“Jerry Lee Lewis is expected to fully recover with aggressive and intensive rehab. From what I have seen thus far, he is heading in the right direction,” Dr. Rohini Bhole, the star’s neurologist, said according to a statement released on Tuesday, March 19. The 83-year-old has also, apparently, been moved to a rehabilitation center and his recent health issues have caused him to cancel upcoming shows, his rep Zach Farnum revealed.
“As such, Jerry Lee Lewis will, unfortunately, have to cancel his appearances on April 28 at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, May 18 at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee and on June 8 at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia,” Farnum said. “The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer greatly appreciates the prayers and well wishes he’s received from fans all over the world. He wants them to know he can’t wait to get back onstage and into the studio to make his gospel record.”
The “Great Balls of Fire” singer is one of the most recognizable hitmakers in music history, having hits in both the country and rock genres. When not performing, Jerry Lee has said “I do” seven times in his life, most recently to Judith Brown, whom he has been married to since 2012. The pianist also has six kids.
And while Jerry Lee doesn’t tour as much as he used to, he once told People how much he enjoys performing in front of a big audience. “It depends on the crowd. I feel the crowd out on the first song,” he told the outlet. “I want to look into their eyes and see the emotion … Sometimes the commotion, too! It always works out good either way; I give them what they want.” He added, “I just love music. I’m a musical person. I live for my music.”
Get better soon, Jerry Lee!