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The Return of the King



    A true testament to longevity and perseverance, Riley B. King -- known better to millions of blues fans as B.B. King -- has been performing live for nearly 60 years and will continue to do so on Nov. 30 at the Belly Up. 

    It's worth noting up front that the show is sold-out, which is not surprising -- King seems to have that effect on people worldwide. The guitarist has been a frequent visitor to the region recently, playing shows at Harrah's Rincon Casino in September 2010, the Balboa Theatre in February and Humphreys this past August as well

    The 86 -year-old must-see artist, who has dominated blues charts for decades continues to draw sizable crowds but is mostly performing at smaller, more intimate venues these days in order to satisfy his fans. His guitar, known as Lucille, isn’t the only reason you should see the blues legend’s live show; the tales of his life and his love of women are mesmerizing, funny and insightful. King performs with the purpose of leading his audience on a journey through a set filled with superb instrumentation.   

    There's no doubt the prolific guitarist will perform such hits as “Rock Me Baby,” “I Need You So” and the Grammy-winning “The Thrill Is Gone,” but there’s a lot more than the music onstage. King’s comical personality lingers long after the show is over.  While his voice has become a little slurred over the years, you’ll still hear him belt out all the notes as best as he can. 

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