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B.B. King Cancels Remaining Tour Dates Due to Illness

In this April 4, 2014 photo, B.B King performs at the Peabody Opera House on April 4, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo.  Some St. Louis music fans are singing the blues after an erratic weekend performance by 88-year-old guitar legend B.B. King led to a stream of early departures and audience catcalls.  Concert-goers say King’s rambling Friday night set at the Peabody Opera House included only a handful of complete songs amid musical snippets, long-winded soliloquies and a 15-minute sing-along of “You Are My Sunshine.”  (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sarah Conard)
In this April 4, 2014 photo, B.B King performs at the Peabody Opera House on April 4, 2014 in St. Louis, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sarah Conard)

Daniel Kreps, ROLLING STONE

 

CHICAGO (Rolling Stone)—Blues legend B.B. King was forced to cancel the remainder of his current tour after falling ill following a October 3rd show at Chicago’s House of Blues. The 89-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had eight gigs left on his current trek, including stops at his namesake B.B. King Blues Club in New York. “[King] 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,” King’s official site posted. No other details about King’s condition were revealed.

As EW’s The Music Mix points out, King gave a shaky performance in St. Louis in April 2014, with the concert being so erratic that the blues great’s reps issued a statement apologizing following the gig.
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