Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson plan summer Minneapolis date

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Photo by Nikki Miller
Haggard and Kristofferson at Mystic, March 2011
No, not that kind of date, though their chemistry when performing live is more than any pair of lovebirds could aspire to. Elder statesmen of country music Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson have announced they're pairing up once again for a performance at Minneapolis' downtown State Theatre on Wednesday July 25, backed by Haggard's band The Strangers.

Tickets go on sale Friday morning ($58.50-$68.50), and are likely to be as hot an item as these two would be if they actually did couple up. Okay, we're getting hot and bothered at the very prospect. Merle gently removes his black hat, and holds it earnestly over his heart. Kris' eyes twinkle. They lean in for a... Fan fiction after the jump.

Psych! Merle and Kris are no Spock and Captain Kirk, no Munch and Fin, we take them both far too seriously to transfer them as characters into the realm of fan fiction, so you won't get any of that here.* Instead, expect only a report of how impressed we were when we caught the duo at their Mystic performance just over a year ago. As they took turns playing songs from throughout their decades-long repertoire, the performance was high-energy and polished, their guitar playing adept, and Haggard's voice was as clear and emotive as Kristofferson's was distinctively craggy and moving. No one phoned in a thing, not even a gentle whisper of "Hello, is it me you're looking for?" - their performance was polished, and all class. It was clear these two still very much enjoy touring and performing, and especially enjoy doing so together.

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Photo by Nikki Miller

Haggard tours frequently, but it's only for the rare show that he pairs with Kristofferson, so if you're willing to take our advice as people who totally don't ever write secret fan fiction about country musicians, you'll snatch up a pair of tickets before they sell out.

*Unless you read my diary. Ahem.



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