B.B. King Live at Royal Albert Hall
Posted by Michael Mueller on March 27, 2012 at 3:30 PM
On July 28, 2011, the original "King of the Blues" B.B. King delighted a sold-out audience at London's historic Royal Albert Hall with the often-imitated-never-duplicated brand of blues that has made B.B. arguably the greatest blues guitarist of all time. B.B. King Live at Royal Albert Hall 2011 was captured by the folks at Shout! Factory and is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and CD.
Following the standard rousing introduction from B.B.'s stellar band, the DVD opens with the Ivory Joe Hunter classic "I Need You So," before going into the slow blues "Key to the Highway," which B.B. opens with several of his signature licks and a dash of his trademark wit.
Watching this performance, you soon realize that even at age 86 (at the time of the show), B.B.'s phrases are as taut, his bends in tune, and his vibrato as fluttery as they were 50 years ago—a true testament to King's artistry and his dedication to his craft.
This performance also featured some very special guests. Susan Tedeschi and her husband Derek Trucks joined B.B. for a little jam in G, also known as the classic "Rock Me Baby," with Trucks's brilliant slide taking the spotlight while Tedeschi covers vocals. After Tedeschi and Trucks perform "You Are My Sunshine" with King, guitarists Slash and Ronnie Wood along with Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall join the party for the remainder of the show, including a jam on "Sweet Sixteen" as well as "The Thrill Is Gone," "Guess Who," and closing gospel number "When the Saints Go Marching In."
Bonus features on the DVD include a backstage chat with King, and interviews with Trucks, Tedeschi, Wood, Hucknall, and Slash.
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
Jam with Guests
The Thrill Is Gone
When the Saints Go Marching In