Re: BB King
- David wrote:
>I have to come out of lurking to defend BB. ThisI have mixed emotions about BB. I saw him in 1972,
>guy is 80 years old
>and tours almost year round. The show is mostly his
>backing band, but
>he has his moments and seems to enjoy himself.
>Let's all hope Neil
>be touring at that age!
shortly after seeing people like Freddie King, Otis
Rush, Luther Allison, and a very young Bonnie Raitt at
the Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival. I already felt
he was coasting and living off his reputation. I'm
glad we don't have to worry about Neil ever doing
The BB thing, though, reminds me of a supposed Yogi
"I don't watch Bogart movies, there's too many
The subtle humor behind this, of course, is that Bogie
said them before they were cliches. And that is where
I'm at with BB. He invented licks that have become
blues cliches. But they still sound too much like
cliches to me. He seems to have decided, probably a
few years before I saw him in '72, that he already
knew all he needed to know about guitar. Consequently,
he hasn't played a new lick since then.
But, hey: if you get raucous applause every time you
play anything, you must be doing something right.
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- We saw BB earlier this year in Bloomington and thought it was about the
best we had seen him in recent years. We have been fortunate to see BB
every or every other year for the last five or six years. BB finally has
come to grips with his physical disabilities and sat through the whole
show. This was the first time we have seen him sit through an entire
show. I actually thought that this was a good thing as he was able to save
some energy for playing. He played more of his distinctive and delicious
style of guitar, which is why we were there, than he had at any of the
other shows in recent years. So we were satisfied enough that we
considered another of his shows here recently. I was able to pull up good
tickets but they were well over $100 each so I passed. We did not need to
see him again that bad. Now the show I'm looking forward to is the Indy
Jazz fest Bonnie Raitt, Dr John, the Nevilles and Wynton Marsallis to name
a few. Next off to Indy and hoping to avoid the hoards of ball
fans. Sorry Bruce but all of Indy wants George Mason as one of their
players is a local boy.
searchin for the sound
tom & ann
At 09:46 PM 3/31/06 +0200, Joost Groen wrote:
> >In contrast I saw BB King last night, what a disappointment. Great
> >player, great singer but what a schmaltzy Las Vegas style show.
> >Some intimate reduced band stuff was really good but the rest was
> >over rehearsed/over produced.
>I saw BB King live just about twenty years ago, and also then it was
>a large band production, all band members wearing the same suits, and
>indeed it came across as overproduced and -rehearsed. Still, great to
>have seen him live.
>Joost, I am a child
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