|Update: Chuck Berry not ill, just sulking|
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 07/30/08 11:25 am] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
We reported on Monday that rock legend Chuck Berry was feared ill after cancelling two concerts in Spain over the weekend with no notice.
Concert organizers, who were enraged because they had to call Berry's representatives themselves to find out what happened when he simply didn't show up, now say they've been told that Berry had just flown home and decided not to continue his European tour because he was sulking after an argument with his daughter.
"They apparently rowed because she did not allow him to drive as fast as he would have liked on the British roads," reported El Pais newspaper.
Concert promoters are now considering legal action against Berry, who was paid 72,000 euros in advance.
"We had no time to react. We found out he wasn't coming one hour before the concert, and just because we called them up. Otherwise, we'd still be waiting," said a spokesman for Br Music.
Chuck Berry feared to be in ill health
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 07/28/08 4:36 pm] [Permalink] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry has raised concerns for his health after he pulled out of two sold-out concerts in Spain over the weekend, without explanation.
Berry was scheduled to perform in Estepona on Spain's Mediterranean coast on Saturday and in the northern city of Leon on Sunday, but his agent called to say he couldn't perform, just one hour before the Estepona show, and that Berry had already left Spain.
According to the British newspaper Daily Mail, an unnamed source close to the entertainer in Paris says ill health may have been the cause.
"There were rumours that he's not been feeling well during his current tour, and suffered pain on stage at a concert. We are not sure of Chuck's exact whereabouts at the moment," the source said.
Chuck Berry, the inspiration for countless rock 'n' roll artists including the Beatles, will be 82 in October.
This story has been updated.