Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All-Star Musicians Honor Rock 'N' Roll Legend Berry; Review; Video Clips of Berry Performing Highlight Show

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

All-Star Musicians Honor Rock 'N' Roll Legend Berry; Review; Video Clips of Berry Performing Highlight Show

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CLEVELAND - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president and CEO told the crowd at Saturday night's sold-out tribute concert to Chuck Berry the evening would be a "whole boogaloo of artists coming at you like a freight train."

He couldn't have said any truer words.

Merle Haggard, Ernie Isley, Run-D.M.C.'s Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Ronnie Hawkins, Joe Bonamassa, Vernon Reid of Living Colour and many more were among the artists paying tribute to Berry by way of performing his music during an evening Berry will surely never forget.

And if those names and others weren't enough, the concert was capped by a brief performance from Berry himself, as he and his band performed "Johnny B. Goode" and "Reelin' and Rockin,'" complete with a duck walk from Berry, followed by a sprawling all-star jam session of the appropriate "Rock and Roll Music."

The concert, at PlayhouseSquare's State Theatre in downtown Cleveland, wrapped up the weeklong 17th Annual American Music Masters' "Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry."

Most of the events took place at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; Berry was its first inductee in 1986. Each year, the American Music Masters series devotes itself to one past Rock Hall inductee.

The nearly three-hour concert, which featured vintage video clips of Berry in his prime, played out like an old school revue. Acts, a cool mix of the well-known and the not-so-famous, came on and off the stage in rapid succession, solo or as part of special duos.

But none of the performances could compare to classic clips of music legend Berry performing "Oh Baby Doll," "Little Queenie" or "Maybellene."

The house band backing all the acts except for Berry featured band leader Bobby Wood, bassist David Hood, organist Bobby Emmons, keyboardist Shane Keister, guitarist Chris Leuzinger, drummer Milton Sledge and singers Kabanya-Chemise, George Pendergrass and Drea Rhenee. …

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