It was that breakout appearance on Saturday Night Live in 1979 that first introduced the world to Rickie Lee Jones. She performed “Chuck E’s in Love” and “Coolsville” from the self titled debut release that later won her the Grammy for Best New Artist. That was followed up with the successful and critically acclaimed Pirates which only sent her further into music super stardom in 1981. Since then, she has recorded twelve more acclaimed albums but it’s those early songs that are most often requested by her fans. For the first time last year, Rickie Lee fully obliged and set out on tour and performed the songs from those two early recordings in full sequence. It’s no easy task to reach back to a self of 30 years ago and stand so firmly center stage, but Ms. Jones nailed it. And the crowd couldn’t be more pleased. We spoke to her near the end of the American leg of the tour where she graciously shared her thoughts on her lasting career, the amazing experience of revisiting her beginnings and the unexpected ghosts she met along the way.
Below watch Rickie Lee perform her 1979 classic track “Weasel and The White Boys Cool” taken from the soon to be released DVD Rickie Lee Jones Live in Stockholm.
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Photos credits: Rickie Lee Jones, Gina Vodegel, Dave Barnum, Greg Allen, Scott Cordaro, Albert Vicente, Pierre Wachholder, Geffen Records and Warner Bros. Records.