The announcement of the gigs coincides with the paperback publication of the singer's memoir, Jerry Lee Lewis - His Own Story, in which he told his story to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Bragg. The book chronicles Lewis' impoverished upbringing in Ferriday, Louisiana, and his rise to fame in the 1950s with the classic rock'n'roll songs Great Balls of Fire and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On.
Scandal and comeback
At the height of his fame in 1958, Lewis was making his debut tour of England when news broke of his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra. The resulting scandal stalled his career, although he returned to the British Top 10 with his cover of the Ray Charles song What'd I Say in 1961.
In 1968, Lewis switched to country music and had a string of American hits in that format that stretched into the 1980s, including the number one hits To Make Love Sweeter For You and Would You Take Another Chance On Me..
Million Dollar Quartet
Lewis' life was turned into a film, Great Balls of Fire, starring Dennis Quaid, in 1989. His most recent album, Rock & Roll Time, was released last year. But despite the announcement of his farewell concerts, Lewis, who turns 80 on September 29, says he has another album in the works. "It will be Jerry Lee Lewis all the way - rock and Jerry Lee-style country blues," said the artist, who goes by the nickname The Killer. #Celebrities