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Willie Nelson @ The Fillmore

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SAN FRANCISCO--"Tryin' to do more than you can/and it got a little outta hand/you ain't Superman."

So sang Willie Nelson Tuesday night at The Fillmore in San Francisco, belting out the lyrics for a new song he wrote, "Superman," about his own limitations.

Oh, Willie, do we beg to differ.

The 72-year-old legend blazed through a 31-song set Tuesday night, showing a splendid blend of virtuosity, versatility, and, well--by squeezing it all into 90 minutes--efficiency.

Willie has built a remarkable career out of showing his fans just how close country music is to so many other genres, and it was all on display at The Fillmore: jazz, blues, folk, rock, ragtime, honkytonk, boogie woogie. Heck, he even threw in a cover of Jimmy Cliff's "Harder They Come" Tuesday night, with a nod and a wink to skeptics of his 2005 reggae album, Countryman.

In addition to his own astonishing songbook ("Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," "On The Road Again," "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground"), Nelson ripped through songs from a motley crew of artists as diverse as Cliff, Janis Joplin, George Thorogood, Frank Sinatra, and Merle Haggard.

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2006 International CES

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ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 2, 2006--Hollywood celebrities, rock and roll icons and professional sports legends will converge at the 2006 International CES(R) to experience the hottest products and technologies in the consumer electronics industry. The 2006 International CES, the world's largest technology tradeshow, returns to Las Vegas, January 5-8.

Verizon will host comedian, Dana Carvey, at CES Unveiled on Tuesday, January 3, from 4-7 p.m. located at Innovations Plus at the Sands, in the Bellini Ballroom. The former "Saturday Night Live" star will appear with Verizon, celebrating the company's FiOS fiber-optic broadband and television services.

For music lovers at the show, several CES exhibitors are planning live entertainment in their booths. Gibson Guitar will host live performances throughout the show with two nights of headlining performances by rock-blues guitarist, George Thorogood, on Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7 at 7 p.m. Legendary Elvis guitarist, Scotty Moore, will perform on Saturday, January 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gibson booth, as part of an Elvis Presley birthday celebration. Gibson will host daily performances with recording artists that include, The Kevin Maney band, Jagged Ann and rising country music artist, Jace Everett.

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