Ticket refunds coming for Leon Russell's January concert in Clearwater
Seems like just last month we were musing how it's never a good sign when an older artist has to postpone a show twice due to health reasons.
Sadly, in the case of Leon Russell, we now know just how bad a sign it was.
The legendary rock sideman and session man, one of music's most colorful characters for more than five decades, died over the weekend at home in Nashville.
In addition to a half-century of hits and tours with artists like Joe Cocker, Elton John and Willie Nelson, he left behind a tour schedule full of dates -- including one at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre that had been rescheduled for Jan. 26. Tickets to that show will be automatically refunded. Call the box office, (727) 791-7400, with questions.
We were all hoping the pianist and songwriter (A Song For You, Delta Lady, This Masquerade) would make it to town for one last performance, but it was not to be. But he leaves behind a legacy as a true rock 'n' roll original, blending boogie-woogie, soul and roots music into a uniquely American sonic gumbo that made him one of the music world's most recognized, and respected, figures.
-- Jay Cridlin