West Coast fans can pay their respects to the “King of the Blues” on Friday, May 22 before the legendary music icon is laid to rest.
A public viewing will be held for B.B. King at Palm South Jones Mortuary, 1600 S. Jones Blvd., in Las Vegas from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Seating will not be provided. Members of the public will instead be escorted into the chapel in an orderly fashion and allowed to pay their respects.
King, 89, died in his sleep on May 14in his Las Vegas home from a series of small strokes related to diabetes. A high profile spokesman for diabetes, he lived with the disease for more than 20 years.
In Memphis, Tennessee — where King won the nickname Beale Street Blues Boy — a tribute will be held May 27 before his body is driven to his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi
A second public viewing will take place for the 15-Grammy Award winner on May 29 at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, and he will be laid to rest at the museum on May 30. The funeral will take place at the nearby Bell Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Among his multiple music awards, King was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame (1980) and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987); presented with a Kennedy Center Honor (1995); given the “Presidential Medal of Freedom” by President George W. Bush (2006); and voted the #3 best electric guitarist by Time (2009).
He opened multiple B.B. King Blues Clubs in Los Angeles, New York, Memphis, West Palm Beach, Orlando, and Las Vegas.
“We encourage people, if they do plan to be here, they need to arrive early, and they’ll probably be required to stand in line for a significant period of time,” said Matt Phillips, Palm South Jones Mortuary manager.
In remembrance of the blues legend, fans have been listening to King’s music nonstop. Global streams of BB King have increased by 10000% on Spotify.com.