Entries tagged with: BB King
photo: BB King at BB King's in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Riley B. King, the legendary guitarist known as B.B. King, whose velvety voice and staccato-picking style brought blues from the margins to the mainstream, died Thursday night.Blues legend BB King had been in and out of the hospital, and had not long ago cancelled a tour due to illness, but as recently as last month he was saying he was feeling better. Now, sadly, the great and forever influential guitarist has died. A post on his Facebook says he passed peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 PM last night (5/14).
He was 89.
His daughter, Patty King, said he died in Las Vegas, where he announced two weeks ago that he was in home hospice care after suffering from dehydration. [CNN]
Rest in peace BB. You'll be missed and won't be forgotten.
Watch a few live videos below...
photo: B.B. King @ BB King's, October 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Blues legend B.B. King was hospitalized over the weekend for a diabetes-related emergency, according to TMZ. The 89-year-old singer and guitarist, who canceled much of his 2014 tour due to illness, posted on Facebook today, "I want to thank everyone for their concern and good wishes. I'm feeling much better & am leaving the hospital today." That is good news. Feel better, B.B.
BB King, who recently turned 89, has had his share of problems continuing to play live in his very old age, so it's not that surprising that earlier this month this message was posted to his Facebook:
Mr. King did not feel well enough to continue his performance last night, Oct 3, 2014, at the House of Blues in Chicago. He was immediately evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion whereby causing the eight remaining shows of his current tour to be cancelled.Followed by:
UPDATE OCT 6, 2014: Mr. King is back home and feeling better. He wants to thank all of his fans and friends for their outpouring of love and concern.Followed by:
A Message From B.B.Followed by:
"I'm back at home now listening to music, watching movies and enjoying some down time. I think I'm busier at home now than on the road talking to friends calling to check up on me. I do appreciate everyone's calls and concern. I want to tell you, I'm doing alright."
B.B. King is back at his home where he is resting. In order to fully recuperate, he has cancelled his remaining eight shows of the current tour. He has been on tour all year with over 70 performances for 2014. He does not have any additional shows scheduled for the remainder of the year.Followed by:
Have you seen B.B. King featured in this new TV commercial for Toyota? If not, you can see it here.OK, that last one is unrelated, but it was his next and most recent Facebook post. Feel better BB!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8unft7p054QOk, that last one has nothing to do with it, but it was his next and most recent Facebook
(P.S. It's just a commercial. Not a true story
The cancelled shows include two at his namesake venue in Times Square (they were this Sunday and Monday). You can watch that Toyota commercial below...
B.B. in NJ in 2008 (more by Tim Griffin)
...says a rep of the blues legend to TMZ...
B.B. King is totally embarrassed by his subpar performance in St. Louis recently -- but his rep tells TMZ, he has a good excuse for sucking ... the blues legend was off his meds.Catch B.B. on tour and find out for yourself what one of his performances is like.
King's April 4th performance at the Peabody Opera House was meandering and stilted, he chatted with the audience more than he sang, people heckled him, and some even walked out. It was bad.
But a rep for B.B. -- who's 88 years old by the way -- tells us, "Mr. King suffers from diabetes -- and he mistakenly missed a dose of his prescribed medication on the show day."
In addition to his high blood sugar problem, King's rep says the singer was exhausted from a 1,600 mile bus trip from Vegas -- adding, "Simply put, it was a bad night for one of America's living blues legends -- and Mr. King apologizes and humbly asks for the understanding of his fans."
BB King @ BB King's, October 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
A lot more people get called living legends than actually deserve it, but B.B. King is certainly one who does. At 88, he's still going with a full slate of concerts this year. (We shot him last year in NYC when he was given the Isabella and Theodore Dalenson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americans for the Arts.) But a concert in St. Louis over the weekend didn't go so well:
For a while, the audience was with him, laughing at his jokes and asides. But it was 45 minutes into the show before King performed anything resembling a song. Even then, his playing was shaky. He explained that he and the band had been off for two months, causing him to lose confidence.Video of that show is below. Let's hope it was just an off night, though the YouTube comments are full of other examples. It's a tough position to be in. He clearly still loves performing live but, like sports figures, you have to face retirement (or partial retirement) at some point. On the other hand, no matter how bad the show is (or expensive the tickets are), you shouldn't boo B.B. King.
After a capable run-through of "Rock Me Baby," he played "You Are My Sunshine" and asked the crowd to sing along. The house lights came up and King began noticing individuals and waving to them. As the song went around again and again, nattering on for -- and this is not a misprint -- 15 minutes, audience members began to heckle, yelling out requests or simply calling for King to "play some music!" Some walked out. - [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
As mentioned, B.B. King is touring, including Lehman Performing Arts Center in the Bronx on April 19. Tickets are on sale. Also in the new york area he's playing Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Theater on April 16 (tickets), and Bridgeport, CT's Klein Memorial Auditorium on April 18 (tickets).
All dates are listed below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
BB King @ BB King's
At 88, blues icon B.B. King is still going strong with Lucille (his guitar) by his side. He just played two nights at his namesake Times Square club with openers Home Made Blues Jamz, and we've got pictures from last night's show (10/24) in this post.
Earlier this week (10/21), King was given the Isabella and Theodore Dalenson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Americans for the Arts gala at midtown eatery Cipriani where he was introduced by fellow blues legend Buddy Guy.
More pics from BB King's below...
Franz Ferdinand at Glasslands in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Franz Ferdinand, Frankie Rose @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Franz Ferdinand are out on the road in support of their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. The band have always been a lot of fun live, so expect an entertaining show. Go early for Brooklyn's Frankie Rose.
Weekend, Disappears, Nothing, DJ Maria Sherman, DJ Jenn Pelly @ Glasslands
Do you like it dark and noisy? Here's the perfect triple bill. Both Weekend and Disappears have gotten gothier on their respective new albums and openers Nothing (who just played one of our CMJ parties) are just plain heavy. Earplugs highly recommended for this one.
Fiona Apple, Blake Mills @ Beacon Theater
Fiona Apple and Blake Mills are doing two nights of "Anything We Want" at Beacon Theatre this week. What exactly does that mean? Back in July they said, "We know it'll be something special, and we aren't being coy here -- it's just that we have about 26% of an idea of what the fuck we will be playing for you" and that "the uncertainty excites us." They've probably figured out more of the set by now.
Man Man, Xenia Rubinos @ Bowery Ballroom
Weirdo rockers Man Man are back with their new On Oni Pond LP, and this week their tour in support of it hits NYC for two shows with arty local songwriter Xenia Rubinos.
X-ray Eyeballs, The Funs, Rips, Truthers @ Death By Audio
X-ray Eyeballs are stripping down and playing acoustic for this show, which also includes a set by sloppy Chicago rockers The Funs, and two other local bands, Rips and Truthers.
Diego Garcia, Arc Iris, Natalia Clavier @ Highline Ballroom
It's all solo/side projects tonight with Diego Garcia (of Elefant), Arc Iris (ex-mem. of The Low Anthem), and Natalia Clavier (of Thievery Corporation).
Noah And The Whale, Spires @ Irving Plaza
It's been about five years since Noah & the Whale released "5 Years Time"... maybe they'll joke about that on stage? If you're going tonight, make a point to go early and check out jangly psych-pop band Spires who open the show.
Foxygen, Ben Chatrer, Jungle Green @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Foxygen's Jonathan Rado was just in NYC playing a bunch of CMJ shows, and now the whole band is here for a 2-night stand of their '60s-style baroque/psych pop and Jim Morrison-style stage antics.
Boys Noize, Jimmy Edgar, Braille @ Output
Boys Noize gets associated with the EDM scene these days, but this week he does two nights at the intimate (for his standards) Williamsburg dance club, which is becoming known for booking forward-thinking electronic music, like tonight's openers, Jimmy Edgar and Braille.
American Sharks, Hector's Pets, Dirty Fences, Nancy @ Union Pool
Austin stoner rockers American Sharks were supposed to play with Godflesh this past week and have upcoming dates with Clutch and The Sword, but they also fit in on small garage rock bills, which they did once during CMJ and will do again tonight.
B.B. King @ B.B. King Blues Club
It's his club, he can play when he wants and what he wants.
Chris Thile @ Carnegie Hall
Bluegrass mandolinist Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, etc) takes on the historic Carnegie Hall tonight.
Eric Burdon @ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Rock legend Eric Burdon has been touring this year, having done two nights in NYC back in May. His current tour doesn't come back to NYC but if you don't mind traveling a bit, there are stops in NJ (tonight) and CT (tomorrow).
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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photos by Jonathan McPhail
Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King did a two night run in NYC last week at (where else?) BB King Blues Club and Grill on Thursday (11/29) and Friday (11/30). We caught the Friday show and pictures from that show are in this post.
BB King will play NYC again at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival at MSG (4/12-4/13) in 2013 (tickets). He also plays the NYC area right before that at Port Chester's Capitol Theatre on April 11. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/7) at noon.
Speaking of the venue BB King's, don't forget Darlene Love is doing her Christmas shows there on December 9 -10 (tickets), and Ronnie Spector is doing her Christmas party there too on December 14 (tickets).
More pics from Friday's show (including opener Chris Bergson) below...
Eric Clapton at BAM in 2010 (more by Kevin Mazur)
Eric Clapton is kicking off a major US tour in March, 2013 which will culminate in NYC with the two-night Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden from April 12 to 13. In addition to Clapton, the festival will feature a ton of other artists, including Allman Brother Band, Jeff Beck, BB King, Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Gary Clark Jr., Blake Mills, Los Lobos, Frank Ocean sideman John Mayer, and many others.
The Terrace level at MSG will also host the "Guitar Center Road to Crossroads Exhibition," which will feature a number of historic guitars on display, memorabilia, archival footage, and interactive exhibits where fans can play products by Fender, Gibson, Ernie Ball, and Martin. The exhibition will open at 6:30 PM on 4/12 and 6 PM on 4/13, and is free to ticket holders.
Tickets for the festival go on sale Friday, November 30 at noon with a Chase (who is presenting the show) presale beginning Monday, November 26 at noon.
A list of all Clapton dates, the full Crossroads Guitar Festival lineup, and a video, are below.
The Rib Rock Festivals scheduled for this Saturday, August 27th at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and this Sunday, August 28th at the PNC Bank Arts Center have been cancelled due to safety reasons concerning Hurricane Irene.Catch Peter Wolf instead at two NYC shows in October.
Refunds are available at the point of purchase.
Peter Wolf will play a Brooklyn show at The Bell House on October 28 in addition to the the previosuly mentioned Manhattan and CT shows he has scheduled. According to The Bell House's website, the show will be a special seated show. Tickets are on sale now for that, and for his Bowery Ballroom show happening two days earlier (10/26).
Still no full Peter Wolf tour to announce, but as mentioned, his band the J. Geils Band also play August 27 at Jones Beach and August 28 at PNC Bank Arts Center as part of Rib Rock Fest. Both shows are with blues legend B.B. King The 8/27 show also includes Buddy Guy and others. The 8/28 PNC Bank Arts Center includes Gary Clarke Jr. and others. Tickets are on sale for both shows.
National Christmas Tree
The countdown is on until the lighting of the National Christmas tree!
My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will have the honor of performing at the 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting. The event will be held [today] December 9th at 5pm EST on the Ellipse at President's Park in Washington DC. He will be joined by fellow performers B.B. King, Sara Bareilles, Maroon 5, and Jackie Evancho, and the evening will be hosted by rapper/actor Common. You can watch the ceremony live at www.thenationaltree.org or on public television throughout December. My Morning Jacket is currently recording a new full-length album, which will be released in 2011.Aside from the news on the tree-lighting, there's a few interesting things in the above statement: Jim James is playing for the President and is recording a new LP with MMJ, former battle-rhymer Common is non-threatening enough to be a TV show host on PBS, and BB King, despite numerous facebook and twitter hoaxes, is alive.
As a matter of fact, BB King, who did not have a stroke, will begin another tour of the United States on New Years Eve in Atlantic City. The tour stretches into the end of April, and he tags Wellmont Theater on 1/6 along the way. Full tour dates for (not zombified) BB King are below, along with some videos...
B.B. King is playing United Palace Theatre in NYC on February 12th. Tickets are now on Live Nation Presale (password = record) and Citi Cardmember presale. General sale starts Saturday at 10am.
Twisted Sister holiday shows are now a yearly tradition. They return to Nokia Theatre in Times Square on December 6th. Tickets are on sale.
The Mary Onettes kicked off a tour of the USA last night (10/3) in Boston. Tonight (10/4) they play their first of three NYC shows. It's at Union Hall. Blacklist opens. Tickets probably available at the door.
Bruce Springsteen & Tom Morello @ MSG (BMoreSweet)
U2 closed the second night of the MSG Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shows on October 30th. At the first (10/29), it was Bruce Springsteen & Billy Joel (before one big group sing on Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher")...
After "Badlands" much of the drained audience began leaving and then rushed back to their seats when Billy Joel sat down at the piano and launched into "You May Be Right," "Only The Good Die Young" and "New York State Of Mind." (The pair were uniting the kindred spirits of New Jersey and Long Island, Springsteen explained.) "Higher and Higher" wrapped up the night. The official set list had the show ending at 11:36:55 (yes, they thought they had it down to the exact second), but the final notes rang out at 1:31 a.m. Six straight hours of music, and that was just the first of two nights. [Rolling Stone]Bruce was actually there both nights (one of many possibly "filling in" for Eric Clapton, who canceled last minute on the second). Those in attendence on the 30th got to see U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith sing together on "Because the Night." (And U2 + Mick Jagger (another unannounced guest) + Fergie + Will.i.am sing "Gimme Shelter"...). Ray Davies, Lou Reed, and Ozzy Osbourne all performed with Metallica. Many played with Stevie Wonder. Full setlists below.
HBO will be airing four hours of highlights on Thanksgiving weekend.
(November 29th at 8PM ET).
Bruce's current tour wraps up November 22nd in Buffalo. He was at Giants Stadium earlier this fall, playing the last concerts ever there. U2 also played the venue for two nights in September, and will be back in Jersey in 2010 as part of their just-announced tour.
Set lists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows are below...
photos by Tim Griffin
"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...
Living legend B.B. King turned 83 in September. You wouldn't know it by his touring schedule. Catch B.B. tonight/Thursday, December 4th, at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, Friday at the club with his own name in it, Saturday in Trenton, February 21st @ the Beacon Theatre with Buddy Guy, or at any of the shows listed below...
Love it or hate it, licensing songs seems to be the new reality for "indie" bands (or any bands) looking to make money and gain exposure. As an avid music fan and Senior Director of Advertising & Video Games at Primary Wave Music Publishing, Ryan Barkan makes sure to stay on top of news related to artists getting their songs in ads, on TV, in movies, in video games and just about anywhere else a band would get paid to put a song. As someone who never pays attention to any of that, I thought the site could use a weekly column to
identify who sold out this week help fill in what I'm missing (think M.I.A. in the Pineapple Express commercial, Nick & Norah, Santogold shilling Bud Light, Chairlift & CSS for Apple, etc..). For that...please welcome Ryan (who also goes by the blog and photographer name "Fresh Bread")....
by Ryan Barkan
Microsoft's Halo 3 video game commercial was so amazing that it won the Grand Prix (i.e. best of show) at this past year's Cannes Advertising Awards, in June, in the "Film" ad category. The spot, titled "Believe", was created by San Francisco advertising agency T.A.G. and featured the dramatically delicate "Raindrop Prelude No 15" by Chopin against a violent and disturbing war scene.
Another huge 2008 release for Microsoft is the upcoming sequel to the game Gears of War, creatively called....wait for it...Gears Of War 2 (available November 7th exclusively on Xbox360). What works once should work again right? T.A.G. thought so and took the same approach with the music as they did with the "Believe" spot, juxtaposing the hard war visuals against a beautiful song, but this time with a more contemporary artist, Devotchka. The beautiful song they used by the Colorado band is called "How It Ends" and the trailer will debut on network television this Sunday, November 2, during NFL Sunday Night Football. You can also watch it right now. The video for that, and of the full version of "Believe", are below.
Other Notable Licensing News:
The Walmart-exclusive AC/DC edition of Rock Band is out November 2nd and now MTV/Harmonix have announced a Beatles video game that will be based on the "Rock Band" engine, but not branded "Rock Band". "The Best Of The Who" edition of Rock Band was released in July as DLC (downloadable content).
Hypebeast has the info on a new line of Miles Davis-inspired T-shirts by urban boutique and shoe company, Supreme.
Flaming Lips, the B-52's, BB King and others were commissioned by NBC to create their own interpretation of the network's classic "Chime In"...
You may not know that the notes to NBC's famous chimes are G, E, and C, but chances are you'd recognize the Peacock jingle in an instant. With that in mind, executives at the network decided to have some fun with their famous chimes and launched a national campaign calling for a 21st century reinvention of the 75-year-old television staple. [Hollywood Insider]Wayne Coyne talks about it in an interview to EW you can watch HERE.
What do Friendly Fires, The Duke Spirit, The Submarines, The Black Keys, Black Kids, The Virgins, and Robyn have in common? They've all had songs featured in an episode of Gossip Girl this month.
What about Lykke Li, Passion Pit and The Kooks? Well, as you may have read earlier, they'll all be appearing in future episodes of Gossip Girl/OC-creator Josh Schwartz's new "music-themed scripted web series" Rockville, CA.
I really dig the new spot for the Google Android Phone. The commercial features a song by The Black Angels called "Black Grease" - not sure if it'll convince me to switch from the iPhone but it's a nice placement nonetheless. Video below...
Controversial as it may be - "due to overwhelming demand", Sly & The Family Stone have added a 2nd night of performances at BB King Blues Club & Grill in NYC. The first date is December 7th. The new date is much earlier - November 20th - also 2 shows (early & late), and tickets will also be $86.00.