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B.B. King Announces U.K. Farewell Tour

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — BB King has announced a series of live performances to mark his retirement from touring the United Kingdom. The blues legend will be joined by fellow guitarist Gary Moore on a double bill of rhythm and blues music.

The five-date tour begins on March 29, 2006 in Sheffield, and end at Wembley Arena on April 4. The tour will also stop in Birmingham, Bournemouth and Manchester.

King, 80, has been performing since his big break in 1948, scoring two US number ones and numerous other hits. During the ‘50s, King was averaging 275 concerts a year, even notching 342 gigs in 1956.

King was recently joined by fellow legends Eric Clapton and Sir Elton John on duets for an album celebrating his 80th birthday.

“I’m trying to get people to see that we are our brother’s keeper, I still work on it. Red, white, black, brown, yellow, rich, poor, we all have the blues,” said King to the BBC News.

“From my own experience, I would say to all people but maybe to young people especially black, what or whatever color, follow your own feelings and trust them.” –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers