Earlier today Chuck Berry’s representatives issued a terse statement on Chuck’s condition:

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Due to exhaustion, Mr. Berry was unable to complete his scheduled performance in Chicago at the Congress Theatre January 1, 2011. However, he is fine and has returned to his home near St. Louis.

That’s the entire statement! Chuck had played B.B King’s Club in New York the night before, but from the git go had trouble with his band in Chicago the next night. Chuck’s next gig is scheduled for the 19th of this month at a club in his hometown of St. Louis where he regularly performs. As of now, that date is still on.

All we can do is hope it was just exhaustion and send our prayers and good thoughts his way.

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Chuck Berry In Concert – January 1, 2011

CHICAGO – JANUARY 01: Chuck Berry returns to the stage after collapsing at the Congress Theater on January 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Chuck Berry returns home after

health scare

We hate to see it take a health issue to bring perhaps the leading living legend of Rock & Roll back to the public eye, but 84-year-young Chuck Berry started off the year with a bang. Reports have him slumping over his piano, reportedly due to exhaustion, then having to cancel the concert and return home January 1.

By JIM SALTER , 01.03.11, 12:27 PM EST

ST. LOUIS — Chuck Berry, who fell ill with exhaustion and was escorted from stage during a Chicago concert this weekend, has returned home to suburban St. Louis, a close friend of the rock-and-roll legend said Monday.

The 84-year-old performer did not require hospitalization and Berry’s friend, Joe Edwards, said he appeared to have fully recovered.

“I think it was just exhaustion,” Edwards said, noting that Berry played two shows in New York on New Year’s Eve, then flew to Chicago where he played at the Congress Theater on Saturday night.

“I think by the time the concert in Chicago got near the end he just got tired,” he said.

Berry’s agent, Dick Alen, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that the singer “feels tired but good.”

Edwards said Berry returned to his home in Wentzville, Mo., on Sunday afternoon, and that he is feeling well enough to prepare for a Jan. 19 concert at Blueberry Hill in University City, Mo. Berry has performed monthly concerts at the popular bar and restaurant that Edwards owns since 1996.

Associated Press

From New World Encyclopedia

Chuck Berry
Berry in Örebro, Sweden on July 18, 2007.

Berry in Örebro, Sweden on July 18, 2007.
Background information
Birth nameCharles Edward Anderson Berry
BornOctober 18 1926 (1926-10-18) (age 84)
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Genre(s)Rock and roll
Occupation(s)Guitarist, Songwriter
Instrument(s)Guitar, Vocals
Years active1955 – present
Notable instrument(s)
Gibson ES-335
Gibson ES-125

Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In terms of performance, song-writing, and guitar playing, Berry is considered one of, if not the greatest of the pioneer rock-and-roll artists. His catalog of early rock hits includes some of the most iconic