Who's playing ACL Live on New Year's Eve? Not Willie, for the first time in years.
Today's announcement from ACL Live that Steely Dan will play the marquee downtown venue on Dec. 29 and Dec. 30 was welcome news for Donald Fagen fans, but it left a major lingering question: What about Willie?
Since the venue opened 2011, Willie Nelson has played multi-night New Year's Eve stands there every year. In 2015, he expanded from Dec. 30-31 shows to Dec. 29-31.
The venue confirmed Monday that Nelson is taking the year-end shows off for 2019. It doesn't appear that this is for health-related reasons, though Nelson may well be ready for some rest after a busy fall that includes more dates with his touring Outlaw Music Festival, the annual Farm Aid concert Sept. 21 in Wisconsin, and a six-show run in Las Vegas in mid-late October.
Meanwhile, Steely Dan tickets, $89-$429, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 13, on the ACL Live website via seller Ticketfly.
The venue has not yet announced a booking for Dec. 31.