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A star is reborn

A star is reborn

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Merle receives honor, tries out post-surgery vocal power at shows

| Monday, Dec 29 2008 5:06 PM

Before he shows off his recovered vocal chops to Bakersfield Friday night, Merle Haggard will receive his star on Bakersfield’s walk of fame at the Fox Theater.

The unveiling of the country singer’s star will take place 3 p.m. Friday. The event is open to the public. Haggard, who successfully underwent lung cancer surgery in November, will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace.

There will be a brief ceremony at the Fox, followed by a tour for anyone interested in seeing the historic theater’s renovations.

Jim Darling, a local public relations consultant who organized the honor, said he’ll next work on a star for the late Buck Owens.

The theater is located at 2001 H St.

GO & DO

WHO: Merle Haggard in concert

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Doors at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, 2800 Buck Owens Blvd.

ADMISSION: $65 to $80, available at the box office, Vallitix outlets, vallitix.com or by calling 322-5200.

INFORMATION: 328-7560

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