Tributes Flood in for Rock Legend Chuck Berry
The Rolling Stones called Berry a “massive influence,” and frontman Jagger wrote a personal note of thanks to the rocker on Twitter, alongside a snap of himself and Berry in the 1960s. “I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry’s passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us,” he wrote. “He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing&your music is engraved inside us forever.”
Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived.— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 18, 2017
Starr wrote, “R I P. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr. rock ‘n’ roll music,” while Lenny Kravitz credited Berry for kick-starting rock and roll. “Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother!” he posted. British rock icon Rod Stewart said Berry “inspired us all. The 1st album I bought was Chuck’s ‘Live at the Tivoli’ and I was never the same,” and country rocker Keith Urban quoted Johnnie B. Goode. “RIP Chuck Berry !!!! Thank you for the poetry, the passion and the potency! GO JOHNNY GO,” Urban wrote on Twitter. Singer John Mayer shared his love for Berry on Facebook, writing, “Legend. Architect. He built the tools that built the house. Rock on forever. #RIP Chuck Berry.” Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was born in Austria, thanked Berry for being the soundtrack to his dream of moving to America. “When I was 10 years old and I dreamed every night of moving to America, Chuck Berry played the soundtrack. He rocked the world. RIP,” the actor fondly recalled on Twitter.
I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry’s passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/9zQbH5bo9V— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 18, 2017
When I was 10 years old and I dreamed every night of moving to America, Chuck Berry played the soundtrack. He rocked the world. RIP.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) March 18, 2017