Chuck Berry: New York
"Do you want us to quit?" Chuck Berry asked to a resounding "No" onstage last year at his New Year's Eve gig at Times Square's B.B. Kings Blues Club. This year the 84-year-old rock legend will be back for two sets at the restaurant-venue where he's held court for the last three New Year's holidays. Sure, there's a $10 food minimum (on top of the $100 cover) and Berry plays often tossed-off, sloppy takes on "Rock and Roll Music," "Memphis Tennessee" and "Sweet Little Sixteen," but when he hits his stride – usually during "Let It Rock" – there still isn't a more charismatic rock & roll performer out there. "I didn't think I'd live this long," Berry told Rolling Stone earlier this year. "So now my motivation is to be around until 2020."
B.B. Kings Blues Club, New York. 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. $100, Ticketmaster