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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 07:48 AM
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29503750

The godfather of the blues is likely winding down for the count Seems he was unable to finish his recent show in Chicago. We knew this day would come. The man is a legend and has inspired pretty much everybody who has ever picked up a guitar. He's received a lot of criticism and some pretty snide and snarky commentary over the past few years over the quality of his shows, but there was a time when he was untouchable. I'll pray for him to return to good health. At 89 years of age, I'd say he's paid his dues. I wish I could thank him personally for all that he has given to me.

Chicago ... that's a fitting place for a bluesman to make his last stand.

Please be well, BB!

 

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 09:09 AM
Here's a honest but reverent review of his performance last Tuesday night in KC...

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B.B. King valiantly tries to tap into his blues legend

By TIMOTHY FINNThe Kansas City Star

10/02/2014 7:27 AM 10/02/2014 1:41 PM

Twenty minutes after his seven-piece band started warming up the modest-sized crowd at the Midland theater Wednesday night, blues legend B.B. King was escorted on stage by a small entourage of handlers.

With some help, he took a seat in a blood-orange folding chair in the middle of the stage, where he would remain for the ensuing 70 minutes.

King turned 89 in the middle of September and more than ever he is showing the effects of his age.

One of the most influential and revered guitarists in the history of American popular music, he is now performing at a skill level that, at its best moments, is intermediate.

None of that appeared to matter much to a crowd that showed him the reverence he is due, acting as if the show were an audience with the pope.

“This is like a ‘pay your respects’ tour,” someone whispered to me. That it was -- a chance to be in the same room with a legend whose reputation is nearly peerless. But it couldn’t sweeten the truth: It’s a reputation King can no longer live up to.

He could have been better served by his crew. Initially, he was seated too far from his microphone, so his banter with the crowd -- including his early band introductions -- couldn’t be heard from the back of the room.

About halfway through, one of the horn players in his dapperly attired band left his post and moved the microphone closer to King. It helped. And throughout the night, a crew member dressed in a T-shirt and jeans ran from one side of the stage to the other and back, stopping a few times at the drum or keyboard risers, but otherwise creating what seemed to be a needless distraction.

King is still as endearing as ever.He chatted and flirted with the crowd up front, showing off his folksy charm. His voice is strong; he bellowed parts of “The Thrill Is Gone.” But when it came to displaying his skills on the guitar, he either faltered or deferred to Charles Dennis, his rhythm guitarist. There were moments when he flashed a resemblance to the player he once was, but for the most part he struggled to keep time and execute leads and flourishes that once came to him as naturally as breathing.

The set list, which comprised five or six songs, also included “Every Day I Have The Blues,” “I Need You So,” “Darling, You Know I Love You” and “You Are My Sunshine.” He got the audience involved on that one, generating a loud sing-along, one of several outbursts from a crowd that was effusive with its gratitude and generous with its applause.

He gave the men in his band plenty of time to show off their ample skills, especially Dennis, who shared lead with King a few times. His horn section, too, flashed some funkiness.

The show ended with some pageantry. As the band issued some fanfare, King’s handlers arrived on stage with a overcoat and wide-brimmed hat, which they helped him adorn. He sat back down for a few minutes, sipped a beverage and took in the rousing applause, then, with assistance, left the stage to the hero’s ovation he will always deserve.

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 10:46 AM
I guess this was bound to happen sooner than later.

I saw BB w/ TTB in '12 (first time since '90), and had heard all the stories about his chattiness. Maybe I had low expectations, but he was damn good, and I really liked seeing the joy on Derek and Susan's faces when they sat in w/ him.

Then I saw him in '13 w/ Frampton and sadly he was much worse. The best part of his set unfortunately was the rousing ovation the Atlanta crowd gave him as he was introduced. I was proud of us, because he deserves it.

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 11:08 AM
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The godfather of the blues is likely winding down for the count Seems he was unable to finish his recent show in Chicago. We knew this day would come. The man is a legend and has inspired pretty much everybody who has ever picked up a guitar. He's received a lot of criticism and some pretty snide and snarky commentary over the past few years over the quality of his shows, but there was a time when he was untouchable. I'll pray for him to return to good health. At 89 years of age, I'd say he's paid his dues. I wish I could thank him personally for all that he has given to me.

Chicago ... that's a fitting place for a bluesman to make his last stand.

Please be well, BB!



Well said Rusty.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 11:28 AM
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but there was a time when he was untouchable.... At 89 years of age, I'd say he's paid his dues..

Yup.
This proves both....

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 04:56 PM
I saw him in Vermont with Buddy Guy opening and this was 25 years ago and saw John Lee Hooker the same year with Ronnie Earl(tremendous guitar player) and John Mayall ...even then BB was slipping and Hooker was way past.Glad i was able to see them though.Buddy Guy or Luther Guitar Junior Johnson are all that remains of the true bluesmen.
 

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 05:36 PM
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http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29503750

The godfather of the blues is likely winding down for the count Seems he was unable to finish his recent show in Chicago. We knew this day would come. The man is a legend and has inspired pretty much everybody who has ever picked up a guitar. He's received a lot of criticism and some pretty snide and snarky commentary over the past few years over the quality of his shows, but there was a time when he was untouchable. I'll pray for him to return to good health. At 89 years of age, I'd say he's paid his dues. I wish I could thank him personally for all that he has given to me.

Chicago ... that's a fitting place for a bluesman to make his last stand.

Please be well, BB!



Well said Rusty.



And very well said Rusty.

I love BB King. His music has been a major part of my life ever since I was first introduced to the man when I bought the album Live At Cook County Jail as a teenager. That album was a revelation to me as it showed me the incredible range of emotions that the electric guitar could invoke, especially when it was played by someone who had truly mastered the instrument.

And I wish him nothing but the very best.

But the recent YouTube videos have been very sad and painful for me to watch.

It is time.

God bless you BB King.





[Edited on 10/6/2014 by les_paul_sunburst]

 

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  posted on 10/6/2014 at 05:42 PM
I hope you all don't mind, but I would like to reprint a post that I made here this earlier this year, just after the St. Louis performance where the reviewer called BB out for what was a painfully embarrassing performance. It sums up very well how I feel about the man...

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Back in January 1986 I had my first date with a beautiful young woman who I knew from work and was desperately taken with, but was too shy to ask out until she threw enough subtle hints that I would've had to have been deaf and blind not to finally get it.

Our first date together was to see B.B. King.

I realized later that if she had not been a music fan, that might have been our first and last date. But fortunately she was and she loved B.B. and it turned out to be a magical night for both of us.

This July we will celebrate our 27th Wedding Aniversary.

When I think about what a powerful performance B.B. put on that night, ( that voice...that guitar), it makes me very happy that I saw this living legend in his prime, and I only wish that I could tell him not only how happy his music has made me these many years, ever since I bought my first B.B. King album (Live At Cook County Jail), but also that I owe him for a lot more happiness than that as he helped me convince the person who is now my soulmate that I was actually worth a second date.

We all get old. Age is insidious, persistent, and shows little mercy. B.B. has had a long, long road to travel, and perhaps he is at that juncture where he finally needs to steer himself towards home. I can't say. Maybe I don't want to.

But I can say. God bless you Mr King. I owe you man.

And thank you.

 

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  posted on 10/7/2014 at 08:28 AM
I see he is still doing his "You Are My Sunshine" singalong! I think people were less than happy with that especially after it went way past the 20 minute mark!

 

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  posted on 10/7/2014 at 12:02 PM
What others have said. I was fortunate to see BB headline the Benson & Hedges Blues Festival Tour probably around 1991-ish in Atlanta at the Lakewood Amph. shed. It was among the better shows I've ever seen in my life. He really brought it and it was a total different experience/show than what I saw the next time many years later. Johnny Winter was also on the bill that night, and many parallels there too. That was a great tour. I can't even remember who all was on the bill, but I believe the Fabulous T-birds, the Howlin' Wolf Band, and maybe Buddy Guy.

Last time I saw BB was at Chastain on a co-headline tour with Jeff Beck, maybe 6 or 8 years ago. Much like others described above. It was more of a BB King Revue type of show. He could still play, but I bet he didn't do 4 or 5 tunes in full in what was basically one long medley with a lot of story-time going on. At the same time, he was 80+ even then and a helluva lot more active than my grandparents ever were at that age.

 

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  posted on 10/7/2014 at 02:18 PM
I saw BB King 9 years ago on his 80th birthday tour for the first time and he spent more time telling stories then he did playing music but I was just happy to finally have had the chance to see the living legend live. I did not mind his story telling or his bum notes when he did finally get around to playing a song.
 

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  posted on 10/7/2014 at 03:03 PM
I hope you all don't mind, but I would like to reprint a post that I made here this earlier this year, just after his San Diego performance in August...

Wednesday night rolled around and I grabbed my Gretsch and headed out to this beautiful venue with the hope that I might add B.B. to the list of musicians who I've asked to sign. There was an opening act at 7:30, so I figured Mr. King would take the stage around 8:15 or so and left the house using that time frame. I arrived at 9:20 only to find out that he had just taken the stage...So, I'm standing outside the venue when this guy walks up and asks me if I need a ticket..."How much" I ask. "$10" came the response. Once inside I made my way to the seat ($70) and within the first two minutes I could tell something was not right with B.B. Not only had he kept the crowd waiting for a good hour past his scheduled start time, but his performance was just this side of embarrassing. Now I realize the man is 88 years old, God bless him. But I don't know where to begin...His guitar was only in key for about 10% of the evening; I mean either he was out of tune or he can no longer hear. It was just awful. I had heard that all he did was talk during his show, just the opposite happened here. The only time he addressed the audience was to respond to someone in the first few rows who had yelled "We love you B.B."!...answering with "What?...I love you too"...the rest of his set was an occasional out of key and synch guitar riff that made a good percentage of the crowd head for the exits. No kidding, after about 45 minutes, almost half of the venue was empty. His supporting cast however was in top form, leading the way through various attempts at old favorites (Thrill is gone) and songs that in reality were nothing more than directionless jams...Through it all, B.B. sat center stage in a folding chair looking like he was really trying to please the crowd. His voice was almost inaudible and he seemed to grimace during most of the show. I too thought about departing early, but instead chose to move closer to the stage with each opportunity and seeing him up close, do not feel he is going to be with us much longer. When the show ended he was helped to his feet by a couple of band members and seriously took 10 minutes to get him into wheelchair and off the stage. Upon seeing that I decided to forgo any chance to ask him to sign and just made my way to my car and drove home. Just a sad thing to witness, especially since the first time I had seen him live was at this very venue in 1986. I choose to remember that show and wish this living legend nothing but the best.....

 

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  posted on 10/7/2014 at 03:34 PM
I was at that Lakewood show. Those Benson & Hedges shows were awesome. Had been at the Fox the year or two years before when I first got to see John Lee Hooker and Albert King.


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What others have said. I was fortunate to see BB headline the Benson & Hedges Blues Festival Tour probably around 1991-ish in Atlanta at the Lakewood Amph. shed. It was among the better shows I've ever seen in my life. He really brought it and it was a total different experience/show than what I saw the next time many years later. Johnny Winter was also on the bill that night, and many parallels there too. That was a great tour. I can't even remember who all was on the bill, but I believe the Fabulous T-birds, the Howlin' Wolf Band, and maybe Buddy Guy.

 

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  posted on 10/7/2014 at 04:27 PM
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I was at that Lakewood show. Those Benson & Hedges shows were awesome. Had been at the Fox the year or two years before when I first got to see John Lee Hooker and Albert King.


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What others have said. I was fortunate to see BB headline the Benson & Hedges Blues Festival Tour probably around 1991-ish in Atlanta at the Lakewood Amph. shed. It was among the better shows I've ever seen in my life. He really brought it and it was a total different experience/show than what I saw the next time many years later. Johnny Winter was also on the bill that night, and many parallels there too. That was a great tour. I can't even remember who all was on the bill, but I believe the Fabulous T-birds, the Howlin' Wolf Band, and maybe Buddy Guy.



I went to the 1990 version at Lakewood. BB, SRV, Joe Cocker, Dr John and Irma Thomas. Fantastic, but hotternhell that day!

 

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  posted on 10/7/2014 at 07:53 PM
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I went to the 1990 version at Lakewood. BB, SRV, Joe Cocker, Dr John and Irma Thomas. Fantastic, but hotternhell that day!


It wasn't 1990... definitely not that lineup. I never got to see SRV, and don't think I've seen Dr. John or Joe Cocker. Also, the one I was at had a terrible 'electrical storm' and they brought everyone underneath the shed top due to severity. I recall it being a scorcher that transitioned into a particularly cold rain.

This was definitely BB and Johnny Winter at the top of the bill. More I think about it, I think it was Willie Dixon's band rather than Howlin' Wolf's, but frankly I just don't recall it with any accuracy. Willie Dixon makes more sense with the timing of his decline in health and the fact the band carried on without him (Howlin Wolf having passed 15 years earlier). And when living in Tallahassee in the mid-90s and getting to see Buddy Guy's band more regularly, I'm pretty sure I saw a different set up for him as well. Maybe Buddy Guy & Junior Wells playing with a traditional blues backup band. The T-birds were there, but JLV (as I recall) was more or less absent even if physically there.... I imagine he went through a several years stupor around that time.

Still incredible tour... precursor to the HORDEs and such even if Perry Ferrel gets all the credit for (later) traveling festival tours....

 

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  posted on 10/7/2014 at 08:09 PM
"I went to the 1990 version at Lakewood. BB, SRV, Joe Cocker, Dr John and Irma Thomas. Fantastic, but hotternhell that day!"

I was at that one Brock! My wife was too, even though we were years away from meeting each other at that point. As others have said, I truly appreciate that I got to see BB when he still had most of his mojo intact. He really was a special kind of showman, back when he still had the guitar playing ability to back it up.

The story of the blues as we know it just doesn't exist without BB King. From his days as a DJ to his twilight years as the Ambassador Of The Blues and all of the hard work in between, he did as much as anybody to make the blues into a popular music form in this country.

Wishing all the best for BB and his family.

 
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  posted on 10/8/2014 at 10:55 AM
I hear he's going to tour with Gregg!!!!

seriously; father time gets us all. Best wishes to a true legend






 

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  posted on 10/8/2014 at 04:38 PM
Get well BB.
 

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  posted on 10/8/2014 at 08:00 PM
Saw BB at the Bottom Line in NYC, back in the 80's I remember Gregg was there and I think it was his band that opened for BB, though it could have been ABB, all I remember was that I met BB and I remember Gregg being there.

 

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