“Go get ’em Waylon!”
Hearing you decades later
“Was a good idea!”
I was not quite two years old when Waylon Live was recorded.
I was four years old when it was released.
I was 20 years old when I saw Waylon live for the first and only time in my life. I had a really good time at that show, but not as much fun as I should have. I didn’t quite get Waylon yet. In fact, I was mostly there to see Willie Nelson, and Waylon was just a bonus. I’m ashamed to admit that Asleep At The Wheel played on that show too, and I had no idea what a treat that was at the time.
When I listen to Waylon Live now, I regret I didn’t enjoy that show as much as I should have. If I’ve ever been jealous of anyone, it’s the guy who I know for a fact had the time of his life at this show in 1974.
He yells out 13 seconds into “Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again”.
He yells out again 40 seconds into “Bob Wills Is Still The King”.
You can tell from these two little clips that this guy was ROWDY. I’m not sure if he got into a fight during the show, in the parking lot before the show, or at a bar after the show. But I’m pretty sure he got in at least one fight that night. Probably lost too, but he didn’t care.
I mean, I’m not 100% sure this is the same guy. But if it’s two guy, they probably drank some cold beer together.
In the CMT episode of Inside Fame about his life, Jennings recalled that he told the jaded rock audience he was from Nashville and would be playing country music, adding “we sure hope you like it, but if you don’t like it you better keep your mouth shut ’cause we ‘will’ kick your ass.” When met with the a reply from the audience of “Who the hell are you?” the then-burgeoning outlaw legend replied: “I’m Waylon goddamm Jennings.”