Kenny Chesney and Shania Twain will be two of the “younger” stars of the 2017 Stagecoach Festival, but Willie Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis – both in their 80s – may be even bigger draws for the annual country music spectacular that starts selling tickets Friday.
Despite the two stars in their 80s, it’s unlikely the event will be identified with “Oldchella,” the snarky term for the recent sold-out festival at the same venue by the same producers featuring the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney, all in their 70s.
While Nelson is 83 and Lewis 81, they both remain a bit on the outlaw side from their wild younger days. Lewis, a competitor originally to Elvis Presley, made scandalous headlines when he married his 13-year-old cousin in 1958. It’s widely believed that marriage damaged his career and he never lived up to his early promise.
That young wife, now an Atlanta real estate broker known as Myra Williams, recalled a couple years ago for USA Today the effect of the marriage. “They were looking for a place to stick the knife into rock & roll. And Jerry gave it to them – well, I did, I opened my mouth. That’s exactly what it was.”
Three-day general admission passes for the upcoming Stagecoach desert festival in Indio about 26 miles beyond Palm Springs start at $299 and go up from there..
Tickets will go on sale beginning at 11 a.m. for the April, 2017 festival, the 11th such annual event. Children 10 and under are free. Purchases can be made in full or through two separate monthly payments. Purchases will be limited to eight passes per customer account.
The festival will be held April 28-30 at the Empire Polo Club, headlined by Dierks Bentley, Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney. The lineup also includes Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, Cole Swindell, Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser, Kip Moore, Tyler Farr and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Tickets can be purchased at www.stagecoachfestival.com .
— Staff and wire reports
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