Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King is going to turn 80 this year and make the rest of us feel incredibly lazy. Plans for King's 2005 include touring the continent, and recording and releasing a new studio album. The record is going to be a duets album, featuring artists most people won't have heard of÷y'know, just Van Morrison, Elton John, Sting, and U2.
King's extensive tour of North America is already well under way, but he has yet to reach Canada. The 13-time Grammy winning guitarist will be playing five Canadian cities this spring; Vancouver is up first on March 20th, with Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, and London following, in that order. As if that wasn't enough, King will be heading over to Europe later on in the year.
If you thought an album and tour was all B.B. was doing this year, you'd be wrong. He's also going to begin work on his very own museum in his home state of Mississippi; ground breaking for the site will take place in June. While King might not actually be doing the physical work himself, he's still getting his own museum!
On September 20th, just after King's birthday, there will be a gala held in Beverly Hills in his honour. He also has a whole bunch of blues clubs named after him. And all those songs everyone knows, like "The Thrill Is Gone", plus all those artists he's inspired, like The Beatles÷
B.B. Kings' upcoming Canadian stops:
March 20 Vancouver, BC - Orpheum Theatre
April 2 Montreal, QC - Place des Arts
April 3 Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
April 4 Toronto, ON - Hamilton Place Theatre
April 5 London, ON - John Labatt Centre
Writer: Jaclyn Arndt