The comments about BB's relevance fired me up enough to sign up. I'm not usually a joiner and I've learned to keep my comments to myself, at least publicly. I'll try and keep any future posts short, but this one is by necessity not. B.B. King — The Thrill Is Gone
Sorry to all if I screw this up, first time posting. With regard to BB's relevance and age. He did a show in Penticton about a year ago. I asked my 15 year old son if he'd like to go as he's an aspiring guitarist. He had never heard of BB (my bad) but immediately goggled and you tubed him. Then his response was "OMG I know that guy, of course we're going."
Now, I'll apologize again, this is going to be a bit long for a post. Bear with me please, it is relevant.
The afternoon of the concert I got a call from a friend of Daniels. They were downhill mountain biking on code 4 (a fairly extreme run) and Daniel had just "bailed". They didn't think he could ride down so could I come get them.
When I arrived Daniel was lying near the shoulder of the road. We carried him to the truck and started down the mountain. This was one hour before show time. Despite the groans and winces on the washboard road, Daniel insisted on going to the concert instead of the hospital. We dropped his buddies off picked up his mom and persuaded her that the emergency room would wait. OK Daniel told her if he missed the concert and BB died before he got another chance, he'd never forgive her.
We helped/carried Daniel to our seats just as the intro started. When BB came on stage he was helped to his seat by 2 very large men. The crowd greeted him with applause and a standing ovation. When they started standing Daniel said " are you f——ing kidding me!". Despite the dirty looks from people nearby, I assured him it was OK to stay in his seat.
The show was awesome. Yes BB sat for the whole show, yes he chatted a fair bit and and the band "carried" him once in a while. It still sent shivers up my spine to hear 4000 plus people singing along and chanting for an encore.
There was no encore and nobody actually expected one. The opening "Standing O" might have been gratuitous, but when BB left the stage my son stood with everyone else and cheered.
Irrelevant? Time to quit? If a 15 year old with 3 compressed vertebrae thinks he's worth standing up for, he's still relevant.
BTW, Daniel healed. He hurts after a tough workout or downhill ride, but he still goes for it. What can I say, maybe I'm a bad parent.