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B.B. King breaks a string during the live performance, restrings and keeps playing anyway

April 6th, 2020

For those who don’t know, BB King was an American singer-songwriter, producer and guitarist.

King was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and his guitar playing skills even earned him the nickname “The King of the Blues.” In the video below, Kingplaying “How Blue Can You Get.”

Fortunately, he handled himself perfectly.

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This clip proves that accidents happen and that not even the greatest are immune to unplanned things going wrong on stage. The impressive part is how King handles it and gets on with the show anyway.

King perfected his stage presence to the level that even a broken string couldn’t stop him.

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One interesting thing to note about BB King is that he averaged about 200 concerts per year!

With so much stage experience, improvisation becomes relatively easy. The best thing about this video is that no one takes the broken string seriously—thousands of people in the audience kept singing along as if nothing had happened. It only proves that King was such a strong performer in any circumstances.

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Rather than stop the show, King manages to restring his guitar while singing the whole time!

Even his band members look at each other like they can’t believe what’s happening. It’s clear that he was completely in his element during this set.

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The fact that this legend was so comfortable in front of hundreds of people when his string broke speaks for itself.

The entire time, King doesn’t miss a beat! The comments section of this video is full of funny comments about the fact no one is even half as smooth as BB King during this performance.

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But he didn’t just change the string in the middle of his concert—he had enough experience to determine if the guitar would sound good enough for the rest of the song.

When it didn’t, the man just went full-on with the vocals as his only instrument. It’s clear from this video that King was born to be on stage, and it’s an epic thing to see.

As this video shows, there are amateur and professional musicians, and then there’s BB King.

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It has been said a lot of times before, there is a difference between a guitar player and a musician.

King is the epitome of a true musician and this performance is probably the greatest evidence. In all, his performance epitomizes a quote that Buddy Guy once said: “If you’re not breaking strings, you’re not playing it.”

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Although most people would’ve gotten mad or been disappointed, he just kept on singing.

The level of concentration he shows when he changes that string is enviable, and it’s truly is the visual representation of “the show must go on” at its finest. His singing voice is incredible as always. Above all, it’s clear King came to perform—and that’s exactly what he did.

This man has defined the blues for more than half a century.

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B.B. King will always be remembered as a legend of blues.

This legendary performance was uploaded on YouTube in 2016 and had since earned more than six million views. We’re guessing that people have heard some of the stories about this man’s musical stunts during his performances, but it’s good that this video exists to prove the rumors about this guitar master.

Be sure to watch the entire thing in the link below:

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Source: YouTube/John Ioannides

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