No matter how long you’ve been playing music, you’re probably bound to have one or two off nights. That still doesn’t explain exactly what happened to B.B. King after the blues legend was heckled mercilessly by a St. Louis crowd during a performance last night.
A recap from Billboard describes fans confused by King’s “rambling” performance, which only features a few full songs amid musical snippets, anecdotes, and a 15-minute singalong version of “You Are My Sunshine.” Fans noticed that the house lights at the Peabody were left up for most of the show, which could have worked as a distraction for King.
Daniel Durcholz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch elaborated further on the show, saying that King had moments when he forgot lyrics or chord changes while the band stood by and let him take the heat from the crowd.
King’s representatives have declined to comment about the show. We ourselves hope that this was a mere aberration on an otherwise storied music career.