Rock 'N Roll Legend Chuck Berry to Perform at ASU/USC Football Game

July 16, 2007

Tempe, Ariz. - Musical legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Chuck Berry will accompany the Arizona State University Marching Band during a halftime performance at the ASU football game against USC on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2007 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe.

Berry will perform a medley of four songs, including Maybellene, Johnny B. Goode and Roll Over, Beethoven. The format of Berry's show will be similar to a Super Bowl halftime show, with portable staging and pyrotechnics.

'We are very excited to have the opportunity to perform with a rock and roll legend like Chuck Berry,' said ASU Marching Band Director Jim Hudson. 'It is an incredible experience for the marching band students to be able to interact with an icon.'

In addition to performing at halftime, Berry will also teach an educational seminar for the marching band, in which he will talk about his life in music and offer career advice to aspiring musicians.

The football game against USC will be nationally televised on ESPN at 6 p.m. MT.

Berry, a 1986 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was the first guitarist and singer to reach the billboard charts. He is most famous for his song Johnny B. Goode, which he considers to be his musical masterpiece. Berry is also noted as an inspiration for bands and musical acts such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Elvis Presley.

The ASU Marching Band is also scheduled to perform several medleys throughout the season. On Sept. 1 and 15, the band will perform a Salute to the Doors in honor of the 40th anniversary of the release of the Door's self-titled first album. The band will also play a tribute to Buddy Rich on Sept. 8 and 22.

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