Jagger, Clapton, Bono and Dozens of Others Featured in B.B. King Film
5/2/2013 3:31:00 PM
B.B. King - The Life Of Riley (Directed by Jon Brewer)
It may be a while before we get our hands on this film in the U.S., but it looks worth the wait. Narrated by Morgan Freedman with accolades from the likes of Keith Richards, Joe Walsh, Carlos Santana and may others listed below, the film celebrates the legacy of blues great B.B. King. At 87 years old B.B. King continues to tour extensively and often has famous friends happily joining him. In 2011 he played the UK's The Royal Albert Hall, joined onstage by Slash, Ronnie Wood, Susan Tedeshi and Derek Trucks in a concert for DVD also directed by Jon Brewer.
It's kind of a shame, but American blues greats have always been more appreciated in the United Kingdom, and even Japan, than they are here in their own land. That explains why the film was released to U.K. theatres last year but still awaits an American release. Oh, wait. Canada is technically America. B.B. King -- The Life of Riley will have its North American premiere June 14 at the NXNE Film Festival in Toronto.
The influence of the old blues masters on rock and roll cannot be understated. Although the general public may not make the connection, the superstars of rock have always credited them with being the roots of their own greatness. King is widely regarded as one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, inspiring countless other guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Robert Cray, Peter Green, Derek Trucks, John Mayer, Duane Allman, Elmore James, Bob Marley and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Take a look at this partial list of people who contributed to this film:
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Here's hoping for a U.S. release. Or at least give us the DVD!
Meanwhile, here's a preview...