Juliette Lewis came out and rocked the Fonda Theatre last Thursday night. Clad in skin tight black leggings, white stiletto boots, and a funky white top with shoulder pads made of feathers — Lewis made her flavorful presence known. No longer touring with The Licks, Lewis was now rolling solo as “Juliette Lewis” (and a backing band).
Lewis kicked off her performance with “Hot Kiss.” By the second song, I was standing right in front of her; she looked deep into my lens and then she decided to use my camera lens as a foot rest. Normally I would call this a jerk move, but it was actually pretty damn rock ‘n’ roll. It’s not the first time my camera has been toyed with by an artist. Marilyn Manson once grabbed my camera, and Mike “Gabby” Gaborno (Cadilac Tramps) actually took my camera out of my hand one night when they were playing with Reverend Horton Heat. It happens…
As the night grew hot and sweaty with Lewis’ explosive performance, the fiery rock woman went on to do a rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary.” Lewis started off nice and slow with Tina’s bit, then finished the iconic number nice and hard. She did a spectacular cover that really got the crowd moving. Also to note, Lewis rocked the hell out of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.”
Ending the night with “You’re Speaking My Language, ” Lewis took a swift dive into the crowd for an exciting crowd surf. At one point she was completely inverted! Thank goodness the crowd did not drop her on her head (it got a little gnarly).
Overall it was a thrilling show. Juliette Lewis is an artist that really brings the energy to the stage and also gets the crowd moving. It’s impossible to see her live and not feel the thick energy and excitement in the room.
Opening up for Juliette Lewis was San Diego’s The New Regime. These guys were put on the bill kinda last minute and flew over directly from another show in Colorado to be there Thursday night. Check out photos of them, along with Juliette Lewis below.
Words and Photography: Wes Marsala
Written for Grimy Goods, August 1, 2016