at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., The last time I saw him, five years ago, he started slowly but was his old self for the last 45 minutes, which alone was worth it. Tickets are $35 to $52. — Ralph Routon

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