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B.B. King’s 1982 appearance on Austin City Limits will be shown in its entirety for the first time in 32 years on May 30.

The PBS series will pull the show from its vault and rebroadcast it in honor to King, who died on May 14.

ACL executive producer Terry Lickona notes that when King first appeared on the show that year, “it was rare for a blues artist to command a full hour on national television.”

Though it did not air until 1983, the performance took place in 1982, the year in which King recorded his album Love Me Tender. That disc included his cover of the title track, a hit for Elvis Presley, as well as the Willie Nelson–penned “Night Life,” which he paired as a medley with “Please Send Me Someone to Love.”

For his 11-song ACL set, King pulled out both “Love Me Tender” and “Night Life,” as well as his own 1970 hit, “The Thrill Is Gone.”

“There was electricity in Studio 6A that night like no other,” Lickona says. “It was pure B.B.—just him, Lucille and one of the best road bands he ever toured with. He mixed up hardcore blues with Elvis ballads and had the audience in the palm of his hand, following his every lead. It was historic!”

You can catch the entire performance this weekend, but here is a clip of “Night Life” as a preview.

The show is scheduled to air on Austin City Limits at 9 p.m. ET on May 30. Austin City Limits advises you to check here for show times in your area.