Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum/Janet MacoskaChuck Berry was honored Saturday night at a star-studded concert at the Playhouse Square's State Theater in Cleveland that marked the finale of series of tribute events as part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's 17th annual American Music Masters series. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the 86-year-old rock legend took the stage at the end of the show, performing his classics "Johnny B. Goode" and "Reelin' and Rockin'," and doing his trademark duck walk to an adoring crowd.
Berry also was presented with a special American Music Masters award from Rock Hall president and CEO Terry Stewart. Among the many luminaries who performed at the show were Rick Derringer, The Isley Brothers' Ernie Isley, New York Dolls singer David Johansen, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister, and Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels.
Earlier that day, during a chat with members of the press, Berry admitted that his musical abilities were fading. "I'll give you a little piece of poetry. Give you a song, I can't do that," he declared. "My singing days have passed. My voice is gone. My throat is worn. And my lungs are going fast."
Berry added, however, that he won't consider retiring. "That shall never be as far as I am able to see a little, hear a little and do but a little," he said. "I want to perform. It's in my genes."
Berry also announced that he still wants to put out some new music, revealing that he has six songs he'd like to release. "As soon as I can get someone to guide me -- and I do know a little about the business -- I want to push them out," he said during the press conference, Billboard reports.
Berry explained that the tunes, which he wrote about 16 years ago, "are the same type of music that I have been playing."
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