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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49154"><span class="small">Stephen L. Betts, Rolling Stone</span></a>   
Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:25

Betts writes: "Nelson, who was joined onstage by O'Rourke during the country legend's 4th of July picnic earlier this summer, will headline a free-to-the-public rally in support of O'Rourke on September 29th in Austin."

Nelson, who was joined onstage by O'Rourke during the country legend's 4th of July picnic earlier this summer, will headline a free-to-the-public rally in support of O'Rourke on September 29th in Austin. (photo: Getty Images)
Nelson, who was joined onstage by O'Rourke during the country legend's 4th of July picnic earlier this summer, will headline a free-to-the-public rally in support of O'Rourke on September 29th in Austin. (photo: Getty Images)


Willie Nelson on Fans Angry Over Beto Rally: 'We're Not Happy 'Til They're Not Happy'

By Stephen L. Betts, Rolling Stone

19 September 18


Country singer, who will perform a free concert for Democratic Texas senate candidate, talked about backlash on ‘The View’

illie Nelson was a guest on Tuesday’s installment of The View, sitting down with Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and their co-hosts of the talk show. The brief conversation turned from politics to his longtime friendship with fellow music icon Frank Sinatra.

Dressed in a black hoodie with “Willie’s Reserve” on the back, a reference to his line of cannabis-related products, the 85-year-old icon seemed bemused by the line of questioning regarding his support of Democratic Texas senate candidate Beto O’Rourke, who’s currently locked in a tight race with Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. “I’ve been supporting Democrats all my life…,” Nelson said. “I haven’t hidden it that much.”

Nelson, who was joined onstage by O’Rourke during the country legend’s 4th of July picnic earlier this summer, will headline a free-to-the-public rally in support of O’Rourke on September 29th in Austin. Behar asked the country singer about the perceived backlash that his support has caused within his fan base.

“I love flak,” he said. “We’re not happy ’til they’re not happy.”

“Everybody has an opinion,” Nelson added. “Everybody has a right to an opinion. I think I have one too.”

Nelson’s appearance on the talk show coincided with his just-released album, My Way, which pays homage to songs popularized by Sinatra. Nelson likened Sinatra’s prevailing attitude to his own, noting, “If you liked him, fine; if you didn’t, that’s cool.”

Nelson continues making the TV rounds with an appearance Wednesday night on CBS’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Earlier this week, Nelson’s son Lukas Nelson came out in support of his father’s political stance, expressing his thoughts in an online video.

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+43 # Harvard72 2018-09-19 18:30
Yay Willie.
The big issue to me at this moment is WHERE ARE ALL THE OTHER SINGERS/Rock STARS? I really and truly think that they should be doing benefits for Democrat candidates and the Democrat party before this election in November. I am afraid that if Republicans keep House and Senate, Trump will think it is a total "mandate" for him to do whatever dictatorial things he wants until 2020. The "Stars" should be brave enough to get out there NOW!!!!!
 
 
+8 # grandlakeguy 2018-09-19 20:45
Excuse me Harvard72...it is called the DEMOCRATIC PARTY!
Right wingers call it the Democrat party.
Just saying!
 
 
+6 # Glen 2018-09-20 05:58
Too many people, including entertainers, are running scared. Times are rough and politics and social issues are not what they were in the past. It'll be interesting to see how far the country falls into serious chaos before singers themselves, get active.
 
 
+4 # chapdrum 2018-09-20 18:17
Very good question. All of them...actors, singers, musicians. Where are they?
 
 
+4 # chemtex2611 2018-09-19 20:14
If someone doesn't like others having an opinion, then they should lead the way by not voting.
 
 
+6 # Thomas Martin 2018-09-19 20:23
I hope Willie can get us all talking together! I hope my friends and family living in Texas will listen to Willie, and will join in trying to keep our country not just the “biggest economy in the world”, but, in big part because of that, the country most willing and able to lead the way to improving conditions for us all!
 
 
+16 # Texas Aggie 2018-09-19 20:26
You have to wonder about the right wing former Willie Nelson fans who are now discovering that he is liberal in his viewpoint. He's never tried to keep it a secret and has always been upfront about what he thought so they should have figured this out a very long time ago. They liked him before and he hasn't changed, so what's their problem?
 
 
+10 # janie1893 2018-09-20 01:31
Not too many 'stars' with the 'don't give a shit' attitude that Willie has. He is his own man and stands up for his opinions and beliefs.