Its hard to imagine the music world without a Paul McCartney or Mick Jagger, two legends that changed the face of rock and roll. In the blues community, B.B. King was that figure. A living legend who took blues to a new level. The guitar master influenced countless musicians like Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix, to name a few. All of which are guitar gods in their own right. King is the last great blues artist in a genre that has some what faded over the years.
King, 89, died at his home in Las Vegas Thursday, May 15, where he was suffering from diabetes. In October 2014 King cancelled his Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead show due to a collapse on stage in Chicago leading up to the Pittsburgh date. King’s last Pittsburgh performance was at the Benedum Center in 2012. Even into his 80’s King played as many as 250 shows per year. King didn’t need an elaborate stage performance. He could make you cry, laugh and give you chills all from the seat of his chair.
Photos by Randy Jarosz
Amphitheatre at Station Square
July, 13, 2010