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Chuck Berry at the Hollywood Palladium

Chuck Berry at the Hollywood Palladium

March 22, 1980: Chuck Berry performs for over 5,000 fans at the Hollywood Palladium.

Times music critic Steve Pond reported in the March 24, 1980 L.A. Times:

… since this was his first local show since he finished his prison term for tax evasion, Berry was even happier and more gregarious than usual. He duck-walked with abandon, took requests from the audience, and lost no opportunity to plug Hollywood Human Services’ “options house” for runaways, the project that received all the proceeds form this benefit. (The show itself was part of Berry’s sentence.)

Berry is probably the only active rocker who can, in his first 15 minutes on stage, perform songs as classic as “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Sweet Little 16″ and “Nadine”– and then turn to the audience and say, “Well, I think I’m in tune now. Let’s get started.” What’s more, he was right; the 45 minutes that followed were the most impressive part of the show.

A different small two-column Berry portrait by former staff photographer George Rose was published in the Times on March 24, 1980, in the Monday Calendar section.

For more check out this Chuck Berry Hollywood Star Walk article.

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