Chuck Berry News 2004

Jan 1 / 2004

Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill, Jan 21

Chuck Berry will perform at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar, St. Louis, Missouri, January 21. Tickets on sale now! Music Rooms are 21+ only. Doors open at 8:00 pm. Guest: RIVER CITY BLUES at 9.00 pm. Venue info at (314) 727 0880. Advance tickets at Blueberry Hill (no service charge) or through Metrotix outlets and by phone at (314) 534 1111. Online at: www.blueberryhill.com

Source: www.blueberryhill.com


Jan 5 / 2004

Rock'n'Roll's 50th anniversary celebration starting July 5th, 2004

"Rock & Roll 50TH Anniversary®" is the official clearinghouse for the celebration of what promises to be one of the most important events of our lifetime. Starting date: July 5, 2004 - 50 years to the day that Elvis Presley, in the studio at Sun Records in Memphis, records "That's Alright Mama". Ending date: July 5, 2005.

During this period we see what was to become rock and roll developing, virtually simultaneously, in Memphis via Sam Phillips and Sun Records, and in Chicago with Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley for Chess Records. In the fall of 1954 Alan Freed officially attached a phrase he'd been using on his radio show for several years to a musical show he was producing, "The Rock & Roll Coronation Ball".

March 1955 saw the movie "Blackboard Jungle" released. The movie's opening scene features Bill Haley and the Comets performing "Rock Around The Clock" which then climbs to #1 on the charts and is generally credited as the first rock & roll song to hit #1. Chuck Berry recorded "Maybellene" May 21, 1955, and the song was a hit on Billboard Hot 100 in July 1955 (climbs to #5).

Other breakthrough rock & roll artists 1955 was Fats Domino and Little Richard. Soon followed Carl Perkins, Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Wanda Jackson and many more. Whatever the previous history might have been this one event introduced rock & roll to millions and it never looked back. More info at: www.rockandroll50th.com

Source: www.rockandroll50th.com


Jan 5 / 2004

Debut album from Chuck Berry and rock's first soundtrack album remastered and expanded in celebration of Rock'n'Roll's 50th anniversary

In 1954, Bill Haley & His Comets’ realised "Rock Around The Clock. It is one of many firsts now celebrated during the genre's 50th anniversary year. Along with the full-length debut albums from Haley and Buddy Holly (The "Chirping" Crickets), Geffen/UMe will issue digitally remastered and expanded editions of "After School Session", the debut album from Chuck Berry, and "Rock, Rock, Rock" the genre's first soundtrack album and the first album ever released by Chess Records, on February 10, 2004. Each features bonus tracks, the original liner notes and a new essay. "Rock, Rock, Rock" originally released in December 1956, included the four songs performed in the film plus previously released singles by them. Also heard on what was legendary Chess Records' first LP were the Berry classics "Maybellene" (#1 R&B/#5 pop), "Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)" (#2 R&B) and "Roll Over Beethoven" (#2 R&B/#29 pop). "After School Session" originally released in May 1957, was the second album from Chess and Berry's first. Included were every master completed during his first four recording sessions and not issued on "Rock, Rock, Rock" plus a pair of songs from his fifth session. The updated edition adds three of those "Rock, Rock, Rock" tracks: "Thirty Days", "You Can't Catch Me" and "Maybellene". But it was "School Day (Ring Ring Goes The Bell)", which charted the month prior to the album's release, that became the record's most successful track. Eventually #1 R&B/#3 pop, "School Day" featured the "Hail, hail rock'n'roll" lyric that became the title of a 1987 biopic/concert documentary on Berry, who in 2004 sees his rebellious offspring pass a major milestone. More info at: www.musicremedy.com

Source: www.musicremedy.com


Jan 28 / 2004

Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill, Feb 18

Chuck Berry will perform at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar, St. Louis, Missouri, February 18. Tickets on sale now! Music Rooms are 21+ only. Doors open at 8:00 pm. Guest: TBA at 9.00 pm. Venue info at (314) 727 0880. Advance tickets at Blueberry Hill (no service charge) or through Metrotix outlets and by phone at (314) 534 1111. Online at: www.blueberryhill.com

Source: www.blueberryhill.com


Feb 17 / 2004

Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill, Mar 17

Chuck Berry will perform at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar, St. Louis, Missouri, March 17. Tickets on sale Feb 18. Music Rooms are 21+ only. Doors open at 8:00 pm. Guest: TBA at 9.00 pm. Venue info at (314) 727 0880. Advance tickets at Blueberry Hill (no service charge) or through Metrotix outlets and by phone at (314) 534 1111. Online at: www.blueberryhill.com

Source: www.blueberryhill.com


Feb 17 / 2004

Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill, Apr 14

Chuck Berry will perform at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar, St. Louis, Missouri, April 14. Tickets on sale Mar 17. Music Rooms are 21+ only. Doors open at 8:00 pm. Guest: THE GREYHOUNDS at 9.00 pm. Venue info at (314) 727 0880. Advance tickets at Blueberry Hill (no service charge) or through Metrotix outlets and by phone at (314) 534 1111. Online at: www.blueberryhill.com

Source: www.blueberryhill.com


March 15 / 2004

Chuck Berry at TV live show "50 years of rock music" in Hannover, Germany, April 17

In the most successful German TV show "Wetten Dass" the host Thomas Gottschalk has announced a TV live show "50 years of rock music" who will take place in Hannover Preussag Arena, April 17, 2004. Gottschalk said "the show will be with Jethro Tull, Scorpions, Status Quo and the re-united Emerson Lake and Palmer and many more". The 3 hour show will show bands live on 3 stages and the greatest rock musicians will take part either live or with videos and interviews. Bands and musicans on stage will be Blood Sweat & Tears / David Clayton-Thomas, Bobby Kimball, Chuck Berry, Deep Purple, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Gary Brooker, Manfred Mann's Earthband, Mike Oldfield, Phil Collins, Reamonn, Shakin' Stevens, Suzi Quatro, The Rasmus and more.

Source: Thomas Gottschalk, www.quoticker.de, www.chuckberry.de


March 15 / 2004

"After School Session" will be reissued March 23

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of rock'n'roll, Chuck Berry's debut album "After School Session" will be reissued March 23 by Geffen/UME. In addition to such hits as "Too Much Monkey Business", "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" and "School Day" (Ring Ring Goes the Bell), the album is expanded with three songs that appeared on the previous year's "Rock, Rock, Rock" soundtrack: "Thirty Days (To Come Back Home)", "You Can't Catch Me" and "Maybellene". The Soundtrack album from "Rock, Rock, Rock" will be reissued the same day, also includes cuts by the Flamingos and the Moonglows that were heard in the film, plus previously released singles from each. The new version will add "Lonesome Train" (On a Lonesome Track) by Johnny Burnette's Rock'n'Roll Trio, "I'm Not a Juvenile Delinquent" by Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers and "Rock & Roll Boogie" by Alan Freed & His Rock'n'Roll Orchestra. More info at: www.amazon.com

Source: Billboard, Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.


Apr 2 / 2004

Chuck Berry cancelled appearance at "50 Jahre Rock" TV-Show in Hannover

Unfortunately Chuck Berry's performance at Hannover Preussag Arena, April 17, 2004, has been cancelled. No reason was given.
www.preussag-arena-hannover.de

Source: www.chuckberry.de


Apr 2 / 2004

Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill, May 12

Chuck Berry will perform at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar, St. Louis, Missouri, May 12. Tickets on sale Apr 14. Music Rooms are 21+ only. Doors open at 8:00 pm. Guest: TBA at 9.00 pm. Venue info at (314) 727 0880. Advance tickets at Blueberry Hill (no service charge) or through Metrotix outlets and by phone at (314) 534 1111. Online at: www.blueberryhill.com

Source: www.blueberryhill.com


Apr 2 / 2004

Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill, Jun 17

Chuck Berry will perform at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar, St. Louis, Missouri, Jun 17. Tickets on sale May 12. Music Rooms are 21+ only. Doors open at 8:00 pm. Guest: TBA at 9.00 pm. Venue info at (314) 727 0880. Advance tickets at Blueberry Hill (no service charge) or through Metrotix outlets and by phone at (314) 534 1111. Online at: www.blueberryhill.com

Source: www.blueberryhill.com


Apr 3 / 2004

Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis at Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England, Jun 28

Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis will appear at Civic Hall, Wolverhampton, England, Jun 28. Tickets on sale now. More info at: www.wolvescivic.co.uk

Source: www.chuckberry.de


Apr 3 / 2004

New CD with Jo Jo Gunne will be available soon

The original members of Jo Jo Gunne; Jay Ferguson, Mark Andes, Curly Smith and Matt Andes have completed the recording of the first Jo Jo Gunne album in 30 years. The New CD will be available very soon. More info at: www.jojogunne.com

Source: www.jojogunne.com


Apr 8 / 2004

Chuck Berry on tour in Europe, summer 2004

Chuck Berry will go on tour in Europe this summer (June and July). Also Jerry Lee Lewis will appear on the UK gigs. These concerts is on the schedule right now, but dates may be added:

Jun 28 - Wolverhampton / England / Civic Hall / w. Lewis
Jun 29 - Bradford / England / Town & Country Club / w. Lewis
Jun 30 - Vienne / France / Jazz A Vienne
Jul 02 - London / England / Royal Festival Hall / w. Lewis
Jul 03 - France / TBA
Jul 06 - Portsmouth / England / Portsmouth Guildhall / w. Lewis
Jul 07 - Brighton / England / Brighton Centre/ w. Lewis

Source: www.chuckberry.de


May 16 / 2004

New dates for the Chuck Berry european tour 2004

More tour dates has been added for the Chuck Berry european tour. These concerts is on the schedule right now:

Jun 27 - Edinburgh / Scotland / Edinburgh Playhouse
Jun 28 - Wolverhampton / England / Civic Hall / w. Lewis
Jun 29 - Bradford / England / Town & Country Club / w. Lewis
Jun 30 - Vienne / France / Jazz A Vienne
Jul 02 - London / England / Royal Festival Hall / w. Lewis
Jul 03 - Strasbourg / France / Palais De La Musique
Jul 04 - Monte Carlo / Monaco / Sporting Club
Jul 06 - Portsmouth / England / Portsmouth Guildhall / w. Lewis
Jul 07 - Brighton / England / Brighton Centre/ w. Lewis
Jul 08 - Cambridge / England / Corn Exchange
Jul 09 - Grimsby / England / Grimsby Auditorium
Jul 10 - Manchester / England / Opera House Manchester / w. Lewis
Jul 11 - Liverpool / England / Empire Theatre / w. Lewis
Jul 12 - Oxford / England / New Theatre
Jul 13 - Torquay / England / Princess Theatre

Source: www.chuckberry.de


June 6 / 2004

Sloan looks back at rock and roll

Sloan Museum, Flint, Michigan, explores the youthful exuberance and high emotions of rock performances with its new exhibit "30 Years of Rock and Roll" on display from May 29 through July 18. The show features 75 black and white photographs shown over the last three decades by Larry Hulst, as well as documents and other concert materials. Included are early rockers Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis; members of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who; folk musicians Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan; and punk and new wave artists Iggy Pop and Patty Smith. Michigan bands and musicians, such as Grand Funk Railroad, the Guilty Bystanders, M.C. Breed and others, are represented through a collection of albums, CDs and promotional materials. Sloan Museum is located at 1221 E. Kearsley, Michigan. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children age four through 11, free for children age three and under. More info at: www.sloanmuseum.com

Source: www.mlive.com


June 6 / 2004

New dates for the Chuck Berry european tour 2004

More tour dates has been added for the Chuck Berry european tour. These concerts is on the schedule right now:

Jun 27 - Edinburgh / Scotland / Edinburgh Playhouse
Jun 28 - Wolverhampton / England / Civic Hall / w. Lewis
Jun 29 - Bradford / England / Town & Country Club / w. Lewis
Jun 30 - Vienne / France / Jazz A Vienne / w. Ike Turner
Jul 02 - London / England / Royal Festival Hall / w. Lewis
Jul 03 - Strasbourg / France / Palais De La Musique
Jul 04 - Monte Carlo / Monaco / Sporting Club / w. Ike Turner
Jul 06 - Portsmouth / England / Portsmouth Guildhall / w. Lewis
Jul 07 - Brighton / England / Brighton Centre/ w. Lewis
Jul 08 - Cambridge / England / Corn Exchange
Jul 09 - Grimsby / England / Grimsby Auditorium
Jul 10 - Manchester / England / Opera House Manchester / w. Lewis
Jul 11 - Liverpool / England / Empire Theatre / w. Lewis
Jul 12 - Oxford / England / New Theatre
Jul 13 - Torquay / England / Princess Theatre
Jul 15 - Croydon / England / Fairfield Hall


More info about the concerts here

Source: www.pollstar.com


Nov 17 / 2004

Chuck Berry at Blueberry Hill, Dec 8

Chuck Berry will perform at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar, St. Louis, Missouri, Dec 8. Tickets on sale Now. Music Rooms are 21+ only. Doors open at 8:00 pm. Guest: MEET THE CLEAVERS at 9.00 pm. Venue info at (314) 727 0880. Advance tickets at Blueberry Hill (no service charge) or through Metrotix outlets and by phone at (314) 534 1111. Online at: www.blueberryhill.com

Source: www.blueberryhill.com


Nov 17 / 2004

"Johnny B. Goode" 7th at Rolling Stone list

Rolling Stone magazine has named the top 500 songs of all time in its new issue, and, well, the No. 1 song isn't exactly a complete unknown. Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" tops the list, compiled from votes by 172 critics and musicians that included Brian Wilson, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and others — in a special issue that hits newsstands Friday. Following Dylan is the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," John Lennon's "Imagine," Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and "Aretha Franklin's "Respect". Rounding out the top ten are "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys, "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, the Beatles' "Hey Jude," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," and Ray Charles' "What'd I Say". "Maybellene" is voted as 18th.

More info about the list here

Source: www.cbsnews.com


Nov 27 / 2004

Let The Good Times Roll - 50 Years Of Rock'n'Roll Tour

Chuck Berry would do an great tour to celebrate Rock'n'Roll's 50th anniversary. He is publicly recognized as one of the main influences of rock'n'roll. Voted No. 5 in "50 greatest artists of all time" (Rolling Stone Magazine) - more popular than Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Bob Marley, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder. "Johnny B. Goode" voted number 7 in Rolling Stone Magazine's "All time top 500 rock'n'roll songs" (19/11/04). Rolling Stone Magazine's No. 8 "Best guitar players of all time". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee (1986). 1985 recipient "Lifetime Achievement Award" (27th Annual Grammy Awards). One of the most covered/copied artists of all time (AC/DC, The Beatles, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones etc). The tour is starting at Zenith, Orleans, France, January 7th, 2005, and goes on for months. The last date right now is West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, at April 20th, 2005. Additional shows is reported to be announced soon. See also tour dates section on this site. Chuck Berry will tour in Europe together with: The Joe Richardson Express

Buy tickets to the shows here

Source: www.chuckberry.de


Dec 16 / 2004

DIBA: "The Legends of Rock'n'Roll Tour" in Europe, July 2005

The dutch promotor, DIBA International Concerts, announces on their website a new European tour of the "Legends of Rock'n'Roll": Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. Earlier Legends-tours took place in 1997, 1998 and 2000. This new tour is mentioned to take place in July 2005. Any further details are as yet unknown. Thanks to the new editon of the fanzine Fire Ball Mail for bringing this to our attention. More info at: DIBA International Concerts

Source: Fire Ball Mail and www.jerryleelewis.nl


Dec 18 / 2004

Chuck Berry back to Europe in March

New dates for "Let The Good Times Roll - 50 Years Of Rock'n'Roll Tour" has ben announced. Chuck Berry will be back in Europe in March. Right now it is two shows in france on the schedule; Elispace, Beauvais, on March 18, and, Zenith, Nancy, March 14, rescheduled from January 11. On this day (January 11) it has been added another show at Olympia, Paris, so there will be concerts at Olympia January 10 and 11. Additional shows for March is reported to be announced.

Source: www.chuckberry.de


Dec 20 / 2004

Chuck Berry's German shows cancelled

Chuck Berry's management has cancelled the two German shows in Munich and Berlin. Refunds at point of purchase. All other European shows will go on ahead as planned. The show at Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Mo, is scheduled for January 19.

Source: www.chuckberry.de


Dec 22 / 2004

Chuck Berry's first-ever Prague show

The world would be a much duller place without Chuck Berry, the man who influenced The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones just as much as those acts influenced modern music.

Now 78, the man behind Johnny B. Goode, No Particular Place To Go, Roll Over Beethoven and dozens of other rock'n'roll classics, plays his first-ever Prague show on January 16th, in the Lucerna passage's great hall. Berry's backing band will be The Joe Richardson Express, who are also playing in a support slot.

As with Jerry Lee Lewis's recent Prague show, the promoters are holding an afterparty in the adjoining Lucerna Music Bar, where there'll be a live set from the David Murphy Band, rock'n'roll DJs and a Pulp Fiction-style twist contest. More info at: www.prague.tv

Source: www.prague.tv


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