Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard at Hard Rock Live, February 7

Photo by Sayre Berman

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Hard Rock Live, Hollywood

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Better Than: A cold beer, a shot of whiskey, and a good cry.

All the old outlaws are only getting older.

Last night, though, the Red-Headed Stranger and the Okie From Muskogee proved that they might be wizened gentlemanly grandaddies who sing about love, heartbreak, drinkin', tokin', towin' the line, and lovin' the lord. But they're "still alive." And they're still hard as fuckin' railroad spikes.

Two of the lone remaining country badasses still standing (and singing), Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard charmed men in Stetsons, women in pearls, and children in "I Love Willie" onesies at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida.

But hell yeah ... They also joked about death while demanding that the whole world just "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die."

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