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B.B. King Apologizes for St. Louis Concert Gone Bad

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Photo: Getty/Win McNamee

Photo: Getty/Win McNamee

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Blues guitarist B.B. King wants his St. Louis fans to give him another chance after an erratic performance led to a stream of audience catcalls and early departures.

The 88-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer issued a public apology on Tuesday for what his publicists called “a bad night for one of America’s living blues legends.”

The written statement says King and his band had returned from a four-week break before the April 4 Peabody Opera House show. The band drove straight to St. Louis from Las Vegas, a 24-hour, 1,600-mile trip each way. And King missed his daily dosage of diabetes medicine, which elevated his blood sugar.

Concertgoers said King’s rambling set featured a handful of complete songs and a 15-minute sing-along of “You Are My Sunshine.”

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