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Thread #161722 Message #3845593
Posted By: Helen
18-Mar-17 - 11:24 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Chuck Berry (1926-2017)
Subject: RE: Obit: Chuck Berry (1926-2017)
In the mid 80's, I think, I convinced a couple of workmates to go to a Chuck Berry performance in Newcastle, Oz. He was on tour and there was a strike with the airlines, or maybe bad weather stopped planes going from Sydney (NSW) to Brisbane (QLD) and I happened to hear on the radio that Chuck Berry was going to be at a small local venue that night in Newcastle instead.
As I recall, it was a solo performance - either that or Mr Berry was so mesmerising that the rest of the band made no impression on my memory at all. His performance was stunning. The sad thing was that there were only about 50 people in the audience, but Mr Berry performed with the same energy and focus as he would have if there were thousands of people there.
It's one of the best memories of my life.