Bettye LaVette does Zeppelin on Leno last night. Watch.


From ace intern Patrick Higgins ...

We absolutely love Detroit-raised R & B singer Bettye LaVette around here. In fact, Ms. LaVette generated her signature voltage on Jay Leno’s stage last night. The roughly four-minute performance, which was Led Zeppelin’s 1979 nugget "All My Love," proved that her stage style has only gotten feistier with age. Note how she received a standing O.

Of course, she's no longer the puff-haired and twinkle-eyed starlet of "Let Me Down Easy," LaVette has long since taken full advantage of being host to a leaner face and a shorter and more chaotic, but no less stylish, thicket of hair. The Leno performance proved just how well she knows how to employ her body while singing, as she turned her attention to both sides of the crowd, back-and-forth in a fan-like manner, while delivering a flurry of neck-flexing vocals.

Lavette’s new album is called Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, which we recommend. Besides Zep, the album features renditions of songs from, among others, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and the Rolling Stones.


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.