Green Day honored the late Chuck Berry with their cover of the rock 'n' roll icon's 1958 classic, "Johnny B. Goode." The punk rockers added their own twist to the song while performing it Sunday night during their London, Ontario tour stop. Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's signature intense vocals were backed by an awesome saxophone solo and heart-pounding drums from Tré Cool.
Berry, one of the legendary pioneers of rock music, died at age 90 on March 18. "Police said Saturday they responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road around 12:40pm," reports KSDK-TV. "Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and administered lifesaving techniques." He was unable to be revived and pronounced dead at 1:26pm.
Last October, the musician announced Chuck (his first album in 38 years) in celebration of his milestone 90th birthday. The album comes after 1979's Rock It, and will be dedicated to Berry's wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry. "This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy," he shared in a statement. "My darlin', I'm growing old! I've worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!"
"What a genius. I just miss him like crazy. I miss his laugh," Joe Edwards, the owner of St. Louis' Blueberry Hill club where Berry was a regular performer, said of the new "sensational" tracks. As of now, there is no confirmation when Chuck will be released.
Green Day are currently in the middle of their Revolution Radio Tour with Against Me! as the opening act. The spring leg ends on April 8, with their summer trek kicking off on August 1. Next up, transport to 2004 with this Fuse interview during the guys' American Idiot days: