Rock n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis will celebrate his 85th birthday in grand style with a star-studded livestream event planned for October 27th. Though the “Great Balls of Fire” singer actually reached the milestone back on September 29th, the virtual party will celebrate one of the last remaining architects of rock later this month.
Hosted by John Stamos, Whole Lotta Celebratin’ Goin’ On will feature virtual performances and appearances from Elton John, Willie Nelson, Bill Clinton, Joe Walsh, Mickey Gilley, Jimmy Swaggart, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Jones, Lee Ann Womack, Billy F. Gibbons, Chris Janson, Jacob Tolliver, James Burton, Jerry Phillips, Linda Gail Lewis, Lindsay Ell, Marty Stuart, Mike Love, Priscilla Presley, and Wink Martindale.
In addition to the myriad of musical performances, the livestream event will also feature an emotional reunion between Lewis and his cousins—televangelist Jimmy Swaggart and country music legend Mickey Gilley. All three men were born in small-town Louisiana during the Great Depression within the same 12 months, and rose to fame for vastly different reasons. On October 27th, the relatives will share the same room for the first time in 40 years.
[H/T Rolling Stone]