Lovett signs off “Austin City Limits” from UT campus

Willie Nelson to inaugurate new "ACL" studio? We'll see ... (Photo by Scott Newton/KRLU Austin)

Editor’s Note: Our Austin, Texas, correspondent Lily Angelle took time out of her busy class schedule to attend the final taping of “Austin City Limits” for the 2010 season, also the final show to originate from KRLU-TV’s Studio 6A.

Last night people gathered in Studio 6A to witness the last performance on the legendary “Austin City Limits” stage on the University of Texas campus.  Just down the street at the Hogg Memorial Auditorium, fans who couldn’t get in to see the last taping in person gathered to watch a live simulcast straight from the studio.

Before Lyle Lovett came onstage, there was a preshow featuring clips from the past 36 years of ACL tapings.  People reminisced as they saw Willie Nelson performing on the 1974 pilot episode, not a gray hair on his head.  Other clips shown were of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lyle Lovett, Eddie Vedder and many more.

The official t-shirt

Lyle Lovett’s performance was a perfect farewell to the venue on the UT campus.  At the end of his set Lovett led a sing-along of “Closing Time,” and it was obvious this was an emotional and important performance to him, and he honored the end of Studio 6A well.

It was sad to see such a historical place go, but there is much anticipation for the new studio in downtown Austin.  With this new venue, ACL will be able to accommodate a larger audience, something they were having trouble doing in the 6A studio, which seats only 300. Although ACL has outgrown its original home there is much more to come, and much more history to be made in the new studio.

An ACL rep addressed why Willie was not the last act, since he did the pilot episode.  The rep said, “We have special plans for Willie . . .”  It looks like the first act to grace the new studio might fittingly be the act that first performed on the pilot episode of ACL – we’ll see when the new season begins taping next February.

Austin City Limits official website

A photo album from the Lyle Lovett performance by the Austin American Statesman

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