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Chuck Berry Falls Ill During Concert

1/2/2011 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Chuck Berry had to be escorted off stage during a concert in Chicago last night -- but rather than jumping in an ambulance, he jumped back on stage.

Berry was playing a gig at the Concert Theater and, according to the Chicago Tribune, began showing signs something was wrong early on. The promoter of the event told the paper, "Obviously, something was off ... Fifteen minutes into the set it went from fine to something wasn't right. He was starting songs mid-song, playing 15 seconds of a song."

After several failed attempts at the guitar, Berry played keyboard -- then slumped over.

Berry (who is 84) was taken off stage but came back 15 minutes later and tried resuming the show ... but was taken off stage again. He returned one more time, assured fans he was OK (see video below), and did his signature duck walk before leaving for good.

Berry did not go to the hospital ... he took a limo home. That's how he rolls.


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Johnny B    

Minor correction: It was not his 'trademark duck walk', it was his 'scoot'. (That is what Chuck called it in the clip, "my scoot", and besides, the duck walk is done from a semi-squat position.)

1357 days ago


He is truly a LEGEND!

1357 days ago

Bitch Tits    

At least it wasn't his signature "goose step".

1357 days ago

bring back recent posts    

aww...sounds like he is on verge of a stroke, or myocardial infarction, sad, scary for him, wish him well and hope he takes it nice and easy!

1357 days ago


He looks like ****e ;-p But seriously, I love me some Chuck Berry.

1357 days ago


okay, how about "crap"

1357 days ago

get real    

Bless his heart. I hope he is ok.. Sounds like a mini TIA.

1357 days ago


This guy is a living legend. Anyone who thinks Elvis is the King of Rock n Roll...this guy was a Rock n Roll God years before Elvis.

1357 days ago


time to retire....u had a great run though!

1357 days ago


Chuck Berry is king of sick pee pee cameras in the bathroom. He used his restaurant to install cameras and then he was caught with the videos of women/girls urinating in his home. He should have been under the jail, but he paid them off.

1357 days ago


I didn't like music until I heard "Johnny B Good." Prior to that it was "Bringing in the Sheaves."

1357 days ago


I saw him a few years ago in his hometown and the concert was just as described here, except he didn't fall out. Time to hang it up Chuck. I was very disappointed. I'm a big fan too....

1357 days ago


Correction on the comment about Elvis and Chuck Berry. Taking nothing about away from either, but Elvis started recording in 1954 Chuck, a year or two later AFTER Elvis.

1357 days ago

News Update Usa    

Watch ull video at:

1357 days ago


The father of rock and roll may not have recorded until 1955 but he was doing this stuff years before and the borrowers were going to see him to learn it. Louis Jordan was doing this stuff in the 1940's. People need to learn the truth about this music and stop trying to rewrite history, you can't anyway because it is do***ented now.

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