Lee Greenwood: "Keep Your Hands Off Our Guns," But Use Them Responsibly

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What made you pick Phoenix to do the Hands Off Our Guns show?
I didn't pick the city. As a matter of fact, we're filling in for Charlie Daniels, who was originally contracted to do the show, but his health did not permit him to fly. We were a second choice.

You mentioned your USO tours.
I started working for the USO when I was 13 in Sacramento, California. I became familiar with what the military does very early on. When I got to Nashville, I started doing my international tours. Many of the Air National Guard units will fly us around on tours. When I come on the USO tour, I'm bringing the fiber of the United States with me. I'm giving information to soldiers who have maybe been away for a year or more. I'm letting them know the support that we bring to the troops and give them a reason to be proud and to fight. The exchange is wonderful.

As a performer, all we can do is give them the best that we can on the limited time that we tour. We don't have anything scheduled right now for the next eight months or so.

As the man that is known for one of the most patriotic songs in American culture, what is your favorite thing about being an American?
Freedom. Everybody has freedom of choice. As my boy goes to college, he recognizes the amount of freedom he has and said, "I can do anything. I have so much freedom, but what I've figured out is the one thing that I can't do is make the clock more than 60 minutes an hour. Time is so precious."

With freedom comes responsibility of choice, and I think a lot of people abuse that. Anyone who recognizes and gains freedom will understand that in a very short period of time. We are a free nation.

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Well, Lee, when we started out as a nation we DID have slavery in most of the states and in the constitution, and white folks were pushing them Injuns off their land. Oh - and women couldn't vote or own property  for the most part. So maybe if you would take some time to read a little instead of just waving that flag around makin' peckerwoods feel good you'd have a little better grip on reality.

I looked at his bio on Wickipedia and didn't see anything about military service. I guess wearing them American flag shirts and a singin' God Bless the USA counts as much as puttin' yourself on the line if you are the Patriot, unlike all us liberals who have taken the oath to support and defend the United States in military service. You and Sarah Palin are indeed the true patriots - after all, in your world, image trumps substance every time. . . 

Brett Solesky
Brett Solesky

Is he going to play his one song over and over or just play it once and walk off the stage?

66rock topcommenter

I'll pass.  He's a one hit wonder now and no, he has not done anything new in 30 years.  

TommyCollins topcommenter

Mike, you took the words out of my mind. What, I wonder, has Mr. Greenwood done for the United States that didn't involve income or profit for him?

Your point about Sarah Palin is dead on. Some kinda patriot she is. She can go out in the wild and shoot and kill pretty much any animal that stands still long enough.


@TommyCollins Palin was a mean girl growing up and is a mean girl today.. Greenwood and Ted Nugent are just candy-asses.

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