R.I.P Chuck Berry
I've never met Bruce (or tried to) but I did meet Chuck Berry.
As a student, I was part of the entertainments team (nothing fancy, carrying gear, duck taping cables to the floor etc) for bands and there was a gig that night.
A few of us took a break and went to a pub close by. I went up to the bar and ordered beers. A black guy with slicked back hair was sitting at one of the bar stools and he said Hi. I said Hi back ordered and took beers over to my friends sitting at a table. I returned to get my own beer and the guy asked what we were all doing that night and would we like free tickets for a show, "I'm playing in town tonight". It was then the penny dropped (Ding - A- Ling had been a No 1 here and I remembered it from Top Of The Pops) but being young (and viewing him as "old"), I wasn't phased and said thanks but we were working at another gig. He asked who it was and about my favourite music. we spoke for a few minutes and I said I hoped his show went well. I went back to my friends and we finished our beers.
As we were leaving, Chuck said "see ya" and gave me a peace sign. One of my friends asked who he was and I said Chuck Berry. The response was "I think I've heard of him". Have to admit (being young) I was a bit casual about it too. It was only a few years later, I realised what a legend I'd talked to over a beer.