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Chuck Berry did not let the Muscovites in the metro

January 18 2007

If you are going to a concert Chuck Berry, I could not escape the feeling that I know all about him even before. Among the most familiar were current opinion that Chuck is enough to go on stage, to demonstrate his famous duck walk and play «Johnny B. Good ». Overaction of this view was seen only in the fact that instead of a "Johnny" will be played 10 songs.

Near the entrance to the club we had a B1 a very long queue in the 150 meters, and once it became clear that the concert will not start on time. Around 20.30 we finally got in yet spacious room. Just at that moment, the organizers announced that the faithful habitually late for my own concerts, Chuck Berry did not make an exception and for Moscow.

Five minutes later appeared on the scene first support band "The successful acquisition" - one of the oldest Moscow rhythm and blues bands. The name could not be more accurately reflects the nature of their statements - they successfully purchased by such classics like «Whole Lotta Shakin 'Going On» Jerry Lewis, «Good Golly Miss Molly» Kridens, «Rambling On My Mind» Robert Johnson and others, and legendary «Blue Suede Shoes» Carl Perkins was performed even twice. The songs are wonderful, but you want to put them in charge of the group could not. Few revived happening appearance on stage Alexei Kozlov, but played one song, he withdrew, and continued his waiting room separate from what is happening on stage.

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After their presentations, unexpectedly announced Alexander Gradsky, have desired to participate personally in what is happening. At the scene returned to the keyboard only that the band played the team, and together they played the Beatles' «Yesterday». Who's heard that for a long time will not forget. I think, is to give Alexander Borisovich this record and recommend to listen to it in moments of awareness of his greatness. Read a leaf ... shame.

"Chuck has already landed and escort cars in a hurry Club" - happily told by the organizers at half past ten, and came to the stage group

They looked really somewhat pretentious, but played a very un-dude, after bringing the hall from the first song. In addition to classic hits like «See You Later Alligator» and «Whole Lotta Shakin 'Going On» they sang several songs in Russian, concluded his presentation quite blues, but from the least successful «La Bamba».

Finally, at 23.40, when the public began nervously glancing at his watch, Chuck Berry appeared at the club. Tighten rest, he did not, and after ten minutes of the crowded hall, forgetting about fatigue, had danced «Roll Over Beethoven» and «School Day».

Despite his advanced age (in the past year musician celebrated his 80-year anniversary), the energy and enthusiasm have not gone anywhere, and all sorts of mishaps were solved on the move easily and naturally. Wound up the microphone (with him and failed before the end of the concert) - does not matter, Hall podpoet, and he will play an unscheduled solo.

At the scene rushed to dance couple, their guards rushed to pull off - no, dear, it's rock 'n' roll, here it should be, and the third attempt, a team of three Barry applause returned them to the scene. To its credit, local guards, she quickly learned that people can jump on the stage not only to violate the ugliness, and subsequently invited to the stage people were dancing at your pleasure./ P>

Because of the lateness of the hour concert had to be cut. Rather than throw a few songs, Chuck has played all but one - two verses. While things like «You Never Can Tell» and «Johnny B. Good »sounded, of course, entirely.

For me this is the first concert for a very long time, after which wanted more, more, and five times more. And not without reason, despite the news that the musician was very tired and bis not take place, the audience did not immediately separated, and staged a five-minute ovation present King of Rock 'n' roll. The concert ended in the morning and not all managed by Metro.


Alex Vitvitskiy and Alexander Tsar'kov


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