Mohegan Sun, Uncasville Connecticutt 29.04. 2001
(photographs copyright 2001 by tim congdon any use of the photographs without permission is prohibited. )
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Jerry Lee is still not well, he still has pneumonia and almost didn't come to do the show, which was only 27 minutes long.
But he sounded pretty good, he did a great job. (Tim Congdon)
Report from Kay Martin:
On Sunday, April 29th, Jerry Lee Lewis performed at the Uncas Pavilion, a 5,000 seat arena connected to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncas, Connecticut. He did a wonderful set as the feature act, capping off a show that consisted mainly of doo-wop groups singing oldies. Richard Nader, the promoter, announced a 15-20 minute intermission and promised that the Killer would come on thereafter. Jerry's plane had landed while the prior acts were on stage. He and the band arrived as they went off. Kenneth hustled on stage to set up the equipment, and, although security guards were adamant that I was not allowed backstage, I was able to visit with Jerry in his dressing roonm for the rest of the "intermission" until his band started their last number. He told me that the five days he had spent in the hospital for pneumonia had not been enough and that he felt he should have stayed another five to recuperate. I explained that security people at this venue would not let his friends who were with me come backstage to visit. He apologized for not being able to stay after the show and sent everyone his personal regards. Jerry was introduced on stage to great applause and he explained to everyone that he was still not feeling 100% due to the recent bout of pneumonia, but that he would give it his best, which he DID! The playlist included: a song each by B.B. Cunningham, the bass player; Bill Strom, the organ player; and Kenny Lovelace, who needs no introduction! Probably not in order and probably missing a song or two, Jerry did about a half an hour or more of music, including: Sweet Little 16, You Win Again, Roll Over Beethoven, Georgia On My Mind, Before The Night Is Over You'll Be In Love (one of our favorites!), Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave (another), Chantilly Lace, and he closed with Great Balls of Fire. No encore. No Whole Lot of Shakin!! The Killer left the building. He sounded WONDERFUL and the piano was cranked up and rockin'. But the bad news is that the pictures of Jerry that I took on stage are badly out of focus. The overzealous security guards would not let us close enough to the stage to get good photos, so we focused on the video screen (one on either side of the stage with dynamite coverage!) to get really good pictures. The two I got of Jerry actually performing are eminently forgettable. Sorry. You can see all my pictures at http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=179421&a=12860931&f=0. Tim's photos are on other JLL sites in Italy and Germany. We weren't allowed to take pictures with flash or use video cameras. One of the security guards was sitting in the aisle, just to the right of us. In the front row of our section (we were in the second row) were a bunch of Jerry's fans from Connecticut who were SO helpful. It was funny as can be -- Each of them would get up to talk to the guard and block his view of our flashing cameras! He must have suspected SOMETHING was up, but he was cool and didn't tell us to quit. Thanks, gals!!! The group of fans who were at Mohegan Sun (in our photos) include John from Connecticut, Kirk from Maine, Kathleen from New York City, Tim and his son Zach from north of Albany, and Don & Linda from Queens and me from Brooklyn. We also met David from Maine and others. After the show, we had an impromptu fan club meeting in the food court and exchanged peeks at the various JLL memorabilia that we had been carrying. Because we had such a good time, it is my suggestion that World Fan Club members take the opportunity to convene at Jerry's shows. If you're interested, let me know and we'll try to arrange it. Oh, and one last thought in review of Mohegan Sun: I have seen Jerry in Atlantic City and at Foxwoods. If I were a gambler, I'd opt for Foxwoods, which leaves Mohegan Sun in the dust! Everything at Mohegan Sun was overpriced. There were long lines for tasteless food at the food court. Foxwoods was fabulous. Mohegan Sun was a pale imitation.
Just my opinions.....