Fans Say Farewell To Legendary Rock N' Roll Legend Chuck Berry
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 12, 2017,
Apr 12, 2017, 1:18
Fans in the U.S. state of Missouri have been paying their final respects to the rock "n" roll legend Chuck Berry who died last month aged 90.
The Latest on the public viewing and private service honoring rock "n" roll legend Chuck Berry (all times local): --- 1:50 p.m.
As fans filed past the open coffin a musician played some of Chuck Berry's greatest hits.
Musical pioneer, Chuck Berry, drew in millions with his innovative, redefining of rhythm and blues that lent a new, groundbreaking sound to rock and roll.
The frontman admitted that he had never had the opportunity to meet Berry in life, but felt he could not let the day go by without 'coming here and honouring him, ' before going on to add that, without Berry, 'I wouldn't be here'.
In a seven-minute speech interrupted by moments of Simmons becoming choked-up, he described his own experience as a Israeli immigrant coming to America and seeing Chuck Berry on television. Shaffer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Berry inspired everyone who plays rock "n" roll.
They filled the seats of the Pageant Theatre in St Louis to hear songs and salutes of prayer and praise, including a tribute from former President Bill Clinton, relayed by Congressman Lacy Clay.
Simmons, who had not been scheduled to speak, took to the podium to say Berry had a tremendous influence on him as a musician, and that he worked to break down racial barriers through his music.
Music legend Chuck Berry was remembered by friends and fellow musicians at his funeral Sunday.
Berry died on March 18 at from natural causes.
When Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards spoke about Berry at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 1986 induction ceremony - Berry was the first person inducted from that inaugural class - he said Berry was the one who started it all.
Fans filed passed Berry's open casket, which held his cherry-red Gibson ES-335 electric on inside of its lid.