Back in June, 1980, the legendary Chuck Berry performed in my little village of Ladner in British Columbia, Canada! Ladner is sort of a bedroom community of Vancouver, BC, which most people know. Chuck Berry passed away recently at the old age of 90, so the paper had a sort of retrospective of his time among us villagers. There is even a YouTube video that I'm going to give you the URL for and you can see for yourselves that I'm not kidding you!
Apparently, the crowd was made up of young and old, including a lot of kids. A fellow by the name of Gary Schoen commented that "it was a bit strange seeing somebody like that outside the confines of a club. But, the whole idea of him playing outside, doing a free show was what really got us going there to be able to see someone like that, a legend." The Optimist reported after the concert that the show had attracted 5,000 people and that a police spokesperson said the crowd was well-behaved.
Well, we ARE Canadians, after all, and live in a small community!
Chuck Berry passed away at his home in Missouri on Saturday, March 18, 2017. He had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and "after Elvis Presley, only he had more influence on the formation and development of rock and roll," states the organization's website.
So there you go, Roger! I almost met a legend 37 years ago and only found out about it recently. The video is 27 minutes long and the first song is instrumental but he sings in the second song and that's as far as I went. Enjoy! Go here!
By the way, ROGER, (and everyone else) you might be interested in reading some of the comments under the video from locals and even from the fellow who recorded it.