The thrill of Live music will soon be gone. Sky high rent has dem singing da blues.

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Citing Escalating Rent Costs B.B. King’s Blues Club Will Shut Its Doors

April 19, 2018 - 7:54 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- B.B. King is gone and soon the club bearing his name will be gone from Times Square. The thrill may not be gone, but the rent is too darn high.

"It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share the news about B.B. King Blues Club's closing. Despite many sold out shows, the location's rent escalated to an unsustainable level, leaving us no choice but to close our doors. Unfortunately this has become a growing trend in New York City, with other iconic music venues and businesses falling victim to opportunistic property owners. This venue's legacy extends much further than the stage, playing a role in Times Square's revitalization two decades ago. It is a shame that wasn't taken into consideration regarding its future in the area. Nevertheless, we feel extremely grateful for the overwhelming support we have received from both fans and artists over the years to create some truly historic and incredible memories in this space. We hope that we can find a new place to call home very soon so we can continue bringing live music to you all," said Tsion Bensusan, Chief Operating Officer.

The closure comes 18 years after King and his trusty Gibson hit the stage. Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Little Richard, and Wicked Wilson Pickett have all played the club. While the owners look for a more affordable space, 81-year-old Buddy Guy will close down the place on April 29.