B.B. King, 84 yr old #1 living blues icon of the world, and Buddy Guy, 73 yr old 1st runner-up, concertized in New York City last weekend, but there’s been a near-total news blackout. Here’s a review from the Financial Times of London. Meanwhile, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, British blues pretenders (as in pretenders to the throne) rated a three-column photo and full front page New York Times arts section review,
Maybe what made Clapton-Beck more newsworthy (they were mentioned in the Times’ Pop and Rock Listings on Feb 11 and 18) and King-Guy less so (they were only in the P & R listings once) were the venues: Madison Square Garden for the former, United Palace Theater (it’s at 175th & Broadway, Washington Heights) for the latter. Beck was also subject of a Times feature on Feb. 12.