Erratic B.B. King performance makes fans blue

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Some St. Louis music fans are singing the blues after an erratic weekend performance by 88-year-old guitar legend B.B. King 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.

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