Friday, January 27, 2012

Leon Russell Turns 70 Soon

Leon Russell's birthday bash will be 7 p.m. April 14 at the Brady Theater.

 It's the 26th consecutive year the legendary pianoman's celebrated his birthday in Green Country. Opening act will be Glen Templeton.

Russell turns 70 this year. Raised in Tulsa, Russell once ran his Shelter records from the Church Studio in the Pearl District near downtown Tulsa. "The night will include special video messages from friends such as Willie Nelson and Elton John, and include performances by Templeton with Russell as his own headliner," said event promoter Steve Todoroff.

 Russell recorded on Templeton's single "Fixer Upper." This will be their first concert appearance together since the recording, Templeton's publicist said. Russell is a well-known studio musician and in 2011 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by one of his biggest fans, Elton John.

 The show is all-ages. Tickets are $35 and $40, plus fees, available at Reasor's and Starship Records, in Oklahoma City at Buy for Less, by calling 866-977-6849 or online at Doors open at 7 p.m.  - Tulsa World

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