The Boss is hanging with the boss, if that makes any sense.
Chuck Berry, Johnny B. Goode, the Rock n Roll legend. According to Lance’s twitter feed, the two are spending some quality time together “with no particular place to go.” Except maybe to talk a little legal stategy.
What we do know thanks to said tweets is that CB has a few rules. “Rule number 1, no performance unless payment as been received, in cash.” Left un-tweeted, Berry’s four month jail term for tax evasion.
“Rule #2, no limos and no drivers. Mr. Berry prefers to drive himself while on tour.” Again, the omission would be Chuck’s three years in jail for having sex with a 14 year old Apache waitress and then transporting the 14 year old girl across state lines.
Armstrong also passed on a Berry nugget from the latest Rolling Stone magazine — “I’m a millionaire but I cut the grass. It’s satisfying.” Then again, in the late 80’s Berry lost at least 1.2 million in a legal suit with 59 women who he’d secretly videotaped with a hidden camera in the ladies bathroom of his restaurant. This from the man who performed the hit, My Ding-A-Ling.
But we digress — the man was one of the first stars inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. He’s a genuine and justifiable legend. A man who pulled himself out of crushing poverty with just a beat-up Gibson guitar.
Now, personally, if we never heard the guitar riff for Johnny B Goode or Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heavan or the Knack’s My Sharona again, we’d be damn happy.
We suspect the Armstrong-Berry conference was more than just a casual get-together to talk about mowing the lawn or what to pay the limi driver. Chuck may in fact be joining Mellow Johnny’s legal team in their cage match with Floyd Landis.
You know, Landis has Kid Rock in his corner, a performer with killer songs like “American Bad-Ass, Cocky, and Devil Without A Cause — all thematically flawless for the mad Mennonite.
Lance however likes the seasoned vets, the legends, and is going for the biggest gun on the rack — the man rock critic Robert Christgau called “the greatest of the rock and rollers.” Score another point for the Boss.