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Other stars on stage were Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow and Emmylou Harris...

KEITH RICHARDS, Ryan Adams, JON BON JOVI, SHERYL CROW and EMMYLOU HARRIS were amongst the stars who took part in a tribute to WILLIE NELSON in NASHVILLE at the weekend.

Billed as ‘Willie Nelson & Friends: Stars & Guitars’, Sunday’s show (April 14) at the Ryman Auditorium was recorded for a television special due to be screened in the US in the coming months.

The show’s highlight saw Richards, Ryan Adams, Hank Williams III and Nelson himself take to the stage in front of four mics and play the Rolling Stones classic ‘Dead Flowers’. The quartet called themselves the Lost Highwaymen, a nod to Nelson’s membership in the legendary Highwaymen – his occasional band which featured Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings.

Ryan Adams, who returned later with Nelson to cover Jimmy Cliff’s ‘The Harder They Come’, played the show with his head in a bandage. He had injured himself the night before during a surprise show in The Slow Bar in Nashville. According to eyewitnesses, the increasingly erratic Ryan Adams played two songs, jumped into the crowd and slammed into the floor. He then got up, jumped into the drum kit and walked off stage.

Nelson’s tribute show, hosted by actor Vince Vaughn also saw Sheryl Crow and Nelson cover Buffalo Springfield’s ‘For What It’s Worth’, Jon Bon Jovi joined him on his classic ‘Always On My Mind’ and Matchbox 20 worked through ‘Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys’.