B.B. Celebrating 80 With Tour, Album, Museum
Blues legend B.B. King won't celebrate his 80th birthday until Sept. 16, but a host of events are in the works leading up to the occasion.Blues legend B.B. King won't celebrate his 80th birthday until Sept. 16, but a host of events are in the works leading up to the occasion. King is already in the midst of an extensive tour, which rolls into San Diego tonight (March 1) and has dates on tap through July 5 at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Later this month, King will begin work on a new duets album, which is confirmed to feature pairings with Van Morrison, U2, Sting and Elton John. The set will be released later this year on a Universal Music Group label to be announced.
It will be King's first new studio album since 2003's "Reflections," which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart.
In June, ground will broken on the B.B. King Museum in his hometown of Indianola, Miss.. Benefit concerts for the museum are in the works for late summer at a venue to be announced and on Sept. 20 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Also in September, King will be the subject of the Bulfinch Press book "B.B. King's Treasures," which follows his 1996 autobiography "Blues All Around Me."