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Willie Nelson: The Barbican, London

Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 1998

THE GREAT FEAR of seeing a hero in their twilight years is that their powers will have deserted them and they'll be unable to reach, let alone live up to, former glories. Such occasions have the air of tragedy, diminishing both audience and performer, leaving a feeling of failure and emptiness in the air.

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