The Killer at Jazz Fest 2015

Jerry Lee Lewis at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 2, 2015. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Jerry Lee Lewis at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 2, 2015. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

Jerry Lee Who? gets you banned forever. Or “volunteered” for that no return expedition to Mars, where you can die alone and cold, screaming for human comfort. But still, we looked at the schedule and thought: Is Jerry Lee Lewis actually alive? How? Ultimately, shame on us. But even when we made it to the photo pit, there were signs of imminent disappointment. Was he still alive? His sister, her daughter, and the rest of the band appeared on stage (Butch Hutcheson and Kenny Lovelace are the bomb on guitar), and his sister’s an awfully good piano player. Not sure what they put in the water in Ferriday, LA, but it works at least half the time (we’d rather forget about Jimmy Swaggart, but Lord, it’s hard to do that). But what about The Killer?  Now we want some wine, spo-dee-o-dee, and goddammit, we want it right now!

 

Jerry Lee Lewis at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 2, 2015. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Jerry Lee Lewis’s Sister, Linda,  at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 2, 2015. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

And then, song interrupted, there he was.  Looking rather frail and walking with a cane, the bane of piano tuners, Jerry Lee Lewis. We’ve seen quite a few performers long past their prime recently, the saddest being B. B. King’s recent shows. And we hoped that this wouldn’t be another, because hey, who needs to be reminded that being old sucks? But when The Killer sat, the eyes lit up, the music poured out, and it was awfully hard to behave.

 

Jerry Lee Lewis at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 2, 2015. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Jerry Lee Lewis at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 2, 2015. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

Jerry Lee Lewis at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 2, 2015. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Jerry Lee Lewis at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 2, 2015. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

 

Jerry Lee Lewis at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 2, 2015. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Jerry Lee Lewis at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 2, 2015. (HIGH ISO Music, LLC)

Thanks, Killer, for one of the best Jazz Fest shows in years!

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