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I'm rockin' back, says Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry has promised a comeback - at the age of 86.

The music legend said he is returning with six new songs, some written 16 years ago.

"And as soon as I can get someone to guide me - and I do know a little about the business - I want to push them out," he said at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Clevelend, Ohio, which honoured him with an award and tribute concert.

"I'm going to come back and push them out if you know what I mean, somehow," he said.

Chuck, a rock pioneer with early hits that included Roll Over Beethoven, Sweet Little Sixteen and Johnny B Goode, wouldn't give more details about the songs or when they might be released.

"They might be old, but they are the same type of music that I have been playing," he said.

The line-up for the tribute concert honouring Chuck included Ernie Isley and Darryl DMC McDaniels, Joe Bonamassa, Rick Derringer, Rosie Flores, John Fullbright, David Johansen, Ronnie Hawkins, Steve Jordan and Merle Haggard.

Chuck offered some advice to the performers: "Keep rocking, keep rocking. That's two words. Next word is: Be kind to your fans."

To mark the American Music Masters award presentation, the rock hall has mounted a special exhibition with items including the star's stage clothes, a guitar and his 1958 Chess Records recording contract. The rock hall's new library and archives has a separate exhibit with items including Chuck's 1964 British tour programme.

The star, the museum's first inductee in 1986, called the award and enshrinement in the rock hall a great honour. "You can't get any higher in my profession than this building or this reason for this building," he said.

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