Live Last Night: Kris Kristofferson

Some 40 years have passed since Kris Kristofferson helped bring the sentiments of the '60s to Nashville, but he's still a rebel.

His hair has turned silver, his bones have gotten a little stiff, and his voice has gone from gruff to, well, positively gravely, but his politics haven't softened a bit. If one nugget of anti-Bush stage banter was enough to get the Dixie Chicks scorned by the country music establishment, then Kristofferson's tour bus can never return home, lest the 72-year old singer wind up boiled in oil.

During his Saturday night performance at the Historic Sixth & I Synagogue, Kristofferson spoke out against the war, made some lewd jokes at the expense of the former President and performed a song about Native American activist John Trudell ("Johnny Lobo").

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Indeed, Kristofferson still has hard feelings about issues you've probably forgotten about by now.

Remember when Sinead O'Connor tore up that picture of the Pope in 1992? Kristofferson still has her back.

And while much of that politicking was met with applause, it was clear that a certain portion of the audience was a little bit befuddled. Some people just wanted the man to play "Bobby McGee." Which he did, by the way, along with hits like "Help Me Make it Throught the Night" and "Sunday Morning Coming Down."

But Kristofferson made it clear that he wasn't just there to deliver the goods.The world may have changed since 1970, but Kris Kristofferson still has an opinion about it and he summed that sentiment up well during his performance of "The Promise."

"Cause darling, time changes everything," he sang. "But it won't change me."


By J. Freedom du Lac |  March 1, 2009; 4:51 PM ET Legends , Live Last Night
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