Friday, August 27, 2010


I just finished watching the movie "Chasing Sound: The Les Paul Story."  I highly recommend it-- a great story, with great music, about a guy who kept performing weekly till he was 90.  (

For me, it's been a good couple of months for elderly inspiration.  First Sonny Rollins, about 81.  Then Pinetop Perkins, age 97!  Then, a day ago, my wife buys tickets for the young'un, Bob Dylan, at the upcoming Bumpershoot festival.  (He's probably not even 70-- but he's hanging in there.)  And today-- I got tickets to see Chuck Berry at the Pageant in St. Louis couple of days before he turns 84.

Chuck was in the Les Paul movie tonight-- scooting past in a flash with that black Les paul guitar that evidently disappeared in a fire.  There were also beautiful moments with B. B. King, Chet Atkins, Keith Richards, and, of course, Mary Ford.

Les Paul talked about his last gig-- a well known, well attended, weekly show in New York that paid "peanuts" but made people happy (especially Paul himself). 

Chuck Berry's gigs at Blueberry Hill are a lot like that. He and the band probably don't make a heck of a lot of money-- but everyone leaves happy.

So wish me luck when the ticketmaster lottery comes next September.  That show happens just a few days before the show at the Pageant. 

(As Robert Johnson would say, "I'm booked, I gotta go.")

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