Jerry Lee Lewis Opening Nighclub on Beale

Jerry Lee Lewis Opening Nighclub on Beale

Rock and roll’s original “bad boy” is coming to Beale Street. After decades of performing in clubs, Lewis is switching sides and becoming a club owner.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - There’s a whole lot of shakin’ goin’ on. Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the legends of rock and roll, will soon be rocking the Mid-South again, performing May 4th for Memphis In May. But, even before that, rock and roll’s original “bad boy” is coming to Beale Street. After decades of performing in clubs, Lewis is switching sides and becoming a club owner.

Several special events will mark the opening of Lewis’ club, the Jerry Lee Lewis Café and Honky Tonk on April 23, including a parade and the world premier of “The Killer’s Back” - a documentary of his life.

“It’s a beautiful club,” Lewis told abc24.com, “it’s really a knockout place.”

Creating his own clubs wasn’t taken lightly by “The Killer.”

"I’m excited about it,” said Lewis, “I waited a long time before I decided to do that.”

Jerry will play at his own place occasionally, but said there are other reasons to go there.

“Well, they’ll see good shows there and get the best food in town.”

Customers will also get plenty of memorabilia, like the piano Lewis used for his Sun Records audition in the 1950’s.

“They mortgaged their house to buy this piano,” said Drew Chittom, the managing partner of Lewis’ new Honky Tonk, “it will be very, very protected.”

Still, Lewis will be the main attraction.

“This man was the first inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Leon Griffin told abc24.com. Griffin calls himself a music preservationist.

“I was inducted first,” said Lewis, “Elvis was inducted second.”

Lewis said being located on Beale Street with his new business venture will be an honor.

“I like it, that’s why I decided to go on Beale Street,” he said.

“The man has lived not only a rock and roll dream,” said Griffin, “but I think the American dream.”

“I figured it was time to get it on,” Lewis stated.
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