Hail! Hail! Chuck Berry! A Horde of Guitar Gods Honor a Rock and Roll Pioneer
Guitarists and musicians from all genres are mourning the loss of guitar legend Chuck Berry, who died Saturday (March 18) at age 90.
The seemingly immortal Chuck Berry—whose playing inspired and informed many of the world’s greatest rock bands, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and AC/DC—had a profound effect on the evolution of popular music, not to mention the very concept of the guitar hero.
Below, you'll find a host of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram tributes from a horde of current guitar heroes, rock legends and other noteworthy musicians and social-media accounts. Tributes from Slash, Zakk Wylde, Dave Mustaine, Tommy Emmanuel, Brad Paisley, Brian May, Joe Walsh, AC/DC and Mick Jagger are included, and new posts are being added all the time.
Perhaps the most touching quote so far, however, is from the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, whose style—and career path—was profoundly influenced by Berry:
"One of my big lights has gone out," Richards wrote. Check below for Richards' message and many more.
— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) March 19, 2017
Today's the day music died-probably the most important musical influence in my life RIP Chuck Berry -Sweet Little 16 https://t.co/jeKR5dqujZ
— Dave Davies (@davedavieskinks) March 19, 2017
— Bob Seger (@BobSeger) March 19, 2017
Rest in peace. Chuck Berry. Thank you for showing us all how to do it. We'll never forget you. You ROCKED IT Dude!
— Joe Walsh (@JoeWalsh) March 19, 2017
We are shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of the great Chuck Berry. Chuck was the Father of Rock-N-Roll and a huge influence on us. pic.twitter.com/KGgpz29EYl
— Thorogood&Destroyers (@thorogoodmusic) March 19, 2017
— Grateful Dead (@GratefulDead) March 19, 2017
Chuck Berry was a Legend who gave LIFE to Legends. Think about that. Seriously. https://t.co/kD2Ohe7NJ4
— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) March 19, 2017
via Andy Timmons. God Bless Chuck Berry. https://t.co/tBPsATUvXo
— Eric Johnson (@EJUpClose) March 19, 2017
R.I.P. Chuck Berry
— Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) March 18, 2017
Wow... Chuck Berry ... Rest In Peace. Just wow...
— JOE BONAMASSA (@JBONAMASSA) March 18, 2017
— Living Colour (@LivingColour) March 18, 2017
RIP CHUCK BERRY. Truly a cornerstone of all that is, was and will be Rock and Roll. An icon like few others. https://t.co/4xdwGAOSDs
— Paul Stanley (@PaulStanleyLive) March 18, 2017
Rest in Peace Chuck Berry....one of the original rock and roll guitar legends....thank you for the music!
— Rush (@rushtheband) March 19, 2017
"One of my big lights has gone out.”
- Keith, 3/18/17 pic.twitter.com/I86dHlvN5W
— Keith Richards (@officialKeef) March 19, 2017
The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was a true pioneer of rock'n'roll & a massive influence. pic.twitter.com/RT4NZH3KeQ
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) March 18, 2017
RIP Chuck Berry pic.twitter.com/4nyUSNK9T7
— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) March 19, 2017
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) March 19, 2017
— John Lennon (@JLennon_Quotes) March 19, 2017
— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) March 19, 2017
GOD BLESS The ROCK N' ROLL PONTIFF CHUCK BERRY - 1926/2O17 - tBLSt SDMF pic.twitter.com/QaWMdlTHFz
— Zakk Wylde (@ZakkWyldeBLS) March 19, 2017
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) March 19, 2017
One of the first solos I ever learned was Chuck Berry's. I'm truly saddened this morning, as we've lost another legend. RIP Mr. Berry!
— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) March 19, 2017
Chuck Berry IS rock and roll!
It's sad day for rock and roll, but his music will live on forever.
Hail, hail rock and roll!!!!! pic.twitter.com/ANCkKaglQW
— AC/DC (@acdc) March 19, 2017
Just let me hear some of that rock 'n' roll music any old way you use it I am playing I'm talking about you. God bless Chuck Berry Chuck pic.twitter.com/XmwmaGzGpL
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived.
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 18, 2017
I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/9zQbH5bo9V
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 18, 2017
RIP Chuck Berry, one of the true fathers of rock... https://t.co/2pTKf2ZGc5
— Allman Brothers Band (@allmanbrothers) March 19, 2017