Linda Gail Lewis: Live at Retro Festival in Bethune (France), 27. August 2011


Linda (Soundcheck)

Shake Rattle & Roll (Soundcheck)

Linda & Andy (Soundcheck)

Pete (Soundcheck)

It´s 11:40 PM this 27th of August 2011 in Béthune (FR). Linda Gail Lewis is leaving the stage after a fabulous show under applauses and ovation of the crowd. The eight to ten thousands people in front of the stage on the ´Grand Place´ in Béthune are now leaving the area, delighted. After the show, during more than 1 hour, the always smiling Linda will meet the fans, signing CD´s and pictures.
But let´s go a little bit back in time.
lgl-bethune10200 Few hours after having flown from Europe to her home town Atlanta, Linda had to fly back in order to perform at the Béthune Retro Festival where she was replacing her brother Jerry, nailed in bed after having hurt his back. She has landed in the morning. Alone. Unfortunately, her daughter Annie Marie had to stay home because the flight was sold out.
At 5:30 PM, Linda was performing the sound check in front of some fans and while she rehearsed Shake Rattle And Roll and Rip It Up, a crowd gathered. But they will have to wait 5 other hours to enjoy the full show. At 9:00 PM, Sleepy Labeef started his gig with Linda´s band ´Some Like It Hot´, Andy Williams - guitar, Pete Hardy - bass & Gary Agar - drums. A nice 65 minutes performance from Sleepy who has also travelled from the USA during the previous night. lgl-bethune122001
After a short pause, Linda entered the stage at 10:25PM immediately starting to rock the 88 for a fabulous and powerful 100% pure Rock´n´Roll show. Those in the audience who had still some doubts about The Queen Of Rock´n´Roll are now convinced that she definitely deserves her title! Linda has kicked ass, as usual! And no doubt that Jerry Lee would have been proud of his little sister if he could have seen her, performing, between others, a fantastic version of Great Balls Of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin´ Goin´ On (setlist below). The (very) fast version of Down By The Riverside was also amazing.
It´s also to be mentioned that Some Like It Hot did a fantastic job as well, backing both Sleepy LaBeef and Linda.


Il est 23:40 ce 27 août à Béthune (FR). Linda Gail Lewis quitte la scène sous les applaudissements et l´ovation de la foule après un fabuleux show. Les 8 à 10 milles personnes en face de la scène quittent maintenant la Grand Place de Béthune, ravies. Après le show, pendant plus d´une heure, Linda rencontrera ses fans et signera CD et photos.
Mais retournons quelque peu dans le temps.
lgl-bethune9200 Quelques heures après être retournée dans sa ville Atlanta, en provenance d´Europe, Linda a du faire le chemin inverse pour jouer au Béthune Rétro Festival où elle remplaçait son frère Jerry, cloué au lit après s´être blessé au dos. Elle a atterri ce matin. Seule. Malheureusement, sa fille Annie Marie est restée aux Etats-Unis parce que le vol était complet.
A 17:30, Linda était au ´sound check´ en face de quelques fans et pendant qu´elle répétait Shake Rattle And Roll and Rip It Up, une petite foule s””est formée. Mais ils devront encore attendre 5 heures pour savourer le show complet. A 21:00, Sleepy Labeef a débuté son show avec le band de Linda, Some Like It Hot. Une bonne performance de 65 minutes pour Sleepy qui a aussi voyagé la nuit précédente à partir des USA. lgl-bethune122002
Après une courte pause, Linda a investi la scène à 22:25, et a immédiatement martyrisé le piano pour un fabuleux et puissant show 100% Rock´n´Roll. Ceux qui dans l´audience avaient encore des doutes à propos de la Reine du Rock´n´Roll sont maintenant convaincus qu´elle mérite définitivement son titre! Linda leur a botté les fesses, comme d´habitude! Et aucun doute que Jerry Lee aurait été fier de sa petite soeur s´il avait pu assister à sa performance, avec, entre autres, des version fantastiques de Great Balls Of Fire et de Whole Lotta Shakin´ Goin´ On. La (très) rapide version de Down By The Riverside était tout aussi stupéfiante.
Il faut encore mentionner l´excellente performance de Some Like It Hot qui a joué aussi bien pour Sleepy que pour Linda.

Johnny B. Goode (show)

Blues Suede Shoes (show)

Rockin´My Life Away (show)

Boogie Woogie Country Mood
Big Black Cadillac
Johnny B. Goode
Let´s Talk About Us
Let´s Have A Party
Blue Suede Shoes
Boppin´ The Blues
Lonely Heart
Rip It Up
Shake Rattle And Roll
Rockin´ My Life Away
High School Confidential
Great Balls Of Fire
Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On
Long Tall Sally
What´d I Say
Good Golly Miss Molly

Old Black Joe
Down By The Riverside (fast version)
Loving Up A Storm

(show lenght 75 minutes)

Whole Lotta Shakin´Goin´On (show)

Old Black Joe (show)

source: Marc Demoulin

Many thanks to Marc!

2 Reaktionen zu “Linda Gail Lewis: Live at Retro Festival in Bethune (France), 27. August 2011”

  1. yolanda hardy

    you all do such a fabulous the videos.And very proud of my husband pete that he is a part of it. thanks.

  2. admin

    Glad you like it Yolanda and agree…they all are great!

    LOL…just remember that mower riding video of Pete…. ;-)
    Thank you,

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