Posted in music | pictures on December 7, 2008

photos by Tim Griffin

BB King

"I had the pleasure to see B.B. King at the Welmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ last week. B.B. was awesome as usual, but what impressed me more, was the restoration of this theatre. The Wellmont was one of my mainstays growing up as kid in the area in the 70's and 80's. With such theatres as the Bellevue, the ClairRidge and the Royal Theatre in Bloomfield, the Wellmont was considered the "dirty theatre", and usually a last choice between the other theatres. However, it had some mystique to it, and as kids we were some times able to sneak in the side exit." [Pete the Mac]
B.B. King, forever on tour, played a show at the new Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ on Thursday night (12/4). Coming out throwing guitar picks to the audience, the living legend, and eight-piece band, proceeded to perform for two hours. His set consisted of as many stories as it did songs. That included one story about not liking how modern R&B and rap singers disrespect women, and there was one sing along version of "You Are My Sunshine", dedicated to all of the ladies. After the show ended with a version of "The Thrill is Gone", B.B. stayed around on stage signing posters and handing out more guitar picks and other trinkets to audience members.

Guitarist Joel Zoss opened the show with a set of mostly old blues songs, including one by Leadbelly. More pictures below...

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If anyone didn't know what the blues was, King encapsulates it this way: "Because I play the blues, people think I cry all the time. I don't cry all the time. When I find something I want and I can't have it, then I cry." [az central]
More tour dates HERE.

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Comments (20)

safe music for suburbanites who've given up

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2008 6:56 PM

you are asshole. bb king had influenced so much music it is insane. glad to see he has his health to keep performing

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2008 7:05 PM

bb is the man, god bless him for still touring.

Posted by slob | December 7, 2008 7:33 PM

'safe music for suburbanites who've given up"

given up what exactly?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2008 7:46 PM

6:56 - you are obviously a moran.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2008 7:56 PM

re: 7:56.

the irony's killing me.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2008 8:05 PM

yeah... he is stoopid.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2008 8:38 PM

I always was scared of walking down that alleyway off Bloomfield ave at night. That girl's got balls.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2008 9:39 PM

6:56 You are nothing, and you know it. Good for you!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2008 9:51 PM

B.B. King is the antithesis of "safe music." He's one of the best electric guitarists in the world! Get it right next time.

Plus, his guitar has a fricking name-- Lucille.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2008 10:13 PM

Also, thanks for the pictures!

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2008 10:14 PM

safe music? 'the fuck you going on about? do you know what this man has done?

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2008 10:31 PM

I always was scared of walking down that alleyway off Bloomfield ave at night. That girl's got balls

There is always human poop in that alley way.

And also,6:56 get's the "tool of the year" award.

"safe music for suburbanites who've given up"

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2008 10:46 PM

"re: 7:56.

the irony's killing me."

That misspelling of 'moron' is Internet slang.

Posted by Anonymous | December 7, 2008 10:54 PM

keep on rockin BB King.

Posted by imkoreansowhat | December 7, 2008 11:45 PM

6:56 is from Ohio

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2008 8:43 AM

actually 7:05pm is from ohio. 6:56pm is most likely from williamsburg via some place "arty".

Posted by Anonymous | December 8, 2008 9:24 AM

Hmmm... I presume by "safe music for suburbanites" that person means white people? Very true, but consider blues has been desegregated for about as long as it has existed - it's been more than 40 years since the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and John Mayall, and it was about 40 years before that that Bessie Smith was in her heyday, and 46 years since Mamie Smith recorded "Crazy Blues." And as for playing in "nicer" theaters, if BB King doesn't deserve to make a little money by playing in bigger venues to more people, after hitting the stage for 300 nights a year for 50 years, I don't know who does. That person needs to get over it. And maybe sit back and enjoy the music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 9:28 AM

I love both B.B. AND Joel Zoss, whom I've seen perform live several times. Actually, Joel didn’t perform any old blues songs in Montclair. He performed six songs in his set -- the first four were his originals, and the 5th was such an extensive revamp of a bunch of old blues songs, with more than half of it his original material, that he has no problem claiming authorship. He did close with his an arrangement of Leadbelly’s “Irene,” but I think he would probably be pleased to hear that his performance passed for old blues songs.

I think Joel Zoss is the perfect opener for B.B.

Posted by Cinnie | December 10, 2008 10:06 AM

If you're tired of suburbia or just interested in music or history or American culture, come visit us at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi. It's a tribute to a great man and musician, as well as an introduction to the Delta. And there's plenty to do and lots of good food once you get here. Visit our website at bbkingmuseum.org and contact us to plan your itinerary.
Happy Holidays!

Posted by A Shackelford | December 23, 2008 6:36 PM

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