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- Posted on Apr 4th 2009 10:00AM by Gayle Richardson
Hawke, a huge Kristofferson fan himself, wrote an article in the recent issue of Rolling Stone magazine about a confrontation he witnessed between the country icon and another country musician, whom he declined to name, at Willie Nelson's 2003 birthday concert at Madison Square Garden.
"Up from the basement came one of country music's brightest stars (who shall remain nameless)," Hawke recalls, adding that the unnamed star went on to warn Kristofferson to not sing "any of that lefty (stuff) out there tonight."
Hawke doesn't name Keith but does offer a pretty big clue that it was him: "At that moment in time, the star had a monster radio hit about bombing America's enemies back into the Stone Age."
While Keith was also joined by Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard and Shelby Lynne at Nelson's show, he was the only one who had a current song on the radio that referenced foreign enemies. 'Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)' was a huge hit on country radio at the time of the alleged incident.
Regardless of who this person was, Kristofferson, a former Army officer himself, was clearly annoyed with his attitude. Hawke recalls that Kristofferson asked the unnamed artist, "You ever worn your country's uniform?"
The artist, according to Hawke, responded with a bewildered "What?," to which Kristofferson replied, "Don't 'what' me, boy! You heard the question. You just don't like the answer. I asked, 'Have you ever served your country?' The answer is, 'No, you have not ... You don't know what the (blankety blank) you are talking about!'"