Chuck Berry / Little Richard

Chuck Berry/Little Richard: live in Westport, CTlive in Westport, CT (2002)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: psychorudeboypsychorudeboy
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For those of you who don't know who these two men are I'll sum it up in a quick sentence: If it weren't for these guys rock 'n roll as we know it wouldn't exist. This show is the rock and roll equivilent of seeing the Sex Pistols open for the Ramones. Now that you hopefully understand this better.

For those of you who don't know who these two men are I'll sum it up in a quick sentence: If it weren't for these guys rock 'n roll as we know it wouldn't exist. This show is the rock and roll equivilent of seeing the Sex Pistols open for the Ramones. Now that you hopefully understand this better i'll get on with the review.

The show was supposed be at some pavilion place but they had to move it to a high school gym because the forecast predicted rain(there wasn't any). The gate opened an hour before the show and there was a long line before it opened because seats were on a first come, first serve basis. As I was waiting in line Chuck Berry and Little Richard finally arrived to the venue driving parallel to the line. First came Little Richard in his fancy stretch limo and behind him was Chuck Berry in a raggady old van. This set the stage for what both of their appearences would be like.

When they finally let us in we were waiting for about 40 minutes in the very hot gym that would stay hot the rest of the night. There were people who paid extra to go to some cocktail party and they got to sit up front. This really pissed me off because the real fans should've sat there and not upper class Connecticut who there to socialize.

When the show was about to start some guy went on stage and introduced the show and Little Richard's band started playing. Ever since the 50's Little Richard has always kept the tradition that he comes on stage whenever he wants to and not even band knows when that will be. After 5 minutes of anticipation he finally came on stage and cracked some joke. After his joke he sat down on the piano and starting playing all his classics. In between jokes he was always making jokes and saying "shut up." You could tell that he was playing half-heartedly. He let the band do most of the work and half of the songs that had piano parts he wasn't even playing the piano but rather there was a recorded piano playing while he was singing. And half the time he sat down at the piano it looked like he was doing that just as an excuse to sit down. He also had his body guards on the stage and that really made it look like he had that rock star image of being above the crowd. This I really didn't like that. What was interesting was how energetic the crowd was when he was playing. In the middle of the set books called, "Finding the Peace Within" were being given out with a picture of Little Richard inside them. All in all Little Richard gave a mediocre performance that was only half-hearted.

After Little Richard played there was a long intermission and Chuck Berry took the stage. A lot of people left because of the heat so Chuck Berry didn't have as a big of a crowd. Like Little Richard he played all of his classics with one exception, he didn't play the song that got him famous, "Maybelline". Chuck Berry is 76 years old but he still played with a lot of energy and really seemed to like tonight's crowd even though they gave him less of a reaction than Little Richard. What was remarkable was that his voice sounded the exact same way as it did in the 50's. He also played with a lot of energy. His back up band was really good. The pianist played better than Little Richard. The last song was and extended version of "Johnny B. Goode" and as Chuck Berry left the stage he decided to go back and play for about another 10 minutes. He was obviously having a lot of fun and didn't want to stop.

This was a great show and one that I will never forget. I feel very lucky that I got an oppurtunity to see this and experience the roots of rock 'n roll.


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Anonymous (August 1, 2002)

misfits have and will always rock, danzig or not. as for berry and little richard- classics. that would've been a great show...glad you reviewed it.

waste_elite (July 29, 2002)

the misfits suck? HA! well, post-danzig, yes.

Anonymous (July 28, 2002)

Chuck Berry is more punk than NFG simply because he started this fucking racket folks and is still as important now as he was over 40 years ago.
I honestly don't think that NFG will even be remembered in the next 40 let alone 5 to 10.
Face it friends!
That's just reality...............

Anonymous (July 28, 2002)

Wait.......how is Chuck Berry more punk than New Found Glory. I enjoy both musicians' work, but why?

Anonymous (July 27, 2002)

I'm glad some people still appreciate Rock and Roll. As far as it not being punk...Chuck Berry was a black man going absolutely crazy rocking out on stage in the 50s...that is the quintescence of what punk is all about...and he's still doing it. Both guys are way more punk than Midtown or NFG so why bitch? Oh that's right that's what the internet is for.

Anonymous (July 27, 2002)

Long Live the Kings!

Anonymous (July 27, 2002)

Maybe it's because both the misfits and afi both suck

psychorudeboy (July 26, 2002)

the only reason there aren't any misfits or afi reviews is because nobody submits them. if you're complaining then write some yourself even if the review would be bad.

Anonymous (July 26, 2002)

Yo.. I saw Chuck Berry play his 1000 year old heart out the guy fuckin rules. Little Richard schtick is old news


evildeadalive (July 25, 2002)

Yeah, I didn't think the review was that great either. I think all a y'all just liked it because Chuck Berry and Little Richard kick so much ass, not because this dude's writing was good.
...Not a bad review, just not a great one either.

Anonymous (July 25, 2002)

What are you guys talking about? This is a terrible review. I couldn't even tell what this guy was talking about half the time. Learn how to write a coherent sentence before writing multiple paragraphs. How can crappy emo bands get such well-worded, flowery reviews while Chuck Berry gets this?

Anonymous (July 25, 2002)

the only people you can ask about that are the editors.

sickboi (July 24, 2002)

Just to clarify, this is really cool. My whole point was that some non-punk material is ok for this site while other stuff is deemed unacceptable. I'd have sold my soul to have seen this show.

Anonymous (July 24, 2002)

I believe I was the one that started the argument on whether a review for Chuck Berry or Little Richard should be reviewed on this site or not. I'm really not trying to be a jerk, and I realize all I would have to do is skip over a review of a band/performer I don't care for, and I do that. But it just doesn't make much sense that there is a review for Chuck Berry and Little Richard on punknews when there aren't reviews for any Misfits albums (new or old, preferably old though), a Smoking Popes album, more AFI albums (Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes and Black Sails in the Sunset)and a lot of other classic bands/albums. I suppose I could write reviews myself but I lack the skills necessary to write an interesting review. For all that enjoyed the seeing the review and their music I say great for you all, its cool that a lot of you enjoy music that you like, not because of the type of music it is. Its just that in my humble opinion I think that other albums/bands should have more priority. Thanks.

(By the well, very well written review, psychorudeboy. Cheers!)

Riceland Grant

psychorudeboy (July 24, 2002)

i just remembered that at the end of the review i wrote "(ps don't give me any bs for this not being punk)" but the editors must've erased it.

seek (July 24, 2002)

thank fucking god that someone approved this review. why do people care so much about something "not belonging" on this site? if you don't like chuck berry or little richard, and you see the review "chuck berry/little richard", don't fucking click it. i bet all the people shitting on this review didnt even read it, they just saw chuck berry listed and decided to take up a "cause" to "improve the punk purity of this site". bleh. anyhow, great review of two of music's greatest stars. even if little richard is a fucking nutcase...

Anonymous (July 24, 2002)

for all those that say this isnt punk, what is punk? who cares if its punk you like it you like it, i hate fucking glassjaw doesnt mean im gonna rip on people that do like it, ive got better things to do. everyone that can go out to this go to it, just for the experience to say you saw chuck berry would be worth it enough. im am completely jealous of the reviewer and the many other that got to see this

Anonymous (July 24, 2002)

Man Chuck Berry is just ripping off Marty McFly!

Anonymous (July 24, 2002)

As much as i love chuck berry and little richard, and i'm you posted this, but what the fuck happened to my reviews of Everclear's "World of Noise" and Jeff Buckley's "Grace". Not eerything great is punk. I know. But ultimate record are ultimate records. why were those excused dammit?

Anonymous (July 23, 2002)

I'm glad they posted this review. Reviews of this nature aren't a regular occurrence but they're certainly interesting to read. If you don't like it, don't read it. That's obvious.

AstroVince (July 23, 2002)

Expect my review of Dream Theater's "Images and Words" coming soon..

psychorudeboy (July 23, 2002)

i expected people would say this. it was just a really awesome show and i thought it should be acknowldged in the punk world.

Anonymous (July 23, 2002)

I have to agree somewhat. I love both Berry and Richard, but I have to agree. I did a review on Wu-Tang's "36 Chambers", which in my opinion display's some very punk-esque qualities. Let's keep a standard here. Either nothing but "punk", or allow everyone to share things a little outside the norm.


Anonymous (July 23, 2002)

I'm really not trying to be a dick, so sorry if I come off as one. But, yes, I realize that Chuck Berry and Little Richard can receive some credit for influencing punk rock. But they're not. They really have no business being on this site. I wouldn't think you'd want to put a Glenn Miller, Jimi Hendrix, or Buddy guy review on the site, and they're all influential, so why put Chuck Berry and Little Richard? Sorry, I'm really not trying to be an ass, but come on.

fakesmile (July 23, 2002)

Little Richard = King of Rock N Roll...
In my opinion that is...
Elvis didn't scream as good as Little Richard...

psychorudeboy (July 23, 2002)

thanks to the compliments cause this was my first review and didn't know how it would turn out.

rage (July 23, 2002)

Fuck I wish I would have seen this show, when was it? Ever time I listen to Human Atom Bombs (randy) makes me want to listen to some little richard.

sockk (July 23, 2002)

awesome fucking review

wyzo (July 23, 2002)

chuck berry makes me all wet. Not as much as Otis Redding, but since he'll never play live again, heres to chuck.


adam (July 23, 2002)

Cool review, I didn't expect this.

To see Little Richard in his prime would have been awesome, sucks that he didn't have it in him. Seeing Chuck Berry must have been great though, you probably won't have many more chances as he gets on in years...

Its pretty high on my list of things to do to see Bo Diddley before he kicks it... he just had a heart scare and had to cancal a few shows...

Anonymous (July 23, 2002)

My dingle ling! my dingle ling!, i like to play with my dingle ling!!

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