LAS VEGAS, NV – B.B. King, the legendary blues singer, songwriter and guitarist died in his Las Vegas home on Thursday.
B.B. King’s attorney Brent Bryson told The Associated Press that King died peacefully in his sleep at 9:40 p.m. local time. King had been in hospice care.
The 15-time Grammy winner was suffering from diabetes and during the past year was faced with declining health. In October of last year B.B. King collapsed during a concert in Chicago, blaming it on dehydration and exhaustion.
King’s career spanned close to 70 years and he was considered the undisputed king of the blues and is credited with mentoring guitarists including Eric Clapton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards. He recorded more than 50 albums, touring the world until as recently as this year. He had been known to perform over 250 concerts a year.
King played a Gibson guitar he referred to as Lucille, playing a unique style that included beautifully crafted single-string runs, vibratos and bent notes.
King was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1984 followed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. He also received the Songwriters Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush.
Other Grammys included best male rhythm `n’ blues performance in 1971 for “The Thrill Is Gone,” best ethnic or traditional recording in 1982 for “There Must Be a Better World Somewhere” and best traditional blues recording or album several times.
King’s final Grammy was in 2009 for the best blues album “One Kind Favor.”
Peter Frampton posted on his Facebook page, “My heart goes out to BB King’s family and all who loved him. A great friend and an amazing guitar player left us peacefully today. We will all miss you BB. RIP”
In early May of this year, King was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital. At that time, his daughter Patty King, said he wasn’t eating and was dehydrated. Patty had contacted police to settle a dispute over whether B.B. needed to be hospitalized, claiming elder abuse.
Evidently there has been a battle over B.B.’s care, between his daughter Patty and B.B.’s longtime manager Laverne Toney. Patty told TMZ that she wanted to take B.B. to the hospital because of his symptoms and lack of appetite.
According to Patty, Toney has power of attorney over B.B. and refused to take him to the hospital, forcing her to call police. Paramedics were called to the scene and confirmed that he needed to be checked out by doctors.
The tension between Patty and Toney had been brewing for some time. Last November, Patty and her boyfriend filed a police report, claiming elder abuse and burglary. The pair accused Toney and her assistant of stealing $20-$30 million from B.B., withholding his medications while on tour and stealing several Rolexes and a ring valued at $250k.
Through it all, King modestly insisted he was simply maintaining a tradition.
“I’m just one who carried the baton because it was started long before me,” he told the AP in 2008.
LAS VEGAS, CA – Legendary blues musician B.B. King has been hospitalized near his Las Vegas home.
According to one of his daughters, the 89-year-old singer is doing “much better.” BB King is reported to have 15 children and over 50 grandchildren.
King was rushed to the hospital over the weekend due to dehydration brought on from his Type II diabetes, this according to TMZ.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was diagnosed with diabetes more than 20 years ago. Last year, in October, King canceled the remainder of his tour after being diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion.
King has released more than 50 albums since he started performing in 1948.
There’s no official word from BB King at this time.
CARMEL, INDIANA – Last Sunday night (August 3) at the Palladium in Carmel, legendary guitarist Peter Frampton lost his composure after a concert goer refused to stop taking video of his performance.
We’ve all been there. You’ve been patiently waiting to see your favorite band perform, and when the moment finally arrives, everyone around you stands up. You also stand up so you can at least get a glimpse of the performer and cheer them on, but wait! All of a sudden there are phones popping up all around you, as fans start taking pictures or video. Worse, there’s an iPad or two.
You’d have to be taller than basketball legend Manute Bol to see over the sea of hardware!
You won’t have that worry at a Peter Frampton concert.
Before Frampton’s show that fateful night, fans were informed that there would be no flash photography or video allowed. However, that didn’t stop one couple who were armed with a camera and smartphone, as the pair continued to shoot videos and snap photos throughout the concert – worse, they were asked to stop by security as wells as Frampton himself.
According to Onstage Magazine, Frampton was gesturing to the couple to stop as he was “frantically” looking for security. He became frustrated and turned his back on audience members and continued playing to try and make a point.
When someone from the venue finally told the couple to stop, they did, but that didn’t last long.
At one point the man flipped Frampton off and turned to the audience and yelled, “Deadbeats!”
During “Do You Feel Like We do,” Frampton had had enough and stormed off stage, only to reappear in the audience. As he approached the offending couple he asked to see the pictures they had been taking. When the couple handed him their cell phone he spun around and flung the phone as far as he could towards the back of the stage. Fans erupted in cheers.
Frampton tweeted later that the cell phone survived the incident. Fans also tweeted in support of his behavior.
While I believe the couple got what was coming to them, I have to disagree with Frampton’s stance on cell phone usage and his behavior. Yes, I would have been cheering him on too, but that doesn’t excuse that type of behavior, not to mention there are laws out there protecting even stupid people and their phones.
I know some artists consider it distracting to themselves and fans that paid good money to be there, but what about those people standing next to you with their beer raised high, as they dance around splashing the golden liquid all over everyone except themselves? I don’t see anyone trying to stop them and that’s annoying as hell!
What about that time when you looked around and everyone in the venue is seated except for the jerks in front of you and all you get to see is their plumbers butt!
Other artists consider their images sacred and will do anything and everything to protect their images from would be photo takers. They fear that someone may actually make some coin off of those precious photos. There’s simply no money being made on those pictures, unless there happens to be a wardrobe malfunction, or you get a great video of someone like Peter Frampton chucking someone’s phone backstage. Now that would be priceless.
If Frampton is serious he needs to have his peeps trolling the venue for offenders. I recently witnessed a fight break out when one artist, who will remain nameless, had his management team out in the audience shutting people down, only to have a fight breakout – yes some people will fight back when you grab their cell phone. Frampton was lucky.
Then there are those artists who embrace the technology and take selfies of themselves and the audience, or encourage fans to take their pictures and post them on social networking sites. And my favorite – having everyone with a cell phone turn them on at the same time – Those are the moments fans will cherish and remember, and it makes for a pretty cool picture.
At the end of the day there will always be inconsiderate people out there, especially at a concert. Expect it, plan for it, but don’t react to it – they love it when you do that.
By the way, the rude and inconsiderate couple may actually make some serious coin from their photos, all thanks to Frampton himself.
LINCOLN, CA – Frampton’s Guitar Circus thrilled fans at Thunder Valley Casino Resort on Friday, with two legendary guitarists entertaining a full-house.
Following his success of the 2011/2012 world tour celebrating the 35th Anniversary of his multi-platinum live album ‘Frampton Comes Alive!,’ Peter Frampton headed back on the road with Frampton’s Guitar Circus, featuring blues legend BB King.
Throughout his tour, Frampton has been bringing a special guest. For his Thunder Valley Casino visit he brought out acclaimed songwriter, Richard Thompson. Thompson is the recipient of BBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was named one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 20 Guitarists of All Time for his acoustic and electric virtuosity. Robert Plant, REM, Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, David Byrne, Del McCoury, Bonnie Raitt, and many others have recorded his work.
Another feature of this tour is fans are able to purchase the recorded version of the show they attended from FizzKicks. So far, the Thunder Valley show has not been uploaded.
BB King kicked off the show with his famous guitar Lucille, as he came shuffling out to sit down in a chair front and center. The 87-year-old King smiled and waved to the crowd most of his set. It appeared he was more comfortable interacting with the crowd than performing with his band.
Once King started playing, it was evident why he’s considered The King of Blues, effortlessly picking his way around the guitar and singing with a strong bluesy sound. Fans were completely enraptured with his presence and delighted with his charismatic charm while he waved, pointed and smiled at everyone he made eye contact with.
The main event for the evening was when Frampton joined King on stage to play a couple of songs, including Kings Grammy Award winning “The Thrill is Gone.” I was excited to see the two legendary guitarists performing onstage together, but more importantly seeing the two sitting there talking to each other as if they were sitting out on the porch on a hot summer day.
As fans pulled out their camera phones King insisted on posing with Frampton for as many fans as possible, telling the crowd to go ahead and take pictures.
After a brief break, Frampton came out playing extended versions of “Magic Moon (Da Da Da Da Da!)” and “Doobie Wah,” both off of his third album “Something’s Happening.” It appeared he was playing on is original Les Paul that he had lost and recovered after 31 years!
The 63-year-old Frampton got the crowd’s attention as soon as he struck up the first notes to “Show Me the Way,” with the crowd cheering and jumping to their feet.
Richard Thompson joined Frampton for Thompson’s song “Shoot Out the Lights,” off his critically acclaimed album ‘Shoot Out the Lights,” followed by “Tear Stained Letter,” off his “Hands of Kindness” album.
Frampton continued on with “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Black Hole Sun” and he treated the crowd to a 20 minute extended version of “Do You Feel Like We Do.”
Finishing off the show, Frampton brought out Thompson as they played the Beatles hit “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Frampton is used to playing at least a three hour set, but due to time constraints he had to cut his set short. Die-hard fans in the audience continued to chant for more until they realized the equipment was being broken down and then they reluctantly headed for the exits.
This is the second time Frampton has brought his tour to Thunder Valley Casino Resort and it’s the second time that fans were left wanting more. If fans are lucky and he comes back a third time, let’s hope the start time is a little earlier so they can experience the true Frampton.
In a press release today Thunder Valley Casino Resort announced several new acts for their upcoming Summer Concert Series for 2013 and it appears this is going to be a great series.
Thunder Valley will welcome back several popular artists like Huey Lewis and the News, Peter Frampton and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
This Summer Concert Series will include the ‘Under the Sun’ tour featuring Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon & Fastball. Look for tickets for this show to sell out early.
This year joining the legendary Peter Frampton in his ‘Guitar Circus’ tour will be the equally legendary B.B. King. Another show you won’t want to miss.
“We are thrilled to add these big name entertainers to our fourth annual Summer Concert Series lineup,” said Dawn Clayton, Acting General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resort. “Our outdoor amphitheater is second to none in the region and as always, we will have a very well-rounded series of big name entertainers.”
Check back here for the latest updates!
|Frankie Vallie and The Four Season||Saturday, June 1|
|Pat Benatar w/Neil Geraldo and Cheap Trick||Friday, June 7|
|Super Summer Soul Jam click for full line up||Saturday, June 8|
|Doobie Brothers||Friday, June 14|
|Jeff Dunham||Friday, June 21|
|Lynyrd Skynrd||Saturday, June 22|
|Under the Sun w/Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray and more||Friday, July 12|
|Huey Lewis & the News||Saturday, July 13|
|Larry Hernandez||Saturday, July 20|
|Chicago||Saturday, Aug 3|
|Gladys Knight and The O’Jays||Friday, Aug 9|
|Bill Engvall||Saturday, Aug 10|
|Chris Isaak||Friday, Aug 16|
|Frampton’s Guitar Circus w/ B.B. King||Friday, Aug 30|
|Beach Boys||Friday, Sept 6|
|Heart||Saturday, Sept 22|
|Bad Company||Friday, Sept 27|
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 15 for Thunder Club Members at the casino. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, March 16 and can be purchased online at http://thundervalleyresort.com/entertainment or at the Thunder Valley Ticket Sales Office between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The CD and special deluxe edition double with bonus material was #1 on Amazon’s rock download last week.
An all-star Lineup contributes to all new recordings of “Teaser” Tracks Performing Alongside Bolin. Guests Include Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes, Nels Cline, Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa and others.
In the annals of rock history, Tommy Bolin occupied a brief, but shining stint as a brilliant guitarist who wowed those in the know with his mastery of many genres–rock, fusion, funk, reggae and heavy metal among others. Along with a much lauded solo career that pushed the boundaries of rock/jazz fusion, Bolin played with The James Gang and Deep Purple which set him up for major solo guitar stardom which was cut short by his untimely death in 1976.
There’s been much written about the guitar wunderkind and now a top notch roster of players have signed on to pay tribute to Bolin on Great Gypsy Soul. Produced by Greg Hampton and Warren Haynes, it’s a remarkable project that brings together major players who actually perform alongside Tommy Bolin’s playing and vocals from the recording outtakes to his solo debut album “Teaser.” Peter Frampton, Warren Haynes (a key supporter of the project and who recently posted about it to his 150,000 Facebook fans), Nels Cline, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Brad Whitford, Joe Bonamassa, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Glenn Hughes and Myles Kennedy all contribute to this amazing project.
The Huffington Post and Guitar World have confirmed coverage in upcoming publications.
Great Gypsy Soul was released on 429 Records on March 26th and immediately became Amazon’s #1 Rock Download for last week! Great Gypsy Soul is both a widely available single CD format and a double CD with 39 minutes of bonus available only at Amazon.com.
Tommy Bolin was the quintessential guitar prodigy who focused his talents within the burgeoning rock/metal scenes of the early 70’s as well as mastered a highly lauded jazz fusion technique catching the attention of rock and guitar legend peers.
It was just a matter of time before Bolin was making a name for himself playing on projects as diverse as Billy Cobham’s “Spectrum” project (considered one of the great jazz fusion recordings of all time), replacing Joe Walsh in the James Gang, playing session work on seminal fusion projects by Moxy and Alphonse Mouzon, to replacing Ritchie Blackmore in Deep Purple. With the release of his second solo album “Private Eyes”, what should have been a red letter moment for Bolin, opening up for Jeff Beck in Miami, sadly turned tragic as Bolin was found dead of an overdose shortly after the gig.
Says Warren Haynes: “Many of the guests added after the fact have a close personal connection to Tommy–all share in acknowledging his place in rock history. Watching (and hearing) it all come to fruition some 35 years later was a journey of its own–well worth the travel.”
The Grind w/ Peter Frampton
Teaser w/ Warren Haynes
Dreamer w/ Myles Kennedy and Nels Cline
Savannah Woman w/ John Scofield
Smooth Fandango w/ Derek Trucks
People People w/ Big Sugar and Gordie Johnson
Wild Dogs w/ Brad Whitford
Homeward Strut w/ Steve Lukather
Sugar Shack w/ Glenn Hughes and Sonny Landreth
Crazed Fandango w/ Steve Morse
Lotus w/ Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Huges and Nels Cline
Disc 2 Bonus CD
Flying Fingers w/ Oz Noy and Nels Cline
Marching Bag-Movement One w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Greg Hampton, John Scofield, Sonny Landreth
Marching Bag-Movement Two w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Steve Lukather, Derek Trucks, Peter Frampton
Marching Bag-Movement Three w/ Gordie Johnson, Bolin, Nels Cline, Oz Noy, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Joe Bonamassa
Marching Bag-Movement Four w/ Nels Cline, Bolin, Warren Haynes, Joe Bonamassa, Oz Noy, Brad Whitford, Peter Frampton
It was one sweet weekend out at Thunder Valley Casino and Resort with the Doobie Brothers on Friday and then the legendary Peter Frampton on Saturday. Both concerts were sold out, so if you’re thinking about going to a concert at Thunder Valley I would suggest not waiting to get your tickets.
On to Peter Frampton . . .
Local guitar heroes Brian Wheat and Frank Hannon from the band Tesla.
The audience was chanting “Frampton! Frampton!” in anticipation of the start of the show. Just prior to the start, William Shatner’s voice came on the loud speaker to explain the no photography or video policy, although even before the end of the performance, videos were making their way on to Youtube.
Some of you may recall Tesla’s “Modern Day Cowboy” making it onto Guitar Hero 6. Well, Tesla followed their guitar hero, who was featured in Guitar Hero 5 with “Do You Feel Like We Do” off his “Frampton Comes Alive!” album. So it was quite a treat to see the boys from Tesla meet one of their favorite guitarists.
61 year old Frampton started off the set with “Something’s Happening” and “Doobie Wah,” both songs keeping the crowd cheering and on their feet. “Lines on My Face” had the crowd sitting down, but giving him a standing ovation at the end of the song.
Cheers broke out as soon as he started “Show Me the Way”. In classic Frampton style he started in with his signature talkbox which really got the crowd going. While Frampton wasn’t the first to use the talkbox, he’s credited for bringing it mainstream with “Show Me the Way,” which was record in the “’70’s. He’s been using it in concerts ever since.
The gracious Frampton said, just prior to starting “I Want to Go to the Sun,” that a guy by the name of Carlos had asked if he could sign one of his guitars, which was the same model used by Frampton. Frampton said not only would he sign it, but he would play it. After the song, Frampton invited Carlos up on stage to give him back the guitar and gave him a big hug.
After the show I was able to talk to Carlos Pereda about how all this came about. Believe it or not, Frampton keeps tabs on his