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News Archive (2005)


December 29, 2005


Four new shows scheduled in the USA and Canada. See Concerts Section.


December 28, 2005

Another new show added to European tour in March 2006: Frankfurt, March 17. SeeConcerts Section.

December 25, 2005

New show added to European tour in March 2006: Berlin, March 19. SeeConcerts Section.

December 14, 2005

Jerry to appear at Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, May 6, 2006. SeeConcerts Section.

December 11, 2005

More information (new songs!) about Jerry's upcoming CD The Pilgrim

We received an email from Terry  Pace, who had the privilege to listen to all the songs recorded for The Pilgrim. Thanks Terry for this very interesting update!

"My name is Terry Pace. I'm  an author/journalist/music historian in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. I was a close friend of Sam Phillips (I was one of the honorary  pallbearers at his funeral) and I am a lifelong fan of The Killer. I had the tremendous honor and privilege of hearing THE PILGRIM in its entirety this weekend and  wanted to pass along an update on the guests and tracks, in  gratitude for your website providing the most timely and detailed accounts of the album's making thus far. Anyway, here are a few  updates/modifications of the track list currently posted:

Keith Richards may very well play guitar on HONKY TONK WOMEN, but  his official duet with Jerry Lee is on Mack Vickery's THAT KIND OF  FOOL.

The Merle Haggard cut is a great duet on JUST A BUMMIN' AROUND.

The Neil Young duet (one of the best) is a deep blues jam on YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO.

The album is so good, each track brought tears to my eyes. ALL of  the guest stars deliver outstanding contributions, but producer Jimmy Rip keeps Jerry Lee front and center (vocal AND piano) on every note of each and every cut. The guest stars (even perennial  spotlight-stealer Little Richard!) are clearly there to offer stellar SUPPORT - they NEVER, EVER overshadow the one-and-only  star of the show ... THE KILLER!"

Terry Pace

December 10, 2005

New show added to European tour in March 2006: Hamburg, March 10. SeeConcerts Section.

December 3, 2005

Interview with producer  Jimmy Rip for The Jerry Lee Lewis Start Page

December 3, 2005
Jimmy Rip, the producer of Jerry's upcoming album The Pilgrim, kindly  offered to answer some questions about this project for the fans eagerly  awaiting the release of this album. We would like to thank him for  taking the time for this interview and keeping us informed.

Could you tell us how the impressive list of guest artists came about? Did you come up with all the names,  were there also suggestions from Jerry himself?

"The guest artists list was thought up by  Steve Bing and myself. The first song we cut for the record was the Mick  Jagger song Evening Gown. Having known and worked with Mick for many  years it was easy to pick up the phone and ask if he'd like to be on it.  Mick and Ronnie Wood  were very gracious, they were first guys in.  The record wasn't supposed to be a "duets" album. But the more songs we  cut, the more Steve and I would say ..."hey , wouldn't it be great if _ _ _ _was on this one". Basically our fantasy list, and because I was  calling about a Jerry Lee record we got pretty much everyone we asked."

How did you propose the songs to Jerry? Did you send him tapes, did you visit him and discuss songs with  him? Was it easy to convince him to record particular songs that you thought were great for him to do?

"I would send Jerry c.d.'s to listen to. We tried to pick songs that had lyrics that really related to Jerry's  life, so he could sing from his heart. Some songs he wasn't quite sure about for various reasons, but he gave it everything he had on all of  them. I think there's only a couple that we tried that didn't make it.  There's not much left over for an out-take box set thats for sure!"

How well-prepared was Jerry when he  entered the recording studio? Did he have a lot of 'homework" to do because of more or less fixed arrangements, or were the sessions more  like a jam session, relying on Jerry's talent to improvise?

"He definitely knew what he wanted to do when he got in the studio. Phoebe said she never thought she'd see the day when she'd hear Led Zeppelin blasting from her daddy's music room,  but when we cut Rock and Roll Jerry had a great take on it already in his head. On some songs I had arrangements in mind but Jerry will always turn any song into Lewis Music and, I wouldn't have it any other way!"

Are there still any flaws or omissions in the list of "tracks to appear"?

"Right now we might actually have too  many songs to fit on one c.d.! So a final list is still being worked  out."

Some fans were surprised that there  are no female guests on the album. There was talk of a duet with Stacey Michelle, but this duet has apparently been dropped. Could you tell us  what song they recorded  together and why the song was dropped?

"Stacey is a good friend and one of my favorite singers, I wish more people knew about her. She is from Memphis and first introduced me to J.W. which got this whole thing started. Without her there would be no album. She sang on a great Louisiana soaked version of Why You Been Gone So Long. But like I said, we have an enviable problem .....too many songs for one record. We have a follow-up record to this album already in the can and Stacey's song will be on that."

It has been rumored that the photo of  Jerry standing in front of the Sun Studio will be the cover photo of the  album. Do you know if Sony still plans to use this photo?

"I'm sure that photo will be used but I'm  not sure if it's the cover. That call is up to Sony. Great photo though.  We stopped traffic that night to put up a huge spotlight so Jerry was casting that long shadow on 706. Many of the vocals were recorded in Sun after hours (when the tours stopped) with Jerry sitting  on that Whole Lotta Shaken spot."

Will Jerry write one or more pages for the album sleeve and will all these guests? That would be a great, more  personal addition to the album.

"The liner notes are being written by the  great writer Peter Guralnick. I think he's the perfect guy for the job."

Is there a song that will be released  as a single and will there be a promotional video?

"Boy.....I hope there's 5!!!! But that is Sony's call."

Have any video or audio recordings been made from the recording sessions (that could be used for promotional  purposes)?

"Yes, but not much of the actual recording sessions. I tried to keep it low key and relaxed for Jerry without a lot of cameras around. There was one great day with a full film camera crew filming Jerry and Kid Rock with the band actually recording Honky Tonk Woman. I hope ya'll get to see that."

We know that already some recording  sessions haven taken place for a follow-up album. Could you reveal us something about the plans regarding the follow-up album, for instance: Is this an album without duets? What kind of songs will be on it?

"It started out with Jerry saying he wanted to make a blues record. But the songs range from Johnny Ray's Cry to Gene Autry, Jimmy Reed, and even a little gospel. At the moment  there's a couple of guests and we're not planning a duets record, but.......that's what we said last time.

"I'd like to thank all the fans for being patient. Making a record like  this is a giant undertaking. There were so many very busy schedules to  coordinate and finding the right label was not so simple either. It was never anything but an honor and a pleasure, but it took a lot of time.
I know you've all seen the change in Jerry. He's happier and best of all healthier by one thousand percent in the four years it's taken to get  this record together. I couldn't be prouder of the record or happier for Jerry. We really need all the fans to make 2006 Jerry's year. He deserves it. Everybody better buy two copies, 'cause I know you're gonna wear one out!
Hang in there it's comin'."


November 22, 2005


New show scheduled

 Wednesday, February 8, 2006:  Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.

November 18, 2005

New shows scheduled

Saturday, January 7, 2006: Florence, Alabama
This show is part of the Sam Phillips Music  Celebration. See website of WQLT-FM for more information about this event. See also this article in TimesDaily.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006:  Munich, Germany
More information will follow. The show is already  listed on

Saturday, April 15, 2006: New York,  NY
Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster.

Premiere of "Walk  The Line"

The  Johnny Cash biopic "Walk The Line" will have its USA premiere today.  Waylon Payne plays the role of Jerry Lee Lewis. See themovie  website for more information.

November 8, 2005

UK tour  cancelled!

Jerry's UK tour, scheduled to start in Blackpool this Saturday, has been cancelled in its  entirety.  Jerry's shows were meant to be part of a "package tour" also featuring The TCB Band, Percy Sledge and Blondell. Shows were planned for Blackpool, Dundee, Cardiff, London and  Glasgow.

See also
this article in Blackpool Today.

November 2, 2005

Aberdeen show (November 21) cancelled

The Aberdeen show at the Beach Ballroom on November 21 has been cancelled due to unforeseen events with the oil industry organisers. The charity show was entirely separate to the Novemember 2005 Tour  organised by Blackpool Promotions.


October 31, 2005


Pictures and reviews of Bridge School Benefit shows

Pictures of Jerry's  first show at the 19th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert (Mountain  View, California) are available here:

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Press reviews can be found here:

 Inside Bay Area

 San Francisco Chronicle





 Jerry Lee Lewis at  the 19th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert (October 29, 2005)

October 27, 2005

Jerry "stole the show" at the taping of Johnny Cash Tribute

 Yesterday, The TV special  "I Walk the Line: A Night for  Johnny Cash" was taped at the Pantages Theatre in L.A. The show,  with appearances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Kid Rock, Kris Kristofferson, Norah Jones and other artists, will be aired November 16 on CBS. Jerry played "I Walk The Line" (with Kid Rock) and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken". According to the reviews  Jerry 'stole the show" and was "among the performance highlights". See  these links for full reviews:

 Rolling Stone
 ABC News
 Calendar Live

October 25, 2005

Review of Clarksdale show (October, 12) in the Clarksdale Press Register.

October 21, 2005

The Movie "Be My Guest" (1965), with Jerry performing "No One But Me", is now available on DVD. The DVD is released by Bayside Distribution.

October 20, 2005

Jerry to perform at Johnny Cash Tribute for CBS TV

Jerry will be one of the artists at the Pantages Theatre in L.A. next Tuesday for " I Walk The Line: A Night for Johnny Cash."

The event will feature musical performances by some of today's most  acclaimed musical artists, and appearances by the stars of the Cash motion picture bio "Walk The Line." Scheduled to perform Cash tunes:  Jerry Lee Lewis, Kid Rock, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crowe, Alison Krauss,  Kris Kristofferson, Norah Jones, Martina McBride and Brooks & Dunn, with  pre-taped performances by the Foo Fighters, Brad Paisley and U2. Film stars Joaquin Phoenix (who plays Cash)  and Reese Witherspoon (June Carter Cash) will  also be there. CBS-TV will broadcast it on Wednesday, November 16.

Source: Detroit Free Press.

October 19, 2005

Review of Thailand show (September 24) by Tom Vater on

October 18, 2005

     New pictures added to Pictures section.

October 17, 2005

Clarksdale show (October 12) will be used for a documentary about boogie woogie. See this article.

October 12, 2005

Jerry to appear at the "Boogie Woogie Extravaganza"  in Clarksdale, MS tonight

Jerry will perform with  Pinetop Perkins, Marcia Ball and Henry Gray at the "Boogie Woogie Extravaganza," 7 p.m. today at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale. Sunlion Films will capture the show for a documentary. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Louisiana musician relief through the Blues Foundation. Tickets are $15. For more  information, call (662) 621-9009.


October 2, 2005

Some new pictures added to Pictures section.


September 29, 2005


Jerry Lee Lewis celebrates his 70th birthday today!
Many fans, from all over the world, have signed a book with birthday greetings.
You can view the book
here .

September 24, 2005

Charity dinner and show in Aberdeen on November 21

 Blackpool Promotions, in association with the oil community in Aberdeen,  are organising a charity dinner and show at Aberdeen Beach Ballroom on  November 21. The funds raised will go to the Red Cross to aid their relief projects in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana. Tickets for this special charity champagne dinner and show will cost  £150. Call Blackpool Promotions on the UK number 0141 221 8739.

Petition to encourage Columbia/Sony to release the new Jerry Lee Lewis album as soon as possible

Fans have been waiting for more  than two years now for Jerry's new album The  Pilgrim to be released. The release is now set for early 2006, but  this is still not officially confirmed.

Unfortunately, it seems that the opportunity has been missed to  release the CD in the year of Jerry's 70th birthday, but this CD must see the day of light inthe year of Jerry's 50th anniversary as a recording artist! You are kindly asked to sign this petition to urge Columbia/Sony to release the new album as soon  as possible.

September 22, 2005

Jerry scheduled to play at the 19th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA (October 29/30).

Jerry is scheduled to play at the19th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert. This concert will take place at the Shoreline Amphiheatre in Mountain View, California on Saturday,  October 29 and Sunday, October 30. The concert, which aids the  Hillsborough school that helps integrate developmentally disabled students into the mainstream, will also feature Dave Matthews, Norah Jones, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Emmylou Harris, Good Charlotte, Bright Eyes and Los Lobos.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Sunday,  or by phone at (408) 998-TIXS.


September 17, 2005

New show announced: Farum (Denmark), March 3, 2006. Tickets are already  on sale at

    Several new pictures added to Pictures section.

September 9, 2005

Jerry Lee Lewis Birthday Tribute Weekend in Munich

New birthday event: Jerry Lee Lewis 70th Birthday Tribute Weekend in Munich (Germany) on September 30 and October 1. SeeJerry Lee Lewis 70th Birthday events for details.

September 6, 2005

Ronnie Hawkins' 60th birthday concert (1995) released on DVD

Ronnie Hawkins' 60th birthday concert (1995) has been released on DVD by
Eagle  Rock. The DVD contains a bonus documentary featuring Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others.

Track list:

3. Mama Come Home - RONNIE HAWKINS
4. Remedy - THE BAND
5. When There’s Time For Love - LAWRENCE GOWAN
6. Good Golly Miss Molly - LAWRENCE GOWAN
7. Long Tall Sally - LAWRENCE GOWAN
9. Match Box - CARL PERKINS
10. Blue Suede Shoes - CARL PERKINS
12. Ruby Baby - RONNIE HAWKINS
13. The Weight - THE BAND
14. Rock ‘N’ Roll Shoes - THE BAND

September 2, 2005

Initiatives  to help the victims of hurricane Katrina

If you are wondering what  to give Jerry for his 70th birthday, fans have suggested to make a  donation in his honour to assist the victims of the hurricane. You could  make a donation on the website of the Red Cross:

An ebay auction has started of a large print of Jerry. All proceeds  will go the Red Cross. You can place your bid on:

London added to UK November Tour dates

Jerry will also play the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in London on Thursday November 24. SeeConcerts section for the entire schedule.

September 1, 2005

 First UK November Tour dates confirmed

November 12: The Opera House,  Blackpool 
November 16: The Caird Hall, Dundee
November 18: Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff
November 26: The SECC, Glasgow

For the Blackpool show only there will be package deals for £125 that  will include best possible seats at the Opera House and two nights in a  first class hotel. For further information e-mail or telephone  Blackpool Promotions 0141 221 8739.



Augustus 31, 2005


 Pictures of the induction into "The Southern Legends  Entertainment and Performing Arts Hall of Fame"

Last Saturday  Jerry Lee Lewis and his manager J.W. Whitten were inducted into "The  Southern Legends Entertainment and Performing Arts Hall of Fame". The induction took place prior to Jerry's show in Gulfport,Mississippi. These pictures were kindly provided by  Widmark Clark, the president of the Hall of Fame. Pictures by Shelia Morris, The Perfect Image Photography. Click to enlarge.







Just a few days after Jerry's show in Gulfport the Biloxi/Gulfport area was  severely hit by the hurricane Katrina. Our thoughts are with the people of the Gulf Coast in these difficult times.

Augustus 28, 2005

 SeeReports section for review of last night's show in Gulfport, MS.

Augustus 26, 2005

Another honour for Jerry

Jerry Lee Lewis and his manager J.W. Whitten will be inducted into "The Southern Legends Entertainment and  Performing Arts Hall of Fame".  The induction will take place tomorrow at Jerry's show in Gulfport,Mississippi. See also this website.

Augustus 21, 2005

Jamboree (1957) released on DVD

The musical movie "Jamboree" (1957), directed by Roy Lockwood, has been released on DVD by Warner Bros. The movie features performances by Jerry Lee Lewis  (playing Great Balls Of Fire), Carl Perkins, Fats Domino and others.

Several new pictures added in Pictures section.

Augustus 20, 2005

Bethlehem (PA) show (November 27) cancelled

Jerry's  appearance at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA on November 27 has been  cancelled. Instead LITTLE RICHARD, FRANKIE AVALON and JOEY DEE will perform. This show was scheduled for the day after the U.K. Tour is due to end, which is probably the reason why it has been cancelled.

August 19, 2005

Youngstown show (August 20) cancelled

The show scheduled for tomorrow August 20 at B & B Backstage in Youngstown, Ohio has been cancelled. The venue is in dispute with its landlord and there is no access to the premises. If you had plans to go to the show, call (330) 758-1557 for further information.  See also this article in the Tribune Chronicle.

August 14, 2005

New U.K. Tour in November

 Jim O'Neil/Blackpool Promotions has concluded a Jerry Lee Lewis U.K. Tour from the 11th of November until the 26th. Also on the 'package' tour will be James Burton (in his own right, not as part of Jerry's band) with the TCB Band. Shows are planned for the Blackpool Opera  House, Glasgow, Dublin, Cardiff and Dundee. More details will follow.

August 13, 2005


The Session (1973) reissued in its entirety

The reissue  label Hip-O-Select is about to release Jerry's complete London Session  on CD, including songs that were not on the original album in 1973.  Several guest artists, like Albert Lee, Rory Gallagher, Peter Frampton and Kenny Jones, contributed to the album.

See the Hip-O-Select website for more information and samples.

Currently Hip-O-Select cannot ship to countries of the European  Union. They are making efforts to rectify this matter and hope to have it resolved within the next few months.


Track list:

Disc 1


Disc 2


August 7, 2005

Report of last night's show in Marksville (LA) inReports section.

Several  pictures added to Pictures section.


July 26, 2005


Jerry has been confirmed to play at the Koh Samui Music Festival in Thailand on September 24. See Concerts section.

July 20, 2005

Many new pictures added to several pages of the Pictures section. Thanks to all contributors!


July 18, 2005

More about the Chautauqua show (July 15) in theReports section.

Jerry is said  to be booked for the Koh Samui Music Festival in Thailand (September 23 - October 2). According to Jerry is among the headline  acts. No confirmation yet.

July 17, 2005

SeeReports section for report of Chautauqua show (July 15).

July 14, 2005

SeeReports section for report of Pistoia show (July 10).

July 13, 2005

See for pictures of Pistoia show (July 10).

July 12, 2005

Set list of  concert at  the Pistoia Blues Festival (July 10):

1) Why You Been  Gone So Long
2) Coming Back For More
3) I Don't Want To Be Lonely Tonight
4) Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
5) No Headstone On My Grave
6) Roll Over Beethoven
7) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
8) Great Balls Of Fire

Show length: 30 minutes

Thanks to Andrea and Giovanni from Italy.

July 9, 2005

SeeReports section for report  of show in Nice (July 6).

July 5, 2005

Jerry has  recovered from his illness, which forced him to cut his show in Saint Etienne short yesterday. Unless something untowards occurs, the shows in Nice (July 6) and Pistoia (July  10) will NOT be cancelled.
Thanks to Denis Angelotti for giving this update.

SeeReports section for report  of last night's show (cut short due to illness) in Saint Etienne.

July 4, 2005

Tonight's  show in St Etienne cut short due to illness

We received this message from Denis Angelotti:

" Bad news...  Jerry stayed only 17 minutes on stage. He arrived in  good condition, played the first songs powerful, and....collapsed more  or less and needed help to leave the stage. The band continued the show  for a while. An ambulance has been called, but after all Jerry returned to his hotel in Lyon. We hope to have more news tomorrow."

July 3, 2005

Jerry in Avoine (July 2), by Pierre Pennone:

 "Just had a talk with Peter Hayman. I talked to him on his mobile while he was on the highway driving back to Lyon for the show in St Etienne  tomorrow night. He said the show last night at the "blues festival" in  Avoine, near Tours, was great. The audience was very cheerful shouting  for Jerry, there was about 2000 people and it was under a tent. Jerry  was in a very good mood and did a very good show making everybody happy.  He did a show of about the same length as the first three shows, i.e.,  between 40 and 45 minutes. The only new song compared to previous shows  was "You Belong To Me". We couldn't talk long obviously as he was driving. But if you want to know more.... you will see Peter's usual  great show reports in the Fire Ball Mail (probably the one after next)."

July 2, 2005

More pictures of current European tour. See Pictures section.

More reports of current European tour. See Reports section.

New page with information about  the events celebrating Jerry Lee Lewis 70th birthday. And more might  follow! This page will be updated when new information is available.

Nieuwe pagina (ook in het Nederlands) met  informatie over de evenementen ter gelegenheid van Jerry Lee Lewis' 70ste verjaardag. En er kan nog meer volgen! De pagina wordt bijgewerkt zodra er nieuwe informatie is.

July 1, 2005

SeeReports section for a report of last night's show in Lyon.


June 29, 2005


SeePictures section for some  pictures and comments of the Paris show (June 28).

June 28, 2005

Set list Paris show (June 28):

1) Roll Over Beethoven
2) You Win Again
3) Sweet Little Sixteen
4) Georgia
5) Rockin' My Life Away
6) Money
7) Over The Rainbow
8) Chantilly Lace
9) CC Rider
10) Before The Night Is Over
11)No Headstone On My Grave
12) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
13) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
14) Great Balls Of Fire

Show length: 45 minutes

Source: Folke Myrvang

June 27, 2005

First report of last night's show at the Paradiso! SeeReports section.

SeePictures section for pictures of Amsterdam show!

June 26, 2005

Set list Paradiso show (June 26):

1) Roll Over Beethoven
2) What's Made Milwaukee Famous
3) Rockin' My Life Away
4) Me And Bobby McGee
5) No Headstone On My Grave
6) Johnny B. Goode
7) Georgia On My Mind
8) Chantilly Lace
9) Another Place Another Time
10) Before The Night Is Over
11)Trouble In Mind
12) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
13) Great Balls Of Fire

More to follow!

June 25, 2005

Jerry and band in Europe

Jerry and band have arrived in Amsterdam. The kickoff of this European tour is the show at the Paradiso this Sunday. See the Concerts section for the complete tour schedule.

June 18, 2005

Jimmy Page (from Led Zeppelin) also on new CD "The Pilgrim"

A message from Jimmy Rip, producer of Jerry's upcoming CD "The Pilgrim":

"I just got back from London where I had a great session with Jimmy  Page. He played an amazing solo on Rock And Roll . Unless something  crazy  happens (and it wouldn't be the first time ) he's the last guest artist on the Pilgrim ...21 tracks ....22 guests !!!!"

Thanks to TEX for passing this on. See this page for all available information about this album and a sample of the first 60 seconds of the song Rock And Roll.


Jimmy Page and Jerry Lee Lewis at the Grammy Awards  Ceremony
(February 2005)

New show: Sunday, November 27 at theStabler Arena in Bethlehem (PA). See Concerts section.

June 17, 2005

Pre-show meet in Amsterdam op zondag 26 juni

Bericht van TEX:
"Fans (en andere belangstellenden) die voor maar ook na afloop van het concert van rock & roll- en country legende Jerry Lee Lewis bijeen willen komen om met elkaar over hun muzikale held te praten, z'n muziek  ten gehore te brengen of gewoon te vieren dat The Killer zondag 26 juni a.s. weer in Nederland optreedt, kunnen die dag vanaf 's morgens 11.00  uur terecht bij het vlakbij Paradiso gelegen etablissement Three  Sisters Amsterdam (Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 5), waar vanaf 11.00 uur dus ook plaatsgenomen kan worden achter de daar aanwezige piano. Nu al is zeker dat verscheidene door Jerry Lee geïnspireerde zanger-pianisten dat beslist zullen gaan doen!

Zondag 26 juni a.s. "A Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" dus in "Three Sisters Amsterdam" voorafgaande aan en na afloop van het Jerry Lee Lewis concert in Paradiso! Vorig jaar was deze party een groot succes dus mis dit niet!! (Klik
hier voor foto's.)"

Pre-show meet in Amsterdam on Sunday, June 26

Message from TEX:
"For everybody wanting to meet other fans prior to Jerry Lee's show  Sunday June 26th there will be a pre-show meet again at Three  Sisters Amsterdam at the Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 5 (everybody is  also welcome there after the show)! The very best location in the city  of Amsterdam for such a 'warming up party'!

This café is a two-minute walk away from the Paradiso club and is an establishment with good food (there is also a steak house, "New York Steakhouse", on the upper floor) and - for this special occasion - as of 11 am A PIANO ready to be played by Killer fans!! For sure there'll be  several musicians among the fans ready to get you warmed up for the big  show. Don't miss this! Last year's pre-show meet at "Three Sisters Amsterdam" was a huge success as those of you who were there will remember (click
here for pictures).

"Three Sisters Amsterdam" opens at 11 am (closing time around 1 am).

Café "Three Sisters Amsterdam" has several branches in Amsterdam. The  meeting place is NOT the 'grand pub' "Three Sisters Amsterdam" right behind the tram stop, but the one closer to Paradiso. So make sure you have the right address with you!"

 A Mississippi judge has approved a divorce settlement between Jerry Lee Lewis and his sixth wife, Kerrie Lynn McCarver Lewis. See this article in The Commercial Appeal.

June 14, 2005

Linda Gail Lewis celebrating Jerry Lee's 70th birthday in Nijmegen (NL)

 On Friday, September 16, there will be a concert by Jerry's sisterLinda Gail Lewis in Nijmegen (NL), celebrating Jerry's 70th birthday. The support act isWilliam  Smulders & band. Pre-sale starts on June 27. Seethis page for more information.

Concert van Linda Gail Lewis ter ere van Jerry Lee's 70ste verjaardag

 Op vrijdag 16 september zal Jerry's zusLinda Gail Lewis een concert geven ter ere van zijn 70ste verjaardag. Het voorprogramma wordt verzorgd doorWilliam  Smulders & band. De voorverkoop start op 27 juni. Ziedeze pagina voor  meer informatie.

New show: Saturday, August 6 at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville (LA). SeeConcerts section.

June 11, 2005

Article about The Pilgrim project  on (Los  Angeles Times). See here.

New facts  about the upcoming album The Pilgrim

The album will be released by Columbia Records this Fall or early next year. The duet Jerry cut with George Jones is "Don't Be Ashamed Of Your  Age". Jerry and producer Jimmy Rip are currently finalizing the  recordings for The Pilgrim and have already been working on the follow-up album.

Click here for a sample of the song  "Rock And Roll" that will appear on the album.

Jerry Lee Lewis in Highland, California (May 19, 2005)
Picture: Mark Boster / LAT


May 28, 2005


Many new pictures from the 90's, 80's and 70's added to thePictures section!

May 23, 2005

Two new shows announced: Youngstown, OH (August 20) and Gulfport, MS (August 27). See Concerts section.

Short  report of show in Malibu, CA (May 21) by Elaine Orlando:

 "He did one hour and the audience just couldn't get enough! The Malibu Inn holds 350 people, there was less than that, I think, not  sure. The Pacific Ocean was across the street, and you needed its  presence to cool down the area, Jerry was fabulous!  He closed with "Great Balls of Fire" - sang "Somewhere Over The Rainbow, "You Win  Again" ....No Encore, after GBOF the band packed up."

May 21, 2005

Short  report of show in Highland, CA (May 19) by Bob Trepanier:

"Well I  just got back from the San Manuel show. Jerry Lee went on first. He opened with "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" and only did 6 more songs. In  order, the rest were "Another Place Another Time", High School Confidential", "Trouble In Mind", "Boogie Woogie Country Man", "Whole  Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls Of Fire". He looked good and  played with more enthusiasm than the last time I saw him. His piano  playing was EXCELLENT. After he did "Boogie Woogie Country Man" Kenny  Lovelace talked to him and I think told him he could only do 2 more  songs. At the end of "GBOF" he kicked the piano bench back and left the stage. The band was excellent."


Little Richard and Chuck Berrywere also on the bill. Bob Trepanier: "All in all Jerry Lee certainly came out looking the best. I  think the audience was disapointed he didn`t play more, but I guess  that`s all he was allowed. The hall was packed, no empty seats, I`m guessing a crowd of 3000."

May 17, 2005

New show dates: Malibu, CA (May 21st) and Chautauqua, NY (July 15th). SeeConcerts page.

May 10, 2005

Several  reports and pictures added of Lancaster show (May 6)! SeeReports section.

May 6, 2005

Kaartverkoop Paradiso-show (26 juni) start morgen! ZieParadiso informatiepagina.

Ticket sales for Paradiso show (June 26) start tomorrow! SeeParadiso Information Page.

New page added to Pictures section: Jerry  & his fans.

May 5, 2005

Another picture of recording session for The Pilgrim added to Pilgrim page.

May 3, 2005

Report of show at Beale Street Music Festival  (April 30) added to Reports  section.

May 1, 2005

Review of show at Beale Street Music Festival (April 30) in The Commercial Appeal.


April 30, 2005


Information  page added about Paradiso show (June 26), with information about ticket reservation and hotels.

Informatiepagina toegevoegd  met alle informatie over het concert in Paradiso op 26 juni (ook in het Nederlands).

April 29, 2005

News about upcoming CD "The Pilgrim" from producer Jimmy Rip and a picture from the last recording session. See Pilgrim page. Thanks to TEX (The Travelin' Man) for passing this on.

April 27, 2005

Vanwege een computercrash zijn helaas alle aan- en afmeldingen voor de nieuwsbrief die tussen 1 april en 25 april verzonden zijn verloren gegaan. Indien je je in die periode hebt aan- of afgemeld, word je vriendelijk verzocht om dit nogmaals via het formulier op denieuwsbriefpagina kenbaar te maken. Excuses voor het ongemak.

Due to a system crash all  (un)subscriptions for the mail list that were sent between April 1 and April 25 got lost. If  you (un)subcribed in the past few weeks, you are kindly asked to resend your request through the form on the mail list page. Sorry for the inconvenience.

April 24, 2005

Several pictures added toPictures section.

Call for pictures of Jerry & fans for a new page in the Pictures section

In the near futureI would like to add a new page to the  Pictures section with pictures taken of Jerry together with one or more fans. If you  have a picture of Jerry together with you and/or other fans and you  would like to see this picture on the new page, you are kindly invited  to send it to And of course the story behind that special picture is also more than welcome. Thanks for your help!

Verzoek om foto's van Jerry samen met zijn fans

Binnenkort wil ik aan de Start Page een nieuwe pagina toevoegen met foto's die  genomen zijn van  Jerry samen met een of meer fans. Als je een foto hebt waar jij (en/of andere fans) samen  met Jerry op staat en jij wilt deze graag geplaatst zien op deze pagina,  dan kun je deze sturen naar Ook het verhaal achter deze speciale foto is uiteraard meer dan welkom. Alvast bedankt voor je medewerking!

April 22, 2005

Jerry Lee Lewis naar Nederland

Jerry begint zijn aanstaande Europese tour met een show in Paradiso (Amsterdam) op zondag 26 juni. De voorverkoop start op zaterdag 7 mei. Op
1 maart 2004 trad Jerry eveneens op in een uitverkocht Paradiso. Zie deConcerts pagina voor het complete tourschema.

Jerry en band in Paradiso, maart 2004

Jerry is scheduled to play at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on June 26. SeeConcerts section.

April 17, 2005

New 2-for-1  CD of the albums "Country Songs For City Folks" (1965) and  "Memphis  Beat" (1966)

BGO Records has released a new 2-for-1 CD of the albums "Country Songs For City Folks" and  "Memphis Beat". The CD can be ordered at or the other online stores listed on themain page of this site.

Just a month ago BGO released a 'combo' of the albums "Another Place  Another Time" and  "She Still Comes Around" (See news of
March 14). Other 2-for-1 CD's of Jerry's Mercury albums are expected in the near future. The BGO releases stand  out by their superb sound quality and detailed liner notes.

Track list of this new CD:


 Country Songs For City Folks (1965)

1.  Green Green Grass Of Home
2.  Wolverton Mountain
3.  Funny How Time Slips Away
4.  North To Alaska (with Linda Gail Lewis)
5.  The Wild Side Of Life
6.  Walk Right In
7.  City Lights
8.  Ring Of Fire
9.  Detroit City
10. Crazy Arms
11. King Of The Road
12. Seasons Of My Heart

 Memphis Beat (1966)

13. Memphis Beat
14. Mathilda
15. Drinkin'  Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
16. Hallelujah, I Love Her So
17. She Thinks I Still Care
18. Just Because
19. Sticks & Stones
20. Whenever You're Ready
21. Lincoln Limousine
22. Big Boss Man
23. Too Young
24. The Urge

April 14, 2005

Report of Green Bay show (April 12) added toReports section.

Jerry is scheduled to play at theSan Manuel Indian  Bingo & Casino in Highland (CA) on May 19.

April 12, 2005

Greenbay show (April 11) postponed till today.

 Jerry's appearance at the “Rockin’ ’50s Fest II" in Geenbay (WI), scheduled for yesterday, has been postponed till today (5.45. pm). Heavy weather kept his private jet from taking off. See alsothis article in the Greenbay Press-Gazette.

According to Pollstar, the definitive date for Jerry's show at the Pistoia Blues  Festival (Italy) is July 10. See Concerts page.


March 31, 2005


Another recording session (with Ringo Starr) for "The Pilgrim"

 Jerry had another recording session for the upcoming CDThe Pilgrim. Producer Jimmy Rip:

"We had a truly great session here in LA last night . Ringo came in  to sing Sweet Little Sixteen with Jerry Lee, then, Jim Keltner and  Ringo played some thunderous double drumming on Roll Over Beethoven with Kenny, myself, Hutch Hutchinson , Ivan Neville and Nils Lofgren backing  Jerry Lee up. Sweet Little Sixteen with Ringo is the last addition to the new album."

Thanks to TEX (The Travelin' Man) for passing this on. The CD is due for release in May or June.

March 25, 2005

Several new pictures added of earlier shows. SeePictures section.

Jerry  has been announced to appear at the Pistoia Blues Festival in Italy on July 8-10. The exact show date is yet unknown.

Around the time Jerry's new CD The Pilgrim will be released, there will also be a new DVD available. This DVD, to appear in June, will feature Jerry's show in Newcastle (February  26, 2004). The producer is Jim O'Neil.

March 22, 2005

Several pictures added of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony (March 14). SeePictures section.

March 17, 2005

Jerry Lee Lewis weekend in Norway in May

Stephen Ackles and Tommy Jeppsson will organize a Jerry Lee Lewis  weekend for fans from Friday May 13th to Sunday May 15th in Lillestrøm, Norway.  On the program are (among other things):Jerry Lee Lewis on the big screen,Jerry Lee Lewis non stop disco,Jerry Lee Lewis Lousianna Dinner and a live  performance by Stephen Ackles and the Memphis News. See for more information.

New CD 'Pefect World' of the Lewis 3 is now available.

Jerry's sister Linda Gail and her daughters Annie Marie and Mary Jean have released their first CD as "the Lewis 3": Perfect World.  It is now available for £12 worldwide inclusive of postage. For further  details contact

March 15, 2005

Report of Jerry's appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in NYC. SeeReports section.

March 14, 2005

Jerry to appear at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  induction ceremony

From Kay Martin:
I was at the rehearsal yesterday for Jerry's part of the performance which will take place tonight.  He will sing Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, backed by the David Letterman Show orchestra, led by  Paul Shafer.  Jerry may be wearing a tux shirt and jeans.  He is looking  GREAT (some terrific close-ups are planned for his set) and sounds  fabulous.  He's got a Yahama grand piano with excellent tone.  Everyone is going to be screaming for more! The official song list for the evening is:



O'Jays (being inducted tonight): Medley of Backstabbers/For the  Love of MoneyLove Train
Percy Sledge (also being inducted tonight): When A Man Loves A Woman
Buddy Guy (also being inducted tonight):  Damn Right I Got  The Blues
Buddy Guy with Eric Clapton and B. B. King: Let Me Love You Baby.
Bo Diddley (who was at the rehearsal and with whom I spoke for a while - what a great guy!), with Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson: Bo Diddley.
Jerry Lee Lewis with Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
The Pretenders (being inducted tonight): Precious, Message of  Love and My City Was Gone.
U2 (being inducted tonight): Pride, Until the End of the World,  and Vertigo.

No Fats, Chuckles or Richard at this gig. The show will be videotaped  and shown on VH1 on Saturday night 3/19th, at 9 p.m. EST.  Everyone should check their television schedules to see when it will be shown  where you live. More information soon."

New 2-for-1  CD of the albums "Another Place Another Time" (1968) and  "She  Still Comes Around" (1968)

BGO Records, a UK company, are about to release a new 2-for1 CD of the albums "Another Place Another Time" and  "She Still Comes Around". The CD can already be ordered at or the other online stores listed on themain page of this site.
Track list:


Another  Place Another Time (1968)

1.  What's Made Milwaukee Famous
2.  Play Me A Song I Can Cry To
3.  On The Back Row
4.  Walking The Floor Over You
5.  All Night Long
6.  I'm A Lonesome Fugitive
7.  Another Place, Another Time
8.  Break My Heart
9.  Before The Next Teardrop Falls
10. All The Good Is Gone
11. We Live In Two Different Worlds

She Still Comes Around (1968)

12. To Make Love Sweeter For You
13. Let's Talk About Us
14. I Can't Get Over You
15. Out Of My Mind
16. Today I Started Loving You Again
17. She Still Comes Around (To Love What's Left Of Me)
18. Louisiana Man
19. Release Me
20. Listen, They're Playing My Song
21.There Stands The Glass
22. Echoes

New  compilation of Sun recordings

Recently, Metro Records has released a new compilation of Jerry's  legendary Sun recordings: "The Essential Jerry Lee Lewis". See for more information.
Track list:




1. Great Balls Of Fire
2.Lewis Boogie
3. High School Confidential
4. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
5. Cold Cold Heart
6. Don't Be Cruel
7. Ramblin' Rose
8. Waitin' For A Train
9. I've Been Twistin'
10. I'm Feelin' Sorry
11. Hello Josephine
12. Crazy arms
13. Little Queenie
14. Mean Woman Blues
15. It Hurt Me So
16.  In The Mood
17. Carry Me Back To Old Virginia
18. You Win Again
19. Matchbox
20. Save The Last Dance For Me


1. What I'd Say
2. Down The line
3. Good Golly Miss Molly
4. Big Blon' Baby
5. Sweet Little Sixteen
6. Sixty Minute Man
7. Breathless
8. Fools Like me
9. Wild One (Real Wild Child)
10. It'll Be Me
11. Milkshake Mademoiselle
12. Good Rockin' Tonight
13. Jambalaya
14. You Can't Help It (I Can't Help It)
15. Break Up
16. Lovin' Up A Storm
17. Wild Side Of Life
18. Deep Elem Blues
19. I'm The Guilty One
20. The Return Of Jerry Lee

March 12, 2005

Jerry special guest at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  induction ceremony?

Jerry is rumoured to be one of the special guests at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony 2005. The ceremony takes place at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City on March 14. The ceremony will air on VH-1 on Saturday, March 19.

There  are many other special guests at the ceremony who have also contributed to Jerry's upcoming CD "
The Pilgrim": Bruce Springsteen, B.B. King, Eric  Clapton, Rod Stewart, Neil Young and (possibly) Little Richard.Among this year's inductees is blues guitarist Buddy Guy, who has also contributed to Jerry's new CD. Jerry himself was  among the first inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1986.

March 11, 2005

New French show dates

New show dates for Jerry's tour in France in June and July. Tickets are  already on sale. See
Concerts page.

March 3, 2005

Bill Strom passed away

Jerry's organ player Bill Strom passed away last night at the age of 64 after severe health problems.

Bill Strom first worked with Jerry from 1970 to 1972 when he was a member of "The Memphis Beats". Since then he was in close contact with Jerry and reappeared in his band several times. He came  back on tour with The Killer Band in 2000 until his last days.

Strom was not only respected as a great musician, but also as a very friendly person. My thoughts are with his family, friends, Jerry and the band. May  he rest in peace.

A Condolence Book has been opened on this site. Feel free to express your condolences and share your memories. May this book be of some comfort to the family in these difficult times.

The funeral will be Saturday at 2  p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home at 5668 Poplar, Memphis, TN 38119-0885.  People can send flowers or donations to the American Cancer Society in memory of Bill Strom.

Bill Strom in France, October 2004
Jean-Pierre Gilabert


February 26, 2005


Jerry Lee Lewis back in Europe

Jerry will give a new series of concerts in France at  the end of  June and early July. Apart from the show in Avoine on July 2, Jerry will  play in
Clermond-Ferrand, Lyon, Sete and Nice. The exact show dates are yet unknown. Source: the French website.

February 24, 2005

The definitive list of guest artists on Jerry's new album is now available here.

Jerry announced to play at the Festival Avoine Zone Blues in France on July 2. See Concerts section.

February 19, 2005

Merle Haggard and Neil Young are also among the guest artists on the upcoming CD "The Pigrim". See page about the new CD.

February 16, 2005

Documentaire 'Don't fuck with the Lewises' op Nederlandse tv

De documentaire 'Don't fuck with the Lewises', die zich afspeelt in  het huis van Jerry's zus Frankie Jean in Ferriday, Louisiana, wordt uitgezonden op de Nederlandse tv: maandag 21 februari, Nederland 3,  21:00-22:00 uur. De documentaire was in november 2004 in première gegaan op het IDFA Festival in Amsterdam. Zie het
nieuws van 24 november 2004 voor meer informatie.

February 15, 2005

The presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jerry is now online at

Report of Awards Ceremony added to theReports section.

February 13, 2005

Led  Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page honours Jerry Lee Lewis at he Grammy  Awards ceremony for lifetime achievement:

From the Memphis newspaper Commercial Appeal, February 13:

"Accepting his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys on  Saturday, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page offered a little adulation  of his own.  "It really is an honor and a privilege because of this illustrious company," said Page, who acknowledged only one musician from the podium, and it wasn't any of his "Stairway to Heaven" band mates. "Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis," he said, pointing to a table where the Sun  Records legend was sitting. The British guitar great then exhorted a hearty "Boy!" more like the Killer's biggest fan than a fellow icon."

the website of Commercial Appeal for the entire article and a  picture.

Front page of the Commercial Appeal, Memphis daily newspaper, on February 12, 2005, the day he will receive his  Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in Los Angeles. See also this  article in the Commercial Appeal.

February 12, 2005

Radio  documentary on Jerry Lee Lewis: Saturday February 19, BBC Radio 2, 2130-2230  (GMT)

In the week that Jerry Lee Lewis receives a Lifetime Achievement Award, BBC Radio 2 looks back on the eventful life of The Killer. As well as Jerry Lee himself, contributors  include sister Linda Gail Lewis, ex-wife Myra Gail Lewis, biographer Charles White, Cowboy Jack Clement (the man who discovered him), Jools Holland, Jamie Callum, Tom Jones, Cliff Richard, Hank Marvin, Joe Brown,  film director Taylor Hackford, record producer Marshall Chess and others."

The programme will be available to hear again on the
BBC website for seven days after transmission.

February 3, 2005

Producer Jimmy Rip has confirmed that  Jerry's new CD  "The Pilgrim" will be released in May or  June. It will have twenty tracks with twenty guest stars. Thanks to TEX (The Travelin' Man) for notifying us. See the pageNew CD for the details about the album known so far.

Jerry is scheduled to play at the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis (TN) on  April 30. See Concerts section.


January 28, 2005


The show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, originally scheduled for January 23, but cancelled due to snow, has now  been rescheduled for Friday, May 6, 2005, at 8PM.

January 25, 2005

TheInformation page about the new CD "The Pilgrim" has been updated with new songs and new guest artists.


January 23, 2005

Jerry was to perform tonight in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, but the show was cancelled because of terrible weather conditions: blizzards,  icy roads, slow and dangerous driving. All officials are urging the  people to stay home and off the roads. Jerry's next show is scheduled to  take place in Wisconsin on April 11.

January 15, 2005

Jerry is recording an album with the country legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Jones. After Old Glory/The Pilgrim (release date still  unknown) and the Californian blues session, this is Jerry's third recording project in a year. The album will be produced by Chips Moman.  Moman also produced theClass  of '55 album in 1985, featuring Jerry, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and  Roy Orbison. More details are yet unknown.

For those who  buy the Playboy magazine just for the excellent articles and interviews:  the February issue of the US edtion contains a feature article on Jerry!  According to a fan: "It is a MUST SEE for all Jerry  Lee fans. Many  great stories, including recent ones I have not heard about. Of course the rest of the magazine is worth a look-see too."

January 4, 2005

Jerry is among the artists who will receive the Recording  Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award. Among the others being honored are Eddy Arnold, Janis Joplin, Pinetop Perkins and Led Zeppelin. The awards "recognize music people who have  made a lasting contribution to culture around the world," academy President Neil Portnow said in a statement. "These profoundly inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers and archetypal musicians, cultural ambassadors, and technical visionaries."The honors will be presented at a Los  Angeles ceremony February 12, the night prior to the 47th annual Grammy Awards.

This is what the press release of the Recording Academy says about Jerry:

Jerry Lee Lewis — Rock and roll's first great  wild man, Lewis' larger-than-life personality was matched only by his energy and skill at the piano. When he emerged on the rock scene in 1957, he created his own unique brand of music by ignoring musical boundaries and merging blues, gospel, country, and rock. His work has transcended fads and fashions and is considered one of the best  collections of American music in existence.

See for the complete press release.




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