Russell started as a session musician, and soon became part of Phil Spector’s studio group, featured on keyboards in many of the 1960s most popular songs. In 1969, after writing “Delta Lady,” Russell organized and starred in Joe Cocker’s groundbreaking “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour. His songs “Superstar,” “This Masquerade” and “A Song for You” become classics for artists as varied as Rita Coolidge, The Carpenters, George Benson, Christina Aguliera and Sonic Youth.
Russell’s 1972 hit “Tight Rope” put him in the performing spotlight. His instantly-recognizable voice and piano playing continue to inspire today’s generation of musicians, as evidenced by Russell’s special performance with the Zac Brown Band on the 2010 Grammy Awards. This past winter, Leon went back into the studio to record several songs he wrote in collaboration with Elton John and Bernie Taupin for Elton’s upcoming album produced by T-Bone Burnett.
“From The Byrds to the Beatles, Leon Russell has been an indelible part of many of the greatest records in rock ‘n’ roll history,” said Ray Solley, Executive Director of the Tower Theatre Foundation. “This promises to be one of the more memorable shows of the summer – and probably the year!”
Opening for Russell will be blues and rock guitarist Chris Simmons.
The Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic venue in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to provide performing arts, civic, educational and social events that enliven and enrich the lives of all Central Oregonians. Program information, group discounts, gift certificates and individual tickets are available at the Tower Theatre box office, or at www.towertheatre.org.
What: Leon Russell
with Chris Simmons
When: Tuesday, July 27 – 8 pm
Where: Tower Theatre - 835 NW Wall Street - Bend, Oregon
Tickets: $30 & $35 – Reserved Seating
541-317-0700 or TowerTheatre.org