Song:Paying The Cost To Be The Boss
DVD:Live By Request
Though B.B. King is a legend, in recent years his health has really hampered his style. But occasionally he still rises to the occasion as he did on this 2003 TV special. It's part of a series of live shows that A&E began producing in 1996. Tony Bennett is credited with creating the show and he starred in the first one. The B.B. King episode was produced in 2003. The host is former CBS morning show weatherman Mark McEwen. The format of the show is they would take live requests from viewers. If you are expecting the B.B. King of the 60s, you will be disappointed. King was 78 years old in 2003. He can't play like he used to but he is still very entertaining. He still commands respect. The bonus on this show is that British guitar legend Jeff Beck sits in on the final three songs and contributes a lot of energy to the show. Beck knows what to do when playing with his guitar heroes. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss closed the show. It was a top ten R & B hit for King in 1968. This show and all the A&E Live By Request shows are available on DVD. And the big advantage of that is you can skip all the talking segments and just get to the music. King and Beck have never recorded together so this live show is likely to be the only time they will ever work together. King ain't getting any younger. Though he did a farewell tour in 2006, King still plans to continue touring though a health scare forced him off the road Oct. 2014. He has nothing scheduled right now. Here's B.B. King featuring Jeff Beck performing Paying The Cost To Be The Boss on the Live By Request DVD June 2003.