By Christopher Scapelliti | Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images
Slash, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks and Jimmie Vaughan were among the host of guitar heroes who paid tribute to B.B. King last night, September 1, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California.
The performers took to the stage together to jam out a selection of King’s best-known songs, including “The Thrill Is Gone” and “When Love Comes to Town.”
The event, titled Icon: The Life and Legacy of B.B. King, was presented by the Grammy Foundation and Grammy Museum to honor the legacy of King, a 15-time Grammy winner.
The guitarists included Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Keb Mo, Joe Louis Walker, Quinn Sullivan and ZZ Ward. Guitarist Jimmy Vivino served as the evening’s musical director, with support provided by the Basic Cable Band.
King, who died May 14, 2015, released more than 50 albums since he began recording in the Forties, creating classics such as “3 O’Clock Blues,” “You Don’t Know Me” and, his signature hit, “The Thrill Is Gone.” In addition to 15 Grammy wins, his recognition from the Recording Academy includes a Lifetime Achievement Award and four recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.