The Rolling Stones stunned the Austin crowd at their first-ever performance in the Live Music Capital of the World Sunday night (October 22) with their first-ever live performance of the Waylon Jenning’s classic Bob Wills Is Still The King. Picture this: After over 40 years of rockin’ around the world, Mick Jagger at a city park in Austin singing, “…It’s the home of Willie Nelson, the home of Western swing – it don’t matter who’s in Austin – Bob Wills is still the king.” If you weren’t one of the lucky ones to witness the magical evening, the Austin show was filmed for a live DVD.
It was a fitting tribute to the legacy of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. “We’re the most versatile bnad in America,” Wills stated in 1944. Bob Wills was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1968 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.
As reported by the Austin American Statesman, Austin Mayor Will Wynn expressed the huge economic impact the concert produced for the City of Austin. “This is such a big deal for the city, to host the ultimate rock band,” Wynn said backstage. “The economic impact is like a Longhorns home football game – about $25 million – and we’re also getting $300,000 (from the Stones) for our parks department. But perhaps best of all is seeing so many people having a great time here in Austin.”
Check out the Austin American Statesman for more Rolling Stones Austin coverage and photos.
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