I've not heard back from Leon Russell's press reps about an interview (see my August 31 blog) but my good luck continues ... the good people at Dallas' historic Granada Theatre have set aside two tickets for me for Russell's Thursday show.
Billed as the "Last Ever Small Venue Tour," this leg of Russell's latest schedule will probably feature some tunes from his new CD with Sir Elton John. "The Union" is due out in October.
For me, however, it's the old tunes that will highlight the evening. I've been a fan for a long time ... since I was a sophomore in high school ... in the days before air conditioned class rooms, computers and mp3 players. Like Russell, I played piano ... just not nearly quite as well as the boy from Oklahoma.
I look forward to hearing "A Song for You," "Delta Lady," "Back to the Islands," "Stranger in a Strange Land," "Roll Away the Stone," and "Hummingbird."
In recent years, I've seen Russell in Waco and Big State and he hasn't missed a beat. He walks with two canes (a result of hip or knee replacements, depending on what Internet source you read), but once he sits down at the keyboards, he rocks.
He doesn't talk between songs ... not his style. He just walks on stage, sits down and starts playing. When you're Leon Russell, you don't need to explain the magic.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Thursday. The music begins at 8 p.m.
General admission tickets are $26.50. Reserved tickets are $39.
For more information, visit www.granadatheatre.com
Look for my review of the show in an upcoming edition of your News-Telegram.
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