Chuck Berry collapses on keyboard during performance in Chicago

Legendary rock and roller, Chuck Berry collapsed over his keyboard during his “Winter Dance” show last night (Saturday 1st January) at the Congress Theater in Chicago.

The 84-year-old Berry’s head lay on a keyboard, and he didn’t move for a couple of minutes before he was helped off stage by three people shortly before 10:30 p.m. He returned 20 minutes later after most of the auditorium had cleared out. He tuned up his guitar and tried to play before telling the audience he had no strength. He then did a variation of his legendary duck walk off stage.

A Chicago Fire Department ambulance was called to the theater on the Northwest Side, and emergency crews gave Berry a check-up at the scene, Fire Department Spokesman Joe Roccasalva said. But he said he “felt better” and signed a refusal for further medical treatment, Roccasalva said.

Berry flew into Chicago after performing two New Year’s Eve shows at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in New York City.

84 year old Berry became an international star in 1950s, and broke racial boundaries with his contribution to rock and roll and popular music. A Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, the icon is heralded by much of the media (including the Rolling Stone) as one of the greatest artists of all time. “Maybellene”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “Rock and Roll Music” and “Johnny B. Goode” are some of his biggest hits.

Via Chicago Sun-Times