Official: Chuck Berry felt ill before Chicago show

Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry performs at the B.B. King Club, in New York, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Bruce Gilbert)

January 2, 2011 8:12:14 AM PST
A Chicago fire official says 84-year-old rock-and-roll legend Chuck Berry felt ill and was checked out by ambulance medics before a show Saturday night. An audience member at the show, however, said Berry slumped over during the show and was offstage for at least 20 minutes. Fire Department spokesman Joe Roccasalva said Berry felt better and signed a release. Roccasalva said the confusion arose because emergency personnel later responded to a patron at the show who was unwell.

Concertgoer Steve Handwerker said Berry fell face-first onto the keyboard and was helped offstage, though he later returned.

Berry is known for his classic songs including "Maybelline" and "Johnny B. Goode."

His agent Dick Alen said he had no information on the matter.