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U2 and Jay Z honour B.B. King at concerts

U2 and Jay Z paid tribute to blues legend B.B. King at their concerts following his death on Thursday (14May15).

The veteran star passed away in his sleep at his Las Vegas home, aged 89, after battling a diabetes-related illness, and members of the music community wrote tributes to the musician on social media.


Rockers U2 took time out of their usual set on Friday (15May15) to perform When Loves Comes to Town, a 1989 duet with King, which they reportedly stopped playing live in the 1990s.


Frontman Bono told the crowd in Vancouver, Canada, "This is a very special occasion for anyone who loves the blues. For this is the day that the world got to say goodbye to the great B.B. King. That is a special occasion indeed."


Rapper Jay Z hosted a free concert for subscribers to his music streaming service Tidal in New York on Saturday (16May15) and reportedly asked the audience to honour King with a minute's silence.


Tributes to King have popped up all over the U.S., including at Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee where he launched his career, and outside the B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square in New York City.