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Where: Wolverhampton, England (Civic Hall)
When: June 28, 2004
Written by: Scott Doran, Chris Davies

Set list:

1) Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
2) Boogie Woogie Country Man
3) You Win Again
4) Chantilly Lace
5) Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave
6) As Far As I'm Concerned (a Red Foley song Jerry has never done before)
7) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
8) Great Balls Of Fire

Jerry Lee Lewis in Wolverhampton
Picture: Richard Harvey

Scott Doran:
Jerry and the band were in sparkling form and he played for 38 minutes. He looked fitter than he did on the last tour and talked a lot between numbers. He started with Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee. It was a great show that included Don't Put No Headstone on My Grave, Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On and a great version of Great Balls of Fire during which he kicked away the piano stool and ended with his little dance. The sell out crowd were well pleased and this is a great start to the tour. I can't believe I am seeing Jerry again so soon after the last tour. He is the greatest. He also did a number that I didn't identify.

Chris Davies:
Top form piano playing and strong vocals, particularly on Boogie Woogie Country Man. This featured amazing two handed  pounding runs up the keys. Accept a short set from Jerry and move on - when was the last time he did 7 or 8 dates like this? Jerry looked like he had a good rest in the days before the show - he was refreshed and looked very fit and well.

The Red Foley song was the highlight for me. A spontaneous and beautiful version. A full length version with piano solo and a nod to Kenny for him to play a perfect guitar solo. Jerry did not mention the new album but said he heard As far as I'm  concerned on the radio as child and Red Foley had reached out and  planted in 8 year old Jerry's mind. What a treat!

GBOF was the extended movie version and was better than any version  from the last tour with that dramatic second solo thrown in to whip the crowd up into a frenzy. Jerry also explained the meaning of the phrase "Spo-dee-O-dee"!!!!

8 songs from Jerry - but performed with energy and feeling. Polished and inspired. Great effortless improvising on the piano.


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