The Rolling Stones Pay Tribute to Chuck Berry: "Your Music Is Engraved Inside Us Forever"
"Chuck was not only a brilliant guitarist, singer and performer, but most importantly, he was a master craftsman as a songwriter."
The Rolling Stones, who launched their own recording career by releasing a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On" as their debut single in 1963, have paid tribute to the late rock 'n' roll legend upon hearing the news of his death. Berry passed away on Saturday at the age of 90.
"I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing," Mick Jagger said in a statement provided by his rep. "I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others and threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck, you were amazing, and your music is engraved inside us forever."
"With the passing of Chuck Berry comes the end of an era," said Ronnie Wood. "He was one of the best and my inspiration, a true character indeed."
The band as a whole also offered the following words: "The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was a true pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll and a massive influence on us. Chuck was not only a brilliant guitarist, singer and performer, but most importantly, he was a master craftsman as a songwriter. His songs will live forever."
This story originally appeared on Billboard.com.