Little Richard to Replace Chuck Berry at Thanksgiving Halftime Performace

Sept. 7, 2007

Tempe, Ariz. - Musical legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Little Richard will replace Chuck Berry in accompanying 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 was originally scheduled to perform but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and personal issues, said Dick Allen of the William Morris Agency.

'We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to perform with a musical legend like Little Richard,' said ASU Marching Band Director Jim Hudson. 'This is a chance for both our students and staff members to work with someone with such immense talent and experience.'

In addition to performing at halftime, Little Richard 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.The format of Little Richard's show will be similar to a Super Bowl halftime show, with portable staging and pyrotechnics.

Little Richard, a 1986 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is most famous for his songs 'Tutti Fruitti' and 'Good Golly Miss Molly'. Little Richard's career not only encompassed the musical realm but transcended into television, film and commercials. In 1990, Little Richard was honored with a star on the world-renowned Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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