Blues Legend, B.B. King Cancel Shows After Falling Ill
Blues legend B.B. King was forced to cancel the remainder of his current tour after reportedly falling ill following a October 3, 2014 show at Chicago’s House of Blues.
The 89-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had eight dates remaining on this leg of his tour, including stops at his namesake B.B. King Blues Club in New York.
“King was immediately evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion whereby causing the eight remaining shows of his current tour to be canceled,” King’s official site posted.
“The combination of the rigors of the very long drive and high blood sugar due to his medication error resulted in a performance that did not match Mr. King’s usual standard of excellence,” the statement read. King suffers from Type II diabetes, a condition he’s lived with for two decades.
No further updates on King’s condition have been released.
In April, the guitarist issued an apology for an erratic performance at the Peabody Opera House in St Louis, which was attributed to a missed a dose of his prescribed medication.
“Simply put, it was a bad night for one of America’s living blues legends and Mr King apologises and humbly asks for the understanding of his fans,” wrote a representative of King in a statement.