WBB Celebrating 20th Anniversary  

"A very emotional THANK YOU to all fans, family members, friends, talent buyers, promoters, venues, radio DJ's, producers, sponsors, interns, newspapers, magazines, tv stations/shows, and especially to all my band members, all the ladies & gentlemen whom I've jam with from the great local artists to the worldwide superstars, for a great 20 years with my band and I! Thank you × 20 

Also to you all, (especially the City of Chicago and my Father) I Am Nothing WITHOUT YOU! I Love you all with all my heart and soul... Since the whole year is almost done we will be celebrating the 20 year anniversary for a year straight. Lol lbs 

I am proud to say my new record is coming out 1st quarter of 2018 and I'm also looking forward to the 25th Anniversary....to be continued" 

Love Always, 
Wayne Baker Brooks

 

RIP Chuck Berry! I will take this experience I'm about to share with you everywhere with me in my heart, mind, and soul.. 

RIP Chuck Berry! I will take this experience I'm about to share with you everywhere with me in my heart, mind, and soul.. 

In 1999 I was honored beyond belief to have had my band and I play for the then First Lady of the United States of America Hillary Clinton at Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation/Iconic Chess Records Studios on 2120 S. Michigan Ave. Hillary and her team asked me to ask Bo Diddley, Koko Taylor, my dad Lonnie Brooks, and Chuck Berry to join me for few songs to jam with me on. Shirley Dixon told me to also bring up Billy Branch and Carl Weathersby after them. OK so I went to my dad first didn't have ask just told him let's do All My Money Back he said ok, then went to Koko (my blues momma) and told her Hillary wants her to sing with us she said " Let's do some Wang Dang Doodle" I gave a big smile and said I was hoping you say Wang Dang! I then went to Bo Diddley and said "Hey Bo whatcha know - good? (ppl don't know Bo made me video tape every show of his that i was at in Chicago - loved that dude) so I go.."Hillary and her team want you to come up and jam with me" you want to?" he pulled out his signature guitar and said yeah I brought my guitar with me and then he hit a switch on it and it lit up blinking on and off "Bo Diddley Bo Diddley Bo Diddley" I said man i gotta I get one of those that's the coolest thang I've ever seen..lol of course we didn't even have to say we're gonna do "who do you Love"... 

so now I was to go and ask Chuck Berry...uh oh! I see him sitting by himself while about 100 media ppl are setting up to broadcast this worldwide before the public can come in..I go to him nervous as hell because I didn't really know him at this point except for about one or two shows/festivals we played with him on and in the back of my mind I've heard all the stories about him acting certain ways, even witnessed Buddy Guy in the past at Legends inviting him on stage 3 times with no success till buddy said "damn man do I have to do roll over beethoven or Maybelline to get you up here" still after the very last attempt Chuck just sat there like I ain't doing nothing but chilling right now...thinking about all of that...now I have to ask him what Hillary wanted. I go up to him while he is sitting and I'm standing and go "Hi Mr. Berry I'm Wayne Baker Brooks and I'm the band today and The first Lady and her staff ask if you would like to Jam today with us? He looked up at me and I swear for moment I just knew he'd say "sure son" let's do Jonny B. Goode... right? Wrong, he looks up at me with a serious look on his face and says "speak up son I can't hear you" with his finger on his ear making so he could hear better. So I get even more nervous kinda choked up and paused and thought like damn he gonna chew me up like I've seen Albert King chew other people up..and then did the one thing I just don't do.. if you know me well enough you know I never use the Lonnie Brooks is my dad thing, give me this give me that do this do that for me because i figured I've earn my spot working hard enough that i don't need to right? But guess what? I did it this time out of severe nervousness thinking it will save me ha..lol I said "hi Mr. Berry my name is Wayne Baker Brooks I'M LONNIE BROOKS' SON LOL, I wrote the book Blues for Dummies lol (just released back then), again I'm the band and Hilary and her team wanted to know if you would like to jam with me and my band Bo Diddley is coming up to Jam, Koko Taylor, and my Father too..lol he looked me square in the eyes and said "You got Ten Thousand Dollars in cash?" I said "No Sir Mr. Berry" he then said "Well, there won't be no Jamming with Chuck Berry today"...my heart sank in my stomach but kinda relieved he didnt grill me. So while walking away I said Mr Berry thank you for being here, we really appreciate it hope you enjoy yourself. So of course the event proceeded i did 3 songs of mine and a little walter song. Everyone that I mentioned except Chuck came up to jam and Hilary got up and spoke and exclaimed to the world "my husband is going to be so jealous he missed this"!!! And President Clinton was jealous.. I got a call from the white house after all this...(which is another story I will have to share at another time)..Right after the event everyone stayed for a while and Chuck comes straight up to me and said "Man, if I'd known you played so good like that I would've said hell yeah I'll jam with you"...and laughed!! I said aww man dang and laughed too. But the coolest thing about him not jamming with me was we hung out talking and telling jokes for each other for about a good 45 minutes until he got real serious with me and said "Wayne, you really want to know why I didn't want to jam?" I said yeah why? He then started to tear up and one tear rolled down his cheek and said "man while I was pumping out hit records for these motherfuckas they had me sleeping in the basement of this very building with the fucking rats and roaches, sometimes I had to sleep in my Cadillac to to keep the roaches off me..my eyes watered up a bit not only from the way they treated him, and others, but also because he shared something that was powerful with me candidly. This was something that will stick with me everyday like the stuff my dad would tell us that would be so heartwrenching. I then got it, it clicked, now I understood Chuck Berry, his antics, his rebellious attitude to everyone that did show ultimate respect, his wanting his money before he go on stage. I then had total compassion for him, I already knew the impact this man had on music, he changed the course music forever, music would not be what it is today without him. He also changed my world forever just from that one conversation. Something I will carry in my my heart, mind, and soul forever!! Hail Hail to the True King Of Rock and Roll Chuck Berry!

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