Skip to comments.Willie Nelson unveils statue of himself on 4/20
Posted on 04/21/2012 8:38:15 AM PDT by smokingfrog
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -April 21, 2012 (WPVI) -- Country music legend Willie Nelson helped unveil a statue honoring him in downtown Austin by singing his new song "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" on Friday, a date long reserved to celebrate marijuana use.
The faint smell of marijuana smoke wafted through a crowd of about 2,000 people as Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell accepted on the privately funded statue as a gift from a private arts group. Organizers said they didn't intentionally choose April 20 for the event, but once they found out, they scheduled the unveiling at 4:20 p.m. as a tongue-in-cheek reference to Nelson's openness about his marijuana use and advocacy for its legalization.
The statute stands in front of the Moody Theater, where the Austin City Limits Studio is now located. Nelson, a 10-time Grammy Award winner who has sold more than 40 million copies of his 150 albums, appeared on the first episode of the public television show in 1974.
"He is the man who more than other made Austin the live music capital of the world," Leffingwell said.
Nelson was born in Abbott, a tiny town about 120 miles north of Austin, but he has lived in Texas' capital city since 1971.
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I specifically mean marijuana. A little alcohol is less poison that a lot, but it is still chemically a poison, same as marijuana to the individuals conscious thought.
Long reserved? LONG?
Like, how long?
Supposedly, “420” was a California police code in the 1970s meaning “marijuana smoking in progress”.
Good choice, but you can't see his fingers when he plays. Unless you're a .300-average major-league slugger.
The Feds didn’t get anything but money from him. The IRS had tacked about $10 million in penalties on $1 million in taxes. (Not really sure about the exact figure.) He eventually paid them the original tax bill.
Seems like I remember some farmer bought the club and held it until Willie and the IRS settled the claim. Then Willie bought it back.
I met his golf pro on a movie set. He offered to give me free lessons at Willie’s place. Like a fool I didn’t take him up on it.