Lemmy, Slash, Zakk Wylde and the Foo Fighters Join Forces, Cover Chuck Berry: Video

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How much rock royalty can you fit on one stage?
This past weekend Dave Grohl threw himself one hell of an early birthday party. The ubiquitous Foo Fighters frontman, who turns 46 tomorrow, showcased a who's who of rock talent Saturday at the Forum in Los Angeles, with appearances by Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, David Lee Roth, Zakk Wylde, Lemmy Kilmeister, Tenacious D, Slash, Perry Farrell and Trombone Shorty.

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Chuck Berry Hasn't Played His Monthly Blueberry Hill Gig Since October

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Steve Truesdell
Chuck Berry addresses the crowd during an October 2013 show at Blueberry Hill.
Chuck Berry's nearly two-decade residency at Blueberry Hill is the stuff of legends, chronicled in publications including Rolling Stone, the Wall Street Journal and, of course, RFT Music. His October show marked the 209th consecutive gig at the venue.

"No other superstar rock & roller has played that many shows in one single venue," says Berry's long-time friend and owner of Blueberry Hill, Joe Edwards. "He's played every single month from 1996 through his 88th birthday week in October 2014."

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Watch Chuck Berry Perform "Johnny B. Goode" 50 Years Ago

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Screenshot from the video.
Fifty years ago today, Godfather of Rock & Roll and St. Louis legend Chuck Berry played his famous hit "Johnny B. Goode" for the Teen Age Music International Show. The groundbreaking program was one of the the first rock-music concerts filmed and released in theaters featuring many famous musicians of the era, including the Supremes, James Brown, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones. Tickets for the event were distributed for free to local high school students, and the show was filmed over two nights. It became an immediate success as rock-addicted teenagers from all over the U.S. were given a chance to see their favorite musicians play live.

See also: The Best Moments of Chuck Berry's 200 Shows at Blueberry Hill, as Told By His Bandmates

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That Time Chuck Berry Punched Keith Richards in the Face

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Steve Truesdell
You don't mess around with another man's guitar.
Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards made an appearance on The Tonight Show this week to promote his new children's book, Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar. During the course of the interview, host Jimmy Fallon saw fit to ask Richards about his idol and early influence, Chuck Berry.

"I also heard this story -- and I don't know if this is true or not," Fallon says. "Did he punch you in the face once?"

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Chuck Berry's St. Louis Homes and Properties Before He Was Rich and Famous [Photos]

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Chris Naffziger
This house, at 4420 Cottage Avenue, is indicative of the dwellings Chuck Berry called home before he hit it big. Berry lived here while in second and third grades.
In the late 1950s Chuck Berry purchased a 35-acre plot in rural St. Charles County where he dreamed of creating a lavish property to rival those of the segregated country clubs he'd seen growing up in St. Louis. The result was "Berry Park," a sprawling compound complete with guest cottages, a nightclub and guitar-shaped swimming pool. Today the 17,000-square-foot mansion he built at Berry Park remains the rock & roll legend's primary residence. He also keeps a second home in the affluent suburb of Ladue.

It wasn't always this way.

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Chuck Berry Holding a Chuck Berry Bobblehead at Cardinals' Chuck Berry Night

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Steve Truesdell

Players and fans alike were humming "Hail! Hail! Rock & Roll" during Wednesday's Cardinals game, as the team honored music legend and St. Louis native Chuck Berry with his own bobblehead. The 87-year-old Polar Music Prize recipient accepted his plastic likeness in person and also threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Cards conquered the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 in extra innings.

See also:
- Chuck Berry Will Be Awarded Prestigious Polar Music Prize This Summer
- The Best Moments of Chuck Berry's 200 Shows at Blueberry Hill, as Told By His Bandmates

Fans and media outlets with no particular place to go flocked to Twitter to talk about the convergence of their two favorite things: the father of rock & roll and baseball. Take a peek:

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Chuck Berry Given Lifetime Achievement Award: "It's Beyond My Dreams to be Here this Long, Really."

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Photo by Theo R. Welling. See our full slideshow here.
UPDATE: The Arts Council just uploaded the video that was played last night in Chuck Berry's honor. See it on the second page of this post.

Last night the Arts and Education Council kicked off its 50th anniversary year with a ceremony to honor various contributors to arts and culture in St. Louis. The event was held in the beautiful Chase Park Plaza ballroom with a whole big ceiling full of modern sputnik chandeliers. The floor was filled with tables set for dinner and there were large screens flanking the stage with clear graphics and a high-quality feed of what was happening on the stage.

It was clearly a rich people event (with tons of gorgeous quilted Chanel purses in attendance), but it wasn't stuffy. These are rich people who are supporters of the arts, after all. The hosts of the evening manged to be warm and light-hearted while still stressing the importance of arts and art education. They presented a brief history of St. Louis and the arts, commemorating the opening of the Fox and the Black Rep, the founding of COCA and the recent renovation of the public library downtown, among others.

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Happy 86th Birthday, Chuck Berry!

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Erin Kinsella
A one Chuck Berry was born on this day in 1926. Last night he played a show at the Duck Room, wearing an ensemble remarkably similar to the one he's got on in that photo above, taken at Keiner Plaza a few years back. And somewhere in the middle, between 1926 and 2012, the man invented rock & roll. If we encounter anyone named Maybellene today, we will call her Ida May in his honor.

See also:
-Why you should go see Chuck Berry at the Duck Room as soon as humanely possible.
-Here is the painting Sinead O'Connor gave to the Prophet Chuck Berry on Monday
-Our extensive Chuck Berry archives


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Chuck Berry Unleashed First LP - After School Session - 55 Years Ago

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After School Session was Chuck Berry's first LP.
Chuck Berry entered the music scene at a time when singles were the predominant manner of disseminating music. That's probably why the St. Louis native is known more for individual songs than, say, a seminal album.

But while songs such "Maybellene" and "Johnny B. Goode" get the lion's share of attention from music aficionados, it should be noted in the sacred scrolls of rock and roll history that Berry has released over twenty studio albums. In fact, Berry's first album that only featured his music - After School Session - was released on this day in 1957.

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Happy Birthday Leonard Chess of Chess Records, Home of Chuck Berry and Ike Turner

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Musicians such as Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters are once-in-a-lifetime talents. And it's a safe bet that if Chess Records hadn't have made those artists' music accessible to the masses, another company would have pulled the trigger.

But fortunately for Leonard Chess, the label he ran with his brother Phillip gets a great deal of credit for bringing music legends into the forefront of popular culture. It's a seemingly improbable story. But in his relatively short lifetime, Chess - who was born on this day in 1917 - made a transition from an immigrant from Europe to purveyor of groundbreaking music.

Born Lejzor Czyz in Motal, Poland, Chess and his family settled down in Chicago in the 1920s. In the 1940s, Leonard and Phillip Chess were involved in the nightclub business in the Windy City. Along the way, the two purchased a record company called Aristocrat Records.

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