Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Soundcheck: Leon Russell at the UT

Posted By on Wed, Oct 26, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Three things to get you ready for tonight's show featuring the recent Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductee.

1. The Russell resurgence
For most, Russell is best known for his work in the late '60s and early '70s. A whole new generation, however, met him through Elton John. The two collaborated on The Union, a double album produced by T-Bone Burnett that reached as high as No. 3 on last year's Billboard charts. They even played "SNL" together and were interviewed on "The View." Here's the background of that album.

2. Old-school Russell
We're all for career second-acts (third acts?), but Russell's influential old-school stuff shouldn't be forgotten. Like this 1970 clip of him doing "Delta Lady."

3. This will be at least the second most-popular Russell performance of the week
Last year Russell and Elton John played at the annual Bridge School benefit concert that's hosted by Neil Young and attended by a who's-who of musical talent. You can catch a clip of it below. That performance, along with dozens of others, was released on a 3 DVD/2 CD set Monday as part of the benefit's 25th anniversary. Others featured in the set: Paul McCartney, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, the Who, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Simon and Garfunkel, Patti Smith, Tom Waits, and, of course, Young. The Bridge School is a nonprofit run by Neil and Pegi Young, and dedicated to students with severe speech and physical impairments.

Tickets for tonight's show start at $31.50 and can be purchased through GrizTix.

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