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Chuck Berry Ill

Chuck Berry Ill - Chuck Berry collapsed over an accompanist's keyboard while being taken offstage during the packed "Chuck Berry's Winter Dance Party" concert Saturday night in Chicago. The 84-year-old rocker was unable to finish the show.

The "Johnny B. Goode" singer, who picked up his guitar again about 15 minutes after falling ill in an attempt to continue the night, was taken offstage again to be examined by paramedics, then returned to thank fans who'd waited around, doing a bit of his signature "duck walk" as he left for good.

Chuck Berry Ill

He declined to be taken to a hospital after the show, with his rep saying "last-night exhaustion" was to blame. Berry had performed two New Year's Eve shows at B.B. King Blues Club in New York the night before.

After starting with his hit "Roll Over Beethoven" and pulling off a couple other songs, things began to deteriorate, the Chicago Tribune said.

"Fifteen minutes into the set it went from fine to something wasn't right," concert promoter Michael Petryshyn said. "He was starting songs mid-song, playing 15 seconds of a song." Petryshyn said Berry "felt faint, he felt weak, and I was told to call 911."

Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2011/01/chuck-berry-collapses-concert-exhaustion.html

Chuck Berry Ill

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