Carlos Santana, Bon Jovi members and more attend BB King memorial event

The late blues musician passed away on May 14

A memorial event for late blues guitarist BB King was held in Las Vegas on Saturday (May 23), with a host of close friends and family attending.

The blues legend passed away in his sleep aged 89 last week (May 14) and will be buried in his hometown of Indianola, Mississippi on May 30.

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Ahead of a public viewing of King’s body set to take place next Friday (May 29), Billboard reports that eight of King’s children and ten of his 35 grandchildren were in attendance at this memorial event, along with the likes of Carlos Santana, Bon Jovi member Richie Sambora and King’s drummer Tony Coleman attended. The event saw speeches from loved ones and acappella renditions of King’s songs.

The Rolling Stones paid tribute to the late blues guitarist during a Twitter Q&A with fans on Monday (May 18). Jagger and co held their first-ever Q&A on the social networking site ahead next month’s re-release of their ‘Sticky Fingers’ LP. They were asked by fans for their memories of King.

“I was just looking at a picture of me and BB backstage at Madison Square Garden [in 1969],” Jagger told fans. “He played with us at a lot of gigs on that tour. We last played with him in a blues concert at the White House. It’s sad. He had such a huge, long career. It’s sad that we won’t be listening to him live anymore.”

Keith Richards finished by describing King as “one of the greats”, continuing, “BB was a great guy. He was one of the true gentlemen, and I shall miss him a lot. At least we have his records. Farewell, BB.”