GET WELL SOON, CHUCK
Rock N' Roll legend Chuck
Berry collapsed onstage during a packed New Year's Day performance at the Congress Theatre in
According to Rolling Stone, Berry was an hour into his set when he
slumped over his keyboard, saying "I'm struggling," before venue staff members ushered him offstage for medical
attention. He returned 15 minutes later and attempted to tune his guitar, only to be escorted back offstage to be
examined by paramedics.
A review of the performance at Rolling Stone reports that he returned yet again, but this time the 84 year old Berry
relented and ended the show, saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, I've been trying to dig myself out of this hole that I'm
in. If I'm living next New Year's, I'm gonna walk on this stage and do a whole new show. I want to apologize."
that Berry's agent, Dick Alen, is blaming the events in Chicago on exhaustion. He said Berry
was feeling "tired but good," and heading home to rest in the St. Louis area. The New Year's
Day gig was Berry's third in two days. He played two shows on New Year's Eve the night before at B.B. King Blues
Club in New York City.
Chuck Berry is scheduled to perform again on January. 19 at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis, MO, where he performs a
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