News spread Saturday that the undisputed father of rock and roll, Chuck Berry, had passed away at the age of 90. With hits like "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybelline," "Roll Over Beethoven" and many, many others, Berry took the R&B of the 50's, added some country flair, a little showmanship and created a whole new sound that had no rules, but inspired artists for decades to come. John Lennon once said, "If you were going to rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'."
Chuck Berry is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Themetta "Toddy" Suggs, and his four children Ingrid Berry-Clay, Chuck Berry Jr., Aloha Isa Lei Berry and Melody Exes Berry.
Rockers have taken to social media to express their thoughts:
Mick Jagger: "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 lit up our teenage years, and blew linfe into our dreams of being musicians and performers... His lyrics shone above others and threw a strange light on the American dream.
Chuck you were amazing and your music is engraved inside us forever."
Keith Richards: "One of my big lights has gone out."
Bruce Springsteen: "Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived."
Rod Stewart: It started with Chuck Berry. He inspired us all. The 1st album I bought was Chuck's "Live at the Tivoli" and I was never the same."
John Fogerty: "Great songwriter, great guitar player, great singer. One of a kind. Thank you Mr. Chuck Berry for teaching me how it's done. Hail, hail Rock and Roll! RIP my friend."
Elton John: "The greatest rock & roll songwriter of all time. Thanks for all those wonderful records that will define rock music forever."
Billy Idol: "RIP Chuck Berry. Without him Rock n Roll wouldn't be what it came to be."
Alice Cooper: "Everybody in rock 'n' roll, from The BEatles to Alice Cooper, owes Chuck Berry. We all cut our teeth on Chuck. I learned to write lyrics listening to Chuck Berry songs. In my opinion, he was the greatest rock lyricist of all time. What I loved about him is that if he couldn't think of a word he's just
make one up. His songs include words like 'botheration', 'cooleration'. He was the single greatest influence in rock, and there will never, ever, be another Chuck Berry. He was one of a kind!"
According to a report from Billboard, the lineup for the Classic East & Classic West festivals will include The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire. The concerts will feature the same line up performing one weekend on the East Coast, then another on the West Coast. First up is the Classic West at Dodger Stadium in L.A. on Joly 15th and 16th. Saturday will feature The Eagles, The Doobs and Steely Dan and Sunday's lineup is Fleetwood Mac, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire. The festival then moves to Citi Field in New York on July 29th & 30th. All of the acts are managed by the legendary Irving Azoff, but no one from his camp is confirming any details. The official announcement is expected to made later on this month.