Friday, June 30, 2006

Suck Chuck Berry

Filip Janssens, who sent us this story, only read about it in a magazine. But he feels this is the greatest rock 'n' roll anecdote ever and Blunderpop is tempted to agree. So here we go.

This one is about of my icons, the living link between blues and rock, world famous for his bad manners as well as for his guitar riffs: Chuck Berry. As everyone knows, in the latter days of his career -from the late 60s onwards- good ol' Chuck was somewhat less than motivated during concerts - he was simply in it for the cash. He never brought his own band ("more money for me"), arrived at the venue about half an hour before the gig and spent most of the remaining time counting his money. When he did get on stage, he didn't even glance at the backing band, let alone talk to them. He just started to play a song, without the band having a clue which one. Of course, most of Chuck Berry's songs are very much alike, based on the same three chord blueprint, but that's another story. As a result, most of his concerts were utterly shit (I was lucky enough to see him perform well on the 1996 edition of Peer Rhythm & Blues festival, but that's yet another story).

Anyway, somewhere during the 80s in the States, almost 60 year-old Chuck arrived at a venue, late as usual. The promoter, who was of the nervous kind and didn't expect him to show up anymore, heaved a sigh of relief and handed over the fee. Mister Berry prompty started counting the money, before dissapearing in the backstage. All of this without saying as much as a word. A few minutes before the concert, the man was still nowhere to be seen. So the promoter went to the dressing room and knocked on the door. No answer. He knocked again. And again, each time a little more insistent. But all remained quiet. Finally, the man mustered all of his courage and opened the door. And there was Chuck Berry: sitting on a chair with a ham sandwich in his hand and an 18 year-old girl between his legs giving him a vigorous blowjob. Wide-eyed and gasping for breath, the promoter finally managed to stammer "Five minutes to showtime, Mr. Berry?!?" Upon which the rock 'n' roll legend calmly replied: "First I'm gonna finish my sandwich."


Blogger Manny said...

There comes a point in every rock and roller's carrier where he/she becomes to old to rock. The 'Rolling Stones' seem to prove this everytime they go out on a concert. :D

1:42 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What mystifies me even more, is that an 18-year old would consider it to be cool to give an ancient rock 'n' roller a blowjob... Chuck ain't no Justin Timberlake, is he?

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