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Chuck Berry Collapses at Chicago Concert; Exhaustion Cited January 2, 2011

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.
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Chuck Berry collapsed over an accompanist’s keyboard while being taken offstage during the packed “Chuck Berry’s Winter Dance Party” concert Saturday night in Chicago. The 84-year-old rocker was unable to finish the show.

The “Johnny B. Goode” singer, who picked up his guitar again about 15 minutes after falling ill in an attempt to continue the night, was taken offstage again to be examined by paramedics, then returned to thank fans who’d waited around, doing a bit of his signature “duck walk” as he left for good.

Berry had performed two New Year’s Eve shows at B.B. King Blues Club in New York the night before.

After starting with his hit “Roll Over Beethoven” and pulling off a couple other songs, things began to deteriorate, the Chicago Tribune said.

Petryshyn said Berry “felt faint, he felt weak, and I was told to call 911.”

One song later, he was done.

“He may be working harder than he should,” pianist Vijay Tellis-Nayak told the Trib.

Staffers at Chicago’s Hard Rock Hotel, where Berry was staying, said he looked good when they saw him Sunday morning. The Associated Press reported he’d been feeling ill before the show started on Saturday.