Jerry Lee Lewis - New Orleans - Jazz & Heritage Festival, 02. May 2015

3. Mai 2015


Killer on stage (photo: Daniel James White)

On 02. May 2015 Jerry Lee Lewis played at the Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans.
His sister Linda Gail and niece Annie Marie Lewis opened his show, all got backed by Killers band The Memphis Beats (Kenny Lovelace - guitar, Buck Hutcheson - guitar, Robert Hall - drums & Ray Gann - bass). All of them did a great job and the audience (a crowd of 180.000) got wild from the first moment on!
Below some details, info, links, pics, videos etc. of the show.

Kenny & Robert right before the show (photo: Daniel James White)

Buck & Kenny on stage right before the show (photo: Daniel James White)

Buck & Ray on stage right before the show (photo: Daniel James White)

The Memphis Beats are almost ready for the show now! (photo: Daniel James White)

The show starts with Linda Gail, Annie Marie & The Memphis Beats
(photo: Daniel James White)

Setlist Linda Gail Lewis:
Shake Rattle And Roll
Good Golly Miss Molly
Rip It Up

Killer on stage (photo: Judith Coghlan Lewis)

Killer on stage (photo: Daniel James White)

Setlist Jerry Lee Lewis:
Down The Line
C.C. Rider
Drinkin´Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
You Win Again
Before The Night Is Over
Don´t Put No Headstone On My Grave
Roll Over Beethoven
Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On
Great Balls Of Fire

Killer on stage (photo: Linda Gail Lewis)

Killer on stage (photo: Daniel James White)

You Win Again, Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On & Great Balls Of Fire got aired by AXS-TV.

Killer on stage (photo: Carolyn Coghlan Gremillion)

Killer on stage (photo: Daniel James White)

One of the first show reports by Best Of New Orleans online:
´Jerry Lee Lewis, a few months shy of 80 years old, strolled onto the Acura Stage wearing a white jacket, tie and loafers with a maroon shirt and gold-tipped cane, which he waved to the crowd to say hello. *We got a flock of people here!*…..

Killer on stage (photo: Daniel James White)

Killer on stage (photo: Linda Gail Lewis)

´….Lewis removed a big ring and shoved it into his pocket before ripping into his grand piano for *Move on Down the Line*,*Drinkin´Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee* and *Before The Night Is Over* (which he concluded by slamming his hand on the piano and exclaiming, ´Mercy!´). He suggested he´d rather have a solid gold monument than a headstone and wrapped a brief set with *C.C. Rider*,*Roll Over Beethoven*,*Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On* and *Great Balls of Fire* before exiting 15 minutes before the advertised closing time….´

Killer on stage (photo: Linda Gail Lewis)

Killer on stage (photo: Daniel James White)

´…Lewis, born in Feriday, Louisiana, seemed frail as he walked but was comfortable as ever wailing and rolling into the ivories, including his signature stacatto shredding into the high notes. Though his voice has withered, he still smiled, joked and tossed in his goofy stutters and lyrical nonsense while sending lightning bolts into his fast-fingered playing.´

For full article click: HERE

Killer on stage (photo: Linda Gail Lewis)

Sir Elton John, Judith Coghlan Lewis & Jerry Lee Lewis backstage at the Festival
(photo: Judith Coghlan Lewis)

Sir Elton John said while meeting Jerry Lee Lewis backstage´that this was one of the highlights of his life´and later on stage he told the audience that it was one of his biggest honors to follow a hero of his and a living legend!

Linda Gail Lewis & Jerry Lee Lewis backstage (photo: Judith Coghlan Lewis)

Jerry Lee Lewis and his wife Judith backstage (photo: Judith Coghlan Lewis)

My thanks goes to Linda Gail Lewis, Judith Coghlan Lewis, Daniel James White, Carolyn Coghlan Gremillion, Tex Johan….and of course to the one and only Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis for givin’ once more such a wild & rockin’ performance to the audience & his fans! Thank y’all!

CANCELLATION: Jerry Lee Lewis & Chubby Checker - New York - Theatre at Westbury - 10. April 2015

8. April 2015


The Ultimate Legends Of Rock & Roll Jerry Lee Lewis & Chubby Checker Show (feat. Linda Gail Lewis & Annie Marie Lewis) on Friday 10. April 2015 at the Theatre at Westbury in New York has been cancelled.

Kay Martin via Facebook (08. April 2015):
´Unfortunately, the relief that Jerry got from that recent back operation was merely temporary. He is in the hospital now and cannot walk. Hoping he gets some relief SOON…. but until then, no shows… I know he is sad not only for himself, but for all the fans who really want to see him. This Friday’s Westbury, New York show is cancelled; don’t know about the New Orleans Jazz Festival yet. Sorry, folks….
My heart is broken because I was counting on seeing him….´

Official statement by Jerry Lee Lewis’ agent (08. April 2015):
´To all my fans…my bad back just gave out on me again and my doctor has ordered me to rest it before I can travel. I will make up this show as soon as I am able. - The Killer´

NYCB Theatre at Westbury website (08. April 2015):
´ Please Note: This event has been canceled. Refunds at Point of Purchase only. Internet & Phone orders will automatically be canceled & refunded.´



Thanks to Kay!

05. April 1964 - Hamburg (GER) - Star Club

5. April 2015



Jerry Lee Lewis plays two shows at the Star Club, in Hamburg, Germany. This is a return after the one-week engagement of 1963. The show is recorded by Philips for release in June 1964 on a live album, except for two songs (You Win Again / I´m On Fire) and one issued separately (Down the line).




Horst D.Fischer & Klaus Möbus for Shaking Keyboard:

´On April 5th Jerry appeared at the Star Club in Hamburg. Jerry´s first show began at 9:00 pm and he was backed by The Nashville Teens. The Teens opened with old Berry’s Johnny B. Goode, Beautiful Delilah, Back in the USA etc…. When Jerry appeared on stage, hell was let loose. Jerry started with DOWN THE LINE. Then he played YOU WIN AGAIN, HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL, YOUR CHEATING HEART, GREAT BALLS OF FIRE, WHAT’D ISAY part 1 and 2, and MEAN WOMAN BLUES. This was the end of the first show.´




Interview by Klaus-Dieter Fischer for Teenage Letter:
KDF: Do you enjoy to be in Hamburg and what do you think of the audience?
JLL: I´m glad to appear at the Star Club for the 2nd time, especially because the audience is so wild. I’m sorry that I have to be so near the microphone, but the recording has to be good (Jerry was recording his live LP). This of course is a handicap for me.
KDF: You were yesterday in Berlin, what was the reception like?
JLL: Marvellous, so wild. Some people even pushed on the stage and played on the piano and others were dancing on the stage.
KDF: How many gold discs have you got and how many copies of What’d I Say were sold?
JLL: I´ve got 4 gold discs. In the near future I´ll be getting a 5th for You Win Again. What´d I Say has sold 600.000 copies. The Smash LP Is selling like hot cakes.
KDF: Will you visit France, Sweden and Holland, you are a star there?
JLL: No, I´ll return to the USA.
KDF: London Records has released in Scandinavia Bonnie B, When I Get Paid and In The Mood. Bonnie B got to 3rd place in the hit parade and In The Mood up to 19th
JLL: I’m glad to hear the news.
KDF: You have sung in Birmingham, England, a fantastic version of Hound Dog. Will you sing this for us in the 2nd show?
JLL: Yes, of course.

In the 2nd show, Jerry sang some more numbers which were recorded for the LP. Jerry played with his foot on the piano and rocked so wild that no rock and roll star would be able to follow him.




Report by Horst-Dieter Fischer:




Thanks to Horst-Dieter!

05. April 1958 - Grand Rapids, MI - Auditorium

4. April 2015










04. April 1964 - Berlin (GER) - Deutschlandhalle

4. April 2015


Berlin Airport with Henry Henroid

Jerry Lee Lewis plays the Deutschlandhalle in Berlin, Germany, for a standing room crowd of 16.000 people. It was the largest concert hall in all of Europe at the time.
The opening act was Johnny and The Hurricanes.




Thanks to Ted, Arthur, Pierre & Paul!

31. March 1958 - New York City - Loew´s Paradise Theater

31. März 2015


Killer played at Alan Freed’s BIG BEAT tour show on 31. March 1958 at Loew´s Paradise Theater, Bronx (NYC).


(with Loretta Prato & Kay Martin)

(with Elaine Berman)




(with Kay Martin)

(with Loretta Prato)

(with Kay Martin, Loretta Prato & Elaine Berman)

Pictures by Kay Martin & JLL IFC

Jerry Lee Lewis - The 80th Birthday Fans Gift

31. März 2015


On September 29th 2015 Jerry Lee Lewis celebrates his 80th Birthday and his 60th year in the music business. To honour this milestone the worldwide fans will be buying Jerry Lee a gift a small token of our appreciation for all the fantastic music, energy, passion and showmanship he has given his fans for the last 60 years. To be a part of this unique event and to get your name on the birthday gift and birthday card of a Rock n Roll legend I am asking all those who wish to contribute to give £1 - $1 to the birthday collection. Any payments sent include your name and where you are from in the world. With the cooperation of Jerry Lee’s wife i will then arrange for Jerry’s gift to be delivered (by hand or by post) to the Lewis Ranch on his 80th Birthday.
(Initiative by Scott Doran via Facebook)

To contribute your donation & detail info feel free to click on the text above.


´Jerry Lee Lewis & family the worldwide fan forum´ on Facebook

Jerry Lee Lewis live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2015 - Update

27. März 2015


New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival just announced that Jerry Lee Lewis & band is going to play the Acura Stage at Jazzfest 2015 on May 2nd for one hour starting 3:05 pm! It´ll be a piano day at Acura Stage and his sister Linda Gail Lewis & niece Annie Marie Lewis will open the show for him.



Thanks to Horst-Dieter!

23.March 1975 - Chicago, IL - International Amphitheater

23. März 2015


Still sleepy, Jim, Linda and l arrived at the Inter­national Airport about 9:20 and everyone else, except Jerry Lee was already there. The Killer arrived about 10:00 and we then prepared to take off. Les, Jerry’s pilot, found trouble with radio communication and we had to wait for repair of the plane’s radio before take-off. This made it close to 11:00 before we left Memphis for Chicago. The flight was a pleasant one, leaving Memphis sunny and warm and landing in Chicago about 1:15 p.m. to a cold tempera­ture of 25 degrees straight off the Great Lakes. Quite a sur­prise as we left the plane. We were immediately whisked off to the International Amphitheater in a fleet of Rolls Royce and Cadillac. Finally reaching the theater, we were greeted by a crowd of Jerry’s fans and the sponsors of the show, a local radio station. We spent most of our time in the VIP Lounge set up for Jerry Lee by the radio station, complete with bar and visitors’ lounge. The show, called “Country in the City”, was a package deal with Ferlin Husky, Johnny Paycheck, and Tanya Tucker. During the time between shows we all sat around talking and Husky and Paycheck came by to rap with Jerry Lee about music today. The first show began around 3:00 p.m. and as usual, Jerry was the last performer on the show. Jerry’s show started out as a variety of country, rock and blues; but Jerry just seemed to want to stay in the rock groove. He did all his songs including a few from the new album. The crowd (over 10,000) loved the Killer and wanted him back for encores. The second show was due to begin in about an hour, so encores were out of the question.
Jerry went on stage again for the second time at 9:00 pm. By this time he was really in the groove and did a wild show! About midway through the show Jerry Lee got very hot and tried to pull off his new $35 silk shirt. The shirt got caught on his watch, he got mad, and jerked the shirt off! He threw it into the audience and the shirt did not make it past the first row of seats! Fifteen young females were fighting over the shirt and it was in about 25 different pieces in a few seconds. Unbelievable — most of these girls were not even born when Jerry started his career. The show was over at about 10:30 and we all made a mad dash for the cars that had brought us from the airport. We were ready for take-off by 11:00 pm. and it began to thunder and lightning very badly as we taxied down the runway. The flight back to Memphis was a bumpy and frightening one — full of air pockets and windy bumps and flashes of terrifying lightening. We were up in the air about 4 and a half hours — the storm causing us to have to fly back to Memphis by way of El Paso, Texas, and Arkansas! For the last 45 minutes or so of the trip, Jerry sat in the back of the plane with Jim and l talking and he in­vited us down to his farm in Mississippi the next day. We saw the lights of Memphis about 3:30 am. Monday morning and everyone on the plane was mighty glad to get home. After a few hours sleep we got up about 8:00 a.m., told Linda goodbye and after having breakfast, went by Jerry’s office. When we got to the office we were told by Robert Porter, office manager, that Jerry and Papa Lewis were in the music room and to go on back. This was about 9:00 a.m. so we thought we would spend a few more minutes with the Killer then head for home, by way of Jerry’s Mississippi farm. Well, we sat talking, laugh­ing, listening to music and just having a fantastic time with Jerry and soon, too soon, it was 3:00 p.m. and certainly time to leave.


Pictures & Report by Jim & Gail Hyatt!

Linda Gail Lewis live at The Spice Of Life, London (UK) 16. March 2015

17. März 2015


Linda Gail rocks on Dave Travis’s big day!
(by Nick Cobban, 17. March 2015)

You´d better hold on to your hats when Linda Gail Lewis breezes into town. It was, last night at the Spice of Life in central London, when she produced an excellent set of rock and roll and country music which set this packed little venue alight. The occasion was a special celebration of the 50 years that another country and rock and roll artist, Dave Travis, has spent in the music business, both as a recording artist and as a record man discovering and releasing music by American greats of the 50s and 60s.
Linda Gail was in superb form as she ran through a selection of songs that differed from her usual set by including several associated with Elvis, as well as giving her own take on some made famous by Jerry Lee and other Memphis rockabilly artists. Backed by Newcastle rockabilly band Some Like It Hot she kicked off with Boppin´The Blues and Cadillac Rock before ripping through a storming Rockin´My Life Away. Then it was in to Elvis territory with One Night, All Shook Up, A Fool Such As I and Shake Rattle and Roll, interspersed with a slower number in the form of From A Jack To A King.


Linda was superb on her brother´s I´ll Sail My Ship Alone, George Jones´s I´ll Be There and a tribute to Wanda Jackson with Let´s Have A Party. The slower You Were Always On My Mind (another Elvis cover) was followed by a storming version of High School Confidential which got the crowd on its feet and Patsy Cline’s Pick Me Up On Your Way Down (she changed the line in the last verse to ‘Kiss my ass on your way down´ - at least that´s what I think I heard!
More rock and roll followed with Ubangi Stomp and a great version of Old Black Joe, written by Stephen Foster but made even more famous by Jerry Lee. She reminisced about the day in 1957 when Sam Phillips gave her brother a cheque for $40,000 which allowed her family to move to Ferriday, Louisiana, and then to Memphis. Finally, with rocking versions of Whole Lotta Shakin´Going On and Great Balls Of Fire, she threw caution to the wind and put her feet on the keyboard, just as Jerry Lee would have done.

Some Like It Hot (Angelo Citrone, Ben Tutt & Andy Williams)

Earlier, on this night of rock and roll, Some Like It Hot gave the crowd a highly proficient set of rockabilly which included Big River, Sixteen Chicks, I Like Your Kind Of Love, Pat Cupp’s Baby Come Back, Lee Dresser´s El Camino Real, Money Honey and Fulsom Prison Blues.

Dave Travis & Linda Gail Lewis

Introducing Linda Gail to the stage, Dave Travis paid tribute to Keith Woods, who promoted this show to add to his other successes in recent years, and to the Woodies roots music network, of which I am pleased to be a member. He made the point that what unites its members is music and underlined how important music is the world over with a story about how, in a remote village in Burma many years ago, his guitar playing had attracted a big crowd who wanted to listen. This show was a demonstration of how much enjoyment genuine live music can create. Congratulations to Dave on his 50 years in the music biz, and to Keith Woods for organising the show. And to Linda Gail for a fantastic set.

Linda Gail Lewis & Keith Woods

Tony Papard via The Vinyl World:
‘Pick Me Up On Your Way Down’ Linda has done before, always using the ‘Kiss my ass on your way down’ line from Jerry Lee’s Dalton, Ga show of 1979, but to make sure I actually requested her to do the naughty version! ……

Many Thanks to Linda Gail Lewis, Nick Cobban, Tony Papard & Keith Woods!

Source: The Vinyl World