Snoop Dogg And Willie Nelson Sang ‘Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die’ At Willie’s 90th Birthday Party

Willie Nelson performs in concert during Farm Aid at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek on September 24, 2022

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Willie Nelson is a national treasure. The Texas-born singer-songwriter turned 90 on Saturday, celebrating his birthday as an American icon should: In front of a sold out crowd at the Hollywood Bowl, with a nearly four-hour show featuring some of his closest friends in the music industry.

I was in attendance and did my best to give a play-by-play of Willie’s birthday throwdown in real-time on Twitter.

Things kicked off with Billy Strings doing a rollicking bluegrass cover of Willie’s “Whiskey River”, followed by genre-defying performances by some of the biggest names in music.

Performances included Beck, Stephen Stills and Neil Young, Miranda Lambert singing “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”, the Chicks doing “Bloody Mary Morning,” Bob Weir, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson belting out a beautiful version of “I’d Have to Be Crazy” solo, George Strait, Jack Johnson with a song about playing poker with Willie, Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, and folk music pioneer Kris Kristofferson.

Also taking the stage: The Lumineers, Ziggy Marley singing “Still Moving With Me,” a reagee song song he wrote with Willie, Tom Jones, Lyle Lovett, Lukas Nelson, Gary Clark Jr. and Leon Bridges, Daniel Lanois, Edie Brickell, and Warren Haynes.

Owen Wilson, Ethan Hawke, Jenifer Garner, and dame Helen Mirren served as presenters for the evening.

It was a fitting tribute to a legend who’s been at it nonstop in the music business for over six decades.

Willie took the stage with Neil Young, Stephen Stills, and his sons for a rendition of “Are There Any More Real Cowboys?” That was followed by George Strait singing one with Willie on his own “Sing One With Willie”.

But no one brought the vibes like Snoop Dogg, who joined Willie Nelson in Deaeth Row Records sweatpants to sing “Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die.”

Before launching into the song, Willie asked Snoop what key they were doing this one in.”

“Can we do it in the key of smoke?”, the rapper responded.

The rendition itself featured Snoop belting out verses and vibing hard, doing a little dance to the cowboy groove while seated next to Willie.

Snoop Dogg took a minute to address the crowd before a verse. “It’s a beautiful night tonight. Everybody make some noise for the legend Mr. Willie Nelson…. Roll one for Mr. Nelson.”

Afterwards, Willie launched into an emotional version of “On The Road Again” with his sons.

Hollywood Bowl for Willie Nelson's 90th Birthday Party

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The historic show concluded with everyone on the stage singing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” and “Happy Birthday,” followed by Willie wrapping it up with “Hard to Be Humble.”

Willie, forever the gracious host, thanked the crowd for coming out to celebrate and jam.

“Thank you for coming out. We love you,” Willie told the crowd before walking off the stage.

All things considered, probably one of the most unforgettable nights of music I’ve ever experience.

On Sunday, Willie will be at it again on the Hollywood Bowl stage to the same crowd, with even more friends and guests. The show will feature performances from Dave Matthews, Orville Peck, Sheryl Crow, Emmylou Harris, and more.

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