It has been a painful reminder these past three days that our legends grow old and pass away. We lost Eddie Money on Friday and Rick Ocasek of the Cars on Sunday. We cherish their music and their impact on our lives. I had the pleasure of seeing Eddie Money and The Cars in person. I'm more grateful now that I had those opportunities.
Today we remember another legend who was born on this day (September 16th) in 1925. B.B. King was born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi, but thank God the man fell in love with music at his church. He worked incredibly long hours at a cotton gin, but made time for his passion by playing at local juke joints and getting a radio job as a disk jockey at WDIA in Memphis. He was known as the "Beale Street Blues Boy." His path to his eventual stardom was not easy. His mom left when he was four years old. He worked hard and saved his money to buy his first guitar at the age of 12. It cost $15 dollars. You can imagine how long it took for him to save that kind of money back then. How grateful we all are that he followed that passion no matter the situation and became one of the most celebrated blues performers in history. Here's some inside info: he almost played here at the Thunder Mountain Amphitheater. It was circa 2013 and there were legitimate discussions to have B.B. King perform in Northern Colorado. If my memory serves, we almost had the signature on the contract. It was a long time ago and I wasn't privy to all of the conversations, but I believe it came down to his schedule and routing him here. It just didn't work out. He passed away in 2015. So very sad for us all, but more so for me because I knew we were close to having this legend on our stage.
Here's the good news! We have another great blues legend coming to the Thunder Mountain Amphitheater! He is, by many accounts, the most influential blues guitarist and performer of all time! For all the deserved attention and celebration that came with B.B. King, it was Buddy Guy that had the greatest influence on the most well known guitarists and music that we love today. This man is a powerhouse performer with a personal history as equally inspiring as B.B. King. If you think you're not a fan, then think about this: If you're a fan of Led Zeppelin, you're a Buddy Guy fan. If you love Jimi Hendrix, you're a Buddy Guy fan. If you believed in the mid-60's slogan, "Eric Clapton is God", then you're a fan of Buddy Guy. The list goes on.
We know that our hero's are not here for long. For those who were lucky enough to see B.B. King live are thinking about those precious moments today, his birthday. How proud we are to tell others that Yes! I saw B.B. King at Red Rocks or on Beale Street or...name the venue. Make sure you're here on September 28th so you can proudly tell others that Yes! I saw Buddy Guy at Thunder Mountain Amphitheater. He is a legend sill with us and one worth seeing.
Check this out.....The King, Buddy, and Eric Clapton jamming together. This is awesome!