Earlier this month the blues legend was heckled after completing only a handful of songs at the Peabody Opera House on April 4, receiving catcalls from fans after he didn’t play a single song for 45 minutes.
King’s rep has now released a statement, via TMZ, explaining the incident by saying that the 88-year-old had forgotten to take his medication. “Mr King suffers from diabetes – and he mistakenly missed a dose of his prescribed medication on the show day.” They added: “Simply put, it was a bad night for one of America’s living blues legends and Mr King apologises and humbly asks for the understanding of his fans.”
As the St Louis Post-Dispatch reported, on the night he played ‘Rock Me Baby’ before a rendition of ‘You Are My Sunshine’ that went on for 15 minutes as the singer chatted and waved to members of the audience, some of whom reportedly shouted “play some music!” while others walked out. According to the newspaper, the show then stopped completely before he played ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ before completing just two more songs.