In a recent press release it was announced that legendary blues icon, B.B. King and his main squeeze, “Lucille” will return to the Valley Feb. 15, 2013 to the beautiful and intimate OVATIONS! Live Showroom at Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at WinGilaRiver.com, by phone at 877.840.0457 or by visiting the box office at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino.
Tickets are priced from $55 – $150
A discount of up to $20 is available with a complimentary Player’s Club card.
The last time I wrote about B.B. coming to town, I got his age wrong –and never to let me get away with that, my readers corrected me, so I hope I get it right this time when I say that this 87-year old (born in Sept. 1925) legend is a must-see for anybody who likes music of any kind. B.B King paved the way for rock music since before the early days of Elvis and The Beatles.
A true blues legend, B.B. King has been recognized with more awards and titles during his long career than most artists could dream of. Just one example, Rolling Stone magazine ranks him at No. 6 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He has won multiple Grammy Awards and his iconic songs like “The Thrill is Gone” and “Sweet Home Chicago” have become the defining sound of blues, period.
Riley. B. King is this King’s given name.
Lucille: B.B. King had been playing Gibson guitars for over 40 years when he and Gibson officially joined forces in 1982. B.B.’s personal touches on his signature model include the fine-tuner tailpiece, the semi-hollow body with no soundholes and, of course, the name that has adorned his guitars throughout his career, Lucille.
If you are a fan, don’t miss this show.
You may also want to check out BB King: The Life of Riley Movie, said to be a powerful, insightful and heart-warming feature documentary about the King of the Blues narrated by Morgan Freeman and directed by Jon Brewer. The movie was released in Oct. 2012.
If you want to get ready for this show in February, consider checking out a truly spectacular concert movie, B.B. King – Live At The Royal Albert Hall 2011 available on Amazon and other sites. On June 28, 2011, the “King of the Blues” played to a sold-out crowd at London’s Royal Albert Hall. It was yet another unforgettable night in the career of one of the most legendary bluesmen to ever pick up a guitar. Joining Mr. King onstage were guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks, “songbird extraordinaire” Susan Tedeschi, The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall and Slash. The track list:
I Need You So
Key To The Highway
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
All Over Again
Rock Me Baby
You Are My Sunshine
B.B. Jams With Guests
The Thrill Is Gone
When The Saints Go Marching In
No doubt Mr. King will play some, if not all of these songs and more when he visits us here in Phoenix this February. See you out at the show!