12. February 1972 - Houston, TX - The Apollo 14 Honour

11. März 2016

On 12. February 1972 Jerry Lee Lewis received quite an honor when he played Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, TX.
The first music ever played on the moon was Jerry Lee´s, because he´d recorded a special 30 minutes tape for the astronauts of the recent Apollo 14 flight to the moon (31.January 1971 - 09.February 1971).
Air Force Lt. Colonel Stuart Roosa initiated the request to DJ Bill Bailey of KIKK Radio and Jerry Lee recorded a special cassette tape for Roosa, Mitchell and Shepherd.
At his show in Houston he now received autographed photos of the flight and a letter of thanks from the astronauts, mounted on a plaque with a flag that went to the moon.

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Air Force Lt. Colonel Roosa presented Jerry with a small United States flag which they´d taken with them in the Apollo space ship and which had travelled 1,151,086 miles during the round trip!

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On Saturday February 12, Jerry appeared at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, Texas. He´d been on stage about ten minutes when his show was interrupted by KIKK´s top disk jockey, Bill Bailey, who walked on stage and told Jerry and the audience - ´I have a surprise for you.´
Bill went on to explain to the crowd that a year before, Jerry had been asked by the astronauts of Apollo 14 (the famous moon flight where for the first time the astronauts had travelled the surface of the moon in a ´moon buggy´) to provide a tape of some of his songs to entertain the astronauts during their long flight. Jerry had been asked to keep the project entirely secret ­which was why there was no newspaper coverage at the time. If word were to leak out, then they would not be able to take his tape to the moon. Jerry, a great admirer of these boys, was happy to oblige. He booked a recording studio in Memphis (Fame Studio - TR) at his own expense, and sat at the piano talking and joking to the astronauts, and playing a few piano licks. Most of the songs he included were from his albums, but he did perform one song (a Hank Williams number) live - even though he had no musicians with him, and just used his own piano accompaniment. The tape was edited together, and sent to Bill Bailey, who arranged for it to be included in the Apollo 14. After the successful flight, the three fliers wrote an appreciative letter to Jerry, and sent him two autographed pictures, signed by Captain Stuart Roosa, Ed Mitchell, and Alan Shepherd.
Now on stage at the Coliseum, Bill Bailey introduced Stu Roosa, who - after prolonged applause - made a speech and presented Jerry with a small United States flag which they’d taken with them in the Apollo space ship and which had travelled 1,151,086 miles during the round trip! With the flag, which was mounted on a plaque, was a letter giving the distance and time of the moon-flight, and once again thanking Jerry for helping to entertain them on the flight.
Jerry said afterwards: ´This gift is priceless. I wouldn´t take a million dollars for it.´

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On the wall at Killers ranch in Nesbit is a letter from astronaut Stuart Roosa, dated 25 May 1971:
´Dear Mr Lewis, Our most heartfelt thank you for the tremendous tape you cut for me to take on Apollo 14. I can´t really describe how much it meant to me to have your music on board when we were 240,000 miles from home and the Earth had shrunk to a tiny ball.´

Music City News, April 1972
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Lewis Scene No.9, page 15, May 1973:
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There seems to be considerable interest in the special tape which Jerry cut for the crew of Apollo 14´s (Stuart Roosa, Ed Mitchell and Alan Shepherd) entertainment on their journey.
The special cassette travelled the full 1,151,086 miles on the round trip to the moon. It was greatly appreciated it seems since on 12. February 1972 at Houston Texas they presented Jerry with a small United States flag which had also made the round trip. This was mounted on a plaque with a letter giving the details of the flight and expressing the crew´s appreciation.

We keep being asked ´What´s on the tape?´ so….

The tape-opens with Jerry tinkling on the piano as he greets and encourages the crew – ´Looking forward to your return, here´s an uptempo tune to speed you on your way”.
Up comes: SAN ANTONIO ROSES (from Live At The International).
Jerry dedicates the next to Captain Stu.
Into WAITING FOR A TRAIN (from She Even Woke Me Up).
´Like to do a duet here which seems appropriate´, it´s WE LIVE IN TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS (from Together).
Without introduction the tape goes into GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME (from All Country).
´That´s a number which Tom Jones made famous with my help!´
Talking of Tom Jones …, he goes into GREAT BALLS OF FIRE (from the This is Tom Jones television sound track).
Then the high spot - the live recording. Just Jerry and the piano as he does Hank Williams´s l CAN´T HELP IT (IF I´M STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU).
This is beautiful, the piano does it all behind Jerry´s voice which is crystal clear and almost lilts.
The tape closes with ´A very very fine song we used to do in church back in Louisiana´.
Appropriately it´s I´LL FLY AWAY (from In Loving Memories)

Many Thanks to:
Pierre Pennone

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28. February 1991 - Geneva (CH) - Arthur’s

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On 28. February 1991 The Killer plays a show at Arthur’s in Geneva, Switzerland….a pretty thrilling travel story (see below). The tour was promoted by Georg Leitner, from Austria. It was supposed to start on the 16th, but three dates had to be re-scheduled Berlin from the 16th to the 21st, Hamburg from the 17th to the 22nd, and Helsinki Finlandia Hall from the 18th to March 2nd to Typhoon Hall in Turku, Finland (to be cancelled again) due to Jerry having the flu in Memphis.
With him manager Al Embry and his band Ken Lovelace, Butch Baker, Ray Gann and Peter Fletcher.

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on stage with all band members (photo credit: Jean-Pierre Haemmerli)

The 1st European Tour 1991 tour dates:
February 20 - Helsinki - Hesperia Nightclub
February 21 - Berlin, Germany - Neue Welt
February 22 - Hamburg, Germany - CCH
February 23 - Apeldoorn, Holland - Matenhal
February 25 - Antwerp, Belgium - Queen Elizabeth Hall
February 26 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle
February 27 - Mannheim, Germany - Mozartsaal
February 28 - Geneva, Switzerland - Arthur’s
March 03 - Babenhausen, Germany - Stadthalle
March 05 - Linz, Austria - Stehplatz Concert Hall
March 06 - Salzburg, Austria

Setlist Geneva 1991:
Roll Over Beethoven
Rockin´ My Life Away
C.C. Rider
High School Confidential
Lucille
Drinkin´Wine
You Win Again
Sea Cruise
What´d I Say
Sweet Little Sixteen
Johnny B. Goode
Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On
Great Balls Of Fire


full show audio (upload by Markus R.)

Pierre Pennone for Fire-Ball Mail:
Jerry was announced in French-speaking Switzerland for the first time since November 13, 1966! The place was a bit unusual for a show on continental Europe as it was in a club called Arthur´s. This is a very elegant place which was sold-out (1200 seats) almost immediately in spite of the high rate of Sr. 75.- per seat ($60.-). Located in front of the airport, under Jerry’s hotel, I expected a very relax and nice atmosphere and maybe a longer show than usual. Doors opened at 10pm. and Jerry Lee was due on stage at 11pm. Customers were a mix of young and old fans, many dressed in their rock outfits, together with wealthy clients of the place having their reserved table all year long. But the show turned out to be another nightmare when Jerry and the band did not arrive from Frankfurt, on a private plane for the tour, at 7pm.; having no news the local promoter started to panic and at 10pm. things looked pretty bad as Geneva airport was closing for private flight. We still expected a landing through a regular flight with the last plane authorized to land at 11pm. from Zurich, but again no Jerry Lee nor any news. We were ready for another disappointment, when the news arrived that Jerry Lee was landing in Lyon, France at 11pm. and they were taking two taxis for the 160 km. to Geneva. Finally the group of seven arrived at 1:15 am, Jerry Lee had 20 minutes in his hotel room, while the band got straight in a lift from the street to the club and on stage for a quick sound-check in front of rather angry clients standing there in front of the stage for more than 3 hours ! The place was a total mess as the lay-out is more for dancers with 6 or 7 platforms with a so-called stage on a middle platform with half of the fans not being able to see anything. The sound however was surprisingly good….

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….Jerry Lee looked very tired and angry by this messy trip and arrival but got on stage at 1.40am. He did 45 minutes, with a pure rock´n´roll show, song after song with almost no talking. I particularly appreciated the band, the same as in Zurich three months before, but I found it better, Pete Fletcher on the drums reminded me of Ron Norwood always pushing hard the rhythm, and Butch Baker was excellent particularly on Lucille, no need to say Ken was great as usual. Jerry Lee had a YAMAHA electric piano. Although it doesn´t make much difference in sound, somehow the sight is not the same.
There was no way to approach Jerry Lee after the show as it was already so late, too bad … As years go by, it seems show-business is getting more and more sophisticated, but organization more and more messy. Considering the situation Jerry Lee did his best, most fans were happy in the end, but sometimes I wish young fans could see the good old shows closing with ´Whole lotta shakin´ in a version that was 6-7 minutes long with the Killer getting crazy. In good spirit the Killer can still do that, but for this he needs proper management and that is an old story.

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Jean-Pierre Haemmerli:
A friend of mine – Jacques Delessert - who was working at the Geneva Airport and myself were waiting for Jerry´s plane to land in the private jet area. We were constantly in touch with the control tower. The private jet made its announcement for approach two minutes too late: at 10:02 PM. The strict and rigid regulation forced JLL and the band to fly to Lyon.
That was a bad day all the way: the cab driver from Lyon took the wrong border-customs point to enter Switzerland; as a result he had to drive through the city to find the venue instead of the usual 10 minutes from the nearest crossing point, losing another half an hour!!! People had to wait from 9:00 PM to 2.00 AM in a overheated and expensive place.

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Ray Gann (bass) to TR:
I remember that night we had to land in France and take a cab into Switzerland and the driver was going over a 100 mph, of course no speed limit,trying to get us there for the show as quick as possible,needless to say i was scared shitless!!!!!

Butch Baker (guitar) to TR:
I woke up the next morning and the gig was at a hotel at the airport we couldn´t land in the night before. From then on when the pilots told JLL it was time to go he promptly arose told the folks goodbye and we were on our way to the plane. Having to fly to France instead of landing in Switzerland got JLLs attention….True story Thomas. That stage was circular and roted so that eveyone in the club could see every angle throught the show. It reminde me of that famous Westbury venue in New York. God Save Us. BB

Killer Quote:
´I have learned one thing tonight: in Switzerland the airport closes at 10 o clock´

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Peter Hayman for Lewis Scene:
This show took place in the Moevenpick Radisson Hotel at ´Arthur´s Club´. This was not a typical place for a Jerry Lee Lewis show. Arthur´s was a venue more set up as a large night club and disco rather than a place for ´live´ music. The stage was very small and there were seats all around it, and upstairs too.
The show was due to start at around 12.00 midnight but Jerry was delayed and the show started at 1.30am. By this time everybody had left their seats and tables and people were standing up around the stage and upstairs all around the balcony that surrounded the stage. It was very difficult for all of the 1,000 people in the club to get a good view of Jerry Lee under these circumstances….

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…Neil and l ended upp standing up on chairs upstairs and managed to get a reasonable view of the piano. Kenny and the band played a couple of songs, and then Jerry was escorted to the stage, greeted by great applause. Jerry opened with a good version of ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN. Then came ROCKIN´MY LIFE AWAY and C.C. RIDER. Jerry was enjoying himself and seemed more relaxed than the previous night. A fine version of HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL came next. This was followed by a typical version of DRINKIN’ WINE. Then came a song to slow down the pace a little – YOU WIN AGAIN. This was a nice version and Jerry was showing off during his piano solo with some impressive ´trick playing´. This was followed by a real surprise - a splendid treatment of SEA CRUISE. This was the highlight of the show for me. Jerry then explained that he was late because the airport at Geneva closed after 10.30pm. Apparently he had to travel by car instead of plane - which took much longer of course. A great version of WHAT’D I SAY followed. This was really rocking! Then came SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN - a super version with two piano solos to finish the song. A fine version of JOHNNY B. GOODE followed. Then Jerry went into his intro to WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN’’. This was a good version, as always. A great version of GREAT BALLS OF FIRE closed the show. Jerry was escorted away from the stage after shaking hands with many of the fans who were around the stage. The audience were well satisfied with the show, although it had been rather short at less than forty five minutes.
This had been Jerry’s best show since Apeldoorn, and Jerry was in a good mood; enthusiastic and singing and playing with energy and drive. His piano playing displayed his mastery of the instrument and Jerry was showing off quite a lot - and we love it when he does that!

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Killer & Al Embry on airport the day after, leaving for Finland. Killer in chat with TEX (collection TEX Johan)

Many Thanks to:
Pierre Pennone
Ray Gann
Butch Baker
Peter Hayman
Jean-Pierre Haemmerli
Joël Bovay
and TEX.

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27. February 1991 - Mannheim (GER) - Mozarthalle

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On 27. February 1991 The Killer plays another show of the tour in Germany, Mannheim at the Mozarhalle. The tour was promoted by Georg Leitner, from Austria. It was supposed to start on the 16th, but three dates had to be re-scheduled Berlin from the 16th to the 21st, Hamburg from the 17th to the 22nd, and Helsinki Finlandia Hall from the 18th to March 2nd to Typhoon Hall in Turku, Finland (to be cancelled again) due to Jerry having the flu in Memphis.
With him manager Al Embry and his band Ken Lovelace, Butch Baker, Ray Gann and Peter Fletcher.

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The 1st European Tour 1991 tour dates:
February 20 - Helsinki - Hesperia Nightclub
February 21 - Berlin, Germany - Neue Welt
February 22 - Hamburg, Germany - CCH
February 23 - Apeldoorn, Holland - Matenhal
February 25 - Antwerp, Belgium - Queen Elizabeth Hall
February 26 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle
February 27 - Mannheim, Germany - Mozartsaal
February 28 - Geneva, Switzerland - Arthur’s
March 03 - Babenhausen, Germany - Stadthalle
March 05 - Linz, Austria - Stehplatz Concert Hall
March 06 - Salzburg, Austria

Peter Hayman for Lewis Scene:
This time Jerry played in a theatre seating over 2000 fans. However, after the rockabilly support act had left the stage many fans went to the front of the stage and stood up. Many others were standing, often standing on their seats, leaving virtually nobody actually sitting down and watching the show…...

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…..Jerry Lee opened with ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN. This was a good opener and featured several solos by Jerry and guitar solos. The wild audience responded with much applause. The Killer paused for a minute to ask for the guitars to be set right - he wanted them a bit louder. Then Jerry went into LUCILLE - this featured a long guitar solo, and two piano solos. Then Jerry rocked things up with a wild version of LONG TALL SALLY – TURRI FRUTTI. This was very fast and ´hot´, but Jerry cut it rather short and went into ROCKIN´MY LIFE AWAY - this featured some wild piano pounding to close the song. Jerry went straight into a fine version of C.C. RIDER, followed by a good version of JOHNNY B. GOODE. This was great – faster and more rocking than usual, with good guitar and piano solos. Then Jerry started out with an unusual number, LOUISIANA MAN. Unfortunately the band seemed unfamiliar with this song and it was not sounding that great, so Jerry cut it short and went into another unusual number - I GET THE BLUES WHEN IT RAINS. Unfortunately, the band again were not familiar with the song and the unusual chord changes - so Jerry had to abandon the number during the first piano solo…..


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….After these two aborted numbers, Jerry played a familiar song SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN. This was a fine version and the crowd enjoyed it. Jerry slowed things down with OVER THE RAINBOW. This was quite nice but rather shorter than usual. Jerry then went straight into a great version of MEXICALI ROSE, which featured a fine solo by Jerry, and fine solos from Kenny, and then both, after which Jerry stopped the song and went straight into BROWN EYED HANDSOME MAN - this was a fine version. Then came Jerry´s piano introduction to ´Whole Lotta Shakin´. But surprisingly, Jerry started singing BOOGIE WOOGIE COUNTRY MAN instead. This was therefore sung in the key of C and sounded different to usual but still very good. It was interesting to hear Jerry play this song in a different key to usual - it was a great version! CHNATILLY LACE came next….

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….Then Jerry stopped to explain that he had started out with ´Whole Lotta Shakin´, but had not continued it because he thought the show might have been over ´too quick´. Jerry then went into DRINKIN´ WINE and after the second piano solo this song went into MEAT MAN - a fine version of this song - similar to that on the ´Rocket´ album, but better! Jerry was rocking now and played a prolonged version of WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN´GOIN´ON, which was interestingly different with two ’slow’ sections rather than the usual one!. A great climax followed - the crowd were wildly applauding! A fine version of GREAT BALLS OF FIRE closed the show…..

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….Jerry left the stage to wild applause. The show had been a fair bit longer than the previous show - about one hour long in fact.
Overall, it had been a good show with some exciting highlights but it was a pity that Jerry did not finish the two unusual songs.
Song list.

Many Thanks to:
Pierre Pennone
Peter Hayman
Joël Bovay.

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22. February 1991 - Hamburg (GER) - CCH

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On 22. February 1991 The Killer plays his second Germany show of the tour at the CCH in Hamburg. The tour was promoted by Georg Leitner, from Austria. It was supposed to start on the 16th, but three dates had to be re-scheduled Berlin from the 16th to the 21st, Hamburg from the 17th to the 22nd, and Helsinki Finlandia Hall from the 18th to March 2nd to Typhoon Hall in Turku, Finland (to be cancelled again) due to Jerry having the flu in Memphis.
With him manager Al Embry and his band Ken Lovelace, Butch Baker, Ray Gann and Peter Fletcher.

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The 1st European Tour 1991 tour dates:
February 20 - Helsinki - Hesperia Nightclub
February 21 - Berlin, Germany - Neue Welt
February 22 - Hamburg, Germany - CCH
February 23 - Apeldoorn, Holland - Matenhal
February 25 - Antwerp, Belgium - Queen Elizabeth Hall
February 26 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle
February 27 - Mannheim, Germany - Mozartsaal
February 28 - Geneva, Switzerland - Arthur’s
March 03 - Babenhausen, Germany - Stadthalle
March 05 - Linz, Austria - Stehplatz Concert Hall
March 06 - Salzburg, Austria

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Setlist Hamburg:
Roll Over Beethoven
Sweet Little Sixteen
Waiting For A Train
Me & Bobby McGee
Memphis
Blues At Midnight – Flip Flop & Fly (Medley)
Rock & Roll Is Something Special
Blue Suede Shoes / Shake Rattle & Roll
Trouble In Mind
High School Confidential
Hey Good Lookin´
C.C. Rider
Mean Woman Blues
Lucille
Before The Night Is Over
What´d I Say
Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On
Great Balls Of Fire

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Peter Hayman for Lewis Scene:
Over 2,000 wild German fans attended the show. Again, there were no seats and it was a case of standing in the best position one could find. Jerry opened with a solid version of ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN, not as fast or as wild as last night´s version, but a good opening number which was warmly received. A great version of SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN followed - this featured a Ken Lovelace guitar solo instead of a piano solo but was very good. Nevertheless Jerry brought the song to a hot rockin´ conclusion. WAITING FOR A TRAIN came next. This featured some fine yodeling, but was rather short. Then Jerry went into ME AND BOBBY MCGEE starting the song off with a ´Lucille´ type piano intro. This threw the band off for quite a while and it was about a minute before they realized what the song was and started to play the correct chords to the song! Once the band were together with the Killer, Jerry played a fine version of the song with some fine piano and a good climax. A fast version of MEMPHIS TENNESSEE followed. This featured a fine piano solo and a guitar solo which was supported by some superb left hand work by Jerry. Jerry brought the song to a great rockin´ conclusion and struck the keyboard with his towel. The wild audience were very enthusiastic in their applause…..

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….Then came a surprise - a superb rock´n´roll version of BLUES AT MIDNIGHT. This went into FLIP FLOP AND FLY and Jerry concluded with a pounding piano solo. Then Jerry went into a great version of ROCK´N´ROLL IS SOMETHING SPECIAL - this went down very well with the crowd - Jerry should have this out on an album! A super version of BLUE SUEDE SHOES followed - this was better than the record version and really rocked! A long version of SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL came next. Jerry started TROUBLE IN MIND, but cut it short soon after the piano solo to go into a great version of HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL. This was great with Jerry playing a second piano solo with his boot! This great song was followed by a brilliant version of HEY GOOD LOOKIN´, which was faster and wilder than the previous number. A nice version of C.C. RIDER followed which featured some fine bluesy piano. A great version of MEAN WOMAN BLUES came next which Jerry brought to an exciting climax with some pounding piano. Chants of´Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!´followed. LUCILLE came next. Then BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER - which was better than the record with some fine piano….

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….Then Jerry got back to rock´roll with a superb rocki version of WHAD I SAY - this was very wild and the audience were wildly applauding in response to the fantastic climax to the song! A great version of WHOLE LOTTA SHAKI followed. Jerry closed the show with a wild GREAT BALLS OF FIRE. This featured plenty of superb piano, the final pounding piano solo was especially ferocious and the crowd were screaming and cheering at the sight of Jerry pounding the keys almost into destruction!
This had been another great show indeed - rock´n´roll from start to finish.

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Report Hamburger Morgenpost, 23. February 1991 (coll Sascha Jahnke)

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This picture got taken immediately after the show when Horst Fascher, supported by justice, tries to cease DM 150.000 for a cancelled tour in 1988. Jerry has to sign papers recognizing the debt to avoid to be arrested. (photo credit: Wilhelm Brinkmeier)

Many Thanks to:
Pierre Pennone
Sascha Jahnke

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21. February 1991 - Berlin (GER) - Neue Welt

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On 21. February 1991 The Killer plays his second show of the tour at the Neue Welt in Berlin, Germany. The tour was promoted by Georg Leitner, from Austria. It was supposed to start on the 16th, but three dates had to be re-scheduled Berlin from the 16th to the 21st, Hamburg from the 17th to the 22nd, and Helsinki Finlandia Hall from the 18th to March 2nd to Typhoon Hall in Turku, Finland (to be cancelled again) due to Jerry having the flu in Memphis.
With him manager Al Embry and his band Ken Lovelace, Butch Baker, Ray Gann and Peter Fletcher.

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The 1st European Tour 1991 tour dates:

February 20 - Helsinki - Hesperia Nightclub
February 21 - Berlin, Germany - Neue Welt
February 22 - Hamburg, Germany - CCH
February 23 - Apeldoorn, Holland - Matenhal
February 25 - Antwerp, Belgium - Queen Elizabeth Hall
February 26 - Dusseldorf, Germany - Philipshalle
February 27 - Mannheim, Germany - Mozartsaal
February 28 - Geneva, Switzerland - Arthur’s
March 03 - Babenhausen, Germany - Stadthalle
March 05 - Linz, Austria - Stehplatz Concert Hall
March 06 - Salzburg, Austria

Setlist Berlin:
Can´t Stop Loving You
Roll Over Beethoven
Wild & Wooly Ways
Boogie Woogie Country Man
Trouble In Mind
Mexicali Rose
Johnny B. Goode
C.C. Rider
Just Because
Birthday Cake (Keep Your Hands Off Of It)
Drinkin´Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
Good Golly Miss Molly – Tutti Frutti (Medley)
You Don´t Miss Your Water
Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On – You Can Have Her (Medley)
Great Balls Of Fire
I Am What I Am
Rockin´My Life Away
Sweet Little Sixteen.

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Full Show Audio (upload by Markus R.)

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Show report by Peter Hayman:
Jerry´s first show had been in Helsinki the night before but Neil and l did not attend. The Berlin show took place at a venue where there were no seats - instead, over 2000 wild fans congregated standing around the stage. The German fans are truly a wild bunch and tend to prefer rock´n´roll to other sorts of music, so it was not a surprise to find the support act in trouble when they played some peculiar music. The keyboard player said he loved Jerry Lee Lewis but the music he played prompted the crowd to cheer for Jerry Lee Lewis and the band were booed off the stage!….

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…The atmosphere changed when Kenny Lovelace and the band came on stage and played four numbers, which were well received. Half way through their fifth number l CAN´T STOP LOVIN´YOU, Jerry walked out on stage to tremendous applause and finished off the song with some nice piano playing on the Yamaha electronic piano. Jerry announced that it was´great to be back at the Grand Ole Opry´, then he launched into a superb, fast and wild version of ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN. WILD AND WOOLY WAYS, followed. BOOGIE WOOGIE COUNTRY MAN came next, which Jerry finished with a solo with his boot. The Yamaha electric piano does not sound or look as good as a real piano, but it was set up quite loud. A nice version of TROUBLE IN MIND followed….

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…Then Jerry went into a really fast rockin’ version of MEXICALI ROSE. This was one of the highlights of the show. It featured two superb piano solos by the Killer. A mid tempo version of JOHNNY B. GOODE came next which featured some more piano and guitar playing. A nice bluesy C.C. RIDER followed. Then Jerry rocked things up with a fast, wild, version of JUST BECAUSE. A real surprise came next! A great rock’n'roll song, KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OF IT. This was super probably better than the Sun version! The crowd were loving it! A fine version of DRINKIN’ WINE followed. Chants of “Jerry, Jerry, Jerry!” followed. Then came a superb version of “GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY – TURRI FRUTTI. This was great rock’n'roll, with some really super piano work. YOU DON’T MISS YOUR WATER came next. This was an unusual song. Jerry cut the song short and rocked things up with WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN’. This went into YOU CAN HAVE HER followed by a great version of GREAT BALLS OF FIRE - this featured an uncharacteristic first piano solo. Jerry sang a verse from “Whole Lotta Shakin’” and left the stage to tremendous applause…..

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…However, things were not over yet! Jerry returned to the stage to play an encore! After five minutes cheering for Jerry, he came back and played I AM WHAT IT AM, ROCKIN’ MY LIFE AWAY and then closed the show with a super wild version of SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN. This was fantastic, the wildest song of the show and the wildest version of the song l have ever heard!. Jerry finally left the stage to tumultuous applause!
Jerry was back again in top form playing superb piano - powerfully yet with lots of subtle tricks that make Jerry unique. He was rocking and the rock’n'roll audience were well satisfied with the fantastic show they had just witnessed!.

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Manager Al Embry & Jerry Lee backstage right after the show (photo credit: unknown)

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…among the fans (photo credit: unknown)

The show is filmed by a TV crew and a report is featured in a show named JERRY IN TOWN is shown on the German N3 channel with Jerry singing ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN on stage and being interviewed (voice dubbed in German) backstage singing a bit of SILENT NIGHT.


German TV Report

The Press Reviews & Interviews:

Press review BILD, 24. February 1991 (archive: Doc)
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Press article by Ralf Dietrich, BZ (archive Doc)
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Press report & interview by Corinne Ullrich (archive: Doc)
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Press article BZA 22. February 1991 (archive: Doc)
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Many Thanks to:
Pierre Pennone
Dirk Tschirner

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19. February 1980 - Hamburg (GER) - New Star Club

19. Februar 2016

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On 19. February 1980 Jerry Lee played two 40 minutes sold-out shows at the New Star Club in Hamburg (GER), 8 pm & 11 pm. He sang nothing but Rock´n Roll songs with no country ballads.
The venue was massive overcrowded, 1500 spectators at each show.

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1st show (© Pierre Pennone)

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1st show (© Pierre Pennone)

Setlist 1st Show:
My Babe
Lucille
Don´t Put No Headstone On My Grave
Chantilly Lace
C.C. Rider
What´d I Say
Good Golly Miss Molly
Rockin´My Life Away
Down The Line
Who Will The Next Fool Be
Great Balls Of Fire
High School Confidential
Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On

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1st show (© Pierre Pennone)

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1st show (© Pierre Pennone)


Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On (1st show)

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1st show (© Pierre Pennone)

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1st show (© Pierre Pennone)

Pierre Pennone for Fire-Ball Mail:
Everyone had to rise early on Monday February 18 for the road journey to Harwich, to catch the ferry at noon to Hamburg. The crossing took 21 hours, and in smooth conditions proved to be one of the most enjoyable parts of the tour for the band. The ferry arrived on Tuesday around 9 a.m. and the day was free until the evening. l met everybody at the Crest Hotel on Tuesday. Two shows were scheduled at the new STAR-CLUB. The owner, HORST FASHER is the same as in the old days and the club has the same crazy at­mosphere. It is a small place with only a few seats in the back, other­wise you have to stand. It can hold about 1000 people, but on the first show they must have squeezed 1500!! The audience was really red-hot when Jerry came on stage…People on the front of the stage could almost touch him. In fact, they passed Jerry some paper notes with requests for songs. These shows were 100% rock shows and Jerry got his best audien­ces there….

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1st show (© Pierre Pennone)

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1st show (© Pierre Pennone)

…Each show was only 40 min. but really wild. He did MONA LISA on the 2nd show which was a great sur­prise. Horst Fascher was quite happy and announced a tour in Germany for next year under the Star Club label. After the shows, everybody want back to the Crest Hotel and I met there Per Ake Blohm and Kenneth Swanstrom from Sweden. I also had a surprise as my room was right next to Jerry´s suite and could communicate. In fact, when I got there, the door to his room was opened and Jerry called me for a chat! Next day, the group left for Amsterdam by coach and two limousines.

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1st show (© Pierre Pennone)

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1st show…The Killer on top of the piano for Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On (© Pierre Pennone)

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1st show…The Killer on top of the piano for Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On (press pic)

Setlist 2nd Show:
Number One Lovin´Man
Rockin´My Life Away
Sweet Little Sixteen
Blue Suede Shoes
Good Golly Miss Molly
Mona Lisa
Blues At Midnight
C.C. Rider
Pledging My Love
High Heel Sneakers
What´d I Say
Great Balls Of Fire
Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On – Meat Man (Medley)

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2nd show (© Horst Lehmitz)

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2nd show (© Rudi Grabors)

Rudi Grabors for FBM:
Seit 1979 ist der Star Club in Ham­burg wieder eröffnet.
Der Besitzer versucht unter allen Umständen das alte Image dieses Hauses aufrecht zu erhalten, obwohl der Club an einer anderen Stelle eröffnet wurde.
Nachdem Bill Haley Ende letzten Jah­res dort auftrat, war es Horst Fasch­er gelungen, Jerry Lee Lewis am 19.2.1980 für zwei Auftritte zu verpflich­ten. Zur ersten Show kamen ca.1300 Leute alter Altersschichten, womit der Club überfüllt war.
Den Anfang machten J.D.Summer & The Stamps, die nicht schön, aber dafür laut waren. Nach einer kurzen Pause betrat die J.L.L.Band. Die Bühne, Ken­neth Lovelace sang einige Stücke. Bei ´My Babe´ kam dann der grosse Meister selbst. Als er sich hinter sein Piano schwang, tobten die Fans so, dass man meinte, der Raum explo­diert. Er brachte, bis auf wenige Ausnahmen nur Rock & Roll Songs. Vor allem seine Version von Mona Lisa kam bei den Leu­ten sehr gut an. Bei ´Whole Lotta shakin´ kletterte er auf seine Piano und man meinte, den Jerry von 1956 auf der Bühne zu ha­ben.
Nach der erste Show raste das Publi­kum und wollte eine Zugabe. Doch Jerry musste seine Kräfte für den zweiten Auftritt sparen. Aber er liess es sich nicht nehmen sich bei seinem Fans zu bedanken, indem er nach einmal auf die Bühne kam und sagte, dass er glüc­klich ist, wieder einmal im Hamburg­er Star-Club zu gastieren.
Bei seiner zweiten Show kam Publli­kum fortgeschrittenen Alters. Auch bei dieser Show zeigte Jerry dass er noch lange nicht zum alten Eisen gehört. Er gab anschliessend sogar noch eine Zugabe. Ich bin sicher, dass Jerry selbst an dem Konzert seine Freude gehabt hat, weil die Fans so richtig mitgingen. Er gab sogar noch einige Autogramme und die letzten verlies­sen gegen 1 Uhr den Star Club.

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2nd show (© Rudi Grabors)

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2nd show (© Horst Lehmitz)


Blue Suede Shoes (2nd Show)

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It´s done…backstage after the show (press pic)


Full audio 1st show (upload by Markus R)

Press article by Frank Knittermeier
(Hamburger Abendblatt, 20. February 1980)

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Many Thanks to:
Pierre Pennone
Horst Lehmitz
Rudi Grabors
Paul MacPhail

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Linda Gail Lewis - The Dale Wiley Show Interview (2016)

31. Januar 2016

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On 28. January The Queen Of Rock´n´Roll Linda Gail Lewis gave an interview to Dave Wiley for his radio show….interesting stuff!

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The Dave Wiley Show online on 28. January 2016:
´Today, we have Linda Gail Lewis. If that name sounds familiar, it should. She was the duet partner for her brother, Jerry Lee Lewis, during some of his most productive years, and went on to her solo career and recording an album with Van Morrison. She talks about singing duets with two of the most stylistic vocalists ever, and about her new album, Hard Rockin´Woman on The Dale Wiley Show

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25. January 1976 - Greensboro, NC - Coliseum

25. Januar 2016

After thirteen shows in six days in Toronto Killer plays at the Coliseum in Greensboro, NC on 25. January 1976.

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Jerry Lee Lewis & Gail Hyatt at the airport after the show (photo credit: Gail Hyatt)

Gail Hyatt for The Rebel:
A crowd of about 5000 people was at the Greensboro, N.C. Coliseum Sunday, January 25, 1976 to enjoy the talents of the Killer, Freddy Fender and Connie Cato. The other performers did good shows; but needless to say, Jerry´s performance was outstanding. After thirteen shows to standing room only crowds in Toronto, Canada, 40 degrees below zero weather and 2 foot of snow, plus only 5 hours sleep Saturday night one would expect an or­dinary entertainer to appear a little less than himself! But we are not watching an ordinary performer - we are watching the ´greatest live show on earth´ and Jerry is definitely his usual energetic, enthusiastic self, keeping the audience amazed and entertained for an hour and half.

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Kenny Lovelace & Ralph Emery backstage (photo credit: Gail Hyatt)

Jerry´s perfor­mance covered ever facet of music from a classic Judy Garland song,´Some­where Over The Rainbow´, done twice in the traditional style and again in Killer style complete with some fiddle playing and country beat, to the true ´Killer Kountry Klassics´ - ´What Makes Milwaukee Famous´, ´She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye´ and ´Another Place, Another Time´. The audience rocked to Jerry´s updated version of ´Great Balls Of Fire´ complete with some typical Killer fancy dance steps and truly appreciated Jerry Lee´s medley of his favorite religious songs induding ´Peace ln The Valley´,´Will The Circle Be Unbroken´ and ´Precious Memories´.

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Linda Gail Lewis backstage (photo credit: Gail Hyatt)

The Lady - Linda Gail Lewis - is back on the road with her brother again and we were very happy to see her again. Although a week on the road had left everyone a little less than their normal selves, Linda seemed to thrive on the shows and the performances and the hectic pace the group had kept up for the past six days. Looking truly beautiful in a navy and white pantsuit, she gave the audience an opportunity to see that ´little Sister Lewis´ can hold the attention of an audience (especially the male members) almost as much as ´Big Brother´. Her version of the hit, ‘´I´m A Woman´ caught the audience off guard and all sat up and took notice as Linda really got into the fast tempo of the song. As always, the Memphis Beats were in top form and an asset to the stage performances of both Linda and Jerry Lee. Much too soon the show ended and it was time to head for the airport and home to Memphis.

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Linda Gail Lewis & Billy Crash Craddock backstage (photo credit: Gail Hyatt)

Many Thanks to Pierre!

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Linda Gail Lewis: Hard Rockin’ Woman! - The MOJO ****Star Album Review

24. Januar 2016

Linda Gail Lewis new cd gets a 4* review in UK’s major music mag MOJO, issue March 2016.

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Many Thanks to Phil Davies!

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Linda Gail Lewis - Tour Dates 2016 (Update)

9. Januar 2016

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The Queen Of Rock’n Roll will be busy in 2016 again…below the current tour dates.
Please note: For the quickest updates and news feel free to go to Linda Gail Lewis’ Official Facebook Page….feel free to join & subscribe there for the fastest first hand news.

January
09.01.16 - Austin, TX - White Horse
12.01.16 - Austin, TX - Strange Brew

February

04.02.16 - Austin, TX - Antone’s
06.02.16 - Tunica, MS - Sam’s Town (with Jerry Lee Lewis)
26.02.16 - Lancaster, PA - Lancaster Blues Festival
27.02.16 - Dunellen, NJ - Roxy & Duke’s

March
03.03.16 - Austin, TX - Antone’s
06.03.16 - Austin, TX - St. David’s Church
10.03.16 - Austin, TX - Antone’s
11.03.16 - Spicewood, TX - Poodies Roadhouse
13.03.16 - Austin, TX - St. David’s Church
20.03.16 - Austin, TX - St. David’s Church
24.03.16 - Austin, TX - Antone’s
27.03.16 - Austin, TX - St. David’s Church
31.03.16 - Austin, TX - Antone’s

April
30.04.16 - Northands (UK) - Atomic Vintage Festival

June
08.06.16 - Calella (Spain) - Screamin’ Rockabilly Weekender
10.06.16 - Calella (Spain) - Screamin’ Rockabilly Weekender (with Jimmy Van Eaton)