Ringo Starr and Robert Plant came on stage at Jerry Lee Lewis’ show at the London Palladium on September 6 to wish ‘The Killer’ a happy upcoming 80th birthday. Jerry Lee celebrates that landmark on September 29, and was in the UK on a “farewell” tour that finished at the Clyde Auditorium last Thursday (10).
Starr tweeted after the London concert: “Had a great time at the Jerry Lee Lewis show in London happy birthday Jerry peace and love”. You can catch a fan’s-eye glimpse of the moment when Ringo and Robert wheeled a birthday cake on stage at the end of the Palladium show here:
The UK’s Guardian newspaper hailed the London concert as a “rare, authentic rock ‘n’ roll jamboree.” In his review, Mark Beaumont wrote: “Across an hour of boogie, blues and country covers, from Roy Orbison’s ‘Down the Line’ to his famed take on Big Maybelle’s ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,’ he hammers away with a spirit of dextrous abandon little dimmed since his riot-inducing heyday.”
Pierre Perrone in The Independent added that Jerry Lee was “still on fire,” noting that he “more than lived up to the expectations of the pan-generational audience who had made it a sell-out.” Lewis currently has two further shows lined up for next month, in Beaumont, Texas on October 3 and at B.B. King’s Club in New York on the 23rd.