THE THRILL IS GONE

With deep sadness, we note the passing of blues legend BB King who died at age 89 in Las Vegas yesterday. I had the distinct pleasure of experiencing BB King in concert several times in my life, the last in the University of Arizona’s Centennial Hall here in Tucson. He came on stage in a sparkling purple tux jacket and kept the show going a good half hour past the scheduled closing, performing for over ninety minutes. His spirit and soulfulness were hypnotic, as the best blues so often is. At the concert’s closing, audience members crowded the stage. BB signed autographs, tossed out guitar picks and gold neck chains. A couple of young women even ran up on stage to give him a hug.

The single encore included When Love Comes to Town, recorded in the late 1980s with Irish rock superstars U2, who composed the tune. I suspect the band will launch a BB King tribute at some point during the second concert opening their iNNOCENCE/eXPERIENCE Tour in Vancouver tonight.

Here’s to you, BB, and to trusty but now silent, Lucille:

The thrill is gone

The thrill is gone away

The thrill is gone

The thrill is gone baby . . . .

The thrill is gone

It’s gone away for good

The thrill is gone baby

It’s gone away for good . . . .

You know I’m free now baby . . . .

Oh, I’m free, free, free now . . . .

And now that it’s all over

All I can do is wish you well.

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