Written by
Bob Stumpel

December 11

One More Superband Concert In Italy (With B.B. King) (1990)

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The program’s logo (still).

I thought I had covered all there is to know about Ray Charles’ and B.B. King’s 1990 Philip Morris Superband tour inthis article*.

But today yet another TV taping of yet another one of their concerts popped up in my inbox.

This show was broadcast by the Monagasque TV station TMC (Téle Monte Carlo). The venue was somewhere in Italy (both Ray and B.B. throw a few grazie‘s and grazie mille‘s into the audience). It may have been a second concert at  Palatrussardi in Milan on November 8 (most probable; also see comment to this article, below), or a second concert at Teatro Olimpico in Rome shortly before that date, or a concert before that same date at a third location.

The TV program entailed the following tunes (not necessarily representing the original set order, and not necessarily giving the complete concert):

  1. Love Comes To Town (B.B. King)
  2. Night Life (B.B. King)
  3. Since I Met You Baby (B.B. King)
  4. Paying The Cost To Be The Boss (B.B. King)
  5. B.B. presents the band
  6. ‘Taint Nobody’s Bizness If I Do (B.B. King)
  7. Sweet Sixteen (B.B. King)
  8. Intro RC
  9. Let The Good Times Roll
  10. Mississippi Mud
  11. Just For A Thrill
  12. What’d I Say
  13. Ray re-introduces B.B. King back on stage
  14. [Blues Jam] (with B.B. King)
  15. Bye Bye (with B.B. King)

Who knows precisely when and where the concert took place, and when it was broadcast for the first time?

* In the light of what I wrote about the rehearsal sessions, it’s remarkable that in this concert’s line-up it’s not Harold Jones who took the drummer’s chair. Did he resign or did he get fired?


Bob Stumpel — 2012-04-09 15:43:25

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Anonymous — 2012-04-09 15:30:36

I think Harold Jones was playing drums in this Milan concert. I want to contact you thru email. What's yours? But I'm sure Harold Jones was playing drums. Please, re-watch your video copy.

Bob Stumpel — 2012-04-09 15:25:49

So Milan it is. At which venue?

Anonymous — 2012-04-09 15:21:35

I'm 100% the concert took place in Milan because I was there. And I think Harold Jones was playing drums. Are you sure about it?

Bob Stumpel — 2012-03-10 12:12:26

How do you know?

Anonymous — 2012-03-10 11:17:20

The concert took place in Milan.

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