I did an edit but there was a computer cramp just like the original post, I just noticed it. See above for the start of the story.
Somehow we make it to Willie’s country club and armed with area passes, not stage, we set up shop next to the putting green in my truck with me sleeping in the cab and Lizard and his new “friend” slept in the bed of my truck.
Willie would emerge every morning clad only in his Texas flag shorts for his morning run, the man was in great shape.
National acts were coming and going landing on the putting green, one of them moved my 48 quart full of beer and ice several feet.
A helicopter carrying Johnny Paycheck’s crew landed and asked if we would help carry some equipment on stage. I was lucky to get the pedal steel guitar which weighed several tons but I was young and playing lots of sports so it was no problem.
We get on stage with our bogus press passes and next thing I know I’m standing next to University of Texas legend, NFL MVP at the peak of his career, Houston Oiler future Hall of Famer Earl Campbell.
Willie Nelson was playing maybe fifteen feet away with thousands of peons pressed against a chain link fence and I’m standing next to Earl and this is as good as it gets. I was a season ticket holder at the time, about 135 dollars in 1979 money when a normal working stiff could afford it.
After about an hour security came and asked who we were with and I slurred Houston Chronicle. They didn’t buy it and we were ejected off stage to our spot at the putting green.
We spent pretty much the rest of the weekend in the very nice pool listening to music.
We were having such a good time my truck “developed” a starter problem and we called in on Monday for more pool time this being Texas in July.
Lizard’s hooker? Don’t know but I’m sure she somehow slithered her way back to Austin.
Let’s talk food. I have no clue what we ate but there was beer involved.
All these years later it just occurred to me I should have brought my golf clubs as I could knock it around pretty well. Can I get a mulligan?