Busy B.B. Is King Of The Road, Studio

A staple of the summer concert circuit, B.B. King's annual touring blues festival will hit the road again in 2001, only this time under a new name. The 10th annual tour -- which will feature Buddy Guy

A staple of the summer concert circuit, B.B. King's annual touring blues festival will hit the road again in 2001, only this time under a new name. The 10th annual tour -- which will feature Buddy Guy, Tommy Castro, and John Hiatt taking the stage along with the venerable King -- has been renamed the Lloyd's Blues Music Festival to reflect the moniker of title sponsor Lloyd's Barbeque Co., a St. Paul, Minn.-based stand-alone subsidiary of General Mills.

This year's festival trek will kick off Aug. 4 in Portland, Ore., and run through Sept. 16 in Wantagh, N.Y. After a brief break, the artists will reconvene for a four-date jaunt Oct. 11-14, hitting City West, Ariz., and three California stops -- Chula Vista, Universal City, and Marysville.

Before heading out with his blues pals, King isn't planning to rest. He's playing through Saturday (May 19) at his namesake club in New York's Times Square, which will be followed by a string of dates next month that wrap June 16 in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Then it's on to Europe for a month of festival appearances that will conclude July 25 in Nice, France.

Interspersed with his busy touring schedule, King will take time out to do some recording, according to an MCA spokesperson. Today, he'll head into a New York studio with crooner Tony Bennett to record "Let the Good Times Roll" for the latter's upcoming duets album. On June 4, he'll begin recording material for a self-produced Christmas album, due out later this year.

In February, King picked up a pair of Grammy awards -- the best pop collaboration with vocals for "Is You, or is You Ain't (My Baby)", a track on his late 1999 album "Let the Good Times Roll" (MCA), recorded with Dr. John; and best traditional blues album for last year's "Riding with the King" (MCA), his collaboration with Eric Clapton. That set debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200, and on top of both the Top Blues Albums and Top Internet Album Sales charts. It has sold nearly 1.8 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

Here are B.B. King's tour dates:
May 18-19: New York (B.B. King's Blues Club)
June 1: Indianola, Miss. (Fletcher Park)
June 2: Jackson, Miss. (Thalia Mara Hall)
June 12: Clio, Mich. (Clio Area Amphitheater)
June 13: Interlochen, Mich. (Interlochen Center Arts)
June 14: Kalamazoo, Mich. (State Theater)
June 15: South Bend, Ind. (Morris Performing Arts Center)
June 16: Ft. Wayne, Ind. (Embassy Theater)
June 26: Paris (Palais De Congress)
June 29: Rotterdam, Holland (Ahoy)
June 30: Bellinzona, Switzerland (Piazza Blues Festival)
July 1: Milan (Idrascalo)
July 3: Manchester England (Bridgewater)
July 4: Liescester, England (De Montfort)
July 5: London (Royal Albert Hall)
July 6: Bournemouth, England (International Centre)
July 7: Brighton, England (Brighton Center)
July 8: Edinburgh, Scotland (Edinburgh Princess Center)
July 11: Montreux, Switzerland (Congress Center)
July 13: Rome (Scalinata Europa)
July 14: Venice, Italy (Campo Sportivo Rosa)
July 15: Kaiserslautern, Germany (Kulturzentum Kammgarn)
July 17: Stockholm (Skeppsholmen)
July 18: Molde, Norway (Molde Jazz Festival)
July 20: Bregenz, Austria (Kormametplatz)
July 21: Badreichen, Germany (Sternenzelt Musikfest)
July 22: Weisen, Austria (Ba Stage)
July 23: Lucerne, Switzerland (Blues Ball Festival)
July 25: Nice, France (Nice Jazz Festival)

Here are the Lloyd's Blues Music Festival dates:
Aug. 4: Portland, Ore. (Columbia Meadows)
Aug. 5: George, Wash. (the Gorge)
Aug. 8: Las Vegas (House of Blues)
Aug. 9: Lemoore, Calif. (Palace Indian Gaming)
Aug. 10: Reno, Nev. (Reno Hilton Amphitheatre)
Aug. 11: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
Aug. 12: Concord, Calif. (Chronicle Pavilion)
Aug. 14: Englewood, Colo. (Fiddler's Green)
Aug. 15: Kansas City, Mo. (Starlight Theatre)
Aug. 16: Hinckley, Minn. (Grand Casino Hinckley)
Aug. 17: Columbia, Mo. (Mizzou Outdoor Theatre)
Aug. 18: St. Louis (Fox Theatre)
Aug. 19: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Music Center)
Aug. 21: Rosemont, Ill. (Rosemont Theatre)
Aug. 22: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheatre)
Aug. 23: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
Aug. 24-25: Atlanta (Chastain Park Amphitheatre)
Aug. 26: Memphis, Tenn. (Tom Lee Park)
Aug. 28: Pittsburgh (Iron City Light Amphitheatre)
Aug. 29: Wallingford, Conn. (ctnow.com Oakdale Theatre)
Aug. 30: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun Casino)
Aug. 31: Manchester, N.H. (Singer Family Park)
Sept. 1: Manchester, Vt. (Riley Rink)
Sept. 2: Canandaigua, N.Y. (Finger Lakes PAC)
Sept. 3: Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre)
Sept. 4: Vienna, Va. (Wolf Trap)
Sept. 7: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
Sept. 8: Big Flats, N.Y. (Budweiser Summer Stage)
Sept. 9: Hershey, Pa. (Hersheypark Amphitheatre)
Sept. 12: Boston (FleetBoston Pavilion)
Sept. 14: Holmdel, N.J. (P.N.C. Bank Arts Center)
Sept. 15: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center at the Waterfront)
Sept. 16: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)
Oct. 11: City West, Ariz. (Sundome Center)
Oct. 12: Chula Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheatre)
Oct. 13: Universal City, Calif. (Universal Amphitheatre)
Oct. 14: Marysville, Calif. (Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre)


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