The ill is gone for B.B. King
Local fans of iconic blues guitarist B.B. King had reason for panic. The legendary musician, who has a sold out show at the Paramount Theater coming up on February 18, was hospitalized last Thursday due to a bout with the flu – which, at 81 years old, is nothing for the Grammy award winning maestro of vibrato to mess around with.
King was admitted to the University of Galveston hospital in Texas, causing him to miss his Thursday and Friday night performances at a Galveston concert hall. The venue's manager noted that King was intent on playing at all costs until a doctor ordered him to take the night off. He was released on Saturday afternoon and will resume his tour on Tuesday in Fort Worth with the doctors' blessings.
"He is still going to play the 18th of February," says Jamie Sisley, an executive with Starr Hill Presents, the Charlottesville-based promoter of the performance, a sold-out benefit for the Jefferson Area Board for Aging. Opening act is wunderkind Eli Cook.
King has a well-known history of hypertension and diabetes. He starred in a series of television commercials for LifeScan blood glucose monitors several years ago. Family members were particularly worried because of complications that might have arisen from those conditions.