Prior to Willie’s evening performance at one of the International Festivals of Country Music held at Wembley, journalists and broadcasters were invited to a private screening of Willie’s movie ‘Redheaded Stranger’.
Myself and a fellow broadcaster from another radio station …(we’ll call him Bob) decided to take up the invite and were seated in a good viewing position.
As the lights lowered for the screening people were still filling the empty seats and by the time we were four or five minutes into the showing a couple wandered in in the dark and sat directly in front of us slightly obscuring our view.
A slight sigh of contempt was heard from my viewing partner who being slightly smaller than myself was having difficulty seeing the film without the occasional shuffle.
Some forty minutes into the film ‘Bob’ leaned towards me and supposedly in a quiet voice related “Well he might be a bloody good country artist but he’ll never be an actor as long as he’s got a hole in his a…e”!
The film duly finished and the lights came up, and it was at this point that the ‘vision blocker’ who sat in front turned round and said; “Hey Man I love an honest critic..thankyou for your kind comment”…..it was Willie Nelson!!
Even relating to it it now puts a smile on my face.
Thankfully neither comment from either ‘Bob’ or Willie were mentioned during the interview you’re about to take a listen to.
I never found out if ‘Bob’ got his interview or not!
Oh! Happy Days.