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Hail! Hail! Chuck Berry! A Horde of Guitar Gods Honor a Rock and Roll Pioneer

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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.

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Heart broken to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was undisputedly the king. A moment of silence is idefinitely n order. RIP

A post shared by Slash (@slash) on Mar 18, 2017 at 4:05pm PDT

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.