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(STLToday)   88-year-old BB King's rambling concert performance has fans singing the blues   (stltoday.com ) divider line
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2014-04-08 09:35:41 PM  
thefad.pl
You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille.
 
2014-04-08 09:46:31 PM  
We saw him about 5 years ago, and I'm not surprised at this. The man is great...but rambles on a bit on stage at this point in his life; but that's part of gig now---the band should be aware of this and back him up.
 
2014-04-08 10:03:45 PM  
The poor guy has been too far gone for this shiat for years, but he is a cash cow so his handlers keep sending him out to embarrass himself. It's time for him to fire everyone he knows, hire a couple of hot nurses, and take it easy.
 
2014-04-08 11:03:39 PM  
My dad used to own a nightclub in Houston called Rockefeller's, a venue B.B. King frequently performed at. Even though I was only 5 years old, I distinctly remember King's monologues were part of his show. Sad to hear it's gotten that bad though.
 
2014-04-08 11:13:01 PM  
As a guest star on the Cosby show - one of the funniest classic moments

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA7HqV0wU80
 
2014-04-08 11:41:37 PM  
♫ The mind is gone... it's gone away for good... ♫
 
2014-04-08 11:56:10 PM  
I hate to hear this. A great guitarist, performer and more.
 
2014-04-09 12:09:12 AM  
This makes me sad.

I feel lucky to have seen him and Bobbly 'Blue' Bland twice in concert in SE Michigan when they were both still strong. Damn fine concerts.
 
2014-04-09 12:13:30 AM  
I got to see him about 3 years ago. Seemed like a solid performance to me.

This is sad though :(
 
2014-04-09 12:15:45 AM  

optikeye: We saw him about 5 years ago, and I'm not surprised at this. The man is great...but rambles on a bit on stage at this point in his life; but that's part of gig now---the band should be aware of this and back him up.


I saw him ten years ago in Knoxville.  He had to cut his show short because he had been sick.  Still a hell of a show.
 
2014-04-09 12:29:39 AM  
I never got to see him and it appears as if I never will :-(
 
2014-04-09 12:32:24 AM  
I thought he died like 10 years ago. Why does he still do concerts? Get your ass out there to the beach, BB. You earned.
 
2014-04-09 12:59:43 AM  
The thrill is gone
microwave
baby you left me
banana
Eric Clapton ain't got sh#!@
Where am I at

//Love BB
//We all have to let go
 
2014-04-09 03:19:14 AM  
Ken and Barbie were in attendance...heckling, boo-bird bastards

img.fark.net
 
2014-04-09 03:45:29 AM  
Used to see him every year he played the Forum in Toronto back in the 80s. Glad I got to see him when he had it all together. Hell of a show.
 
2014-04-09 05:02:24 AM  
I saw him back in 2008 or 2009, if I recall correctly, with Joe Bonamassa opening for him. He talked quite a bit, and his playing had definitely slowed, but it was still an awesome show. The audience loved Bonamassa so much they brought him back to the same venue the next year. Unfortunately, he seems to have run out of ideas.
 
2014-04-09 05:36:19 AM  
I wouldn't write him off so quickly.  He had a bad night.

Now if a whole tour turns out like that, then maybe.

Seen him a few times although it's been a few years now.

Marmilman: My dad used to own a nightclub in Houston called Rockefeller's, a venue B.B. King frequently performed at. Even though I was only 5 years old, I distinctly remember King's monologues were part of his show. Sad to hear it's gotten that bad though.


There were some great acts who rolled through that club.  I'm a bit jealous of you now.
 
2014-04-09 05:52:32 AM  

Mark Ratner: Ken and Barbie were in attendance...heckling, boo-bird bastards

[img.fark.net image 620x480]


Why is it my urge to punch is rising just looking at that picture?
 
2014-04-09 05:56:08 AM  
These things can be heartwrenching. I attended one of Dizzy Gillespie's last concerts, and it was tragic. He could barely play, ranted incoherently, and at one point, wandered off the stage and left his teenaged bass player to lead the band for about twenty minutes. The poor kid was sweating bullets, and had no f**king idea what to do. People were walking out - I stayed to the bitter end, and applauded politely out of respect for the man and his career - but it was an ordeal. Guys have to know when to pack it in.
 
2014-04-09 06:10:54 AM  
Saw him at HOB in Myrtle Beach back around 2005. He brought up assorted family members, military from the audience, and lectured the crowd on diabetes, mostly shilling for some meds that had him on their ads.
I'd say for a 2 hour show, he knocked out about 25 minutes of music, all solid.
His backup band just kind of played with no soul and looked like they'd been hand picked from the Greyhound station that morning.
Then he let off a huge fart into the mic, fell asleep and we went home.
 
2014-04-09 06:19:42 AM  
I look forward to a 70 year old Prince singing "Darling Nikki".
 
2014-04-09 06:23:53 AM  
R I P

Billie Jean King

Tennis' first black lesbian guitarist.
 
2014-04-09 07:03:47 AM  
Had a friend who saw him a few months ago in Seattle. Said that BB played 5 songs, then said, "That's it, I'm done." Friend was irritated they paid for two tickets for five songs, but are more worried about the stae of BB's health; this isn't good.
 
2014-04-09 07:11:19 AM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: ♫ The mind is gone... it's gone away for good... ♫


we are both going to hell
 
2014-04-09 07:14:57 AM  
My best friend seen him in Detroit about 20 years ago. He said he played for hours, not stopping until 3am, and not a single person left until then. I seen Les Paul when he was almost 90. Same thing. At that age, you have to expect some off nights, but for the most part, guys like this will play circles around today's spoiled performers.
 
2014-04-09 07:18:12 AM  
the man is 88 years old.  cut him a little slack.
 
2014-04-09 07:29:37 AM  
Hard to see a legend still trying to hang on for too long.
 
2014-04-09 07:39:45 AM  
Old Furry sings the blues
You bring him smoke and drink and he'll play for you
It's mostly muttering now and sideshow spiel
But there was one song he played
I could really feel
 
2014-04-09 07:40:42 AM  
Thankfully I got to see him about 10 years ago before he was losing it. At least I think b/c it was a great show music wise. The real spectacle was the audience though.
 
2014-04-09 07:42:22 AM  
Saw the man at the Byham in Pittsburgh, 20 years ago. Great show. He was wearing this blue sequined jacket and when the spotlight hit him he was like a big blue disco ball.
 
2014-04-09 07:48:19 AM  
The other day my baby came to me
And said, "I'm kind of confused,
If me and B. B. King were drowning,
Which one would you choose?"
And I said, "Whooah, baby."
I said, "Whoooooah, baby."
I said, "Whoah, baby, I ain't never heard you play no blues."
 
2014-04-09 07:50:14 AM  
I saw him a few years ago, and he did ramble quite a bit. But the audience loved him. I'm just glad I got to see him. When he did play and sing, it was great.
 
2014-04-09 07:54:02 AM  

Ooba Tooba: I seen Les Paul when he was almost 90. Same thing. At that age, you have to expect some off nights, but for the most part, guys like this will play circles around today's spoiled performers.


Chuck Berry may be a major weirdo, but damned if he didn't put on one hell of a show...he would've been about 80 at the time I saw him. Same for Bo Diddley, who I got to see in the year before he died.

Pinetop Perkins. Holy fark, he was just shy of 97 and still performing well.
 
2014-04-09 07:59:12 AM  
I saw him maybe 10 years ago and he put on a great show.  Only thing unusual (compared to other concerts) was that about halfway through the set, he got himself a chair and sat down, which for a man of his age even then isn't too off.
 
2014-04-09 08:00:48 AM  
Got to meet him after concert in Munich back around 1988.  Truly one of the nicest guys I've ever met.  None of that "do you know who I am" shiat.

Unlike douche Ronnie Earl.  I was once backstage as an invited guest of Koko Taylor and Earl's band was set to warm up.  The whole band was rude and trying to bully me out of the green room.  When Koko appeared and greeted me, they all calmed the F down and backed off.
 
2014-04-09 08:00:53 AM  

Gulper Eel: Ooba Tooba: I seen Les Paul when he was almost 90. Same thing. At that age, you have to expect some off nights, but for the most part, guys like this will play circles around today's spoiled performers.

Chuck Berry may be a major weirdo, but damned if he didn't put on one hell of a show...he would've been about 80 at the time I saw him. Same for Bo Diddley, who I got to see in the year before he died.

Pinetop Perkins. Holy fark, he was just shy of 97 and still performing well.


Good shows! Also seen Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Albert King, Buddy Guy all in their later years and they were all great, and energetic.
 
2014-04-09 08:06:36 AM  
content7.flixster.com

 Once this BB hits 88 years old...you're gonna see some serious shiat.
 
2014-04-09 08:10:29 AM  

Lackofname: Had a friend who saw him a few months ago in Seattle. Said that BB played 5 songs, then said, "That's it, I'm done." Friend was irritated they paid for two tickets for five songs, but are more worried about the stae of BB's health; this isn't good.


I saw John Lee Hooker before he was even 80 and he played for about a half hour.  I was elated to have gotten a chance to see John Lee Hooker.

You're friend should have appreciated what he got.
 
2014-04-09 08:11:19 AM  
Sad to hear. Saw him about 12 years ago specifically because I knew I had to before it was too late. Susan Tedeschi and Buddy Guy opened for him. Good night.
 
2014-04-09 08:23:59 AM  
My pills are gone
 
2014-04-09 08:34:42 AM  

Crewmannumber6: Sad to hear. Saw him about 12 years ago specifically because I knew I had to before it was too late. Susan Tedeschi and Buddy Guy opened for him. Good night.


I really love Susan Tedeschi. I also loved the young guy she used to perform with, Sean Costello...really sad he died so young.

It is sad to see B.B. this way. I never got to see him perform live.
 
2014-04-09 08:40:08 AM  
"Who's Bob?"
 
2014-04-09 08:40:29 AM  
Given that almost every blues artist of his generation died at least 20 years ago, I suspect he's happy just to wake up every day above the sod.
 
2014-04-09 08:50:31 AM  
Every time we talk about an old bluesman I feel compelled to bring up the Kenny Wayne Shepherd project from 2006 ' 10 Days Out, Blues from the backroads
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wmg88Tea0w
Many of the people he found to play with on this project passed away within a year of it coming out, making it even more significant that he got them to record one more time. I also encourage anyone who wants it to buy it retail, as a portion of the proceeds goes to cover the medical bills of aging blues legends.
 
2014-04-09 09:08:06 AM  
Came to Jacksonville, FL a few years ago... first words out of his mouth when he came out on stage were "Whats up Miami!"
 
2014-04-09 09:09:27 AM  
I was able to see BB about 15 years ago.  It was the most interesting concert I have ever seen.  He talked a lot, good  stories, played some good music.  What I remember most is that I have never been to a concert where the audience had such focus or admiration for the musician that during the talking parts you could hear the general background noise of the audience (shuffling of feet, gentle talk to the person sitting next to you) but once he stopped talking and picked up his guitar, you could hear a pin drop then the music flowed.  I am glad I got to see and hear it.
 
2014-04-09 09:27:44 AM  
Calhoun Tubbs is starting to get the same way.
 
2014-04-09 09:34:31 AM  
saw him in feb.
It's true.
He needs to find a nice shady porch.
 
2014-04-09 09:47:39 AM  
I've seen him a bunch of times over the years, starting in the 80's and the last one was probably about ten years ago.

Over thirty years it was largely about his band (which has always been amazing) and the stories and then his singing and playing.

The fact that he is alive is a miracle.  This is a guy who was around with Muddy and Albert and all the greats.  He's from that generation and still alive.

About ten years ago I got to see Bo Diddley.  You could tell the Dimentia was kicking in and he was an old bitter man.  He had every right but it wasn't as much a performance as it was a crowd to show up and for him to act hostile towards.

I think with BB it's an issue of having two months off.  He's been on tour forever.  Taking him off of that and expecting him to snap back is unreasonable.  I hate to say it but it seems like the most merciful thing is to just let him tour until he physically is unable to.  Unfortunately he might not be too far off from that.

So, kids, with this in mind....get your butts out there and go see Buddy Guy.
 
2014-04-09 09:54:05 AM  
Sad. I've seen him at least a half dozen times through the years, and although the banter was always part of his act, the last performance I saw (maybe three years ago) was mostly talk, very little music.
 
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