The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center has rescheduled the B.B. King performance to Monday, June 18, 2007, Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center director, has announced.
UT Tyler tickets for the Jan. 27 performance will be honored on June 18.
The sold-out performance has been postponed as a result of King’s hospitalization in Galveston Jan. 25.
King, 81, is currently in stable condition at John Sealey Hospital with a low grade (100.4) fever, the result of a recent bout with the flu. Because of his age it was agreed that he would be kept overnight in the hospital but today he’s cracking jokes and eager to get back to work, according to tour officials.
Doctors expect to release King tomorrow after which he’ll take a few days rest before resuming his 60th anniversary tour which began earlier this month on the west coast, tour officials added.
“We wish BB King a speedy recovery and look forward to his rescheduled concert on June 18. I have been told that in his whole career he has never had to cancel a concert. That is an amazing record. Just hold on to your tickets, and we're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused,” said Thomae-Morphew.
This is the ninth time that the "King of the Blues" has landed a GRAMMY® in the "Best Traditional Blues Album" category, and he’s won a total of 14 GRAMMY® Awards.
Among King’s many classics are “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Payin’ The Cost To Be The Boss, “Everyday I Have The Blues,” “You Don’t Know Me” and “Why I Sing The Blues.”