Jerry Lee Lewis was fresh off of a 17-hour stay in a Memphis hospital for a bad reaction to “antibiotics he was taking for the flu” when he arrived for an April 6, 1980 gig at the Youngstown Agora. He was in the hospital on Friday and was in Youngstown for the show on Sunday. He would play another show in Akron on Monday.
I’d like to say I know for certain that this was the Killer’s first show in Youngstown, but I can’t. There’s a strong possibility he played Stambaugh Auditorium in the ’50s (just like every other big star of the era), but finding information on that has been problematic.
WHAT THE SHOW SOUNDED LIKE: Here’s a show from Lyon, France in 1980.