Jerry Lee Lewis, Ken Lovelace & the Memphis Beats, Linda Gail Lewis | Congress Theater | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Jerry Lee Lewis, Ken Lovelace & the Memphis Beats, Linda Gail Lewis All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., July 9, 6:30 p.m. 2011

Postponed. Jerry Lee Lewis's two most recent studio records are poorly conceived collections of duets with rock and country stars decades his junior, many of whom aren't fit to empty the Killer's spittoon. (His last proper album, Young Blood, came out in 1995.) Last year's Mean Old Man (Verve) includes a duet with Kid Rock on "Rockin' My Life Away" that's an inadvertently hilarious study in contrasts: the Detroit knucklehead invokes Steven Tyler's screech with all the subtlety and soul of a cinder block, while Lewis uses his preternatural gift for phrasing to illustrate the don't-give-a-fuck essence of rock 'n' roll without breaking a sweat. Lewis's talent is baked into his bones; he still has it because he's still alive. At 75, he can sing his ass off, and he remains as menacing as Iggy Pop, G.G. Allin, and Eugene Robinson rolled into one—even without the threat of violence. Openers Ken Lovelace & the Memphis Beats will also back Lewis; his sister, Linda Gail Lewis, plays a supporting set as well. Update: Lewis has fallen ill and postponed this concert till December 9. All tickets already purchased will be honored on the new date. —Peter Margasak

Price: $25-$90

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