Looking back on Nelson's experience at Madison Square Garden, it's clear that Nelson did not get into the spirit of the event, as instead of giving the crowd his old hits they had come to enjoy, he showed up with long hair, a sequined outfit, and new songs. Kent Kotal at Forgotten Hits
puts it in perspective: "Nelson wasn't one of the artists typically invited to these Oldies Revival Shows, and since he had been playing all along with his Stone Canyon Band (featuring an odd 'oldie' here and there as part of his act, including a somewhat 'countrified' version of 'Hello Mary Lou'), he REALLY didn't know what to expect, or fully understand what the crowd had come to hear. Ironically, a decade later his stage show was virtually non-stop back-to-back oldies hits, very true to their original arrangements, and Ricky's voice truly did improve with age. The good news was that one of the biggest songs of his entire career came out of the experience."