Goodness, gracious, he’s still on fire!
Jerry Lee Lewis, 81, — the ferocious musician who is known for his over-the-top piano playing performances — was given the nickname “Rock ‘n’ Roll’s first Great Wild Man” and says he has to admit, those who dubbed him with the title weren’t out of line.
“Well it’s an honor, but I wouldn’t say they’re wrong,” he told the Daily News.
“Audiences enjoy my performing style and the musical craziness of my show. When it comes down to it, it’s all about good music and the audience having fun.”
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The music legend, who may be best known for his popular song “Great Balls of Fire,” is still touring his hits after all these years.
“When you’ve done it for over 60 years, there ain’t no backin’ down…,” he explained to The News ahead of his show at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill this weekend. “It’s in my blood and the fans still want to hear my music. It’s a wonderful place to be.”
Lewis — also nicknamed The Killer — first broke out onto the country scene in the mid-1950s and has since been described as a pioneer of rock and roll and rockabilly.
The “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” singer will return to B.B. King’s on Saturday, fondly reminiscing on the venue and his late, dear friend King.
Lewis has played the venue multiple times over his half a century-long career and while the times are changing — his music still holds up.
“The audiences have changed but the energy hasn’t!” he shared.
Lewis dropped his most recent record “Mean Old Man” in 2010 and says he’s always working on new music, but doesn’t have any current plans to release an album anytime soon.
The Killer hits the Times Square nightclub on Saturday at 8 p.m. with opener Jon Paris.
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