Fats Returns For First Post-katrina Showby Contributor | 21 May 2007
Rhythm and blues legend Fats Domino has played his first gig since being rescued from Hurricane Katrina nearly two years ago.
The 79-year-old singer performed past hits including Blueberry Hill, Blue Monday and I'm Walkin' in New Orleans with saxophonist Herbert Hardesty, his long-time musical partner, in a special gig for charity.
One-fifth of funds raised from the gig will go straight to Fats himself however, for the rock'n'roll legend was a personal victim of the 2005 natural disaster which has devastated his home city.
Domino had to be rescued by boat after deciding to brave the storm. He lost his pianos and gold and platinum records in the flooding which followed.
Having not performed in public since May 2005 in Mississippi, his latest gig proved a popular one with fans anxious to hear the icon yet again.
Quint Davis, producer of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, told the Associated Press news agency that the occasion had been "emotional".
"There were a lot of people crying, people close to him. It wasn't that the music was living again for us. It wasn't about us. It was about Fats. Fats himself got to experience it again," he said.