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VIDEO: That time Chuck Berry played a car-dealership grand opening in Ladner

Guitar great shown in 10-minute clip posted to Youtube
Chuck Berry performing in Ladner in 1981

SURREY — Guitar great Chuck Berry once played a free concert to open a Chevy car dealership in Ladner.

In 1981, a huge crowd gathered to hear famous riffs played by the rock 'n' roll icon, who is seen in a 10-minute video posted to Youtube by user 12voltvids a couple of years ago.

"I worked for the community TV station at the time, and was one of the cameramen on the gig," the poster says.

"32 years later I find this old 3/4" tape with this performance recorded on it. The quality in parts are not great, as the video has deteriorated a fair bit, but this is history worth preserving, and after months of searching i was able to locate a working video deck to play this old tape. I hope you enjoy it, as it is a rare performance."

Check it out below.

Word is that Berry also played a gig at a Surrey car dealership in the mid-1970s. Does anyone remember that? Shoot me an email with details,


Tom Zillich

About the Author: Tom Zillich

I cover entertainment, sports and news stories for the Surrey Now-Leader, where I've worked for more than half of my 30-plus years in the newspaper business.
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