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Seeing him perform in 2009 down the block from where I lived is one of the things that made attending Washington University in St. Louis totally worth it!
posted by ChuraChura at 9:24 PM on October 24, 2015 [2 favorites]


Can MetaFilter have a new rule? Every front page post about any human being who is older than 70 must be phrased in this way:

Chuck Berry, who is still alive by the way, was born in 1926. Here he is performing...

Because otherwise my heart skips a beat every time!
posted by rokusan at 10:01 PM on October 24, 2015 [51 favorites]


This is so funny - I agree, Rokusan
posted by growabrain at 10:12 PM on October 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Wow, Huron I wish I could favorite this first link many times
posted by growabrain at 10:25 PM on October 24, 2015


I found out he was still performing live when we moved to St Louis a couple years back, and I was over the moon about it! I asked every St Louis native I met about it, and they were surprisingly chill about the whole thing, all, "Oh yeah, he does monthly shows at Blueberry Hill," like it was the most normal thing in the world. I'd had no idea. It was like if all the locals had been like "oh yeah, Jesus of Nazareth lives here, you can have dinner with him on alternate tuesdays, I keep meaning to check him out"

Anyway, we went to see him in 2014, and in his old age, he's heavily supported by his children in his live shows; his son is easily his equal at guitar, and his daughter has a fucking phenomenal singing voice.
posted by Greg Nog at 10:52 PM on October 24, 2015 [11 favorites]


sigh, I got to St Louis just a little too late, he's not doing monthly shows anymore. Hope he's doing ok.
posted by ghostbikes at 11:26 PM on October 24, 2015 [1 favorite]


Man he's all over the place. I guess good on him for keeping on going, but it's like he's playing the song for the first time. He does ok with the intro but then he has no idea what to play. And he can't get to the melody of the vocal part at all.

That said - he is Chuck Berry and he can do what he likes.
posted by awfurby at 11:47 PM on October 24, 2015


That said - he is Chuck Berry and he can do what he likes.

Technically speaking, not correct, if you remember various items about secret cameras in women's bathrooms, etc.
posted by C.A.S. at 2:07 AM on October 25, 2015 [5 favorites]


My son is eleven years old and learning guitar. He's pretty good, and a few weeks ago he flippantly asked his teacher for this song. His teacher eyed him, shrugged, and started writing it down so they could play.

I think my son expected it to be easy because it was old and because we explained how it wasn't especially complex. But it really was hard for him to play, and he asked for "The Christmas Song" three lessons later when his teacher finally let him be done with the Berry tune. :7)

Still an awesome song.
posted by wenestvedt at 4:18 AM on October 25, 2015 [2 favorites]


Rock and roll never dies.
posted by kinnakeet at 4:39 AM on October 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


His eyes when Yoko gets her Yoko on.
posted by _aa_ at 5:50 AM on October 25, 2015 [4 favorites]


Man he's all over the place. I guess good on him for keeping on going, but it's like he's playing the song for the first time. He does ok with the intro but then he has no idea what to play. And he can't get to the melody of the vocal part at all.

I for one don't blame him for wanting to explore the possibilities of the form, after all these years
posted by thelonius at 6:50 AM on October 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


If you're still playing shows that sell out within about 20 minutes of tickets going on sale at 89, I guess you can critique his form.
posted by ChuraChura at 7:57 AM on October 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


A performed on November 12, 1955.

(You all re-watched those this week, right?)
posted by Brian Puccio at 8:16 AM on October 25, 2015


If you're still playing shows that sell out within about 20 minutes of tickets going on sale at 89, I guess you can critique his form.

You still get queues to go and look at Lenin's corpse but his oratory leaves a little to be desired.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 9:46 AM on October 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


YES HE IS OLD. You'll be old someday yourself -- if you're lucky -- and I hope people treat you with love and respect when it happens.
posted by JHarris at 2:30 PM on October 25, 2015 [3 favorites]


Pretty sure Chuck's not reading the Youtube comments. Go, grand-dad, go!
posted by Scram at 3:17 PM on October 25, 2015


The mobile version of the wiki page on this song is either still up as an official gag, or has as of yet escaped detection.
posted by sourwookie at 7:41 PM on October 25, 2015 [1 favorite]


keep on pluckin chuck.
posted by mule98J at 8:38 AM on October 26, 2015


How's his cousin Marvin doing?
posted by the phlegmatic king at 8:44 AM on October 26, 2015


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