Westbury Music Fair Westbury, NY, (06-07.06.2003):

 

Report and photos from Kay Martin:

(photographs copyright by Kay Martin any use of the photographs without permission is prohibited. )

 

 

Westbury Music Fair is a theater located just about in the center of Long Island. Many big music acts appear
on their revolving stage year round. Every seat offers an excellent view of the performer. Jerry Lee
Lewis has played this venue many times in the past. We were looking forward to this appearance for quite
some time and were happy that he was booked for a Friday AND Saturday, headlining with Dion.
Friday night, I arrived at Westbury about 7:15 with Jerry K from Yonkers, Barrie Gamblin from London (who
writes for the Fireball Mail magazine) who was in NYC for a week, and we met a few people there that had
been at the 2002 Convention and on the Ferriday Ride.

We were waiting outside for Jerry, but 8 p.m. went by with no Killer in sight. I went inside the theater
and heard the MC from WCBS-FM say that JLL's plane had been delayed and that Dion was going to go on first
and do a long show. Jerry WOULD be there, he said, but later -- and would do a full show.... so if anyone
thought that would be too late and didn't want to wait for JLL, they could exchange their Friday tickets then
for the Saturday night show. I went back out behind the place to tell our friends who were waiting there
what was going on. Very few cars left the parking lot, so I guessed everybody decided to stay. We went
out for a bite to eat while Dion was on and returned in about an hour. FINALLY the Lewis entourage showed
up. What had happened? The Lear jet that was sent to take them from Memphis to Long Island wouldn't
start!!! They tried fixing whatever mechanically, but Jerry wouldn't set foot on it. So the company sent
him ANOTHER plane from Nashville, which took a couple of hours to actually arrive. That put him behind a
couple of hours to get to Westbury, BUT the show he put on was wonderful. He sounded better than ever and
the piano was really, really going great. It was one of the best shows I've seen him do in a long time.

The playlist:
Roll Over Beethoven
C C Rider
Sweet Little Sixteen (with a story about Chuck Berry
writing this song on a plane)
Before the Night Is Over
Over the Rainbow
She Even Woke Me Up toSay Goodbye
Johnny B. Goode
You Win Again
Boogie Woogie Country Man
Don't Put No Headstone On My Grave
Chantilly Lace
Rockin' My Life Away
Don't Want to Be Lonely Tonight
(at my request) Who Will The Next Fool Be
Whole Lotta Shakin
Great Balls of Fire

We spoke only briefly after he came off, but promised to get together on Saturday.

Saturday, the weather was miserable, foggy and raining, as it has been in this area for it seems at
least a month! Because of the weather, it took Jerry's limo much longer to get to the venue from his
hotel than anticipated. Jerry's band had done a few numbers before he got there, but after Jerry took the
stage, he had barely warmed up and was getting going when J.W. went up and whispered to Kenny, who passed
the message on to Jerry: he had to get off the stage soon so Dion could get on to do his part of the show.
They have a strict 11 p.m. curfew there, and so Jerry finished that song, did WLSGO, GBOF and got the heck
off....

The playlist for Saturday night, which began with four
numbers from The Killer Band:
Roll Over Beethoven
You Win Again
Mona Lisa (extended rock & roll!)
Sweet Little Sixteen
Over the Rainbow
Boogie Woogie Man From Tennessee
Whole Lotta Shakin'
Great Balls of Fire


He was still wound up, so he went into his dressing room instead of immediately going to the limo. He was
followed by everyone. Dion came in and had Jerry sign a belt or a guitar strap which he planned to auction
off for charity. Many other artists had planted their autograph on it; I recognized Chuck Berry's name....
After about a half hour, Jerry went off in the limo to go home.