Was planning to release a new album this year, too.
but he had a good run. I'm bummed he went before this years album and tour. I never got to see him.
I've took the chance back in 2008 to visit a concert of him. It was a double header with Jerry Lee Lewis. Call me sinister, but one of the reasons for me to buy the ticket was "That'll probably the last chance to watch two legends alive.".
Jerry Lee Lewis delivered a good show. And while his age showed here and there in the vocal parts, there was nothing to complain. But Berry OTOH ... oh boy ... his guitar play was just terrible. He still delivered a very good show and vocals were alright. But as sad as it was, I felt he should have stopped playing the guitar leave and leave it to his son (IIRC).
I nonetheless don't regret that I went to see him. I'm not much of a Rock'n'Roll fan, but without Chuck all my favorite guitar slingers wouldn't exist. As fa as I'm concerned, he both gave birth to what we call "Riffs" these days and how to do "some serious posing" (as a guitar player).
I bid my farewell to you, Chuck.