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Bluesman Apologizes for St. Louis Concert Gone Bad

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)

 

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues guitarist B.B. King wants his St. Louis fans to give him another chance after an erratic performance led to a stream of audience catcalls and early departures.

The 88-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer issued an apology on Tuesday for what his publicists called “a bad night for one of America’s living blues legends.”

The written statement says King and his band had taken a four-week break before the April 4 Peabody Opera House show. The band drove straight to St. Louis from Las Vegas, a 24-hour, 1,600-mile trip each way. And King missed his daily dosage of diabetes medicine, which elevated his blood sugar.

Concertgoers said King’s rambling set featured a handful of complete songs and a 15-minute sing-along of “You Are My Sunshine.”

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