ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – No matter where you are Saturday at exactly 10 p.m., raise your glass if you’d like to participate in a posthumous toast to Chuck Berry.
Berry, a St. Louis-native and Rock ‘n’ Roll legend, died March 18 at the age of 90. He’s been honored by celebrities through Twitter, had decorations placed at his statue in The Loop and will have a public viewing service at The Pageant this Sunday for his St. Louis supports.
Berry’s longtime friend Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay want to give another opportunity to pay tribute to Berry – with a city-wide celebratory toast.
Berry was known for being punctual, and would regularly begin his shows in the Duck Room at Blueberry Hil right at 10 p.m.
This Saturday at 10 p.m. CST, all of St Louis is encouraged to take a moment wherever they are and raise their glass to Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr.
“St. Louis is proud of Chuck Berry for his mark on music and place in history as the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Slay said. “Chuck was perhaps the all-time greatest influencer of rock music; his inspiration even heard in today’s hits. A pioneer in his own right, Chuck will be forever memorialized in rock ‘n’ roll music.”
“Chuck Berry paved the way for Rock ‘n’ Roll and his legacy will carry on for generations to come,” Edwards says. “I am indeed grateful to be celebrating my friend’s life with fellow friends, family members and fans from all over the world. May his inspiration continue and his influential tunes be forever remembered.”
The public can pass by Berry’s open casket from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at The Pageant. The funeral service following will be limited to family and friends.