B.B. KING & BUDDY GUY
RENO HILTON AMPHITHEATER
RENO , NEVADA
AUGUST 10, 2000

RIDING WITH THE KING

          B.B. King and Buddy Guy are out on the road together this year for a spectacular double entree of musical delight. B.B. King has recently released a compilation album of old and new material featuring collaborative efforts with Eric Clapton and Jimmie Vaughn. The title track "Riding with the King" is an absolutely fabulous song. I am certain that if Clapton had been willing to participate in this blues tour with B.B. King that we would all have been floating on up to blues heaven at these shows. The show is fantastic without Eric Clapton. But, after hearing the latest compilation release, you just want to see Clapton up there on stage riding with the king. B.B. King is an accomplished blues musician with over fifty albums to his credit. This new album has sent King to the top of Billboard's charts. Surprisingly, this is the first time in his fifty plus year career that B.B. King's music has reached the status of holding a number in the Billboard's Top Ten.

                A crowd of young and old mingled together at the Reno Hilton's outdoor amphitheater and danced their blues away on this warm August night. Buddy Guy opened his set with a jamming "Got My Mojo Working" that let the audience know right away that Buddy was a born to perform. The spotlight suited him quite well as he wailed out the blues on his Les Paul guitar. About the time Buddy got to playing Muddy Water's "Hoochie Coochie Man" the moon began to glow and a cool breeze slid through the crowd. Then, he did this little bit on what John Lee Hooker sounds like and what Buddy Guy sounds like and finished that off with a short version of Cream's "Strange Brew." This was all fine and dandy, but Buddy new it was time to get down to business. He closed out his set with barn burning blues and shredding guitar solos that gave release to the flood of his musical soul flowing out into the starry night.

           Just looking up at the man and grooving to his guitar sound gives you the feeling that you are a part of the show. Very few live performers can look at a whole crowd of people and make each one of them feel like that the look was just for them; B.B. King has this unusual and extraordinary charismatic quality about him. The B.B King Blues Band opened the show with a jazzy little number that featured a solo by each of the horns. Then came a grandstand style introduction for B.B. King and he joined the band. He was playing his Gibson signature guitar obviously named "Lucille," this was evident from the beautifully inlaid letter work on the head of the guitar. B.B. rocked it out right into "A Bad Case of Love" and the crowd went completely nuts. The highlight of the show for me was the timeless love song "The Thrill is Gone." B. B. King won a grammy for Best Rhythm and Blues Vocal Performance singing this number in 1970. I believe this song to be one of the best blues tunes ever written. I also feel that it is one of those songs that has the amazing ability to stir emotions, which is what makes this composition so powerful. The show was terrific! Don't miss it when it comes to your neck of the woods. Thanks for reading and we'll see ya at the shows.
                                        Nick Running

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COUNTING CROWS
 
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CHER
THE OTHER ONES
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TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
PAUL McCARTNEY
SANTANA
SHERYL CROW
TESLA
JAY-Z AND 311
OZZFEST 2000 OZZFEST 2001 OZZFEST 2002
DAVID BOWIE AND MOBY AT AREA2
THE WHO
JACKSON
BROWNE
PAPA ROACH, P.O.D.,CYPRESS HILL, & ROB ZOMBIE
MORNING SPRING RAIN FESTIVAL JUNE 2002
THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
MIDNIGHT OIL
MT. AIRE 2002
BIG HEAD TODD
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG
BUSH AND DEFAULT
INCUBUS
BLUES TRAVELER
LINKIN PARK IN
LAS VEGAS
BRYAN ADAMS AT THE FILLMORE
LINKIN PARK & P.O.D.
CROSBY, STILLS, AND NASH
STRING CHEESE INCIDENT 
NYE 2001-2002
FUEL & SALIVA
AEROSMITH 2002
STEVIE NICKS
THE
BLACK CROWES
AEROSMITH 2001
BLINK 182
THE STRING
CHEESE INCIDENT
 OZZFEST 2001
BAD COMPANY
LINKIN PARK
 OZZFEST 2000
MARILYN
MANSON
MEGADETH
TED NUGENT
AND TESLA
THE OTHER
ONES
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2000-2001
 THE
COUNTING
CROWS AND
LIVE
THIRD EYE BLIND
      SUMMER
    TOUR 2000
YES
THE FURTHUR FESTIVAL 2000
THE B.B. KING
  BLUES FEST
2000
THE B-52'S
AND THE
GO-GO'S
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
JOE WALSH
2000
  ELTON JOHN
2000
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH, AND YOUNG
REUNION TOUR 2000
NYE
1999-2000
WITH THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
THE EAGLES
MILLENIUM TOUR 2000
LAS VEGAS
ZZ TOP & LYNYRD SKYNYRD
TOM PETTY
  HOLLYWOOD
BOWL
PEARL JAM
 HALLOWEEN
WIDESPREAD
PANIC
BONNIE
RAITT
'99
BONNIE
RAITT
'98
METALLICA
H.O.R.D.E.
'98
THE
B-52's
FURTHUR
'98
VAN
HALEN
 311
JERRY
CANTRELL
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LADIES
COUNTING
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