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Blues legend B.B. King to make return to Richmond

B.B. King returns to River Rock. - F. Antolín Hernandez photo (via Flickr, via Wikipedia)
B.B. King returns to River Rock.
— image credit: F. Antolín Hernandez photo (via Flickr, via Wikipedia)

The immutable Ambassador of the Blues is returning to Richmond.

B.B. King, 87, will appear in concert at River Rock Show Theatre on March 8, 2013 the casino announced Monday.

Tickets to see the blues legend go on sale Thursday. Nov. 22.

Ranked sixth on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, King has released over 50 albums throughout a recording career that began in the late '40s.

"The Thrill Is Gone" is among his most famous songs, a list that also includes No. 1 hits "Three O'Clock Blues" from 1951 and "You Don't Know Me" from 1952.

BB King is a fierce performer dedicated to the stage—playing an average of 275 concerts each year with his famous guitar Lucille. He was last in Richmond one year ago for a concert in front of a full house at River Rock.

King's trophy case includes 15 Grammy Awards and memberships to the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Born Sept. 16, 1925, King grew up on a Mississippi plantation playing on street corners for dimes. In his early 20s, he hitchhiked to Memphis, Tenn. to pursue his music career. He caught a break in 1948 performing on a radio program which led to steady gigs in town.

King went on to create his own vision of the blues in hit records and developed one of the world's most identifiable guitar styles.

At his Richmond show, expect to hear all his classics, including "Payin’ The Cost To Be The Boss," "Caldonia," "How Blue Can You Get?" “Everyday I Have The Blues” and “Why I Sing The Blues."

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $94.50 to $104.50, and available at ticketmaster.ca or 1-855-985-5000

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