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5:48 am
Tue April 8, 2014

B.B. King Headed for Ann Arbor Concert Amid Sketchy Reviews

Legendary Bluesman B.B. King is scheduled to perform at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on June 1st. He heads to town amid a rather sketchy performance in St. Louis over the weekend. Keep in mind, King is now 88-years old.  

B.B. King performing in 2009. He'll be live in concert at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on June 1st.
B.B. King performing in 2009. He'll be live in concert at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on June 1st.
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According to the Associated Press, King's erratic weekend performance in St. Louis led to a stream of early departures and audience catcalls. 

Concertgoers say King's rambling Friday night set at the Peabody Opera House included only a handful of complete songs amid musical snippets, long-winded soliloquies and a 15-minute sing-along of "You Are My Sunshine." 

The experience at King's concert highlights an increasingly common occurrence as popular musicians in their 70s and 80s continue taking the stage in front of nostalgic audiences. 

A recent St. Louis concert by 87-year-old rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry was also marked by missed chords and forgotten lyrics.

King's agent declined to comment through an assistant. Calls to the venue and promoter were not immediately returned.

King is slated to perform at the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor June 1st at 7:30pm.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.